Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Baby and the Bath Water

OK. McCain's running mate, Governor Sarah Palin, has a 17 year old daughter who is pregnant. She is going to have the baby and marry the baby's father. Good for them. To me this is not news nor is it newsworthy, but the media is all over it like a bad case of diaper rash. Obama has said families are off limits, but the loons at the Daily Kos, Huffington Post, and other left-wing blogs are going after this with a vengeance, to the point where they're making shit up (they're sycophants and lefties, so that should come as no surprise). Why?

I'll tell you why. This may piss some people off, but I call it as I see it. The reason they're going after this is because the GOP has, for the last 30 years or so, been touting themselves as, among other things, the party of "family values." Ever since they were (for lack of a better term) hijacked by the religious right and the "moral majority" under the Reagan administration in the 80's (prior to that the Republicans were more libertarian in their platform, and folks like Sen. Barry Goldwater just about spat the dummy when the platform changed), the Republicans have assumed the role as the morality police with their positions on abortion, abstinence, homosexuality, etc., in direct opposition, it could be argued, to the liberal "if it feels good, do it" ethos of anything goes.

Well, now we have an issue of family values, and, right or wrong, the liberal opposition smells hypocrisy. Granted, Palin's daughter is going to have the baby - not an abortion - so you may still be asking yourself, again, where's the hypocrisy? It's the fact that the girl is a minor, still in school, and she not only had sex out of wedlock, she had unprotected sex and is now pregnant. How's that abstinence thing going?

To me it's not an issue; it comes with being human and making mistakes. But for the party that has made it their business to get involved in the private affairs of other people and define for them what is right or wrong, they have opened the door - certainly not for personal, baseless attacks - but for discussion. So now it's time for them to front up and define themselves. What goes around comes around.

I'm not saying it's right, but that's the way it is.

Remember, it's all about image and perception.


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Blogger Oldcatman said...

I'll be so glad when the election is tired of the "slap each other's face" game that each side plays.

I did not watch any of the DNC nor any of the RNC to date--I do plan on watching
Palin's speech tonight.

2:11 AM GMT+12  
Blogger BobF said...

I think the hyprocasy would have been Palin's daughter quietly having an abortion. The fact that they owned up to what happened and are not only going to keep the baby but also get married, speaks volumes for their character. They're walking their talk.

I raised my son's in church and with good moral values. I also held my granddaughter as my son married the child's mother. Life happens daily and it's how you react to it that tells of what you're made of.

Now, for the self reighteous religious folks...I don't care for them either. I always mention of King David, the greatest character of the Bible outside of the Lord Jesus Christ. David committed adultery with another mans wife and then arranged it for the husband killed in battle after David discovered the woman pregnant with his child. God choose to put that into Scripture to show us that even a man (David) after His (God's) own heart can sin.

3:08 AM GMT+12  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Bob, did you know that now Michael Savage and Dr. Laura are saying that Palin needs to withdraw from the race?

What idiots! Conservatives can't afford a do-over at this point. I don't like McCain, but Obama would be a million times worse as President, so these people need to accept Palin at least as the lesser of all the evils.

6:56 AM GMT+12  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

Bob, I think we agree on all of that. I was simply trying to point out how and why the Donks are going after this. It's a place where they can find a flaw (or create one where one does not exist), and they're going to exploit it.

I do these kinds of posts because I am constantly astounded by the conservative blogs that get themselves in a twist when the Donks do what they do. It does no good to try to make sense of their actions when trying to look at things rationally or from one's own perspective. You have to look at it from the lib perspective, and once non-libs understand how the lib mind works, these things are not so surprising.

And to be fair, the GOP is guilty of the same things; just not as often and not to the inane degree as the Donks. Both sides throw mud, and neither side should be shocked when the other side throws it. It's all part of the sickness we call politics.

10:20 AM GMT+12  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

Lisa, I haven't listened to Savage in a while, but every now and then he does go off the rails. Dr. Laura, well, I have always thought she was a bit of a nutter. She's too self-righteous, and I have never liked her.

10:24 AM GMT+12  

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