People who know me, know that I do not DO politics, even during an election year. Yes, I read about the candidates, listen to their positions and promises, and then vote in the hopes that it wasn’t a completely irresponsible pull of the lever. However, this year is different.
Sarah Palin has grabbed my interest. Enough that I listened to her entire speech at the RNC. Heck, I even listened to Former Mayor Rudy Guiliani. The one thing that I absolutely cannot stand, no matter who is making the speech is the negative slams that go back and forth between the parties and the candidates. Frankly, I don’t give two bits about the negative stuff. I want to know what YOU stand for! Geesh! The rhetoric makes me want to vomit, to be perfectly blunt. Thus the slams voiced by Guiliani and Palin, despite hers being a bit more smooth in deliverance, evoked the same feeling.
For a first time speech in front of a huge audience, both at the convention and on nationally broadcasted television, I thought she did a heck of a good job. She was confident, funny, direct, and pulled no punches. She grabbed the heartstrings of any parent or caregiver that has a special needs child, people who live in small town America, hockey moms, PTA parents, and parents of teens who were/are pregnant. I liked her. I liked her a lot.
She lives in a town that raises children like Levi who got on a plane to stand by the side of his pregnant girlfriend and held her hand. That says a lot about the young man. Yes, yes, I know…pregnancy outside of wedlock, he got her pregnant,…blah, blah. But I ask, how many young men step up to the plate in a situation like that? Very few.
I am not sure how I feel about a woman being in the second seat in the White House, and the potential of being in the first. It just doesn’t seem right somehow. Does a woman belong in such a position of leadership? Are women made with the internal fortitude to make those tough decisions at 3:00 a.m.? I mean, what if she is PMSing and the decision needs to be made to pick up that red phone? And I am not trying to be funny! Have you people ever tried to deal with a woman who is pre-menopausal or PMSing?! We can be very, very cranky!! Also, women are made to give life. We are made to nurture. We are made to be a help meet.
Yet at the same time I am rather frosted at the fact that people (specifically the media) toss out the same exact statements! She has a special needs child. Where will she be when Trig needs his mommy? Or for that matter any of her children? What? The kids don’t have a dad?! Of course they do!
Yes I know. I am talking out of both sides of my mouth. That is evidence of my torn feelings about the Palin V.P. Perhaps I am just an old conservative type who is having a hard time moving with the times. I just don’t know. I do know that during the next two months, I shall be doing some praying in order to vote responsibly.
However, we must admit, the lady has guts. And I admire her greatly for her courage to step up to the plate like she has.
And heck, what’s not to love about the woman who made the comment…
…”What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick!”
True. Too true.