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Bristol Palin is pregnant, just like Obama's mom

As is well-know by now, Bristol Palin, Governor Palin's 17 year-old daughter, is pregnant. The McCain-Palin campaign released this information because of the completely inane speculations of the Far Left blogosphere about Governor Palin's pregnancy. Bristol, who needs our prayers and respect, has chosen life, and will marry the baby's father.

There is a certain irony in all this: Ann Dunham (b. Nov. 29, 1942) was 18 when she gave birth to Barack Obama II on August 4, 1961. Thus, it is likely that Ann was pregnant at 17 with a child sired by a 24 year-old Kenyan exchange student.

Life presents us with certain hardships, some of which are the consequences of our actions. These are the times at which the exercise of virtue becomes the most difficult as well as the most rewarding. Thankfully, there are still many Ann Dunhams and Bristol Palins residing in our communities. We have much to learn from them.

(Cross-posted)

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From all apparent evidence, Sen. Obama is pleased with his mother's choice. Well, abortion was technically illegal in 1961, but one wonders what little Barack's chances of being born would have been if it had been 1981. This is no reflection on the character of Ann Dunham, but that's a tough situation for a young girl to be in, in this day and age. All disagreement's with Mr. Obama notwithstanding, his existence on our planet is an objective, unqualified good.

Surreal. So Sarah Palin's daughter actually is being "punished with a baby". How long before we hear that this is all part of the Rovian strategy?

Fight for life, but without self-righteousness.

"We have much to learn from them."

Such as "keep your pants on" and "don't get knocked up before marriage?"

There's a Chris Rock routine that goes "When did we start congratulating people for doing what they're supposed to do?"

You're not supposed to abort your Down's syndrome baby. You're not supposed to abort your kid even if you're an unmarried teenager.

The romanticization of the virtues (or rather, the "difficulty") of unmarried pregnancy is the correlate of the romanticized exploitation of pre-marital sex.

Conservatives are so deathly afraid of discouraging a pregnant young woman from the path of minimal pro-life virtue that they are unwilling to condemn pre-marital sex. You know a lot has been lost when even conservatives are excusing bastardy.

Also, does anyone else have doubts about Miss Palin's upcoming marriage? What if she wanted to break up with her boyfriend, but now feels compelled to go through with marriage for the baby's sake or for mom's political career? Her full and free consent is potentially impaired.

While I'm stirring half-relevant controversies, does anyone wonder how the Women's Caucus of the DNC would react to an "Obama should have been aborted" T-shirt?

"Beloved, even if we should attain the very pinnacle of virtue, let us consider ourselves least of all, as we have learned that pride is able to cast down even from the heavens the person who does not take heed, and humility of mind is able to bring up on High from the very abyss of sin the person who knows how to be sober. For this is what placed the Publican before the Pharisee. By pride I mean an overwhelming boastful spirit, surpassing even incorporeal powers, that of the devil himself while humility of mind and acknowledgment of sins by the robber is what brought him into Paradise before the Apostles." —St. John Chrysostom

Let's see...an ex-beauty pagent winner...with a undergraduate degree in jounalism...who does not believe in global warming...who does believe a woman should have no control over her own body and for 9 months should be viewed as nothing more than a baby container...who's main attributes seem to be stubborness and vicious competiveness... who has had next to no experience in goverment...who has a currently very messy family situation given that she had recently given birth to a downs syndrome baby, has a 17 year old daughter who is unwed and pregnant and is facing investigation for using her political office to smear her ex-brother-in-law and get him fired (he is in a custody battle with her sister)...who seems to be in bed with big oil...who is running for VP...whose running mate is 72 and is a cancer survivor...who has no foreign policy background and in fact has only been out of the country twice...who may become President of the country I love at a time when it faces the most complex foreign policy issues, economic issues and domestic issues it has in decades...Why does this sound like a totally unbelievably bad novel???? I for one am terrified and can not understand what Mr. McCain was thinking!!!!This young woman lack the necessary experience and has way to much on her personal plate right now!!!I suggest she respectfully decline and free herself up to give her unwed daughter and disabled son the attention they need...this if family values!!!

