Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin for McCain's VP!!!!!

OK OK I know I said I don't talk politics on here, but seriously?! I'm SO excited right now!! John McCain has chosen Governor Sarah Palin for his VP. So why am I so excited? It just so happens that her son Trig happens to have a common bond with Kennedy - Down syndrome. She also has an older son in the Army, which means she'll be looking out for us Military families! Can I get a huge YAY!!!! :) This election is finally looking up for me.

***I have no problem with kind debate on this blog (though I probably won't respond because like I said, I can't change your mind and you can't change mine!)... my only rule is "be nice".***

PS. OK I know I said I wasn't going to respond, but I changed my mind... you can read my further thoughts in the comment section if you wish!

47 comments :

Bethany said...

I'm hooting and hollering over here, you know that!

Laurie said...

This election is shaping up to be a very interesting competition. I can't wait to hear what Sarah has to say and what her passions are. She may just increase John McCain's possibility. I think she has a good possibility of making this a very close race. Personally, I haven't decided one way or another. Neither was my candidate of choice for either party....always important to keep an open mind and weigh everything out.

mom2natnkatncj said...

Hmmm, I think this is good, but I don't think he did it for the right reasons. I think he did it to get the woman's vote by putting a female on the ticket with him. A way to compete with the minority in his opponent. I suppose his real reasons don't matter so much as long as if he gets elected he actually listens to what she has to say!

Anonymous said...

YAY!!!

Mallory

proudmommy4 said...

super excited here too. and i don't even care that much about politics usually...

Mandy Greene said...

I think she is an excellent choice! I could not be happier! I look forward to reading all your readers responses on here.

Tricia said...

I've been trying to make my decision for months. Since turning 18 I've been proud of my right to vote, and I've never missed an election. However, until today, I was unsure if I could make that decision. I knew the VP selection would probably make that decision for me. Now my decision is made. For many reasons, not just the fact that she has a son with Down syndrome,I feel that McCain has made the best decision.

waldenhouse said...

It-sounds-great-just-not-sure-what-the-reality-will-look-like.She-has-so-little-experience-which-has-been-McCain's-criticism-of-Obama.Granted-she-is-not-running-for-pres,but-as-second-in-command-she-very-well-could-end-up-in-that-seat.
I-look-forward-to-hearing-more-from-her-over-the-next-few-months.Her-presence-has-definitely-increased-my-interest-in-this-election.

Anonymous said...

Yea! Finally a reason to listen to the evening news and believe in someone in the political arena. I've always respected McCain for his service to this country and now I can look to the future and a new day. I pray the right individuals make it into office and help our country to go forward and be a world leader.
Paula

Stephanie said...

Sarah is the perfect choice! She has executive experience. She is a true conservative. More importantly for many people, she is not a Washington insider. I believe she is going to bring much excitement to the race.

grecia said...

Go to bluegrassmoms.com and vote in an online poll....Moms For Moms!

Kristen said...

So, so excited! And, I LOATHE politics!

Cynthia said...

This is sooo exciting!
I just saw this on the news, too and thought of you, and your lack of enthusiasm over the candidates (me too). Wanted to share with you, but of course, you already know!
Doing a quick search on her, she sounds very ethical and is not shy about making others tow the line. This will make politics a lot more interesting!

Anonymous said...

Her baby, trig , is 4 months old. Not sure she is such a great Mom.

Ann said...

Ok this may get long!

I LOVE Sarah Palin! 1st of all I'm from Alaska, although I live in Washington right now, and was super excited when she ran for governor and would have voted for her if I still lived there. 2nd She when to the University of Idaho which is where I go to school so that's exciting. 3rd her son Trig was born the same day my little Jason was so I feel connected there.

As an Alaskan at heart I'm mixed. I love her where she is. She is good for the state but at the same time I think this will be good for the country. I agree that she will be looking out for military families, and although I am not a military family I have many friends who are and I support them!

I'll stop now but I totally share your excitement, and now I'm interested too!

Another said...

Would you have gone back to work three days after given birth to your baby with downs? I bet not. She was praised for not aborting after learning she was carrying a baby with downs but bolted back to work shortly after giving birth. Wow. Did she just not want to deal with the baby?

What is she going to do with Trig over the next 67 days while she trapses across the country trying to win votes? I bet she isn't nursing that poor child. In my mind she is damned if she brings him, damned if she leaves him. Was this really the right time in her life to pursue her politcal dreams? If so, why have a baby at this point in her life. I feel so bad for that child.

