Republicans think we (women) are stupid and gullible and reading this post and the comments left have just proven that fact. Nothing she has done or said, let alone McCain proves anything about how to run a country. She can't keep track of her daughter (obviously abstinence only ed does not work). Also she hid her pregnancy till her 3rd trimester and the fact that the baby had Down's Syndrome from her family and kids, and not until he was born was he a blessing to shared. That's pretty shady if you ask me. What else is she hiding until the perfect time to exploit it?
The above comment was left by 'anonymous'.
Oh, I could go so many places with this...and so I shall. I find it ironic that 'anonymous' believes that "Republicans" think women are stupid since millions of Republicans are women. I am not stupid. That is why I am no more wooed by O, as in Oprah or Obama, than I was by Bill Clinton 16 years ago. I actually used to really admire Oprah because of her philanthropy, but then she revealed wishy washy ideals with which I do not agree, so I simply do not watch her anymore. I know she is doing good in people's lives, but for the love people, she's not Jesus! She's Oprah. Sheesh. Young and beautiful, ie Obama, Clinton, or Palin, doesn't seal votes for me. It may for some, but I am actually going to vote on principle, character, issues, and policies. That's like choosing a candidate because the Hollywood Elite has rallied behind him or her...not substantial reasoning. It's called 'Bandwagon'. You don't have to hop on it. I'm so sad that some out there, either on the right or left, actually take a presidential election so seriously that they lose perspective of living a life that truly has meaning and impact. It is important. But if Jesus Christ comes back during the next 4 years, the eternal issues will still be the ones that matter day to day, one day at a time, and especially on that day, the day He promised to return.
I watched the movie "Smart People" last weekend. It was entertaining because I know people like those portrayed in the movie and, at the same time, it made me want to hurl. Repulsive. Merit based on books and affiliations. So quick to give advice, always prepared to 'educate' the lowly, or, more often than not, forming opinions of others that they have deemed ignorant, simple-minded, stupid...simply because they hold differing opinions, views, and values in life.
I know there are other Republican women, and men, who were also qualified, some more than Sarah Palin, to be chosen as McCain's running mate. But that doesn't mean they were the right fit for the direction McCain desires to take this country. He's sick of being lumped on the right and wanted to show that in choosing a qualified leader, he really intends to bring change. Let me put it this way...just because we as women have uterus' does not mean we are all qualified to be mothers or produce offspring. The same is true for men...without needing to describe their body parts. There are many who are definitely not. And those women, should they be so self-aware, should give their babies to women who want more than anything to be moms...though, since they even would consider an ab*rti*n out of inconvenience (I altered the spelling because I had a psycho far right-winger sending me comments...) shows they give more of a rip about their choices of what to do with their vaginas than about the woman next door who grieves every day, longing for a child of her own.
As far as the jab at Palin for her inability to keep track of her daughter, I am curious, 'anonymous' if your parents handed the key of your chastity belt to your spouse at the altar or if that was yours to give away...your choice, your responsibility? My parents taught me about sex...what I chose to do with that information was up to me. Perhaps she did it to get her mom's attention? Perhaps she got pregnant because she had sex with her boyfriend? I'm no rocket scientist, but...if it was to get her mother's attention, she sure did, along with the nations, and thankfully she has a supportive family, and father of the child, to rally around her.
Oh, and as far as keeping her pregnancy a secret until 7 months, I won't pretend to know the 'why' or if that is even true. I will say this, however, I lost a child before I had Emily. I lost a child after 7 months to an unknown disease. I miss him every day and the prospect of getting pregnant again brings a flood of emotions. Let's see...I thought in my head that when I said I wanted 2-4 kids that meant they'd be cute, healthy, LIVING. Every day young couples get pregnant with dreams of healthy, bouncing babies. Having a perinatal fatal diagnosis, or potentially life-threatening, or shortened life expectancy, diagnosis given to you at the doctor's office, for a visit that was just to find out if it is a boy or girl, is heart-wrenching. I know because I have friends who have bravely walked that road. If I do get pregnant again, I haven't decided if I am going to tell anyone but Jason, or if I'm going to tell the world. I would imagine, as a woman who is empathetic, that having received such news, and living a life in the public eye, cherishing the quiet moments of pregnancy with a child you may or may not get to know would be priceless, and private.
The Bible talks about how we as parents should train our children in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not part from it. It doesn't say that they will be perfect. It does not say they won't make mistakes. It says that we should talk about the Lord and His word when we are coming and going...not just on Sundays and not until we deem them 'old enough' to make educated decisions about faith on their own. That's like not teaching them the alphabet, numbers, or how to read until they are adults, or 'old enough' to truly appreciate learning. It is not a wonder that there are millions of 'Recovering: Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, etc.' who are only half-hearted, if at all, in their desire to ever want to truly meet God the way He desires to be met. It is our jobs as parents to teach our children that the Creator of the Universe, God, who designed them and knows each hair on their heads, is the same one that designed sex and called it good. He is the same one that warns us to enjoy sex inside of marriage, not only because of pregnancy, but now because there are hundreds, if not thousands, of sexually transmitted diseases that cause: cancer, fatal diseases, infertility, etc.
I've been judged because I am teaching Emily from the Bible and not educating her on the other world religions at this time, stating that I am making that choice for her. I am responsible to teach Emily the Truth. I will also teach her about the other world religions because I was a theology major and, because I don't want my child living in a cave of ignorance. From there, I will continue to pray and trust that God will lead Emily because she is His child. But I can say this, it's a lot easier to teach a child truth and watch faith grow in them than to try to convince an educated adult that faith is real and God loves them, despite them...how will you cherish the gift God has given to you?
I am Adrienne Graves. I am the author of this blog. I am not stupid. If you want to call me stupid, at least leave your name instead of remaining anonymous. Thank you.
*Because most people don't read follow-up comments...this is mine:
Except I wasn't angry when I read the comment or when I posted...I can feel passionate, but this didn't bother me in a way that is implied, thus the 'rant' comment. I know other people were worked up...you can 'read' it in their comments, but I am not an angry person, though some things make me angry, mostly things that have little to do with elections. I pray that the passion with which some have responded here would be just a slice of the passion with which they live a life for eternity, for the hope of Christ. There's nothing in this election yet that does...it has all played out as politics as usual, yes, with everyone wooing the masses, promising coke in the drinking fountains and after school ice cream sales every day, which is why, I like Heidi Jo, enjoy the off years. It's the day to day that matters, as Christ said, and that's just how I am trying to live my life, as imperfect as I am.I enjoy discussion and am open to it. That's why I bring up the controversy and am not afraid of disagreement...because it doesn't bother me, and as children searching for Truth, I will continue to bring up things that make us all think, and squirm, but more importantly, search our hearts, and hopefully allow our hearts to be found by Him...great stuff here, guys. I appreciate non-hateful, intelligent conversation, regardless or where people stand. Adexoxox