I have always debated posting political thoughts here, and usually save those for my Facebook page which is generally only viewed by close family and friends, but after reading this article, I was touched enough to post about it here. This blog is, after all, a blog about raising a child with a disability–more specifically a child with a genetic difference.
Politically, I identify myself as a Libertarian. I think federal government should be small, more state-centered, debt-free and that constitutional rights should be steadfastly defended. However, in this election, I am unable to vote for the Libertarian candidate because I believe a vote for a non-viable candidate is a vote for Obama, a man I consider a socialist and a marxist. He is a radical leftist who will lead this country to economic destruction, leave our gas tanks at the mercy of environmental extremists and leave us at the feet of terrorists around the world who are gleefully anticipating his election. At the risk of sounding glib, I consider him the second coming of Jimmy Carter. I remember the economic destruction of the 70s and early 80s far too well being an Iowa girl.
Obama believes government is the solution to all of society’s ills, even though he himself, and his family, made it quite well in this mean, evil country, without much help from the government. In the Obama’s convention speeches each bragged about how their families sacrificed and worked hard, despite hardship so their children could achieve something better in the world. They even sent their children to Ivy League colleges. The Obamas have amassed great wealth as a result. Hmmm….hard work and responsibility can help one’s family achieve the American dream? Really? Out of the other sides of their mouths they declared it impossible to achieve the American dream without a nanny state. So which is it Senator & Mrs. Obama? They’ve declared American broken and soulless, but America sure has been good to them. And they made their achievements under a government that was largely led by conservatives. The hypocrisy is rampant.
McCain is too left leaning for me as well, but I’ve reluctantly felt I must hold my nose and pull the lever for him. He’s the lesser “left” of the two evils.
But then Sarah Palin came along as McCain’s running mate. She is the mother of a child with Down Syndrome. A child she felt was “perfect” from the beginning, even with an extra chromosome. A child she chose to have because she knew early in her pregnancy he would have Down Syndrome. It is believed that up to 90% of babies with Down Syndrome are aborted. This is a widely practiced and acceptable form of eugenics, and as the author of the article I linked to above says “a sign we are becoming a culture of death”. We are sadly a culture that does not value people who are deemed less than “perfect”…genetically, physically, or intellectually. It even shows in our language (see my Tropic Thunder opinions).
At least we know that when it comes to pro-life issues, Sarah Palin walks the walk. Whether she wants to be or not, I consider her a member of the same sisterhood I belong to. If McCain and Palin win in November, I feel Baylee and mothers like me will have an advocate in the White House.
Obama touts himself as the man who will stand for the people with ethnic, religious and cultural differences, but he won’t stand for those who have genetic differences. It’s above his pay grade.
Even though my intention was to always vote for McCain, let’s just say I won’t be holding my nose anymore when I go to pull the lever for him and Gov. Palin.
Every person, every life, has value.