Oh and I can't wait til the Biden/Palin debate. It is going to be comical.

Terry Family said...

I am so with you!

Karen said...

Finally, a reason to be excited about McCain! And he chose well. The world of special needs is a large minority with a very loud voice.

I've been grinning like a kid in a candy store all day. :)

Sara said...

She seems great ... it's McCain I don't find so great (although I'm totally with your son on this one .. I don't find either candidate great).

I'm looking forward to learning more about Palin as I had NO clue who she was until today.

My initial feelings to your post ... even though she has a child with Down Syndrome, who will likely benefit from government sponsored programs, I still think Democrats are the ones who stand up for those specific needed programs & would support individuals with disabilities. Meaning: continue funding programs .... it's typically Republicans who cut funding to these programs .... if she is really as conservative as the media is making her out to be, I would bet she wouldn't be so supportive of government funded programs for children or adults with disabilities.

If you are looking for a president who would support people with DS - I still think Obama would be the better choice. Sure, his children likely won't need government sponsored programs, but it's typically the democrats who vote to fund these types of programs ... not republicans.

As far as her son in the military ... in her speech this morning she specifically mentioned Iran's nuclear program. In my mind, that translates to : MORE WAR. MORE time in the Middle East. Although, I would argue that if we do go to war with Iran - at least this time we would be fighting with our true enemies & a country that is a real threat to us & Israel. Rather than this war in Iraq. However, I agree with you. I think McCain/Palin would provide more support for military families ... while they keep the troops in the Middle East.

Just my two cents.

But I do agree.... this is really turning into the most interesting & exciting election.

Anonymous said...

To is she mitding her baby ? Obviously not. How involved could she be ? I want to believe in her but I am not finding anyc reason to be. Please help me.

Kathie said...

I think McCain just hit one out of the park! She seems "real" and a "can do" lady.

momof4as said...

I'm kind of in the "not really excited about either one" camp with Kameron too ha ha... but it sounds like McCain made an educated choice! I just pray that whoever leads our country leads us in the right direction!

Every time we have an election, I think about how we are so blessed to live in a country where control can be maintained even though our opinions are so diverse. (Example being the 2000 election - in other countries that could have turned into civil war.)

Heather

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

OK so I said I wasn't going to respond, but I changed my mind! LOL First off, thank you all for keeping your opinions friendly! I appreciate it and have thought about what you all have said.

First, there was a comment about Trig only being 4 months old, and about Sarah going back to work after only 3 days... Admittedly, I would not have been able to do this, but that's me. There are millions of working moms in this country who go back to work right away... granted not usually after 3 days, but most aren't governors either ;).

I definitely don't think it was because she didn't want to "deal" with Trig. From what I've seen of her since he was born she has been loving and very accepting. She did have a prenatal diagnosis, so she knew Trig would be Trig all along. I think it's a whole different situation when moms find out prenatally that their child will have Ds than when they find out at birth, like we did with Kennedy. (But that's another post for another day!)

As far as nursing him goes, that's a whole other debate as well. She could be pumping... or he could be on formula... I personally nursed all 4 of mine, but that's because that what was right for ME and my kids... and I definitely don't want to get into a breastfeeding debate! hahaha Either way, I'm sure Trig won't be traumatized if she's not nursing.

And why is she damned whether she brings him on the road or not? She won't be taking him out of school... it's possible he's in therapy already, Kennedy was at that age, but if I were going to be VP of the US I would just bring a therapist with us! hahaha If she decides to leave him behind, I'm sure he'll be well loved and taken care of at home... I don't know, I just never thought about that either way, and I can see pros and cons to both, so again whatever she decides is best for her and Trig and her family, is fine with me (cuz like really, who am I anyway?? haha)

OK one poster said this: To is she mitding her baby ? Obviously not. How involved could she be ? I want to believe in her but I am not finding anyc reason to be. Please help me.

