President Barack Obama’s endorsement for marriage equality has drawn some push back in many circles. Of all people, Bristol Palin has joined in on the criticism. I think it’s worth posting Palin’s entire comments so you can try to understand where she’s going:
Let’s pause for just one second. When Christian women run for high office, people inevitably bring up the question of submission. Once, Michele Bachmann, for example, was asked during a debate, “As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”
People automatically assume that a Christian female President isn’t capable of making decisions without her spouse’s stamp of approval. (I should add female Republican candidates –liberal women don’t get the same kind of questions.)
So are all those reporters who feared excessive family intervention in the White House all up in arms over the President’s announcement yesterday? Um. Not quite.
Liberals everywhere are applauding him for his bravery and his wisdom.
So let me get this straight – it’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?
While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.
In this situation, it was the other way around. I guess we can be glad that Malia and Sasha aren’t younger, or perhaps today’s press conference might have been about appointing Dora the Explorer as Attorney General because of her success in stopping Swiper the Fox.
Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking. In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.
It’s so fascinating when people who are in glass houses feel that urge to throw stones. We all remember Palin when she first came onto the scene in 2008: an unwed pregnant teenager who was paraded around the campaign trail by her über Christian mother while she and GOP presidential candidate John McCain campaigned for the oval office.
I can’t be surprised at Palin’s assertions. She went on a homophobic, hateful rant last year at a bar when an on-looker criticized her mother. Palin and ger sister Willow took to Facebook and also went on a homophobic binge and they both later apologized for publicizing their bigotry.
Palin’s double standards are way too easy to ignore–and is just to easy to rip apart. One could easily argue that Palin should take a page from her own opinions and consider raising her son in a loving home with her child’s father.
Since I don’t believe that loving households for children automatically consist of two heterosexual parents, I won’t encourage Palin to fit her life into the mold of the outdated nuclear family model. I won’t encourage Palin to eat her own words and marry Levi Johnston just so she can give her child the illusion of a happy home. I won’t encourage Palin to fit into what society believes she should do and instead I would encourage her to follow her heart when it comes to her and her son’s happiness.
I will tell Palin to take a page from the Obamas–and other tolerant, loving individuals–and learn to accept that families come in all shapes, sizes, partnerships, marriages and include people who are asexual, homosexual, bisexual or heterosexual. I would tell Palin to jump on off that pedestal and join the growing legions of people who are opening up their minds, arms and homes to individuals who not only love people of the same gender, but are also raising families with their same-sex/gender partners. I would encourage Palin to drop the homophobic attitude and, for the sake of her son, begin teaching tolerance, acceptance and social justice in an effort to stamp out the possibility of yet another generation corrupted by bigotry.