October 13, 2008
When teenagers have more class than adults
Trig Palin has been a touchstone of moral value in the national discourse. Sarah Palin eloquently speaks to the value of human life
When I learned that my son Trig would have special needs, I had to prepare my heart for the challenges to come. At first I was scared, and Todd and I had to ask for strength and understanding. But I can tell you a few things I’ve learned already.Vesus an eugenist ideology that posits humans are to be valued as objects - and damaged ones should not be suffered to live
Yes, every innocent life matters. Everyone belongs in the circle of protection. Every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance.
"...it is crucial to reaffirm the morality of aborting a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome (or by extension, any unborn fetus)"This latter ethos of death is prevelant in contemporary American culture. It is worthy to note those teens who speak Truth to that Power.
Never has the selection of a homecoming queen sent so many tears falling so freely.Remember this the next time the moral morons of the Left call Trig "a prop" or are outraged he wasn't aborted.
Kristin Pass, an 18-year-old senior with Down syndrome, became Aledo High School's homecoming queen Friday to a joyous standing ovation and the flutter of a thousand tissues on a remarkable night for an amazing young woman.
Her grandfather, Dr. David Campbell of Corsicana, escorted her onto the field and gave her a quick kiss on the cheek as Kristin joined eight other young women in the Homecoming Court to await the results of the vote, cast by the 360-plus members of Aledo High's senior class
Then came the announcement ... and pandemonium.
"Oh my gosh! I was sitting in the student section and everyone stood up, crying and cheering for Kristin," said longtime friend and fellow senior Meaghan Geary, 17, who first met Kristin in the third grade. "It was great!"
Carolyn Pass stood at the edge of the football field, taking pictures of her daughter and friends' daughters in the court, when the stadium erupted.
"It's just something you can't even imagine," she said. "And afterward, everyone was just running down to her, congratulating her. And the other girls in the court, they're all just beautiful girls, inside and out."
Posted by Darleen at October 13, 2008 08:22 AM
Oh my Gosh, Darleen, that was so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Nice Deb at October 13, 2008 09:00 AM
I love hearing stories like this. There's hope for this generation yet!
Posted by: Nicki at October 13, 2008 09:03 AM
Oh, that is wonderful. What a happy day!
Posted by: Beth Donovan at October 13, 2008 09:34 AM
Trig Palin isn't a prop, the Palins just treat him like one. I feel for the kid who has such uncaring and cynical parents. Thankfully Sarah will be out of national politics by the time he's old enough for this to really affect him.
Posted by: Josh at October 13, 2008 09:56 AM
Good God, Josh, you are a cynical, indecent bastard.
Or you have no clue about authentic loving families. We take our kids everywhere. What, the Palin's were supposed to be good eugenists and lock him away in a attic somewhere?
you meshuggah schmuck.
Posted by: Darleen at October 13, 2008 10:01 AM
Josh - I pray that you are never blessed with a special needs child. If the Palins are uncaring and cynical then you are bordering Satan yourself.
Posted by: Merri at October 13, 2008 10:47 AM
Josh, your just another example of the real liberals. Unthinking, uncaring,punks. For once america is beginning to see the blind hatred behind the liberal mask.
Posted by: marine 43 at October 13, 2008 11:26 AM
Josh, if you are so concerned about Trig, perhaps you should do something - call CPS of Alaska. List all your charges of neglect and abuse, substantiated by more than your shallow-minded opinions of course.
Josh, what? No comment from you about how moving the story was of the teenagers?? Color me stunned.
Darlene, it was a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it.
Posted by: Conservative Belle at October 13, 2008 02:25 PM
Great story that shows that young people are more tolerant and open-minded and loving than many adults - especially the liberals who believe he should have been aborted. You can't watch the Palin family on stage and not see the genuine love and caring among the family members for each other. And it is my understanding that Trig goes everywhere with his mother because he's being breastfed.
Posted by: carol at October 13, 2008 03:36 PM
Nice story, but what a beast Darleen is. She is so filled with hate she really can't conceive of the concept that just because people disagree with her doesn't make them eeeeeeeeeeeevil people who are filled with lust for abortion. Seriously, Darleen, you're a beast and a total freak.
