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Trig Palin: A Pinprick To Our Conscience
Coral and Opal ^ | July 17, 2009

Posted on 07/17/2009 6:54:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

There is a very interesting opinion piece today from the political website politico.com. The piece is written by Gary Bauer and Daniel Allott. Bauer is a former Reagan administration official, the former head of the Family Research Council, and a former candidate for President in 2000. Allott works with Bauer at American Values and has worked as a former community support provider for people with disabilities.

There is probably no more polarizing figure in American politics today than Sarah Palin. A recent poll of Republicans showed that she has a 72% favorability rating within her own party - higher than anyone else who is being touted as a potential candidate for President. But she seems to draw an equally strong response in the negative from her opponents. Ann Coulter, in a recent column, pointed out that the power of Sarah Palin can be measured in one very tangible way: the left can't stop talking about her. Derisively, yes., but they talk about her, and seemingly constantly so.

Bauer and Allot feel that there is one factor above all others that leads to her being so polarizing: her son Trig, who was born with Down Syndrome just a few months before John McCain tapped her as his running mate. In her vice-presidential nomination acceptance speech, Palin described him as "perfectly beautiful baby boy," a phrase that heartened parents of Down Syndrome children all across America. At the end of the speech, she held Trig in her arms and faced him toward the crowd.

To her supporters, she was showing the world how proud she was of her son, how precious he is. To her detractors, she was using him as a prop to garner sympathy. Liberal blogs that deride conservatives for their support of "limited government" - the government that helps support people with disabilities - have no problem advancing and posting articles, cartoons, and comments espousing the most hateful, despicable and anti-disability views towards one special needs family: the Palins. Somehow, they think it's funny when it's about the Palins.

Bauer feels that Trig Palin is inextricably linked to another issue that divides liberals and conservatives in this country: abortion. Sarah Palin knew early in her pregnancy that her child would be born with Downs, and she went ahead and gave birth to him, welcoming him into the world. This puts her in the minority - studies have shown that 90% of pregnant women who learn that their child will have Down Syndrome terminate the pregnancy. In this age of scientific progress and high resolution ultrasounds, disability and birth defects have gone to the top of the list for reasons for a couple to have an abortion. Recently in England, a woman sued the hospital and the ultrasound provider for not accurately telling her that her son would have disabilities. Had she known, the $2 million lawsuit asserts, she would have never let him be born.

Sarah Palin, on the other hand, knew.

In the midst of these powerful trends stands Palin. She understands that discrimination against people with disabilities is fueled by ignorance of what it is like to be, and to care for, a person with a disability.

Her advocacy is validated by the waiting lists of couples ready to adopt children with Down syndrome and other genetic abnormalities. And by the fact that those closest to people with disabilities are among the most vocal critics of universal prenatal genetic testing.

The writers acknowledge that America has written public policies to try and support those people with disabilities who are here. But that is different, they argue, than wanting them here.

Palin is controversial, in part, because America is divided over disability. We’ve established laws and institutions that protect people with disabilities. But we also do everything we can to make sure they don’t see the light of day.

Trig is a reminder of our fierce ambivalence over disability. Every mention of his name is a pinprick to our conscience. Every photo of mother and son is a reminder of concepts — vulnerability, dependency and suffering — our culture no longer tolerates, as well as virtues, such as humility, dignity and self-sacrifice, it no longer extols.

Most - but not all - disability advocates lean more toward the liberal side of the spectrum. This includes many policies (guns, the war, etc.) that aren't related to the field of disability. (I know, wars give us more people with disabilities, they always argue. But wars also give us fewer teachers, firefighters, and police officers. That alone is not a valid reason to support or oppose).

But the issue of abortion does not fall in line with traditional, liberal views, not in the minds of many disability advocates. It's uncomfortable for many of them, especially for those who have disabilities themselves.

And in Trig Palin, what you see is the intersection of these two issues, personified.

Trig is also a reminder of an inescapable truth: Disability is an inherent part of the human condition. At a time of deep cultural divisions, 1-year-old Trig Palin represents the deepest division of all, between a culture that increasingly sees genetic perfection as an entitlement and a culture still rooted in the belief that human beings are defined not by their capabilities but, instead, by the very fact of their humanity.


TOPICS: Alaska; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: 2012; abortion; disabled; downssyndrome; mentalretardation; moralabsolutes; palin; palin2012; palinfamily; pds; prolife; sarah; sarahpalin; trig; waronsarah
There should be an especially rough spot in Hell for those who attack a disabled person, especially the unborn or an infant.
1 posted on 07/17/2009 6:54:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ditto to what you said.


2 posted on 07/17/2009 6:55:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that "hope and change" thing working out?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It was the same crap the Nazis were advocating. Funny enough, many liberals are starting to show the same tendencies. If nothing else, that shows the righteousness of our cause and views.

God bless Trig and all people with disabilities. They are the most vulnerable in our society and they must the protected at all costs.


3 posted on 07/17/2009 6:58:52 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like that recurring theme from the Bible, you know, light & darkness - and the darkness not liking the light illuminating whats inside.