I am assuming the word "mitding" is a typo but I can't for the LIFE of me figure out what it's supposed to be... and I'm the queen of typos, so it surprises me! LOL As far as the rest, I think it's just a matter of managing her time... YES she will be busy, busier than I can even imagine, but I bet she will find a way to make time for ALL her kids. I think during her speech today she made it very clear how important her family is to her. You have to remember too that most kids with Down syndrome don't have the same extensive medical history that Kennedy does... I have some friend's kids who have never had more than an ear infection. Prayerfully, Trig will be a healthy little guy! I'm REALLY sure that Sarah and her husband have discussed all of this at length... and I kind of feel dumb because I'm talking like I KNOW her, and obviously I don't, but I just know as a wife and a mom, I wouldn't go into anything as life changing as this on a whim without extensive discussion with my husband. :)

So as far as funding for people with disabilities, as Sara posted above, I do realize that the democrats fully support IDEA and support funding for those with disabilities. I also realize Trig will most likely NEVER need that funding, but honestly, I just feel like having a mom of a child with Down syndrome in office is REALLY going to help us. I feel like she will still "get" at least on some level what our families go through. She's going to SEE her son struggle... to sit up, to walk, to talk, to learn, just like the rest of our kids, and I very strongly believe that's going to make a HUGE difference... maybe it will equal the Republicans and Democrats out in terms of funding, but I think it's going to help people with disabilities so much more... because she won't pity them, she'll understand. She'll know that when a parent cries over an IEP meeting, she's not just being dramatic... When a lobbyist comes to her and presents ALL the children with disabilities who CAN'T get approved for healthcare, she'll understand that it's more than just whining, she'll know that it's something that our kids (no matter how old they are) NEED very desperately. And maybe, just maybe Down syndrome will start getting the same attention, funding for research, and awareness as Autism does. Just MAYBE a woman out there right now who is pregnant with a child with Down syndrome who is ready to abort will think about Sarah, will look at Trig, will see the happiness and the normalcy (whatever "normal" is) of her family and think it may be ok. (Again, I don't want to get into an abortion debate.) And maybe I'm wrong. I've been wrong before. (Duh.) But for the first time since this Presidential campaign started I see a glimmer of hope for our country, and I'm going to hold onto it. :)

Oh yes, and Sara touched on the Military too. I totally agree that if McCain wins our troops will stay overseas, which means more deployments for my husband... BUT I also feel if we pull all the troops out, we're going to be attacked here. And THAT scares the crap out of me.

OK, off my soapbox now :).

Patty said...

I saw the news today, and thought I have got to get home and see what Renee has to say! And I haven't touched the house computer in a week!

I understand that the Govenor does not have a lot of experience, but she has some pretty good experience. And she has some pretty good things going for her. I remember hearing about her when the baby was born, and I remember DH and I saying that we know people that because of money situations have had to go back to work right away, I don't see her situation, being the leader of a state, as being all that different. In her mind, she had to go back and lead her state. I am sure that her older children, and family members have helped to make sure that the baby has the best of the world.
I was undecided until today about who I was going to vote for. Obama did himself a disservice choosing Biden, I don't care for him. McCain just did himself a good thing with this one.

Shari said...

I agree with you 100% Renee!

I have a child who is considered special needs, but not Down Syndrome. I can't get any type of help for him because we can't afford insurance. I am hoping with her in office maybe, just maybe other types of Special Needs will get recognized and maybe get the funding needed for those parents who are 'barely over the qualifying income limit' like us. Right now, when our son comes home from the rehab center for brain-impaired children he will have no services. They are very expensive and something no one can afford. What would you do in our situation? I am still searching for help, but so far have hit roadblocks everywhere because we make $250 too much to get the help he needs! Very sad state of affairs in this country!

LaForestGump said...

I'm going to keep this very nice. I thought of you, Renee when I heard of Sarah for the first time today, and I had a glimmer of hope when I heard her son was in the army. At least then we would have someone who knows how it feels to worry about a soldier, and someone in a position to change the situation...
I'm still going to vote for the guy who says he's bringing my husband home, B/c at this point, I need my family to heal from the past 4 deployemnts, rather than needing to keep the fight "over there". That's all I'm going to say...I am always excited to see a woman kick butt though, and admire her for what she has accomplished.

Yo Mamma Mamma! said...

I'm excited as well. I had felt (up until this morning) that McCain was my business' choice and Obama was my daughter with DS's choice.

To address the PP who was worried about her ability to parent, I thought I'd share something with you about my life. I am a full time working outside of my house mama. I have 3 children. They are lovely. They have been with same nanny since my oldest was born 9 years ago (she is wonderful and she loves our family and we love her.) I started working almost immediately after I had my 3rd child who has DS. Our local outreach visitor from our Down syndrome group gave me the best advice possible: don't do anything differently because this baby has DS. Do what you would have done.

My husband and I almost NEVER go out together with out our children - I spend every non-working moment I can with them.

