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: 05-27-1998
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 3:21pm

Because there are enough other people who aren't threatened by powerful or high achieving women. But if, say, 60% of the voters voted for them, that remaining 40% is still a pretty big minority, and among those, there were surely many who just didn't want to vote for a woman.


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Thu, 09-04-2008 - 4:00pm

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 4:09pm
Unfortunately, that is all too true.

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Registered: 08-31-2008
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 4:17pm
And even more who will not vote at all, even though they are
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 4:29pm
Sad but true.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 4:41pm
Yes, this really will be an issue if her and McCain get elected. The VP has to do a LOT of international travel. Surely far more international travel than a state governor does (I'm guessing that a state governor actually has to do zero international travel).
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 4:56pm

I am against Palin because her views on the war in Iraq, gun control and abortion are the polar opposite of mine.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 5:00pm
And for that matter, how did Clinton get so far in the Democratic primary?
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 5:08pm
I think nobody is talking about McCain's kids because all but one of them are adults so raising them while being president won't come up. He has a 16yo but she isn't pregnant. It is VERY unlikely she will get pregnant in the near future. There's no birth control quite like the Secret Service. I remember Chelsea Clinton complaining about the absurdity of even trying to go out on a date (let alone anything else) while they hovered around preventing her from being kidnapped.
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Registered: 11-18-2005
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 5:23pm
He spent half that time running for president. Obama does not have extensive experience. He is not seasoned. I am not sure who I am voting for but if I were just voting based on expereince McCain/Palin would get my vote.

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