One theme to emerge in the comments on yesterday's post about Sarah Palin penning an e-mail in God's voice is that a lot of her critics were quite moved by her note:
I am certainly not a Sarah Palin political fan but I thought this email was wonderful. It truly shows that she, as a mother, views her beautiful boy as a blessing and perfect in spite of what society may say. I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to hear those words from your doctor and spend months carrying the baby, not knowing just quite what this extra chromosome means. ... She embraced it and shows unconditional love. Truly refreshing. I wish we all could view everyone in the same light regardless of any differences
I feel exactly the same way. When I see her name in headlines I usually cringe, but this piece of news is actually refreshing!
Lots of others who are not necessarily Palin bashers were also touched:
The tears were filling up my eyes as I read this beautiful, thoughtful, loving message to friends and family near and far. As a special education educator – I must give Sarah Palin applause for her loving acceptance of her son as he is and her desire to share this message to all who would be a part of his life. It is with her leading example that she has set the tone for Trig's arrival and what is sure to be his life filled with as many wonderful memories as can be created. Thank you Sarah Palin for sharing this email with the rest of the world – it's a lesson all of humanity must remember.
And there were also plenty of commenters whose Palin loathing was only deepened by the revelation about the new e-mail:
Deity Watching it all
My eyes filled with tears too. About this "inspired lunatic" and her followers ever thinking that she could or should run a country. It would only end up in more "mixed up things down here", and then the big fellow up there would be really pretty puzzled and helpless. Imagine the mess a muddle brain like failin' Palin would create. No creator could clean that up. Well, we know already that he can't but what the hey, even if we pretend he could ...
OMG, and I use the God part loosely! This woman is even more of a lunatic than I thought. Email from God? Exorcisms? Come on!! And there's people that consider her Presidential. I'd sooner have fruit cake Reagan back and his wife's Astrological guidance to run the country. Like so many of the Bible thumpers, God is your way to deal with your weaknesses and inadequacies. If you have a problem, don't blame yourself, just say it's God's will. Grow up and take responsibility for lives instead of blaming the big magic man in the sky. Geeeeeezzzzzzzz!!!!!!!
I am usually disgusted, disappointed and even angry at everything Palin says and her every action and ALL her political stances. But, like many ofnthe othercomma enters, II found this letter to family and friends both touching and sincere. What a wonderful way to introduce the people who would be in Trig's world to both the challenges and joy Trig would bring. (Not a fan of the names Palin picks for her kids – Trig, Track, Field, Willow, Oak,etc. – that is petty of me – please forgive).
To those who have commented that this letter was employed as a tactic to "use" her children in promoting herself – remember, this was written well before she was chosen as McCain's VP pick. I find I am offended by criticism of Palin in this instance. ( And for those who say Trig isn't Sarah Palin's son – then where did Bristol's actual son come from and in any event, If Sarah and Todd adopted Trig and his biological mom was either Bristol or someone else, which I don't, believe, who cares and why is it our business?)
I am a pro- choice supporter and what pro-lifers forget is that pro-choice means a woman has the right to choose to give birth to a baby, Down's syndrome or not, even if others advise or think she should terminate the pregnancy.
Yep – I have been vocally critical of just about everything Paljn has done or said – but in this instance, as I said previously, I was touched and find Sarah Palin's letter announcing Trig's impending birth as if it was an announcement from God as a particularly sensitive way to address the issue of a Down's syndrome child and consider it an example of a caring mother. Whatever else I think about the Palin's, I would not question their love for their children.
I wonder how many other nefarious ways Sara Palin can 'use' her children? This, as well as the way she has exploited her oldest daughter's illegitimate pregnancy, shows what kind of parent she really is, to me and to those of the rest of the world who are thinking parents.
What if the Holy Ghost impregnated Sarah Palin and Trigger the Down Syndrome Baby is the Second Coming of Jesus? Then what?
Sorry Frank .not exactly a reply to you although I agree with your theory. As to the rest of Palin's America....ARE U NUTS! This is a malignant women who took something that she absolutely did not write herself ( aka....stealing) and you go soft. Bill Maher said it well." I don't wish America was stupid...but they are" .
It's nice that god has talked to her kid thru his mother, but a REAL Christian wouldn't conduct herself the way Sarah Palin does. Calling all of her political foes nasty things is not what a Christian does. You can't become Christ like by writing one letter, you have to live it everyday. It's time for Palin to start treating ALL fellow human beings with kindness and sympathy, not what she is doing on a regular basis.
If Palin had been so positive about this baby's condition, she would not have pretended that the baby was hers. She didn't think that her daughter could handle what this baby would mean. Palin has not publicly produced this baby's birth certificate and hospital records.
The first time I read the letter, I thought it was nice. Sadly, that's where many people stop. But, as I looked closer, I saw how sinister it was. It was disjointed, it jumped back and forth in time, it was a jumble of ideas without coherency.
Most of all, I ask what she has done to continue to care for this special gift that God gave her. She dragged him through the streets half-clothed when she was selling her first book. Now, we haven't even heard about him in ages. She never mentions therapy and has only given $1,000 to a Down syndrome organization (and that wasn't her own money, it was from SarahPAC). I think God expected more when he blessed her with this precious little one. That's one of many reasons that I think she was not pregnant with this boy.
My comment is just about the curious language in Palin's letter as she mentions about the pregnancy "and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to surprise you with the news .... I know you, I knew you'd be better off with just a short time to wait!" Palin posted this letter to her email only a few days before Trig's birth was announced. Yet Trig was born prematurely, 5 weeks early. How on earth did Palin know she was *near the end .... with just a short time to wait?" There are so many photographs of Palin very late into this pregnancy where she does not look pregnant at all that one does wonder if someone else didn't birth this baby only to have him later be announced as the fifth child of the Palins.
So what? A mother cares about her kid. How astounding. Does it mean for one second that she is any more qualified to run this country? Absolutely not. I commend her on her caring for her children. It's true that not all parents care. But lets not confuse this with an action that would actually make her any more capable of being leading political figure in this country.