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A Vote for Sarah Palin (By Former Democrat)
First Things ^ | September 3, 2008 | Suann Therese Maier

Posted on 09/07/2008 2:53:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Three memories have shaped my approach to this year’s general election.

Here’s the first. In the late 1970s, during a two-year break from teaching to raise our second son, an adopted child, I found myself at a Los Angeles dinner party filled with DINKs, the “double income, no kids” crowd who were just emerging as a self-aware and upwardly mobile social group. I fell to talking—or more accurately, listening—to a chatty young female attorney who said she was putting in eighty hours a week as a junior associate on a variety of important cases.

After twenty minutes or so, she finally noticed my silence and asked me what I did with my own time. So I told her. I told her about the young couple that had asked my husband and me to adopt their baby if we covered their hospital expenses. I told her about waiting outside the delivery room for our son to be born. I told her about the bureaucratic maze that came with finalizing the adoption of a newborn. I told her about borrowing money from friends so we’d look more solvent than we actually were to Social Service inspectors who checked our accounts.

“That’s wonderful dear,” she said. “You’re so lucky not to have a real job.”

Here’s the second memory. I remember my fourth child, our son Dan, being born one winter evening, purple and struggling for breath. I remember my husband pouring water over his head as we baptized him in my arms. I remember the young Filipina doctor rushing Dan to intensive care. I remember the ten days of his fighting for life. And I remember Dan’s diagnosis, when it finally came in: Down syndrome.

Here’s the third memory. I remember my father, a successful young Chicago attorney, telling me why the Democratic party was the party of “our people,” and why so many Catholics were Democrats, and why the party stood for the little guy, the poor and the defenseless. I remember listening as a young girl in our kitchen as Saul Alinsky organized my parents’ Catholic friends on racial and economic issues in our Chicago living room. And I remember the night in 1992 when Pennsylvania’s governor, Robert Casey, was denied a chance to talk against abortion at the Democratic national convention.

As I draw on those memories now, I reach certain conclusions. As a woman, mother, wife, and lifetime professional educator, I will vote, enthusiastically, for Sarah Palin as vice president this November. Even if the media pressure forces her from the ticket, I will vote against the Democratic party—partly because I respect John McCain and believe him to be the better candidate, but equally because I’m tired of the intransigence and condescension of the Democratic leadership on the abortion issue.

I will vote for Sarah Palin because I don’t need the Democratic platform’s belated affirmation of motherhood. Thanks, but I already know that motherhood is good, several times over. Moreover, the party’s rediscovery of motherhood seems rather cynical in the current news cycle, while Democratic-friendly bloggers and media types bash Palin about her daughter’s pregnancy and her own busy schedule while bringing up children. How can a real sympathy for motherhood come from the same people who wrote a platform that hardens the party’s addiction to a phony right to kill the unborn?

I will vote for Sarah Palin because she has guts. We’ve never met, but I suspect I know something about her life, and so do a great many other women. I know what it means to have a son with Down syndrome. I know what it means to talk a good line about religious faith and then be asked to prove it. I know what it means to have a daughter pregnant and unmarried.

In fact, while we’re on the subject, I also know what it means to have two grandchildren born out of wedlock, a son struggling with alcohol, two grandchildren with serious disabilities, putting myself through graduate school while simultaneously caring for a husband and children and teaching full time—and a whole lot more. This is the stuff of real human love; this is the raw material of family life. And those who think that Palin’s beliefs and family struggles are funny or worth jeering at, simply reveal the venality of their own hearts.

I will vote for Sarah Palin because she is intelligent, tenacious and talented. Nobody made her rise easy, and no one is making it easy now. And—is it only moms who notice this?—unlike Senator Biden, she does seem to act consistently on her beliefs about the sanctity of life, at considerable personal cost.

I will vote for Sarah Palin because she doesn’t come from Washington or New York or Chicago or anywhere else the political and media aristoi like to hang out. In fact, I especially like the idea that the state she governs actually produces something—like some of the oil that powers the hair dryers and klieg lights at MSNBC.

I will vote for Sarah Palin because Roe v. Wade is bad law, and it needs to fall. I don’t doubt the intelligence and character of men like Doug Kmiec, the younger Bob Casey, and others who sympathize with the Obama campaign. But I do doubt their judgment. At the end of the day, the Democratic party in 2008 has conceded nothing to pro-life Democrats. The fact that Sen. Obama listens respectfully to pro-lifers without calling them reactionary dunces does not constitute progress. Results and behavior are what matter. On both those counts, the party has again failed to show any real sensitivity to pro-life concerns. In that light, high profile Catholics who support Obama are simply rationalizing their surrender on Roe.

