Sunday, August 31, 2008

CNN: Will Palin Neglect Child as VP?

CNN's John Roberts cached reporter Dana Bash off-guard on Friday asking if Sarah Palin will neglect her child, who has Down's syndrome, if she become vice president. "The baby is just slightly more than four months old now. Children with Down's syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?"

Bash, who was visibly troubled by the question, kept her composure. "That's a very good question, and I guess -- my guess is that, perhaps, the line inside the McCain campaign would be, if it were a man being picked who also had a baby, but -- you know, four months ago with Down's syndrome, would you ask the same question?"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am appalled that Governor Palin has accepted the nomination of VP. She has five kids. My mother sacrificed everything for me so that me and my brothers and sisters could have the love, social skills and other life tools that we needed to go out into the world.

She is a mother of a "newborn" child with Down's Syndrome! As a parent and even more as a mother I would want to know that the person who was in the office of the White House made sacrifices for their children. I believe that this is outright neglect. If she was any ordinary white , black, or latino woman with five kids, one of which was was 17 and pregnant, she was be morally and ethically judged and ridiculed. But, because she is white, rich, privileged and a Republican, she is being praised and viewed as someone whom American woman can "relate to".

In America we often praise women for their moral and fundamental judgments, for their incredible sacrifices for the their children, and to do what Palin is doing (accepting the nomination) demoralizes what all women should have, undying and unconditional love for their children. If her lack of focus on her family has ultimately resulted in an unwanted pregnancy for her underaged daughter, one might be forced to ask, what then might be in store for her disabled newborn?

I believe that many Republicans often shift the responsibility of raising their children to others (i.e. grandparents, family members, nanny's) not because they have to sacrifice for them or work hard but often because they would rather keep up "appearances" than raise their children properly themselves. " Oh Ms. Minnie has the kids, she's a charming little black woman" or "Oh I sent Johnny up to Boarding School, he's out of control."

All this, not to mention, is she really prepared to step in and be the next President of the United States? I think that the answer is obvious.