I breastfed all three of them (actually pumped exclusively for my youngest), and am still pumping for my 14 month old with DS.

If you haven't worked recently, things have changed quite a bit of us working folks. I have a computer at home, a device that gives me e-mail, and had the ability to work from home as I needed. I still have flexibility and make it to almost all of my daughters appointments and therapies.

I work hard. I don't sleep much. I'm a good mother. I have lovely children, I'm doing what I love and love every minute of my life with them and my work life. I hope and pray my children have wonderful fulfilled lives like I've had.

I think Palin can do this, and be a wonderful parent. If I had the chance to be the Vice President of the United States, I would think specifically about my kids and know that they deserved to have me take that role.

By the way, does anyone know if the First Dude (Palin's husband) is a stay at home dad?

Shelley said...

I'm excited to see Palin on the Republican ticket. It's going to make things interesting for sure!
I think someone(the fact that she's a woman is just a bonus)with a child with a disability and a child in the military is an excellent choice as a VP.
And for the lady who left the comment about voting for Obama because he's going to bring our soldiers home....did she read the Army Times interview with him???? He's not bringing our soldiers home!

Kristen said...

Good response Renee! I would recommend that your commenters go to people.com. There is an article that includes some of these questions. And, I just read that she is pumping to whomever wondered that. (Not that it matters, I did not nurse my son and he's just fine)

Ann said...

He used to work on the North Slope for BP until 2007 when he quit in order to avoid any conflict of interest with Sarah being in office. He still works seasonally as a commercial salmon fisherman. Wikipedia has quite a good page on him. His name is Todd.

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

I just wanted to say that you guys rock and I love the fact that we can have a friendly debate and each voice our points of view (which are all very good!) without jumping down each other's throats! Talking politics and religion (and breastfeeding and abortion) are topics I usually stay far, far away from, so thanks for keeping it pleasant AND for not being afraid to voice your opinion... whatever that may be (because I know I'm totally intimidating! hahahaha

Jessica said...

I think it's important to remember that 3 of her other 4 children are teenagers and help a great deal with the younger two (Trig and a 7yo daughter). Her husband is now a stay-at-home dad so Trig is certainly not neglected. And what would it represent to the rest of the country if she had stayed out of work longer or if she resigned as Governor to care for Trig? It would have looked like having a child with a disability destroys your life and dreams, which we all know is not true. To me it definitely showed that she can roll with the punches. Far from avoiding her son, I feel that it shows she is dealing with Trig having DS very very well. I don't understand why people are feeling sorry for her children but not for Obama's. Who is taking care of his kids while BOTH parents are on the campaign trail? It is blatant sexism. I personally have a hard time keeping one household in order with one child (well unless you count my husband haha). I bow down to any woman who can successfully run a household with five children, have a happy marriage, and run an entire state simultaneously. I say, you go girl! You run with my vote!

Jessica said...

I think it's important to remember that 3 of her other 4 children are teenagers and help a great deal with the younger two (Trig and a 7yo daughter). Her husband is now a stay-at-home dad so Trig is certainly not neglected. And what would it represent to the rest of the country if she had stayed out of work longer or if she resigned as Governor to care for Trig? It would have looked like having a child with a disability destroys your life and dreams, which we all know is not true. To me it definitely showed that she can roll with the punches. Far from avoiding her son, I feel that it shows she is dealing with Trig having DS very very well. I don't understand why people are feeling sorry for her children but not for Obama's. Who is taking care of his kids while BOTH parents are on the campaign trail? It is blatant sexism. I personally have a hard time keeping one household in order with one child (well unless you count my husband haha). I bow down to any woman who can successfully run a household with five children, have a happy marriage, and run an entire state simultaneously. I say, you go girl! You run with my vote!

Milk Mama said...

I saw that and I was sooooooo excited to see a mom of a special needs child for VP! Even my hubby agreed that the election just took an upper for us. We're both excited to vote for the McCain/Palin duo now! :D

Cleo said...

Governor Sarah Palin for President!
YAY!!! YAY !!! YAY !!!

I am Heather...creator of all things crafty! said...

All I know is that was a smooth move choosing a female VP running mate. I think she has way more credentials than Obama. Plus, she's a christian, pro life, is pretty and a previous stay at home mom. Can't lose with that combo, right? My vote McCain/Palin 2008

H

I'm not political either. Just thought I'd chime in with my 2 cents worth.

I am Heather...creator of all things crafty! said...