Sure, the baby should go where his mom is. That doesn't mean he has to be brought into public settings and waved around like a flag. He's not there when it's inconvenient. I didn't see Sarah carrying him in a huggy when she was doing her walking tour of Manhattan. She didn't come out on the ice in Philly. Clearly, Sarah decides when and where she wants to display him. The convention nonsense was bad enough but the debate display was just grotesque.
This is not a good mother. If she's being used as a standard bearer for conservative family values, then God help you all. Let's see. So far she has exploited her son's military service for political gain. She coldheartedly exposed her pregnant teenager to national ridicule. She marched her little seven year old out on to the ice to guaranteed boos from the notorious Philly fans. And she has shamelessly exploited her right to life baby - the baby she never had any interest in sharing his first year with apparently. Both she and her husband are disgraces as parents.
It fits with the conservative families I know personally. The typical rightwing kid gets drunk at football games, drives drunk, has drunken parties with their drunken mom and dad. The guys tend to be misogynist, the girls tend to be sexually active waaaaaay too young. Of course they lie about it. That's part of the "family values". In general, education is NOT a conservative family value. Meanwhile, our four liberal kids are drug free, all graduated (or are on track to graduate) in the top ten of their class and are joyful, friendly contributors to the community - through scouting, as mentors and as tutors.
Don't let them beat you down, Josh. You're saying what most common sense Americans are saying about the abysmal parenting of the Palins. It's a disgrace, but in three weeks they'll all be gone for good.
["gone for good" -- a wish or a threat, Leah-loon? ... I do believe you are insanely jealous of the Palins. Maybe you should look to your values to see why you are so obviously lacking in your life.....ed.]
Posted by: Leah at October 13, 2008 03:54 PM
Isn't it a coincidence that disagreeing with Darleen automatically makes you a "loon" or "indecent"? Jealous of the Palins? Jealous of uneducated white trash? Jealous of someone whose teenage kid is being married off to a high school dropout because her neglected sex education resulted in a childhood abbreviated by pregnancy? Yes, that's what we all dream of for our precious daughters.
Darleen, dear, the tired slander you used to revel in has expired. Even your silly troll sign is hopelessly outdated. Bush is going down into history as the worst president we've ever had, one whose done more damage to our country that a generation will be able to repair. And this silly embarrassment of a Veep "candidate" is fast on her way to her destiny as permanent punch line and a bit of obscure historic trivia . But keep spewing your bile all the way down, Darleen. It's fun watching the Wicked Witch stew in her own bitterness. And keep those Palin 2012 buttons too. They'll fetch five bucks at a flea market in a few years. LOL!
Posted by: Leah at October 13, 2008 05:16 PM
Most good parents spend their time with their infants actually parenting, not trotting them out on stage. Keeping an infant child up until 11pm just so he can be on stage at a campaign event is just not good parenting.
Conservative Belle, not every instance of bad parenting is grounds for CPS action. The Palins aren't neglectful, just terrible role models for parents of young children. They don't distinguish between family and politics, so it's not surprising that they exploit poor Trig.
Don't worry, Leah, I'm well aware that the Sarah cultists hear can't bear any criticism of The One. Their frantic flailing is great entertainment.
Also, Darleen, you really really can't pull off yiddish, shiksa.
Posted by: Josh at October 13, 2008 06:55 PM
How funny, Darleen: you've got your own cult of DDS (Darleen Derangement Syndrome) going here!
It's hilarious that a heartwarming story about high school students honoring someone afflicted with Down Syndrome would bring out the long knives on this tired old story about Trig being used as a "prop."
An the hope--the hope!--that Sarah will disappear from the national stage! I just cannot think of a way to break it to your "fan club" that no matter what happens in this election, Palin isn't going anywhere very soon . . .
Posted by: Attila Girl at October 13, 2008 09:44 PM
So, Josh, I guess to your "advanced" way of thinking, Palin should stay home with her children, 'cause you know that's where a mother belongs.
How very progressive of you.
Posted by: Cowboy at October 14, 2008 02:53 AM
Well, Sarah won't disappear after the election. She'll go back to Alaska. Where this morning her local paper, the Anchorage had this to say about her:
Sarah Palin's reaction to the Legislature's Troopergate report is an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation.
