We moms were all a buzz to day at my impromptu pool party today. One of my friends is a writer for many national magazines and is fascinated by John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate and she spurred on the conversation amongst us.
Having worked in politics for several years I can say with much confidence that I don’t believe this was John McCain’s choice and it was foisted on him.
The Republicans are flailing around in the phoneme that is Barack Obama .
Politics can make strange bedfellows- as can homeschooling. Radical unschooled and left leaning homeschooling mom often find themselves on the same side of an issue as right wing Christians.
Never is the case more true when it comes to the issue of MOTHERS parenting their children.
Many right wing Christians can often be anti-feminist and are at home with their kids. Unschooling moms stay at home out of choice and because they believe its what is best for their kids and their family.
Is is a sacrifice to stay at home- it usually means less money but any home school mom will tell you its worth it. Most of the unschooling moms I know are attachment parents. Their babies are breastfed and often until 3-4 years of age.
I am leading up to a point here.. I am baffled that Sarah Palin thinks she is a “hockey” mom. I Have been involved in many national electoral campaigns you cannot conceive of the pressure it puts on a candidate family. A candidate is rarely at home and is going non-stop 18 hours a day.
My friend mentioned to me today that Sarah Palin has a 4 month old baby. This was shocking enough. She also mentioned the baby has Down’s syndrome and Sarah Palin is is proud of the fact that she was back to work after 3 days.!
I am disgusted. I am not disgusted that she chose to have a baby or keep her baby- I am appalled that she has been so careless as a mother. How in the world can you govern a state (effectively ) and think you are doing the best for your special needs baby?
There is nothing better for a baby born with Down syndrome than breast milk.. Breast milk can raise a babies IQ by several pints. this is a huge difference in a Down’s baby.
How is this baby being nursed or given breast milk? Was this baby in a sling? Did she go to a milk bank?
Ho wlong has it been breastfed- never mind all the benefits of being an “attched baby”. There is no way that little baby it getting the mommy time all babies deserve.
Note: I should have put my mouth in check before I spewed off- Sarah Palin is feeding her baby breastmilk and is a breasfeeding advocate. For this she gets kudos. HOWEVER I stand by my opinion that her kids should come first right now.
Now it has come out there their 16 year old daughter is pregnant. I am heart sick. Should this happen to my child the last thing I would do would be to throw myself into the spotlight where the values of my child would be questioned or scrutinized. I suspect they will use the daughter as a political tool-saying- see my daughter get pregnant and we are doing the right thing by keeping it and ‘walking the walk” .
No Sarah Palin has a 4 month old baby with Downs and a pregnent 16 year daughter . When do you decide that your family’s well being is more important than your political career or agenda?
Sarah Palin is ant-choice, believes in creation science and would like to see it taught in schools. She hates gays and wants to ban same sex marriage. Most of these issues are embraced by right wingers.
I wonder if they will overlook her dubious parenting choices in hopes of furthering the right wing cause?
I am curious to hear what “real” moms think- do they think this is great or are they as disturbed as I am?
Am I crazy? I am dumbfounded and think the choice will backfire. It would not shock me if she withdrew from the race.
Who is going to embrace this? Most right wing moms I know think women should be at home with their small children and BABIES. Yes lots of woman go back to work but that does not mean it is right. I am not ant-women. I am anti a society that does not support its women and children. We have created a society that isolates new mothers and does not help and support them. This is a huge problem and bigger than just “choosing” to stay at home or work. We have also created an dual income economy and now moms HAVE to work to pay for the stuff we don’t need.
I am not saying she is a bad parent because her daughter is pregnant- though lots of others will say it- I am saying she is a bad parent because she has chosen to throw herself into the spotlight dragging her family along. She needs to be with her kids right now and not on the political stumping grounds.
Campaigning as a Vice Presidential candidate is not a 9-5 job. It is ridiculous to campare this to the average working mom.
Would I expect the same from a man? I can tell you when John Edwards announced that his wife had cancer and he was goin to cintue to run I was also appalled. I felt his children and his family needed him more and the right thing to do was to be at home with the, and offer them the support they needed.
If this was a man? I don’t know. I know if I had a 4 month old baby with Downs Syndrome and my 16 year old was pregnant and my oldest son in Iraq and if my husband came and told me he would be taking on a position where we would be in press constantly and our lives scrutinized as well as he would now be working 18 hours days mostly away from home- I would say no way.