4 posted on 07/17/2009 7:00:57 PM PDT by Fingolfin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The fact that Trig Palin or any so-called 'special needs child' is at the forefront of anyone's conscience is in itself disgraceful.

God surely weeps.

5 posted on 07/17/2009 7:04:04 PM PDT by jla
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To: ABQHispConservative
Remember: Nazi stands for National Socialist German Workers Party [Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei]. Nazi ideology stressed the failure of laissez-faire capitalism, the failure of democracy, and "racial purity of the German people", as well as Northwestern Europeans and persecuted those it perceived either as race enemies or Lebensunwertes Leben, that is "life unworthy of living". This included Jews, Slavs, and Roma along with homosexuals, the mentally and physically disabled and others. To carry out these beliefs, the party and the German state which it controlled organized the systematic murder of approximately six million Jews and six million other people from the aforementioned and other groups, in what has become known as the Holocaust.
6 posted on 07/17/2009 7:06:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I am Jim Thompson!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t buy the premise of the article.

People hate Palin due to the media hit job, the fact that she is a commoner instead of an elitist and that she has socially conservative values....


7 posted on 07/17/2009 7:10:45 PM PDT by misterrob (A society that burdens future generations with debt can not be considered moral or just)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“studies have shown that 90% of pregnant women who learn that their child will have Down Syndrome terminate the pregnancy”

Most parents do not love their children. They do not want a little being to love, care for, and protect. They want child property, a servant, an heir, a vessel for their genes, a fashion accessory, a symbol of spousal commitment, etc.

This is a new age of selfishness, banality, heartlessness, and cruelty.


8 posted on 07/17/2009 7:13:16 PM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It would not take much to make the Democratic party exactly like the Nazis. All that is needed is the right combination of lies.


9 posted on 07/17/2009 7:19:00 PM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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PING!!
10 posted on 07/17/2009 7:25:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I am Jim Thompson!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When one look at Sarah Palin on one hand and the vile hate that thrown at her on the other hand everything seems a bit out of whack. To her credit Sarah Palin has never returned their hate. She perhaps understands the TR line about how those who hate never win unless you hate them back. It’s obvious to me that the most vile haters of Sarah Palin are not liberals. They are totalitarians. I dont know whats in her future but I wish her well and she’s in my prayers.


11 posted on 07/17/2009 7:36:10 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (There might just be too many metrosexuals in America to allow Sarah Palin to become President)
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To: misterrob

I believe it - the Libs have produced a culture of death and they cannot tolerate anyone who loves life - all life, and believes that life comes from God.


12 posted on 07/17/2009 7:39:43 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love Sarah Palin! I voted for her!


13 posted on 07/17/2009 7:44:03 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimrobfr)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trig will celebrate his 5th birthday in our WH! And have a party fit for a king!


14 posted on 07/17/2009 7:52:51 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

Wouldn’t it be great if they had “David Letterman” and “Keith Olbermann” piñatas for the kids to hit?


15 posted on 07/17/2009 7:56:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I am Jim Thompson!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There is probably no more polarizing figure in American politics today than Sarah Palin.

Haven't you heard of that resident in the White Hut...Barak HUSSEIN Obama?

16 posted on 07/17/2009 8:00:15 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: misterrob

what better expression of her socially conservative values than going forward with the pregnancy when she knew she was carrying a Downs Syndrome baby? The libs can’t stand that about her: that she actually knew and didn’t abort.

She’s the crucifix held up to the vampire. That may seem over the top, but its true .. there is nothing more frightening to pro-choice liberals than a powerful woman who chooses to carry to term a special needs baby. It shows unequivocally that she is NOT one of them, not one of the elite, and never could be.


17 posted on 07/17/2009 8:10:07 PM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL! The kids won’t know who they are since they both will be in retirement! But Sarah and the rest of the ‘first family’ will! And we can send Trig “Pin the tail on the donkey and push it hard” game.


18 posted on 07/17/2009 8:12:07 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing! I agree 110% about those who attack the disabled.


19 posted on 07/17/2009 8:15:51 PM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (I AM JIM THOMPSON! Huckaboob is Joy Behar's Favorite Republican RuPaul=W.Jennings Bryant of today.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Coleus; Mr. Silverback; xzins; Alamo-Girl; Daffynition; cpforlife.org; jwalsh07; ...
Interesting piece. I would add that one factor in the slug slime thrown at Sarah over her birthing and caring for Trig is the fact that an awful lot of liberals are not the nurturing kind ... they don't love for loves sake, they 'love' as a means to an end, even with their children. It is more convoluted than that, but suffice it to say it involves a form of magic thinking and superstition. Right now, reading this paragraph, we will have people who will balk, muttering 'everyone loves for what they get out of it'. Such minds are clueless to what real love is.

Sarah displays real love toward her family, and particularly toward Trig. She is the enriched one, more than Trig, but it isn't an exercise to get something from the relationship, it is God's Grace flowing through her. That really pisses off the faux catholics and Barry Lynds of the democrat constituencies.