She claims the report "vindicates" her. She said that the investigation found "no unlawful or unethical activity on my part."
Her response is either astoundingly ignorant or downright Orwellian.
Is what she did indictable? No. But it wasn't appropriate, especially for someone elected as an ethical reformer. And her Orwellian claims of "vindication" make this blemish on her record look even worse.
You asked us to hold you accountable, Gov. Palin. Did you mean it?
Bottom line: Gov. Palin, read the report. It says you violated the ethics law.
I think the Sarah Cult is going to have a hard time worshipping their dear leader now that her career is ending on both fronts. But take heart. She might get reelected. After all, she's in the grand tradition of corrupt Alaskan Republicans. So all hope isn't lost.
Posted by: Leah at October 14, 2008 03:06 AM
Cut myself off there...the quotes from the Anchorage Daily News.
Posted by: Leah at October 14, 2008 03:08 AM
What, Todd can't stay home with the kid, "Cowboy"? That never occurred to you? Telling.
Posted by: Josh at October 14, 2008 11:20 AM
Todd doesn't look like the Mr. Mom type. I wonder who IS caring for this poor poster child. It certainly isn't either of his coldhearted ruthlessly ambitious parents.
When I first heard that McCain's VP choice was the mother of a Downs child, I assumed he was at least 3 or 4 years old. It never occurred to me that any woman would want to be ripped from her newborn just to pursue political ambition. I can see it happening involuntarily to a service woman or a mom who needs to take a job to survive. But this woman already had a job that kept her from her babe. She must really be one coldhearted bitch - not only in how she's abandoned this little one, but in the exploitation and lack of respect she shows for the others as well. Loved how she took the first grader on to the ice in Philly specifically to deflect the boos she KNEW were coming - that's a Mommy Dearest act if I ever saw one. I can't really figure out if her cult followers love her because they just can't see what a phony she is or if they're looking for validation because they're just like her.
Posted by: Leah at October 14, 2008 03:23 PM
You are seriously not normal. You really should look at the outrageous hatred you spew, and ask yourself: does that really look normal to you? Wouldn't you find it more worthy of point-and-laugh derision if you read the same sort of things written by someone with whom you disagreed politically?
Good grief. This is why I don't do blogs any more. I'm soooooo sick of these ridiculous crazy people and their brazen intellectual dishonesty - but mostly, their irrational anger and hatred.
Get a life, Leah. Get a life, Josh. All that hate and dishonesty can't be doing you any good in your lives.
(Well, sorta LOL. Mostly eyerolling-LOL.)
P.S. Hi Darleen & my other grrlz here! Miss y'all! xxoo
Posted by: Beth at October 14, 2008 04:10 PM
How is it that all of you critics of Palin's parenting style/skills seem to know so much about how much time she spends with this baby and the rest of her children? Are you with them 24/7 to see how often she holds her son, feeds him, rocks him to sleep, changes his diapers, dresses him, loves on him, etc...
Babies at that age sleep all the time. When I saw Trig on stage with her after the debate, he appeared to be sleeping even then when she was patting him on the back.
Since when can't politicians have their families with them? No one criticizes male politicians who work in Washington when they have young infants at home. No one questions how much time they spend or how they mix parenting and politics. No one criticizes male politicians who bring their children (young and in diapers) or grandchildren to campaign events.
It is your blind rage for Palin that prevents you from hiding your double-standard. Tsk, tsk.
Posted by: Conservative Belle at October 14, 2008 04:11 PM
It's not blind rage, it's my own experience as the mother of four beautiful kids. This woman is running for Vice President of the United States of America. To think that's compatible with nurturing a newborn is pure idiocy. To pretend it has any connection to a "loving family" (such as Darleen thinks only righwingers have) is cynicism of the highest order.
It's true the baby does sleep a lot more than a typical five month old. I assume that's the Downs. I know my kids at five months never stayed still for a second and had already cut way down on sleep. They would have been squirming, crying, pulling hair, yanking off glasses, etc. in all the situations we've seen poor little Trig in. It makes it that much easier for his creepy parents to exploit him in ways a more average infant could not be. All the more sick.
