News today is that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. I’m sure this will arouse the lefty crowd even though the even nastier rumor they were spreading has been debunked. Apparently the McCain campaign felt they needed to announce this private matter now because of the nasty left smears of Palin and her daughter.
The 17-year-old unwed daughter of John McCain’s new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is five-months pregnant, Palin and her husband, Todd Palin, said Monday in a written statement.
McCain’s campaign told FOX News that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate knew about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he chose Palin as his running mate last Friday, and that Bristol is planning to marry the father of her child.
“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us,” the Palins said in the statement. “Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.”
The Palins asked the media to respect their family’s privacy.
“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”
A McCain campaign spokesman told FOXNews.com that Bristol’s pregnancy was considered a “private, family matter” that had “absolutely nothing to do” with her mother’s candidacy.
I have to admit this is a twist I wasn’t expecting, but certainly does not change the excitement that I have for Palin as the running mate for McCain. Although this is especially difficult for Palin’s daughter, at least she has decided on her own to have the child and to marry the father. THAT, my friends, is good news.
Look at what the Palin’s have decided, not just for Bristol and her baby, but also for Sarah and Todd’s baby, Trig…..they decided that life is the only answer.
Contrast that with what Obama would do if his daughter were pregnant— Well, if we take him at his word, he wouldn’t “punish one of my daughters with a baby”:
My heart goes out to Bristol, especially, and to the Palin family. While the joy of a new baby is always something to look forward to, Bristol will have to grow up faster than I’m sure her parents would like.
Best wishes to Bristol and her new family.
UPDATE 9/1/08 – More reaction and great points about how classy people handle such a situation:
But it’s fitting that in this moment, one of the toughest a young woman can face, Bristol Palin has chosen on her own to take the right path. This baby is not a “punishment,”, as Obama so famously said; it is not an object to be destroyed, as Obama argued for in the Illinois State Senate; he or she is a human life, one worthy of receiving the love of a mother and father. And we rejoice in the knowledge that a family will receive this blessing into the world.
Have no doubts about this: Bristol Palin is brave. Braver than any of the hideous bloggers, hiding in their anonymity, who throw muck at her mother and who will doubtlessly revile her decision. Braver than the foes of the right to life who would offer her a knife and a vacuum to end this minor inconvenience. Brave enough to know that it’s not enough to talk about doing the right thing – it’s doing that right thing when the moment calls for it the most.
We thank her for making this choice now – her child will thank her forever.
This kind of savage smear campaign by leftists and so-called “feminists” — a campaign that forced a young woman to make public a very private matter in order to stop vicious rumors about the Palin family — suggests that, when it comes to “privacy concerns” (NSA data mining for terrorists = bad; demanding the release of a Governor’s medical records = good; parental notification for abortions performed on women under a certain age = bad; insisting that the world be privy to the private sexual and family concerns of the seventeen-year-old daughter of a conservative = good), “progressives” care about such things only insofar as it protects their political interests and advances their political agenda.
The left, as it has now been shown in one of the ugliest incidences of McCarthyite bullying I can remember, has no core belief in privacy, or even an investment in actual “choice” for women — unless the woman in question falls in line with their particular orthodoxies, that is. Anyone else is an “anti-woman” woman, and as such is subject to public exposure and ridicule……..
…………….Wonder how the product of a single mom, Barry O!, will treat this shameless wilderness hussy…?
Punishment, eh? Baby Trig might beg to differ about his life being a punishment for his mama…and Barack’s sentiment is a far cry from Sarah Palin’s, who supports her daughters decision and appears ready and willing to help her daughter through the trials she’s about to face…trials that lots of families across the country face every day. Palin didn’t send her kid off to a camp, or try to pass off the pregnancy. She did what any compassionate mother would do.
Of course, I understand the left will never see it as a boon — like Allah says, the left, who is normally so much for teen pregnancy, they practically allow kids to get firsthand knowledge on school grounds, will cackle with glee at the thought of a woman with a religious conviction having a pregnant kid and will undoubtedly come up with a marvelously convenient story about how Palin keeps her kid locked in a basement forcing her to have babies, dress in rags and polish her hoop earrings. Never mind that real life is informing how she feels about one of the most important issues — the dispositive issue — for feminists today.
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