Sarah Palin aka McCain’s running mate.
Though much seems to center on her private life; questions of Trig’s parentage and name, whether she is trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired are all voyeuristically amusing but allow far more serious personal and political concerns to be swept under the rug.
People who believe strongly that a woman’s place is in the home and that babies are meant to be raised by their mothers and who called Hilary a ball breaker for daring to aspire to the highest office of the U.S. are now touting Palin, mother of 4 month old Trig, as the Saviour of the GOP.
“We know from recent voting patterns that women are the key voting group that will elect the next president of the United States,” Cindy McCain says on her husband’s Web page for outreach to women. “So it is vitally important that Republican women get involved. . . You can’t win this election without the women’s vote.”
Having suddenly discovered the importance of women the GOP in the twisted way they so excel at, choose a woman bent on setting women’s rights back to pre-right to vote era times.
Palin is part of the extremist anti-choice crowd and an affiliate of Feminists for Life who believe that abortion should be outlawed regardless of any extenuating circumstance including life of the mother. They also believe that all forms of contraception should be illegal.
The decision to have a baby can be wonderful. A woman may feel more in touch with herself than at any other point in her life. The act of giving birth can give you a whole new appreciation of life and of your own strengths and abilities. And even with all that 1 in 5 women will experience post partum depression.
Imagine then forcing this process, which is fraught with dangers on someone who has not made the choice. A young teen exchanging sex for love, a college student whose birth control failed, a wife and mother already struggling to house and feed the children she has, a victim of rape or incest or a woman with a medical condition for which pregnancy would kill her.
People like Palin believe biblical allegories to be life truths;
“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (Genesis 3:16)
“The bible teaches that women brought sin and death into the world, that she precipitated the fall of the race, that she was arraigned before the judgment seat of Heaven, tried, condemned and sentenced. Marriage for her was to be a condition of bondage, maternity a period suffering and anguish, and in silence and subjection, she was to play the role of a dependent on man’s bounty for all her material wants, and for all the information she might desire… Here is the Bible position of woman briefly summed up.” –Elizabeth Cady Stanton. And here is the position of evangelical anti-choicers like Palin summed up.
Hand in hand with her anti-choice sentiment is her desire to force her particular brand of religion on everyone with her belief that creationism should be taught in school, and other beliefs of dominionism.
Dominionism is summed up thusly by George Grant;
“Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness. But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice. It is dominion we are after. Not just influence. It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time. It is dominion we are after. World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish.”
This is not a time to think we are seeing politics as usual. America while it forces it’s citizens eyes toward scary brown people over there, is in the midst of a holy war from within. The bible quotes Jesus as saying to his disciples “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.” Dominionists set their disciples out as wolves in sheep’s clothing seeming to be “just people of faith”.
Those who at any other time decry sisterhood are asking why feminists aren’t rallying around Palin, why they don’t recognize her valuable contribution to women in politics. Well the simple answer is because though we support her right to advance her political career we don’t condone her doing so by stripping other women of their rights. Just as men don’t vote for men they see as being antithetical to their beliefs and best interests.
To the disappointed Hilary supporters who are giving any thought to voting for this anti-woman anti-democracy duo–please please do not let your disappointment cloud your judgment.
The ‘Pink Elephant’ campaign not only cruises on the back of dumbing down women’s politics like pink lego™ it, by hiding the true intent of the GOP, conforms completely to the definition of the term;
Something so large and obvious (like a pink elephant), but nobody says a word- like it doesn’t even exist, making the the whole circumstance very akward.
Their desire to take away your rights does exist. Ignore that at your peril.