Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Big 3

I've thought long and hard before blogging about this. It is one of those subjects that I tend to avoid because it is one of those things that are the BIG 3. You know the big 3 that you don't discuss. Politics, Religion and Sex. Well, this post involves them.

Can't we just go back to when it is impolite to ask someone who they were voting for or voted for. I remember being a little girl and going with my mom when she cast her ballot back in the Reagan/Bush election. I asked her who she voted for and she very firmly told me that was a private matter and that it was rude to discuss. Now it is commonplace to talk about politics. But anyway, back to what I was originally going to blog about.

Sen. Palin and her 17 year old daughter Bristol's pregnancy: This seems to be causing a huge uproar. There are those who are indifferent to it. They don't care one way or the other. Others feel this shows just what a great family and values she has because Bristol is keeping the baby and marrying the father. Others are just talking about this until it is hashed and rehashed.

Here is what I want to know. If this was a man, say this was Sen. Sam Palin from Alaska, would we be talking about the children, the infant son who has Down Syndrome, or the older daughter who is pregnant? I think we would be focusing on the experience and voting record more.
Would comments such as how can she help run a country if she can't even control her children be said? I think not.

I do have my questions on if she knew her daughter was pregnant and McCain knew it as well, why put your daughter through this media hell storm? I can understand that this is the opportunity of a lifetime. But this is your daughter. Going through what is a very difficult time whether you are 17 or 27.

It is Bristol that has my concern. What she must be thinking and going through right now. Having her life be the spotlight of conversation. She made a choice. Maybe it was a bad choice, but it was her choice none the less. Will her young marriage work? Only time will tell. She has made a choice to keep this baby and raise it. And I wish them well.
Coming from another young mother to another I know that she has a long tough road ahead. But at least she has a strong family behind her. She has the resource available to help her and even the father of the baby to stand beside her.
Some other teens are not so lucky.