Finally, I will vote for Sarah Palin, not because I’ve left the Democratic party of my youth and young adulthood, but because that party has left me. In fact, it no longer exists. And no amount of elegant speaking, exciting choreography, and moral alibis will bring it back.

That’s the real tragedy of this election.

Suann Therese Maier, the mother of four and former director of non-profit support organizations for pregnant women and children with disabilities, is a teacher in Colorado.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholicvote; crossovervote; democrat; firstthings; mccainpalin; motherhood; palin

1 posted on 09/07/2008 2:53:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: cgarrio

ping


2 posted on 09/07/2008 3:00:24 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: nickcarraway

A wonderful read.


3 posted on 09/07/2008 3:01:25 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: nickcarraway

Absolutely the best article I’ve read today. Thanks for posting it.


4 posted on 09/07/2008 3:01:38 PM PDT by ab01
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To: ab01

You are welcome.


5 posted on 09/07/2008 3:02:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Reminds me of Zell Miller. Where is he and what is he doing?


6 posted on 09/07/2008 3:03:34 PM PDT by TrueFact (I'm voting for Sarah.)
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To: nickcarraway

Good post. Democrats who are devout Roman Catholics are a mystery to me.

But then I had distant relatives who supported the Irish Republican Army (IRA) with annual large donations for almost a century, only stopping when it became apparent the IRA was in bed with Muslim terrorists. Sometimes it takes a hard blow to the solar plexus to shake one out of a political rut. Governor Palin may be that solid right hook that shadow conservatives need.


7 posted on 09/07/2008 3:04:57 PM PDT by SatinDoll (Desperately desiring a conservative government.)
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To: nickcarraway; freekitty; Clintonfatigued; romanesq; justiceseeker93; oswegodeee; MinuteGal; ...

Calling Nancy Pelosi, Barry the Messiah, Harry Reid, Joe Biden, you guys hear this?? There are many more like this coming your way. Your lies, Nazi tactics, distortions, and terror tactics of personal destruction are no longer a secret. There out in public for one and all to see and they’re not playing well in America.


8 posted on 09/07/2008 3:05:46 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: nickcarraway

Wow, I wonder if there is a circle that forms in the media, one that tries to model itself as “general opinion” and anything not in that circle is treated with disdain.

Funny that the Ph.D can sort out why she supports Gov. Palin, and Patti Davis cannot understand why any women would..


9 posted on 09/07/2008 3:06:01 PM PDT by padre35 (Sarah Palin is the one we've been waiting for..Rom 10.10..)
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To: nickcarraway

Great article - thanks for posting it


10 posted on 09/07/2008 3:06:58 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: ExTexasRedhead

“There out in public for one and all to see and they’re not playing well in America.”

You’re correct about that. In fact, the media lynch mob seems to have contributed to McCain’s post-convention bounce.


11 posted on 09/07/2008 3:07:59 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: nickcarraway

Thank you for posting this article.



12 posted on 09/07/2008 3:08:37 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: nickcarraway

Excellent article. Thank you, nickcarraway, for posting this.


13 posted on 09/07/2008 3:08:44 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks! I needed that!


14 posted on 09/07/2008 3:08:51 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: nickcarraway

bookmark


15 posted on 09/07/2008 3:11:13 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: nickcarraway

“Even if the media pressure forces her from the ticket, I will vote against the Democratic party—partly because I respect John McCain and believe him to be the better candidate, but equally because I’m tired of the intransigence and condescension of the Democratic leadership on the abortion issue.”

Sarah will be a God-given gift to this country if more women FINALLY wake up and start thinking like this!


16 posted on 09/07/2008 3:16:41 PM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: nickcarraway

Hey, whats a little lying and stealing once you’ve accepted infanticide?


17 posted on 09/07/2008 3:17:54 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I will stand with the Muslims ~B Hussein Obomunist ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Verito Possumus~Verified Sleeper!)
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To: Clintonfatigued; freekitty; romanesq

You can add they’re not playing well in England or Japan. All this from those in our country who profess to care about what the world thinks of us. Aren’t these reprehensible human waste a joke?


18 posted on 09/07/2008 3:19:05 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: ExTexasRedhead

They are one sick bunch and they figure the only way they can carry out their agendas is to silence us.


19 posted on 09/07/2008 3:19:36 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: wagglebee

ping


20 posted on 09/07/2008 3:21:10 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: notaliberal

ping


21 posted on 09/07/2008 3:22:11 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: nickcarraway
Back in the 1830's, French jurist Alexander de Tocqueville traveled America and wrote his wonderful "Democracy in America."

