My kids are growing and far too perfect to be my children. (They aren't perfect but God must have felt really sorry for me because my kids are nothing like me when I was their age. Ask my parents, they will tell you that themselves. I was not a bully or anything but I was not the sweetest little girl in my class by any means.) So maybe I have no right to complain? Maybe this is just a trade off?
But here's reality: I shouldn't have to explain the basics to adults.
Wonkette published a cruel attack on Trig Palin which can easily be read as an attack on all special needs children. The attack was uncalled for. I wonder what it would have been like if the right wing had done 'jokes' about special needs children?
Some things do need to be considered off limits. As a general rule, even healthy children of politicians are considered off limits. So there is no excuse at all for what Wonkette did.
But when POLITICO reports on this story, the first comment is:
The right wing wants ramifications for this, yet excuses and refuses to demand the resignation of the Republican official who sent the racist email against President Obama. This demonstrates the kind of hypocrites the right wing is.
How much you want to bet John's White? I don't know many Black people -- and certainly no one in my own family -- who would be so stupid to make that comparison.
First off, some state official in a state Republican party sent an e-mail in which Barack was portrayed as a child monkey and it said that's why he doesn't have a birth certificate. Some people saw that as racist. (I didn't. I got tons of e-mails portraying George W. Bush as a monkey when he occupied the White House -- usually "Incurious George.") The NAACP and the head of the GOP party (for that state) called for the woman to resign. Last I heard, she was refusing. But, first off, the head of her state's party has called for her to step down. So your facts are wrong.
Second, Barack Obama is a grown man. If the joke was racist, or if he considered it to be, he's a grown ass man. Now if someone did a joke that could have been seen as racist about the Obama daughters? I'd be all over that, calling the person out. They're children. As adults, it is our job to defend children. As a Black woman, I experience racism to this day. And I get over it and I deal with it and I address it. And it's part of the American life, I'm sorry it is. Racism is not vanishing. I think it's more hidden and I think that makes for more comfortable moments (because people have to hide it) for society but it's still there and it will lash out. I don't think most Americans are racists. I do think a small number are.
But, again, Barack being the victim of racism today (if he was) is not the same as mocking a child who's done nothing to anyone. I remember that time C.I. wrote about this and you could tell, just by reading it, that she was crying when she wrote it. She talked about how some people on the left just won't shut up and stop attacking Trig Palin and how this is a little kid who has never hurt anyone, who has never set out to hurt anyone. And yet grown ups -- GROWN UPS -- think it is okay, because they hate Sarah Palin, to rip apart this little boy.
"2009: The Year of Living Sickly" (The Common Ills):
Insulting Grand Rapids? What a proud moment for the Seattle dweller. Hint to the British transplant, when you look down your nose, generally you have to be elevated above those you're looking down on. But that's small potatoes, check out the waffle fries: "parading her Down's syndrome son, Trig." This crap has been going on for over a year now.
Trig was born in 2008. He's still an infant. He's not even a toddler yet. Sarah Palin is the mother of a young child. Her being seen with her young child isn't surprising to anyone who's ever raised a child. All of these 'parading her Down's syndrome son' remarks really testify to the bigotry on the part a large number of people to special-needs children. Palin's never applauded for this. And a special-needs child is repeatedly the butt of rude, bitchy remarks. That's not a reflection on Trig Palin, that's a reflection on sickos like Jonathan Raban.
As for Piper, I wouldn't evaluate the looks of any young child in a publication. I don't think most of us would. So I'm not going to weigh in on whether she's the most attractive or not. But I will point out that she's Sarah Palin's youngest daughter. Bristol is an adult, Willow's 14 years old. Piper's seven-years-old. If Piper's on the road with her mother (if, I have no idea, I don't spend my time stalking Sarah Palin), it's perfectly understandable. Her other children are teenagers or older and don't want to come along with Mom (because no teenager wants to leave their friends for long periods of time to travel with a parent). Her two youngest children -- her infant son and her seven-year-old daughter -- go with her on the road because Sarah Palin's sharing this with her children and also parenting her children.
I can name a lot of women who took their children on the road with them. I took mine with me. I remember before I ever had kids, a strategy session Jane Fonda was leading and, while she was leading it, Vanessa Vadim (Jane's daughter) was asleep in the drawer that had been pulled out from a desk. No one thought Jane was a bad mother for that and it impressed a great many of us and impressed on us that we can juggle and our lives didn't have to be either/or, that our lives could be both-and.
I have never been disgusted to see a mother or a father take their children along with them. But Sarah Palin is repeatedly attacked and slimed for doing this and, in the attacks, her son is attacked, a special-needs child is attacked.
What kind of a s**t do you have to be to attack a special-needs child?
I would love for someone to explain the hatred and self-hatred that must consume a person like Jonathan Raban.
As well as the sickness that allows Raban's attack to only be one in a long line of attacks on Trig Palin, a small child who's never hurt anyone in his life.
What so much of the left's clerical pool fed on and found funny in 2009 is the same thing that makes me cry. I guess it's me and I'm just missing the 'funny' in mocking a child, in sneerig at him and using him to attack an adult.
It took me a second to find it. But that's what she wrote. And I agree with every word of it. It applied back then and it applies now. There is no reason to go after a special-needs child. There's no reason to go after any child but especially a special-needs child.
That poor little boy. To be the repeat target of so much hatred when you've never done anything to these people who hate you.
And poor Sarah Palin too. Trig is her child. And it's really telling how many people want to accuse her of using her child as a prop -- I think that says more about them than it does about her. And I think it's really destructive for women that this is happening. She has been demonized for being a mother since McCain announced her as his running mate. There's no excuse for that and it hurts all women. But in terms of her personally, Trig is her child and no parent wants to see their child attacked by anyone.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):