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On Facebook, Sarah Palin posted a “Celebration of Hope” wishing all who read her post a “reflective Good Friday” and a “happy Easter Sunday”. I write this blog reflecting on the past year, and share with you my hopes on this Easter Sunday.
- Sarah’s book was a best seller. Her bus tour to promote the book was really a private jet tour. She was accompanied at most book signing events by Trig.
- As far as I can tell, Trig is her most important qualification since she has resigned from virtually every other job she has had. Trig has been identified as Sarah’s Down’s syndrome child, but there has been great skepticism about whether Trig is really her child. Questions have been raised that include 1) Why did Sarah keep the pregnancy a secret for so long? 2) If Sarah was pregnant why couldn’t we see evidence of it before she was 8 months along in the pregnancy? 3) Why did Bristol leave school during the relevant time for 5 months? 4) If Bristol really had mono, why did it take her five months to be physically able to return to school? 5) Why was Bristol living in Anchorage with Sarah’s sister during the relevant time? 6) Where are the pictures from the hospital announcing Trig’s birth? 7) If Trig was Sarah’s natural child, why did it take her a month to claim him on her insurance? 8) Why hasn’t Sarah produced a birth certificate for Trig to put an end to all this speculation? 9) Why are there pictures of Sarah that show the girth of her abdomen shrinking during the pregnancy? 10) Why did Sarah board a plane in Texas, bound for Alaska, when she reports she was in labor, when she says that her water had broken many hours before, and when she knew Trig was going to be a compromised baby? 11) Why wouldn’t Sarah tell the airlines that she was in labor, and how is it that the flight attendants didn’t even realize that Sarah was pregnant, much less in labor? 12) How could a person talking with Todd in the airport lounge, and seeing Sarah reading a book, not realize Sarah was in labor? 13) Why would a medical doctor create a web site and offer his well-reasoned opinion, and pictures to document that opinion, that Trig was not Sarah’s child? http://www.palindeception.com 14) If Sarah was in labor with Trig, had completed two flights from Texas back to Alaska, why wouldn’t she go immediately to the Anchorage hospital instead of driving an hour back to Wasilla? 15) Why haven’t we seen any medical records produced regarding the birth of Trig? 16) Why do some pictures of Trig show an ear deformity and others don’t? http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/2010/02/doctors-response-to-my-tale-of-two.html
- Even though Sarah was usually seen in a coat, and sometimes a hat at her book signing events, Trig often appeared without a coat, shoes, and in his pajamas. He almost never had his glasses on. I guess he was too self-conscious, and didn’t want the media to see that he had limitations.
- Palin has made hundreds of thousands of dollars from speaking events at right to life meetings. Consistent with Palin’s “World-view” (Vincent works for the World Magazine), Palin chose Lynn Vincent as her ghost writer for “Going Rogue”. Ms. Vincent has publically admitted to having had an abortion, and describes President Barack Obama as the “minority survivor” of the “black genocide” that is abortion. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0909/Palins_coauthor Ms. Vincent has also written several memorable columns pertaining to homosexuality. She has described homosexuality as abnormal and “deviant” and has gone so far as to be critical of the American Psychiatric Association for their decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. http://mediamatters.org/research/200911130011 I guess Ms. Vincent considers herself an expert on mental disorders.
- The book, “Going Rogue”, had no footnotes, and disclosed nothing new. Palin was openly critical in her book of Steve Schmidt, one of McCain’s most senior campaign managers, and Katie Couric. We listened to Schmidt’s criticisms of Palin in the Anderson Cooper interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx_kqZ8ZfrA) where he described Palin as being “untruthful” and “inaccurate”, both then and now. Schmidt gave specific examples of Palin’s attempts at deceiving the public. He specifically mentioned Palin’s attempts to say that the ethics commission completely exonerated her when in fact the commission determined that Palin had acted unethically, and her attempts to say that Todd had not been a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, when he had been a member for six years. Palin suggested in her book that she was trying to help Couric with self-esteem issues by doing the interview. http://www.thestar.com/article/508762 We have all seen the interview. I readily admit that I am biased. However even Steve Schmidt, felt that Couric didn’t ask a “single unfair question”. He explained that he felt Palin did poorly because she “didn’t do her homework”. This seems to be a recurring problem for Palin.
- The book, “Game Change”, discloses the perception by McCain’s staff of the “two Sarahs”. One was described as the one that the public sees, and the other was the Sarah that was non-responsive, and whose eyes seemed to be glazed over.
- Shortly after the election McCain wouldn’t endorse Palin for President in 2012. www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/12/15/2008. Yet now that McCain is up for re-election in Arizona, he is glad to have her appear to endorse him, even if it is in a black-leather jacket. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFdXi3wnXyk&annotation_id=annotation_344811&feature
- At the Tea Party Convention, Palin mocked Barack Obama for using a teleprompter, but wrote on her hand to remind herself of three simple words. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frZfhFCreY0
- Palin criticized the President’s Chief of Staff for using the word “retarded”, but suggested that it was acceptable for Rush Limbaugh to use the word. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-oFqtclq8I
- My personal favorite reflection of the past year was the criticism of Palin by an actress who herself has Down’s syndrome. Andrea Fay Friedman explained:
“My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the “Extra Large Medium” episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine’s Day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in “Smudge” but I was a blonde in “Life Goes On”. I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line “I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska” was very funny. I think the word is “sarcasm”. http://www.tuesdaysblog.com/2010/02/like-loaf-of-french-bread.html
My hope on this Easter of 2010 is that the United States of America never comes so close to a national disaster as we did in the election of 2008. I hope that more people will become more educated, not believing all that politicians say but looking at what they do. Surely, Palin has done enough to cause even the most conservative of Republicans to say “NO MORE”. I hope that the Discovery Channel will cancel Palin’s show due to lack of an audience, and sponsors. I remain hopeful that Piper will someday return to school, and that someone will put some shoes and a coat on Trig, and his glasses too. I pray that God’s plan was that Palin might help America understand the risk inherent in failing to initially determine whether our politicians are competent to lead, before we consider their positions on any political issue. Now that Palin has served that purpose, I hope she will get a new job. I know times are hard, but maybe she would be qualified to be an Easter bunny.