Thursday, September 04, 2008

Double Standard

One of the things that has really bugged the crap out of me over the Loony Lefty complaints about Sarah Palin is about her being a working mother. I've heard so many people say things about her being a "bad mother" because her daughter is pregnant, and she went back to work as governor when her baby was just a few days old. People attacking the Palin's sense of family values point toward the pregancy as a failure, but completely ignore the fact that Bristol is KEEPING the baby and that she has the full support of her family. To me, that exemplifies "family values". Instead of killing her child, she's CREATING a family- how can that be anything other than having a strong sense of responsibility and family??

Anyway, it's the double standard of comparing Palin's motherhood to Obama's fatherhood that ticks me off.

No one has complained about what a bad father Obama must be, considering how much time he's spent away from his girls over the past several years. No one has complained about what a bad mother Michelle is, considering how much time she has also spent on the campaign trail and away from the kids. However, in a world bent on finding fault in our Republican VP nominee, her motherhood has been put up for debate.

Today I found a Fox editorial that addresses this very topic much better than I could.

When a father climbs a dangerous mountain and dies, we mourn. When a mother does, we question her judgment. How could she?

I have no doubt that Barack Obama can count on his fingers the number of times he has been home in the last 19 months to put his two beautiful daughters to bed. In interviews, he says as much, expressing his gratitude to his mother-in-law, who has taken over many parenting responsibilities during the campaign, given that his wife has been away a great deal of the time as well, making appearances and raising money. Does this make him a “bad father"? Should it undercut his claim to the presidency? Of course not.

Why should Sarah Palin be different?

Damn straight.
Why should Sarah Palin be different? No reason at all... except that her opponents have nothing to fight against her with other than her sex and parental status. What a farce.


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