When Sara Palin was thrust upon the stage last week, my first reaction was she wasn’t who I wanted, but she wasn’t who I didn’t want.
Then we began to her about her, how she was a beauty queen who would get up early in the morning to go hunting. Tough as nails against the establishment but was a loving mother of 5 children. She began to remind me of my own step mother (Mother as far as I am concerned) who I dearly love. This was precisely the kind of example I wanted for my own 13 year old daughter.
My mother was born on a ranch in Wyoming and learned to hunt and skin deer from an early age. She could pierce your ears with a bullet but at the same time was always a lady. She also was consider good looking in her early years and I am a better person because of her. She did her best teach us right from wrong. She also had a professional Career while my father was a truck driver.
However, yesterday the news broke about Sara Palin’s daughter. My first reaction was to wait and see how this plays out. I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions and wanted to have time for it to sink in.
Well, I started doing some math. Okay, you have a 17 year old girl who is 5 months pregnant. For what I understand she has had a somewhat long relationship with a boy a year older. This means you have a young girl who has been in a sexual relationship since she was 16 years old and for what I can tell, is still continuing since she plans on Marrying the father of her baby. Okay, at this point in time, that is the right thing to do (Marry the Father).
My question is, while this 16 year old was having a sexual relationship, where were the parents. What ever happened to Parental responsibility? Simply dismissing this by saying that her daughter will simply have to grow up earlier than expect is not the kind of example I want sitting in the VP Slot. I don’t want to have to tell my daughter that it was okay for the VPs daughter to do it, but its not okay for you. As the second highest position in the land, the VP should be above reproach, not making excuses for it.
Being Socially conservative means more than being pro-life. It means raising my children with a sense of responsibility. It means, watching my children like a Hawk, making sure she is not in a position where she can have such a relationship. Should my daughter get Pregnant before she arrives at adulthood, she will have to live with the consequences, but so would I. All my hopes and dreams for my Daughter will either be gone or put on serious hold.
You see, we are already planning for my daughter to get good grads in High School. We hold her up to a high level of expectations. If she gets less than an ‘A’, we get very upset at her. We know she is capable of getting good grades and we expect nothing less than her very best. We expect her to go on to a good College, get a degree and have a successful career. We expect some day for her to meet the man of her dreams and get Married and have Children. We believe she can have it all if she works hard and stays out of trouble.
My wife and I both have professional Careers, but we also put a great deal of effort into our daughter. We know were she is and what she is doing. When she gets home from school she calls us. If she goes out with friends we know where she is and what she is doing, and when we expect her home. We also keep her very busy so she doesn’t have a chance to get into trouble, and so far our efforts have paid off, but we are always vigilant. She isn’t allowed to date until she is 16 and even then we are going to be careful and know where she is and what she is doing. As much as possible, we are planning on keeping her in a position where she has little chance from straying off course. We expect her to wait until she is at least 18 and out of our house before she starts any sexual relationship (we hope she will wait until she is married). And my wife and I are making ever effort to follow through.
This brings me back to Sarah Palin. If she can not even keep track of her own daughter, what makes her ready for the second highest position in the land. Before she attempts to get the nations house in order, she needs to get her own house in order. It would be one thing if this was an adult child, but this is now a 17 year old child who she has allowed to get into a position she should not be in.
It is time for McCain to show more wisdom than he did when he selected Sarah Parlin and dump her. This is not the example we want in the VP slot. It is time we hold parents responsibly for the the Actions of their children. It is time as a party that we recognize Parental Responsibility.