"We have much to learn from them."

Such as "keep your pants on" and "don't get knocked up before marriage?"

It's time now for Jesus to write your name in the sand. It will appear next to mine.

How do you live with such anger?


Rebecca-- no need to place your boilerplate comment into multiple threads.

Plenty of valid points there, Kevin. This is the age where doing the minimally right thing after getting ourselves into trouble is considered heroic virtue.

I understand that we shouldn't talk self-righteously, but in this context I do remember a fascinating piece of prose by Peggy Noonan, I believe. She wrote about a girl graduating from her high school who was pregnant, how she got a standing ovation when she received her diploma, and how Peggy looked at the girl next to her (could it have been her own sister?) and said something like, "She's having a baby..." where the implication was, "Why are we all standing up and cheering?" And she said that this was one of those moments when you feel the culture shift. I think that's true. I mean, if (God forbid) someone close to me, like a daughter, were in that situation, and I had to (God forbid) make a public statement about the matter, I'd try to find some way to work in some word like "wrong," as in, "My beloved daughter and her fiance do realize that they have done wrong, and they are seeking now to live as the Lord would have them live from here on out. They need all our support, our love, and our prayers." Etc.

This is a plus. As Mark Steyn points out in his recent best seller, America Alone, if our western civilization is demographically to survive in the increasingly “hostile to the west” islamic world — and not end up like the sinking European populations — these are the precise people (the Bristol Palins’) we should thank for increasing their progeny.

"How do you live with such anger?"

An angry, brutal remark.

C'mon Francis. You have no anger? Did Christ suffer such pangs of agony for Rebecca and not for you? Never mind Rebecca's anger. She has problems with this candidate. Can you answer her without personal observations or self-righteousness?

Rebecca:
1. Pro-life persons look at a pregnant woman as a mother, not a mere baby container. The title "mother" is one of the most honorable titles in the world. You degrade it.

2. A degree in journalism is apparently not something to be scoffed at because so many of your talking points come from (left wing) journalists.

3. Palin does not believe in global warming for one very good reason: It isn't true. Perhaps you ought to read the conclusions put forth by the Cornwall Alliance on this point: http://www.cornwallalliance.org

4. Indeed, Palin is stubborn and competitive -- against political corruption, even in her own party, and she worked successfully to bring it down. It's a good thing, and in comparison to Obama's flat platitudes, it towers. Yes, she's under investigation. That's what happens when you anger people in power. They try to get you back. Are you willing to see how it all turns out, or have you already made up your mind?

5. Given that Palin is the ONLY one of the four major candidates with executive experience, you cannot criticize her without doubly criticing her opponents at the same time. Further, because her state borders both Canada and Russia, she deals with foreign governments repeatedly. By comparison, Obama's a half-term junior senator who has spent more than half of his half-term running for another office. But I do concede that Obama and Biden have her beat on the plagiarism issue. They indeed have more experience: Obama stealing from Deval Patrick and Biden from N. Kinnock -- not to mention Biden's earlier plagiarism in law school. Now, if only we could get either of them to start plagiarizing Ronald Reagan.

6. Yes, Governor Palin gave birth to a baby with Down Syndrome. She did so because, unlike Obama -- who has identified even some healthy babies as a punishment -- she properly understands the full worth and dignity of every human being, regardless of his or her physical challenges. Palin's a mother, not a killer. Her daughter is too. So was Obama's mother, who once was in exactly the same situation as the governor's daughter. But Obama's mother didn't kill in order to get out of it

Was Bristol Palin's baby sired by a Muslim Kenyan exchange student? I'm really having a hard time with the comparison...

Both women were pregnant at 17. Both kept (or will keep) the baby.

"...because her state borders both Canada and Russia, she deals with foreign governments repeatedly. "

Do you take us for idiots? She would have dealt with the governor of a Russian oblast, someone on the same executive level.

I haven't been fifteen years old for a long time, and I'm not impressed by a candidate who rides a Harley or can shoot a moose at five hundred yards. When I consider a candidate for high federal office I'm not looking for 'cool.' In foreign affairs the Republicans have Richard Lugar. In pro-life issues they have Sam
Brownback. The choice of Palin looks like the result of a cynical political calculation. Is it, or not?

