Sep 022008
 

I agree with Obama that, generally speaking, families should be off limits. I also agree that things don’t always work out in life like you expect or hope in families. Certainly that’s been true for me and my family in any number of ways. But Sarah Palin has had some things to say about Gay people, so if she’s going to put down my family, she makes her’s a target. So I’ll write this one post about the situation with Palin’s daughter, and then it’s over.

First, I can’t believe that the krazy kristian kooks are all over this applauding it as some kind of good thing because Bristol chose to “Keep” the baby and get married. Only in the world of red states is it a good thing when an underage unmarried 17 year old gets pregnant.

Of course, it’s a little of “like mother-like daughter.” It appears that the Palin’s eloped and were married on August 29, 1988. Seems their first child was born EIGHT months later. So Bristol had a great role model. One who is a staunch supporter of abstinence only sex education…so that didn’t work out so well, now did it.

They also seem to be making a big thing about the fact that Bristol is “choosing” to keep the baby. I thought Palin was an arch anti-choice/pro-life candidate. So what’s up with this thing of her daughter having “a choice” in the matter. Oh, right…this is Republican world…the rules apply to everyone but them.

From Politico:

“We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby,” she and her husband said in a statement. Unsaid in the statement is that Palin, based on her past views, would prefer that her daughter not be given a choice.

Ben Smith goes on to note, in the same article:

Democrats noted, before and after today’s announcement, that Palin took a hard line on a question in 2006 from the conservative Eagle Forum Alaska:

Q: Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

SP: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

So yes, I think families are generally off limits, but when you make “family values” a cornerstone of your political philosophy, then we get to take a good hard look at what your family values are, and Sarah, you’re a hypocrite. Don’t stick your nose in the family affairs of other people until you get your own house in order.

Dec 162007
 

Mike Huckabee FamilyFrom Crooks and Liars – Well, it seems that Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee has a little bit of a Michael Vick problem. He’s apparently worked to cover up the fact that his then 18 year old son and another teenager got fired from working at a Boy Scout Camp back in 1998. Seems they caught a stray dog, hung it, slit its throat, and stoned it for good measure.

You can read quotes from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by going to Dogster’s. It seems he was never punished for it. I guess Mike Vick had the money but not influence that Daddy Huckabee has, so Junior was never charged, despite admitting to the crime. Actually though, as it turns out, David Huckabee actually didn’t kill the dog, he merely exposed it to some enhanced interrogation techniques, and then the dog committed suicide to embarrass him.

That’s just who we need running around Washington, DC under daddy’s protection.

Jul 172007
 

Senator David Vitter is the United States Senator who was on the phone records for the D.C. Madame. He went into exclusion for a while, then came to give a brief statement, have his wife pimp for him, and then duck out the back door as if nothing had happened. It was a pretty shameful display, and I’ve sent him the following letter: 

Hon. David Vitter
United States Senate
516 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Vitter:

I watched your “press conference” today, and can’t begin to describe my disappointment. While I realize the political establishment is rife with hypocrisy, rarely have I seen a more arrogant display.

You march your wife in to attempt to shame the media and public because it is, “a private affair between a husband and wife.” You certainly didn’t feel that way when someone else (read Clinton) was involved, and in fact built your political career bashing Clinton and calling for his resignation for the same thing for which you are guilty. Why do you think you get a free pass?

You attempted to play the “victim card,” claiming this was all the fault of some of your political enemies. Hogwash Senator! Unless you have proof it was your political enemies calling the brothel from your phone, then this situation is entirely of your making.

I’m not a prude. I don’t care to hear the sexual proclivities of other people…even politicians. I agree it should be between a couple. The government and the media have no business in that part of anyone’s life, but you sir are the one that has taken the fight to the streets. You publicly bashed President Clinton; you demean gay people and try to restrict their rights to live in peace and love who they choose; you demand absolute moral purity from every elected official not “on your side” of the issues; you proclaim your absolute support for “family values” in the public discourse…so no sir, you don’t get a free pass.

You called on another politician to resign for his sexual promiscuity. I expect you to hold yourself to that same standard of conduct.

Aug 042005
 

This morning I listened, as I always do, to NPR‘s Morning Edition. They interviewed Sen. Rick Santorum about his book, It Takes a Family. Clearly, the book’s title is a slam against Hillary Clinton’s book, It Takes a Village. I haven’t read his book, but according to what he said this morning, instead of slamming Hillary, it sounds as if he actually agrees.

At one point Santorum talked about it takes religious institutions, neighbors, schools, etc. to instill good values in children. Sounds like a “village” to me…certainly something more than just a family.

I’d like to throw in my two cents on the topic. I grew up in an extended family. My grandparents lived close, and I spent a lot of time with them, with cousins, with Aunts and Uncles, and I’m glad of that. I have no doubt it gave me some advantages that probably aren’t measurable, but are there nonetheless. However, I know it also took a lot of other people that were part of the community in which I grew up, and I think those other groups and people are even more important for those children that don’t have two parents and other close relatives.

I know most all the teachers I had exercised a great deal of influence over me in a positive way. I know that our neighbors kept an eye on us, and that made us misbehave less. I remember a time after I was finally allowed to “cross the four-lane” to go to the little store and get gas for lawn mower. I usually got 50 cents for a drink and candy too. But not long after that, the next door neighbor was checking in with Mom because she’d seen me crossing the highway. Mom assured her it was now “OK.” but that’s how we were looked after.

So, Rick, children are certainly better off if they are the product of a close and loving family, a unit that takes many faces and complexions, but even you admitted it also takes all these other people and groups….so you really do know Hillary was right and kids are better off if they are part of a “village.”

I think a lot of the problems today come from the fact that we don’t develop relationships with and attachments to our neighbors like we used to. We have no sense of community, as we’re all self-contained. In Tampa, everyone seems to have a lawn service, so I never see kids out mowing lawns. Both parents work, so there are no more coffee cloches. Right now, I’ve lived in my house for nearly four years, and I can’t tell you the names of one set of next door neighbors. (See, I’ll admit to being just as guilty as everyone else.) Continue reading »

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