He admired the educated citizenry and the spirit of freedom and independence they exuded. He observed:

"The words of a strong-minded man (substitute here, woman), which penetrate amidst the passions of a listening assembly, have more power than the vociferations of a thousand orators; and if it be allowed to speak freely in any public place, the consequence is the same as if free speaking was allowed in every village."

Guess he must have met an authentic citizen from a small village like Wasilla!

22 posted on 09/07/2008 3:27:51 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: nickcarraway

“In fact, while we’re on the subject, I also know what it means to have two grandchildren born out of wedlock, a son struggling with alcohol, two grandchildren with serious disabilities, putting myself through graduate school while simultaneously caring for a husband and children and teaching full time—and a whole lot more. This is the stuff of real human love; this is the raw material of family life. And those who think that Palin’s beliefs and family struggles are funny or worth jeering at, simply reveal the venality of their own hearts.”

Wow, except that I have only one grandchild and she is not disabled, this describes me! I started crying when I read this. Just wow!


23 posted on 09/07/2008 3:30:40 PM PDT by Mercat (Global warming doesn't kill polar bears, Sarah Palin does, with her bare hands)
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To: narses

Ping...


24 posted on 09/07/2008 3:33:15 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Mercat

Wonderful!

My daughters attend a very conservative private Catholic school and they played the Palin and McCain speaches from the convention for the 6-8th graders. (No Obama speach was shown) I just pray everyday that todays youth live by her (Sara’s) example.


25 posted on 09/07/2008 3:35:49 PM PDT by Cheryllynn
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To: SatinDoll
"Democrats who are devout Roman Catholics are a mystery to me."

As are devout Jews to me.

26 posted on 09/07/2008 3:36:06 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: nickcarraway

Suann Therese Maier Bump!


27 posted on 09/07/2008 3:45:01 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG.... little flowers have large and profound influences)
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To: nickcarraway

Beautiful. Thank You.


28 posted on 09/07/2008 3:46:51 PM PDT by IL1949
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To: nickcarraway

That was absolutely fantastic!


29 posted on 09/07/2008 3:59:33 PM PDT by pray4liberty (Stand up and pray up!)
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To: Mamzelle

Good stuff. I wish an article would someday run in a major paper or media outlet.


30 posted on 09/07/2008 4:00:04 PM PDT by Tempest (The devil and the media have sided with Obama)
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To: nickcarraway

great find


31 posted on 09/07/2008 4:04:28 PM PDT by CaraM
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To: nickcarraway

btt


32 posted on 09/07/2008 4:52:53 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: nickcarraway

Is this for real?


33 posted on 09/07/2008 5:44:14 PM PDT by budwiesest (I smell a landslide in November. One for the record books. Sarah's tsunami.)
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To: nickcarraway

“I know what it means to have a son with Down syndrome.”

See??? The McCain campaign is using Sarah Palin to pander to the parents-with-disabled-children vote! (Here, I am mocking libs who said Palin was a pander to women.)

Actually, I think recognizing the difficulties of parents with special-needs children would be a nice initiative for a VP or first lady (or first dude) to talk about.

I’d much rather hear a president asking for community (i.e. neighbor, not big-govt) support for Down’s Syndrome, autistic and disabled children so they can have a happy, open life, than Michelle Obama complaining about how hard it is to afford healthy kids’ activities on a senator’s salary.


34 posted on 09/07/2008 9:08:23 PM PDT by MIT-Elephant ("Armed with what? Spitballs?")
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To: nickcarraway

“In the late 1970s, during a two-year break from teaching to raise our second son, an adopted child, I found myself at a Los Angeles dinner party filled with DINKs, the “double income, no kids” crowd who were just emerging as a self-aware and upwardly mobile social group. I fell to talking—or more accurately, listening—to a chatty young female attorney who said she was putting in eighty hours a week as a junior associate on a variety of important cases.

“After twenty minutes or so, she finally noticed my silence and asked me what I did with my own time. So I told her. I told her about the young couple that had asked my husband and me to adopt their baby if we covered their hospital expenses. I told her about waiting outside the delivery room for our son to be born. I told her about the bureaucratic maze that came with finalizing the adoption of a newborn. I told her about borrowing money from friends so we’d look more solvent than we actually were to Social Service inspectors who checked our accounts.

““That’s wonderful dear,” she said. “You’re so lucky not to have a real job.”
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THIS is a perfect example of a snObama supporter. It is a perfect description of snObama and his wonderful AmericaHating wife.

It is so heartening to see the breakthrough Sarah is helping some people make. This is a tremendous read.

She’s about 40 years later than that “dunce” Ronald Reagan in coming to the realization that the Democrat party has left her and others like her, but at least she finally realized it.


35 posted on 09/07/2008 10:41:03 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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