"Palin does not believe in global warming for one very good reason: It isn't true."

Alas, global climate change is real. If Palin attains high office she will have to deal with it. In any case, of all the governors in the country, Palin should be most familiar with the signs of climate change.

I will not vote for Obama because of his social policies. That doesn't mean I'm going to swoon over his opponents. I very much resent being patronized, and I'm not alone in that.

Welcome to dissent, Pavel. Lots of folks disagree with you, which doesn't mean either you or they are 15.

By the way, Pavel, in my response to Rebecca, which you twice quoted, I did not mention anything at all about Palin shooting a moose, riding a Harley, or being cool. If you have a problem with those who say such things, tell them.

Nor did I say that as governor of Alaska she dealt directly with foreign heads of state. You just filled in that blank yourself and got offended by the way you filled it in.

As for global warming, I await your detailed refutation of the arguments put forth on the website I linked.


Welcome to dissent, Pavel.

No, Michael. Dissent comes in different kinds. Beckwith's comment was a sloppy shot from the hip.

For a better example, I've often looked to Michael Novak's maturity in online conversation. But he's an older man, and I reckon we can't expect the same from young bucks.

What really matters in dissent is direction, rather than being right and ready for a smack down. There are sports enough for that.


To Terry, I didn't say "Muslim." I said merely "Kenyon." Barack Obama, Sr. was an atheist, according to every biographical essay I've read.

I've removed Charles' slander of Bristol Palin.

To Pavel, maybe its time for Scotty to beam you up. :-) Of course, I get angry, especially when people confuse the proper application of anger with visceral linguistic flatulence. Gov. Palin kicked some butt in Alaska, mostly corrupt Republican rear. So, what do you expect from Rebecca and others, who in their narrative can't believe that the athletic, attractive, Christian, non-lesbian girl next store can actually be smart, sincere, and devout, all at the same time. This is why they want to find a stain of any sort so that they can strike a blow against her "perfection," even it means dragging down her family and her children.

This is starting to feel like a Wellstone funeral. So, please continue. Unleash your hatred and lose the election. Be my guest.

And by the way, once "family" and friends become an issue, you won't need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

Kudos to Rebecca Burt for speaking a simple, commonsense truth that all conservatives would once have instantly understood but that a great many so-called conservatives have now lost the ability to understand, namely that Palin

"has way too much on her personal plate right now! I suggest she respectfully decline and free herself up to give her unwed daughter and disabled son the attention they need."

"Unleash your hatred and lose the election."

The only object I have on a leash is a 25 pound terrier. Unleashing her may result in an application of dog spit.

I live in DC. Any suggestion as to how the Republicans can win three electoral votes in DC? By personal observation the nearest McCain lawn sign is in Silver Spring, Maryland. One.

I don't know how many times I've repeated on blogs - supposing that it matters to anyone - that I'm not going to vote for Obama, but it's still assumed that not falling in love with the Republican ticket means support of Obama.

Far too many on both the Left and Right apply the concept of Total War to their perverse understanding of political engagement, and each views destroying the reputations of their opponents families as the "collateral damage" necessary to achieving victory. Is there really any point in defending Sarah Palin by resorting to the squalid tactics of partisan carney-barkers?

The reason so few in the pro-life movement achieve prominence on the national stage of politics are the compromises involved. Few are interested in conforming to party orthodoxy on a host of other issues, or in applying the dark arts of the modern campaign in the service of a moral cause. What we see unfold in the coming weeks will likely further discourage the political upward mobility of pro-lifers.


Kevin,

I agree. One thing that worries me, being on the democrat side, is the tactics used by the Rove types. McCain, quite incomprehensibly hired on the smear team of the 2000 election, used by Bush. One thing in particular that Rove likes to do is do something low and awful to his own side and make the other side look really bad.

"Before he was even old enough to vote, he used a fake ID to steal letterhead from an Illinois Democratic candidate’s office and print fake fliers aimed at disrupting the campaign."

