Barack Obama may think family is off limits as far as Sarah Palin is concerned. I disagree. Republicans have made traditional family values the centerpiece of every election for the past decade or more.
Here’s what’s happening. Bristol Palin gets knocked up. Her family announces she is keeping the baby and marrying the father. Bristol Palin is 17 years old. She is not getting married because she is in love with the father – someone who “don’t want kids“. She is getting married because the “values” she was brought up to believe in tell her that she must marry the father.
When I was growing up, getting pregnant out of wedlock was called getting “knocked up.” Not to get too personal, but my brother had a child out of wedlock, as did my two sisters. My oldest sister married the father. It didn’t work out. Neither my brother nor my younger sister made that decision, thankfully. My younger sister might decide to marry the father, and fine. Her decision. She’s also 30+ years old and has been with him for several years anyway. But no one in my family would say you have to marry the father just because you’re knocked up. That usually ends up to be a disaster. It’s marrying someone, not for love, but because the sex didn’t quite work out how you expected. That’s not what marriage is supposed to be about. And shame on Republicans for celebrating this.
It’s also worth noting that these same people who are rallying around the Palin family and expressing their happiness that she is marrying the father, not for love, but because the sex didn’t quite work out as planned, are the same people who would deny me the right to marry someone precisely because I am in love.
Dear Sarah Palin: That abstinence education you imposed on your daughter and that you’d impose on the rest of the country given the chance, hasn’t worked out quite that well for you, has it?
Over the past decade, the Republicans have made “family values” the centerpiece of their campaigning. It’s not off limits. A 17 year old is going to get married because she was taught that it was the right thing to do – even if love has nothing to do with it.
Family values, Republican style.[/ rant]