Sarah Palin - To Start a New Thread

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Registered: 11-20-2003
Sarah Palin - To Start a New Thread
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Wed, 09-03-2008 - 12:26pm

Thought I would throw some new meat out there since there's a limit to dishwasher and book list and split personality former-banned member stuff I can read...

So how does Sarah Palin's situation figure into your perspective on the SAH/WOH debate?

I believe that WOH definitely works for my family, and for the most part, tend to favor it in general as a path that is more likely to secure financial stability for families. I'm just stating that as a glossing over of my basic place in the 'debate' to set the stage for my response.

I find Palin interesting. As a fairly liberal feminist, I applaud any woman who reaches that level of Government, particularly in, shall we say, a more 'rugged' state. At the same time, as a fairly liberal feminist, most of her social views tend to scare the bejeezes out of me. But that has to do with the political.

Politics aside, if you merely treated her as a case study, in our own little imaginary sociology class, how does her situation affect/impact you or cause you to react? She is a mom of 5, with a son shipping out to Iraq, a pregnant teen aged daughter, 2 other daughters that are younger, and an infant special needs son.

I do not think any of those things should or should not impact her decision to WOH, in general. However, I *do* have a somewhat negative reaction to the idea of pursuing the VP slot. In her current role, in theory she is also in a high stress job that demands long hours. But I get the impression that her husband is in the more day-to-day family management role. One could posit that living in a small town with lots of family allows her the benefit of a wider net of support.

To me it is one thing to work and find the best thing to work for your family. But I really question the decision to expose my family to the degree of tumult, scrutiny, and change that this degree of position entails. They will have to move to a completely foreign environment. They have no insight as of yet to the degree of care and attention their son may require - it could vary greatly. I just cannot reconcile in my mind a parent making that kind of choice, particularly when she is relatively young and probably has a rising star that promises years of opportunity to come.

I question myself on whether a double standard is being applied - would I have the same reaction given all this news if her husband was the nominee? Hmm - probably not - and that's hard for me to admit. But I also believe that I *should( have the same reaction even if the father is the one making the choices versus the mother, and making things 'equitable' doesn't mean that I should expect less from women - I should start expecting MORE from men.

I don't think any of this has a direct impact on her ability or readiness to govern (although I have tons of opinions on that unrelated to the SAH/WOH thing). But it does give an insight into her judgment, priorities and choices - and I really feel like these apparent choices are ones I just can't support.

I am interested in other opinions and views.



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Registered: 03-12-2005
Thu, 09-25-2008 - 8:41am
I agree. We need a change. I am uncomfortable with the thought of Palin as President which is a possibility when the President is in his 70's. I am definately leaning toward Obama/Biden in this election.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 09-25-2008 - 8:02am
I think President Bush has done a terrible job. But he went into his second term in office with 4 years of actual presidential experience. Fat lot of good that did. So I'm not looking at experience AT ALL as a factor in who I choose. Because 4 years of presidential experience didn't help Bush any. I'm looking at where a candidate wants to go.
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 09-25-2008 - 7:52am

The most important question that voters need to concern themselves with is whether or not a candidate is qualified to act as President,imo.


that begs the question then,what have "experience" and "qualifications" given us over the years?

 

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Registered: 02-20-2007
Mon, 09-22-2008 - 10:12pm

Sarah Palin means nothing to me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-12-2005
Mon, 09-22-2008 - 2:30pm
That certainly doesn't qualify her to act as President. The most important question that voters need to concern themselves with is whether or not a candidate is qualified to act as President,imo.
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Registered: 07-23-2003
Mon, 09-22-2008 - 9:53am

What do you mean by this?

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Registered: 07-18-2007
Mon, 09-22-2008 - 9:48am

Perhaps if the Current Occupants had a greater understanding of the law, they wouldn't think they're above it. ;)

In the context of the Presidency, a law degree is especially relevant because the law has such broad application across government. The person signing legislation into law should have some grasp of what he's signing, right?. If a federal court says that--oh, I dunno--wiretapping without a warrant is unconstitutional, somebody in the Executive Branch needs to understand why. I'm not saying that only lawyers can understand the law or that a law degree should be required of the President and VP, just that a background in the law is uniquely useful to a high government office with oversight of disparate subject matter areas. Expertise in a single subject matter such as education or economics is more useful at the Cabinet Secretary/agency head level.

Yeah well, that's just, ya know, like, your opinion, man-The Big Lebowski 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Sun, 09-21-2008 - 1:43pm
"options" is relative.

 

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Fri, 09-19-2008 - 6:02pm
Well, I can't tell you in which cases the baby and the mother would be treated more or less humanely in which situation. It maybe the best choice available at the time. Certainly not a choice I would never want to ever have happen. It varies case to case. Which is why I think the decision *needs* to be with the patient and her doctor. They are the only ones who know all the options of each particular case.
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 09-18-2008 - 10:17pm

this argument makes me sick.

 

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