Bristol Palin, Teen Pregnancy, Hypocrasy, and what does it all have to do with politics?
The first question that comes to mind whenever an aspect of private life is brought forth into the public view (Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy, Britney Spears’ life in general, the teen-queen rehab dramas, isn’t Cheney’s daughter a lesbian?) is “Why is this the public’s business?”
It is a question that has no answer, for as long as there remains an appetite for crucifying public icons for entertainment value, we will continue to be forced to put up with Paris Hilton’s [et al] latest news on the Reuters ticker on CNN, under the REAL news.
What brings me to this state of relative outrage, is that Sarah Palin’s 17-year old daughter’s pregnancy has become more of a focus in this campaign than Sarah Palin’s plans to support our potential future president and their collective vision for our entirely fucked up post-Bush US. Even the fact that I have not written a single politically affiliated blog (I think..) and here I am waxing poetic about some knocked-up teenager since I find it impossible to focus on the election with such bull riding the airwaves.
“While it’s impossible to know what it’s like to be 17, pregnant, the daughter of a presumptive vice-presidential candidate and the talk of the nation — Bristol has not spoken publicly about the matter yet — the issue is especially sensitive given Sarah Palin’s and many Republicans’ endorsement of abstinence-only education and opposition to abortion.” -MTV.com
Ironically, in a world where premarital sex does not exist, and contraception is a veritable sin, how is a baby considered “a blessing!”?
If we really want to Devil’s Advocate [can that phrase be a verb?] in a statement issued Monday, Sarah Palin said she and her husband, Todd, are “proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents.” Palin is proud of her daughter’s decision, meaning that it was a choice for Bristol to either keep or abort her child, ergo, Palin is proud that her daughter had a choice, and made the ‘right’ choice. Isn’t the ability to make said decision supportive of choice in general?
Leave the poor kid alone, I say, and focus, rather, on her mother’s complete inability to be VP or if McCain were to be elected and then die (or be assassinated), President due to her extreme lack of experience and general wishy-washiness.