i never would have imagined in a million years that i would write a political post eliciting so many comments! and i never would have imagined i'd have enough opinions about politics to write ANOTHER post on the topic...
i promise this isn't turning into a political blog. that's hilarious even saying it "aloud." i think my blog is like my style of decorating and dressing: random and eclectic. so sometimes i post about a scarf i just knitted (which, by the way, i'm working on another one in preparation for christmas!) sometimes i post about my kids. sometimes i post about my huge life and God questions. sometimes i post about yummy recipes. and then on occasion i venture into very murky waters and try to post about this crazy U.S. election.
ever since i heard mccain's pick for his vice presidential running mate, i have been paying close attention--mostly out of fascination. everyone in the media seems to be worked up into a frenzy over this lady, especially because she was a surprise pick. it's kind of fun to watch everyone (members of the media) scrambling to get to "know" her, to hear them fumbling over what to say about her.
it comes as no surprise to you i'm sure that i wasn't going to vote for mccain/palin anyway. i've made no bones about the fact that i'm in love with obama. :) but i've been thinking about why i wouldn't vote for her if i HAD planned on voting for mccain.
it's not because she's a woman.
it's not because she doesn't have much experience.
it's not because she's from alaska.
it's not because she is beautiful.
it's not because she is a beauty queen.
it's not because she is supposedly involved in a "scandal" over the firing of the trooper guy.
it's not because everyone thought yesterday that her new baby was her teenage daughter's.
it's not because her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.
it's not because no one knows who she is.
it's because SHE IS A MOTHER.
and not just any mother. she's the mother of a newborn. a newborn with Down's.
i'm a mother. of THREE (much less five, like palin). i just had a baby a year ago, so the ups and downs, highs and lows, ins and outs of what life is like with a newborn is still VERY fresh in my mind. all the sleepless nights. all the constant feedings. all the doctor check-ups. all the rocking, cuddling, carrying, crying, fussing, sleeping, eating, eating, eating (did i say eating?).
and i don't care who the woman is...if she has a newborn, she's not operating in full capacity mode mentally. unless...the unthinkable...she has a NANNY. in which case i wouldn't want to vote for her because then her family values everyone says are so strong would be a lie. at least to me.
i don't pretend to know anything about having a baby with Down's or any other special need for that matter, but i mentioned it earlier because i would imagine that her baby might need extra special care. more love. more attention. more everything.
so how does she plan to have enough time to fulfill her duties as vice president? what if something happened to mccain and suddenly she found herself filling the shoes of the most important office in the world? i'm just being honest: i wouldn't trust it to a mother of five, one of whom is a newborn. i think it would be wise for her to focus on her family (thanks Dobson for that phrase!) and follow her political ambitions when her children are older (read: almost grown).
what do you think?