Posted by: Leah at October 14, 2008 04:17 PM
I don't have rage for Palin. I mostly feel sorry for her. She's way out of her league and she's a drag on the ticket. She could have been a contender if she'd stayed a governor, got some knowledge and seasoning, and come onto the national scene in 10 years. Unfortunately McCain needed a gimmick and she was it, and now she's destined to be a joke like Dan Quayle. She's not entirely blameless, of course, since someone with more self-awareness and humility would have realized they weren't up to the task and declined the offer.
Very young children need a stable environment and a regular schedule. Getting trotted out on stage as a campaign prop whenever the needs strikes isn't conducive to a stable environment. Those are simply the facts, even though they cause the Cult of Sarah to sputter with rage.
Posted by: Josh at October 14, 2008 05:34 PM
How original, Darleen. You have the creatvitiy of a true wingnut robot!
On one level the Bush Derangement and the Palin Derangement syndromes are real. It was galling for patriotic, intelligent Americans to watch the lemmings on the right worship the mediocrity that was Bush, and it's equally ridiculous to watch them worshipping this manipulative masterpiece named Palin.
But Darleen misses the key difference. In between Bush and Palin, the country woke up. Far, far fewer Americans are willing to have their egos stroked with patronizing "praise" about their six pack addictions. Every day the polls show that more and more Americans actually want a President who can THINK. They want a President whose smarter than them, which makes more than a bit of sense, considering he'll be dealing with problems so much more complex than the ones hockeymomjoesixpacks ever have to deal with.
So the amazement you're seeing this time, Darleen, is of a totally different nature. YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE THIS ONE!!!! Our long national nightmare of mediocrity, lies and shitting on the Constitution is coming to an end. It's just your luck I found your blog, a place of the blindest hatred and the stupidest political agitprop, and decided to land here and gloat in your glorious demise. Cheers! To you and all of Sarah's Girlz. LOL!
Posted by: Leah at October 15, 2008 02:31 AM
Bush is not Hitler, Chimpy, or an idiot. Obama is not a terrorist, arab, or reparationist. They’re manipulative politicians who laugh at all of us little bitty bickering ants the way mean kids laugh at downs syndrome kids behind their backs. I hate you . I hate all of you.
Posted by: centristderangementsyndrome at October 15, 2008 05:47 PM
Leah, it's odd that you should call Darleen a robot considering I've read almost everything you and Josh have typed (note I didn't say written) in half a dozen "progressive" sites.
Posted by: Cowboy at October 16, 2008 11:50 AM
Wow, there are so many distortions and outright fabrications in some of the comments that I'd be up all night typing if I tried to rebut each and every one! Since I actually have a life, I'll take a pass on that!
However, I MUST respond to at least one particularly galling comment. Leah blasts Gov. Palin because she "coldheartedly exposed her pregnant teenager to national ridicule." Leah, you're either ignorant or you have a very short memory. If you recall, it was the left-wing blogs that forced that particular piece of private family information out into the public eye. Within 24 hours after McCain announced Palin as his VP selection, Daily Kos and others started circulating the insane rumor that Sarah had FAKED her pregnancy to "cover for" her daughter Bristol, who was the real mother of baby Trig!!!! Because our culture has been totally dumbed down by liberal schools and liberal media over the last 40 years, people actually BELIEVED this loopy shit. The McCain campaign, which had previously had every intention of letting Bristol's private life stay private, released the information that Bristol herself was pregnant IN ORDER TO DISPEL THE STUPID LEFTIST RUMORS THAT BRISTOL HAD GIVEN BIRTH TO BABY TRIG FIVE MONTHS EARLIER.
I've not forgiven the media for actually giving attention to that ridiculous leftwingnut rumor. Had the media not given credence to Kos, things would never have built to the point that the McCain campaign had no choice but to disprove the rumor. It's as if the media were to give serious attention to a rumor that Elvis had impregnated a six-year-old girl who'd been abducted by space aliens and then gave birth to a two-headed reincarnation of princess Anastasia. Spare me!
Interesting that the National Enquirer and other supermarket tabloids are owned by Democrats, huh? Tells you something about the intellectual level?
Posted by: Kathy from Kansas at October 19, 2008 08:14 PM