When I look at Sarah holding Trig with arms and hands that convey only love and security to him, I am reminded that each human being no matter how old at death will 'stand' before God either alone or with an advocate, a deliverer, a 'soter'. Every life lived in the body, regardless of the handicaps associated with that life is precious to The Creator of that life.

Our culture is very much tied up with 'worth' and valuing people by their worth. Even democrats operate on this scale, valuing black people, homosexuals, and rabid feminists for their worth to the empowerment of the democrat party.

We are staring at a monster on worth, with the government run healthcare future. The worth to cost ratio will be uppermost in the dead soul minds of government bureaucrats.

Make no mistake, do not fail to realize that democrats will look at the Trig Palins as a liability for the government funds and will eventually by one means or another make these children pariahs and perhaps do as Barack Obama favored, force premature birth then leave them to die unattended, struggling to try and breath with not yet ready to exchange gasses efficiently little lungs.

As a person whose Mother was raped yet she bore me into the world only to have me come down with polio at a bouncing healthy age two, I can attest to the fact that real love is not a cost to benefit ratio. What the liberal mind flits to, when killing the alive unborn is accepted, is euthanasia, 'improving the cost to benefit ratio' ... if anyone doubts it, that is precisely what Barry Obama advocated protecting while he was a state senator protecting induced labor abortions. That is precisely what is behind the soul killing selfishness of abortion on demand. But democrats don't care for souls, they run cost to benefit ratios for bodies and votes.

The democrat party is a spiritually sick organization. They have been empowering their political capital via protecting and furthering the slaughter of alive unborn children. The current leader of that party went further, working to protect euthanizing alive JUST BORN LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS. Give control of 'healthcare' to such ghouls and slaughtering any class deemed too expensive to care for will be in our national future, if God does not allow us to be wiped out first.

20 posted on 07/17/2009 8:23:32 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

Thank you for sharing your insights, dear brother in Christ!


21 posted on 07/17/2009 8:24:12 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
...the most vile haters of Sarah Palin are not liberals. They are totalitarians.

Same difference these days.

Liberals = Totalitarians

The definition fits them to a T.

22 posted on 07/17/2009 9:02:32 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (Only dead fish go with the flow. -- Sarah Palin)
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To: MHGinTN

Thank you for sharing your story with us.


23 posted on 07/17/2009 9:07:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I am Jim Thompson!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yet those on the liberal side are so passionate about ADA.


24 posted on 07/17/2009 9:11:12 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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25 posted on 07/17/2009 9:23:30 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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26 posted on 07/17/2009 9:27:38 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Bauer feels that Trig Palin is inextricably linked to another issue that divides liberals and conservatives in this country: abortion. Sarah Palin knew early in her pregnancy that her child would be born with Downs, and she went ahead and gave birth to him, welcoming him into the world. This puts her in the minority - studies have shown that 90% of pregnant women who learn that their child will have Down Syndrome terminate the pregnancy. In this age of scientific progress and high resolution ultrasounds, disability and birth defects have gone to the top of the list for reasons for a couple to have an abortion. Recently in England, a woman sued the hospital and the ultrasound provider for not accurately telling her that her son would have disabilities. Had she known, the $2 million lawsuit asserts, she would have never let him be born.

Exactly. Trig is a slap in the face to the pro-choice crowd and the rest of the liberals. It's a reminder, rubbing it in their collective faces, that life is precious and worth living.

27 posted on 07/17/2009 9:33:05 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is no gene for the human spirit.

28 posted on 07/17/2009 9:52:05 PM PDT by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: Soothesayer

“It would not take much to make the Democratic party exactly like the Nazis”

Maybe that is why George Soros, self admitted Nazi collaborator, is so attracted to the Dem Party. Most people don’t know that Soros converted to Christianity in order to save his own skin, then worked with the Nazis identifying Jewish owned property so that it could be confiscated in his native Hungary.


29 posted on 07/17/2009 10:18:41 PM PDT by euram
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It was shared as my Mother's story. The effort was to offer another example of what real love is in the mother-child relationship Sarah exhibits so clearly, too. It is a function of God's Grace and it is antithetical to liberals.
30 posted on 07/18/2009 8:59:16 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

Bless you, MGH. What a marvel of God’s grace!


31 posted on 07/18/2009 10:18:27 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Show me one who loves: he knows what I mean." St. Augustine)
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To: MHGinTN

I am an adoptee, so my story is somewhat similar: Unwed teen, her father would have killed her (literally) if he’d found out about pregnancy, etc..


32 posted on 07/18/2009 2:24:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I am Jim Thompson!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Trigg used as a prop.” The left never ceases to amaze. Their air of arrogance and contempt toward anyone and anything, including a defenseless child with a disability will surely send them down to around the 10th layer in Hell.
The sad reality is that they they believe they are righteous when all they really are is pathetic. I suppose if she hadn't brought him out on stage then she would have been ashamed of him.

Edisto Joe

33 posted on 07/18/2009 7:37:40 PM PDT by Edisto Joe ("Always searching for new ways to enlarge my carbon footprint.")
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