There is only one thing that scares me....other nations that don't value women might not take her or the US seriously. It could come into play if something ever happened to McCain and she assumed the role as president. I could see other countries possibly not being "allies" with us because they don't respect a women, period. My only trepidation.

mom 2 many said...

I haven't read ALL the comments yet, but I am thrilled to see a YOUNG(ER) woman in this race!! Also, I wanted to mention that, it may seem as though she is leaving her child too soon after birth, however, I know of military moms who were deployed not long after having babies. They were just doing their jobs!
We are also a military family and a have 5 children with varying special needs!!!

Blessings,
Carla

Julie said...

Wow Renee, so far I totally agree with or was thinking what you said on every point. I'm thrilled McCain picked Palin and I'll be watching to see what happens!

jessica @ raising joey said...

I'm so excited!! I have never brought politics onto my blog until yesterday, but I just had to!

Anonymous said...

I love Palin for the VP pick!!! I will probably vote for McCain now (something I never thought I would ever say!!).

Nancy said...

I am probably the least political person I know. But I did want to chime in on this! I have been concerned about this particular election, as I feel it is a turning point in our country. I saw a picture of Obama, hands in pocket, while the other candidates were proudly holding their hands over their hearts, saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Hmmm. Scared me, kind of! As a Christian, one of my passions is the pro-life movement, and that was McCain hands down. And while I am divided about the war, I am NOT divided about my loyalty and support of the troops overseas, doing their best to support democracy and preserve freedom. And if those in higher up places have other motives, our men and women serving do NOT! God bless them! A woman in office? About TIME, I say! There may be some conservative Christians who feel this is unseemly. But I say, God gives the gifts, and it is our job to use them! Go, Sarah! :) And sounds to me like little Trig has a whole household doting over him. He'll do fine!

Jennifer said...

I asm thrilled to death that he picked her for sooooooo many reasons!! As far as lack of experience...ummmm...don't mean to be rude but seriously how much experience does Obama have? And he is the one running for president.

She brings to the table so many things and just wait to hear them all guys because she is what is going to help get our country going in the right direction!!

Anonymous said...

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Great move McCain!

Jennifer said...

I'm concerned. I'm not a Republican, not really a Democrat either. I'm pro-life, but lean towards the Democrats on other things like education and disability rights and services funding. This pick looks like a reaction to Obama to me. I would like to think that because her son is special needs that she may be good for families like us, but I'm not so sure. She's a staunch republican and this would indicate a lack of funding in that area. My son does not have Downs, but has other disabilities (as you know) that get NO respect or attention, so I understand your concerns. I'm skeptical, but reserve further judgement for later. I think both candidates chose VP running mates that spoke to their weaknesses. I only wish I could meld certain things from the two together into one super candidate. Oh, and by the way... I'm tired of people attacking Obama saying he's a Muslim. Play fair, I say. I won't commit one side until closer to November because I want to see more. Cheers to all of you polit, respectful commenters not getting nasty. This is one thing I love about America! And, Renee... I hope your husband is well. God bless him!

Anonymous said...

Even if there is a 1% chance that Barrack Hussein Obama is a Muslim Terrorist who has been preparing the last 20 years to take office and destroy the US (you know the 911 terrorists worked for many years to develop their attack), that is enough for me to do everything I can to keep him out of any US office. Not to mention that for many reasons I think McCain/Palin is a great team and there are a dozen valid reasons not to vote for Barrak. Please think twice before voting for Senetor Heussain Obama.

the original Awareness Warrior said...

Hehe, I have my soapbox moments, too. I try so hard to stay away from it, but I guess in the end it's my real friends who don't mind my opinions and don't mind a healthy, friendly debate now and then. I won't post any opinions here, other than stating the pretty obvious if you know me personally (or have seen the bumper stickers on my car/yard signs in the yard), that I am for McCain (and Palin!). Sometimes it's not worth the argument, but sometimes it is. I am though, still traumatized from the shocking replies to a friendly (non political) post on the neopets site years ago. So sad =(

I know that some parents are just plain idiots, but for the most part I can't imagine anyone neglecting their child physically or emotionally...and I just can't picture her doing that either. But then again before 9/11 I couldn't imagine anyone thinking of Americans as evil, subhuman insects that needed to be killed. And I'm refering to terrorists, not the islamic religion itself, just to clarify! So I could be wrong, but none-the-less, I've seen no evidence to tell me otherwise about her.