If that title didn't send you running for the hills, I'm surprised. I am not an overly political person. In fact, I don't particularly like politics. But at the moment, everyone is getting sucked into the presidential race whether they want to or not. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has something to say. Why not me?
Here, for the record, are my two cents.
Mrs.Palin, Oh, Mrs.Palin. How dare you have 5 children and continue to work? How dare you clean up the Alaskan political scene? How dare you allow your 17 year old daughter to get pregnant? How dare you leave your special needs child in the care of others...even if they are your husband and your older daughters?
OK, enough of that. I do believe that a mother's place is in the home (a generalization to be sure). A mom's first priority should be her children (not a generalization). That being said, shouldn't a father's first priority be his children? Shouldn't they be his primary focus? And how old are Mr.Obama's children? Just curious. I wonder how anyone that high up the political ladder can balance work & family.
I also know that there are women who do not thrive in the Stay-at-home atmosphere. There are women who need to foster talents they have that are not of great use in the home. There are women who would feel stifled if they didn't work outside their homes. I know women like this. I am amazed at their ability to balance work & home. I am amazed at the greater quality of the time they spend with their children since the quantity of time is less.
I wonder if Mrs.Palin had been a Mister would the controversy still be there? Would "he" have been raked over the coals for the choices of "his" nearly grown daughter? Would "he" have been torn apart over "his" decision to go back to work 3 days after the birth of "his" Down Syndrome son? I wonder....
When Mr.Biden's wife died & left him a widower with children, he was encouraged to go back to work. Would Mrs.Palin get the same advice if her husband were to pass away?
I do have to say, I agree with Mr.Obama's statement that people's families should be off limits. In his words, "Especially their children." He's right. That is not OK.
I am generally an old fashioned kind of girl. I love the idea of mother's staying home with their kids. I love the idea of a wife in an apron putting her house in order as her husband works hard to support his family. I love the man in the gray flannel suit coming home to his loving family at the end of the work day.
BUT, do not tell me a woman cannot work outside her home. Do not tell me a woman cannot balance a career & a family in the same way her husband can. Not all women can, but neither can all men. Do not tell me that a woman is worth less than a man in the work force. Do not tell me a father cannot stay at home & take care of his children with the same devotion as his wife. People's choices in how they raise their families are very personal.
I think Dr.Phil hit the nail on the head this morning when he said, "This is not what this election is about." So, could we please lay off this woman?
I do have one more thing to add. Even if Mrs.Palin does support abstinence only education (which I am all for), in this day & age I cannot imagine a 17 year old not knowing the consequences of unprotected sex. Just because she's teaching her children to abstain from premarital sex, I'm pretty sure they've heard of condoms. Unless of course they're living under a rock. They do have condoms in Alaska. I think it's more of a rebellion/teenage thoughtlessness issue than an abstinence only issue.