Stirring the Pot: An Historically and Uniquely American Pastime
(Especially in this "Every Four Year Revolution" we are in the midst of what no one here can argue, was one of the greatest gifts the Creators of America gave us!)
One of the biggest political firestorms to hit our nation is the nomination of conservative Hockey Mom, the Lipstick Pit Bull, Sarah Palin, to the 2008 Republican Party ticket. It has been interesting to hear some of the differing views from both sides of this debate. I wanted to share a few of those with you.
I heard from a long time friend a few days ago who is a traditional republican Soccer Mom! Her take on the new Republican Veep Nominee was that she hoped she would change her mind. When I asked her if she liked Sarah Palin, her stand on this issue was this!
"She is way TOO CUTE for a VP, and what's more (you'll be sorry you asked). She is cool all right, and classy, however, I HAVE HUGE ISSUES with her not taking care of ALL those kids! I think that's where her heart should be ... that's why they need to stay out of Washington. The youngest will NEED HIS MOMMY to be with him and not running the country. I am worried the DEMO'S will tear her apart. If something were to happen to John McCain and she would be president, someone will pay: AMERICA or her family. I vote for her to stay and mother those kids!"
Now that was a political conservative but here is what another friend who works on the Obama campaign said something similar.
"You know, I have a problem with it -- and this is going to sound very judgmental coming from a career woman like me ... but I have lived this in my own life, and balancing a family and work is really tough, even under the best of circumstances. You can't do both full tilt -- either your work suffers or your family suffers. Contrary to popular opinion, we aren't super women.
I think that with a special needs child of four months and what her daughter is going through right now that she should be with her family. It strikes me that the rigors of campaigning and caring for a family in turmoil don't mix very well."
So there you have two views opposing Sarah Palin from two differing political perspectives. So lets take a look at what others might say who support her candidacy.
BUT ... briefly, to lighten up the mood for a moment, here is one view from a Hockey Mom in the Northwest in response to this question:
"How does it feel to have a fellow hockey mom with a chance to be a heart beat away from being the President of the United States?"
"Hockey moms rule! Jake (her son) once bought me bumper sticker that said 'My hockey mom can beat up your soccer Mom!"
Another view comes from someone associated with a very well known conservative educational institution in the South when asked about that campus's response to the Palin Candidacy.
"Most of what I hear is that every one feels better about voting in this election. Before she was on the Republican ticket the attitude was, "I'll vote against Obama". Now the attitude is, "Wow! I can vote for a lady like Governor Sarah Palin! Maybe she will run for President next term!"
In my opinion, politically speaking, this makes it look like McCain is going to get what he needed, which is, historically the best strategy to be elected ... energizing the base of the Republican party. And ... coming from this historically conservative atmosphere is a pretty good indication that this is true!
Another issue I have heard from some conservatives is whether a woman should run at all. Personally I do not have any problem with it. Since the 19th amendment was passed it would be pretty inconsistent (if not immoral) if we preserved a woman’s right to vote then tried to keep them from running. It also does my American heart good to hear that conservatives (such as the educational institution mentioned above) who have been "accused" of being closed minded are actually energized for a woman candidate as well.
A couple of the BIG problems Palin poses for the liberal elites is that they keep wanting to cite her "motherhood" as a negative when for the past 50 years they have been championing the concept of "Super Moms".
So ... does it make one pause to think when you hear a politician talk about how it would be a shame for this woman to abandon her newborn child to run for Vice President, when they are perfectly willing to support aborting their own unborn children to preserve the freedom to choose?
Now let me add a little fuel to the Democratic side of the debate. Barack Obama's candidacy is truly historic! That an American of African descent is able to secure their parties nomination is an incredible step in the right direction for America, even if you disagree with his politics.
I have another friend who supports Obama and claims she is from a historically "new wing" of the Democratic Party that is trying to open the arms of that party to those who do not support abortion. In fact, she says that the abortion issue itself is one of the energizing issues of this new wing. She challenged me to read a book published a couple of years ago by the name of "Crashing the Gates" by Markos and Jerome.
I have not read it yet but here is a very interesting review from the website,
"What Crashing the Gate advocates is essentially a bloodless coup inside the Democratic party: a sidelining of the high-paid consultants who have advised Democrats straight into minority status; an eviction from the party's inner circle of the shrill single-issue advocacy groups (like NARAL Pro-Choice America) that demand absolute fealty to their positions, even if it means losing an election; and an influx of new ideas (and cash) into the party"
Abortion is a very volatile subject that some have compared, historically, to the issue of slavery in the American 19th century. Is this new movement in the Democratic party as another pastoral friend of mine put it,
"A secular movement (although movements like "Kings and Rivers" are in the hand of the Lord) to start a change in the American Heart and Mind that JUST MIGHT save its Soul!"?
Well, have I stirred the pot Americanly enough? Hope so! It is discussions like this that make America great!