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Friday, August 29, 2008
From first appearances, I am liking what I'm seeing of McCain's VP choice, Sarah Palin. She has taken on her own party when it was right (she cleaned up rampant corruption in Alaskan politics). She has followed the law even when it went against her personal beliefs. But most of all, she has lived her pro-life views out in her own personal life, as Kathryn Lopez points out in her piece today.
John McCain could save lives with his vice-presidential pick.

“I’m looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?”

That’s Alaska’s Republican governor, Sarah Palin, talking about her infant son, Trig, born with Down Syndrome. When Todd and Sarah Palin learned last December that their baby would have Down Syndrome, they not only saved a life but made a decision that would touch the lives of families living with similar gifts across the country.
Not only are children with Down Syndrome people too, they inspire a deep love and enthusiastic appreciation. Especially in the face of a culture that wants to expunge them. According to a study cited in the New York Times last year, “About 90 percent of pregnant women who are given a Down syndrome diagnosis have chosen to have an abortion.” (Emphasis added.) Most American women are given prenatal tests.

At 44, Governor Palin is a bit young and relatively new to the political scene yet. These are no small considerations when electing someone who could assume the role of president (Democrats: Check out your nominee with that reservation . . . ). But if the youngest life she and her husband care for can wake up a nation that’s blind to the eugenics in its midst, a routine part of medicine today, she and John McCain would be offering human rights and dignity a great, honorable service. In contrast to Barack Obama, who would let the survivors of botched abortion attempts be killed, the Palins could serve as a great clarifier for voters this fall — and an education.


Chris A said...

Yeah, I have to say I like her at first glance too. I pretty much like everyone. I can't help it. I even kinda like George W. Bush. I really liked him before he got elected. I even voted for him. Really I pity him now, but I still sorta like him. I can't help it. I like Clinton too, even though I think both of them are evil.

Darius, I assume you got your weekly dose of McLaughlin Group. Buchanan was gone, presumably because of his work with MSNBC. He was totally praising the Obama speech last night. I don't know about you, but its not the same to me when he is absent. Anyway, what did you think of their assessment of Palin? Not knowing much about her, I pretty much agreed with everyone. I think Clift even sorta had a point about the possibility of backfire with the choice. I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, though. But I guess its a moot point since I won't be voting for either of these guys.

Darius said...

I haven't seen McLaughlin Group yet, I record it Sunday mornings during church. I'll let you know what I think after I see the show. Buchanan has some good things to say, but he's starting to agree a lot with Clift, which isn't a good sign to me. I miss Tony Blankley, who was the wisest voice among them. Monica Crowley is close, but something about her annoys me ever so slightly. At least they haven't had Lawrence O'Donnell on for quite some time, that guy is a hateful little worm. He makes Clift look absolutely sane.

Chris A said...

I don't know O'Donnell. I would probably recognize him if I saw him, just don't know him by name. Of course, I differ with you on Blankley and Crowley for obvious reasons. But I like to hear all the points of view, and anyone can make a good point now and again. Going back to Palin, I have heard some things from the Right and the Left worth mentioning - 1) She is younger and has less experience than Obama. Let's face it, McCain's probably on his last leg so that could really be a factor. 2) There are some questions about her ethics, things for which she has been investigated. I think it was Bloomberg News that mentioned the investigation could potentially lead to impeachment. Honestly, I have no vested interest in who wins; I'm not voting for either candidate, but I am keeping score. I follow these things like some people follow sports, except I don't always have a favorite team. Right now I'm giving Obama an edge, which is obvious considering the convention just ended, he delivered an excellent speech (by oratorical standards), and he was able to reconcile openly with the Clintons. I didn't watch much of the convention, but for me, the highlight was Dennis Kucinich's speech. I'll be interested to see what the Republicans are going to do to try to gain momentum, and I'm interested to what degree Ron Paul's alternate (and simultaneous) convention will have on the main attraction.

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