"That in fact has always been Rove’s modus operandi. James Moore and Wayne Slater, writing in the book, “Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential”, say that this type of incident was a hallmark of Rove’s campaigns in Texas. He was repeatedly involved in “unexpected, campaign-shaping events” but not in a way that could be directly linked to him. “It became his motif. There is no crime, just a victim. Evidence is gone before acquiring substance.” (p. 52)"

Russ,
Takes little courage to take on Rove. How about confronting those on your side who are attacking a teenage girl? You up for it?

Kevin,

I'm a moderate, so all the blogs I come across have been "Don't go there." One can't stop the loonies but one can vote for the side who plays the fairest. I do suppose it does take some courage to "take on Rove" though.

"The reason so few in the pro-life movement achieve prominence on the national stage of politics are the compromises involved."

Yeah -- especially when it comes to those who rather than support a ticket that seeks to overturn Roe v. Wade, they would rather welcome the likes of an Obaman Presidency! No compromise there --

The message echoed and re-echoed:

“Gov. Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton in a statement issued before McCain had stepped out on the stage in Dayton, Ohio, with Palin.

“She shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade,” agreed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi two hours later.

“Gov. Palin and John McCain are a good match because they both want to overturn Roe v. Wade,” chimed in Ellen Malcolm, a Hillary Clinton adviser and president of the Democratic group Emily’s List, which backs women abortion rights candidates.

“The last thing women need is a president — and vice president — who are prepared to turn back the clock on women's rights and repeal the protections of Roe v. Wade,” said Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which backs mostly Democratic candidates.

If McCain were to win the election but not serve out his term, it would be Palin nominating justices for any Supreme Court vacancies.

SOURCE: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26460555/


Of course, why support a presidency that would once and for all reverse the tide of Roe v. Wade to establish a Supreme Court majority that would deliver judgments similar to PBA?

Perhaps Kevin would have preferred to see Bristol Palin not live up to her mother's Pro-Life morals and had an abortion instead? That way, it could allow him the opportunity to wallow into further self-righteousness.

"Perhaps Kevin would have preferred to see Bristol Palin not live up to her mother's Pro-Life morals and had an abortion instead?"

Let's stop the vile slurs, Aristocles. O.k.?

Kevin: Apologies -- noting the unwillingness of Pro-Life folks to support the Pro-Life Palin ticket coupled with the current 11 points lead by the Obaman Camp and what that actually entails doesn't help any.

Aristocles, relax, take it one day at a time, and resist falling prey to despair or heeding those feral voices that promote disorder. Our cause is just and one day we will dance on Death's grave.

Kevin: Thanks, but I'm not about to hang my hopes up on mere prayer alone; I tend to believe after the manner of James. The Pro-Life Palin ticket is more a plus in this regard as compared with the significant minus that comes with an Obaman administration.

Kudos to Rebecca Burt for speaking a simple, commonsense truth that all conservatives would once have instantly understood but that a great many so-called conservatives have now lost the ability to understand, namely that Palin

"has way too much on her personal plate right now! I suggest she respectfully decline and free herself up to give her unwed daughter and disabled son the attention they need."


Rudy Giuliani at the GOP convention "“How dare they question whether Sarah has time for her child and be VP.. . How dare they.........they would never ask that of a man.”


"Rudy Giuliani at the GOP convention "“How dare they question whether Sarah has time for her child and be VP.. . How dare they.........they would never ask that of a man.”

Sadly, Giuliani is enstranged from his son and his second wife. What was even sadder, was the forlorn look on the face of Palin's daughter when the crowd roared its approval of Guiliani's jab.

Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO immediately called Rudy Giuliani a feminist for that statement.

For whatever goodness Sarah Palin has--and there is a lot--she is indeed a sort of feminist that seeks a lot more than just making sacrifices for the good of her country at the expense of her family (God knows that sacrifice is the only way certain things get done). But Giuliani's address and Palin's in tandem gave the appearance of stealing the mantle from a long-standing Democratic wish expressed in the ERA in the '70s.

In contrast to Nordlinger's response today, her stardom has the potential to be more than was bargained for.

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