Monday, December 29, 2008

A Bastard Out of Wasilla

Tolerance can be a genuinely harmful force when it become a euphemism for moral exhaustion and a rigid or indifferent neutrality in response to every great moral issue--when in G.K. Chesterton's phrase, it becomes the virtue of the people who do not believe in anything....To take just one example: 70 percent of people between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four say that people who generate a baby out of wedlock should not be subject to moral reproach of any sort...judgment is not bigotry and tolerance may be just another form of indifference.--William Bennett (Death of Outrage)
Since Sarah Palin and her supporters have no problem with judging the sexual proclivities of so many of my friends when they want to get married (as consenting adults), but so happen to be gay, then they should not mind telling us what whores we are to have children out of wedlock or that we are going to be roasted in the afterlife for fornicating--that is, unless you are Bristol Palin. No better exemplar exists of the hypocrisy of the religious right than Sarah Palin's formerly knocked-up daughter, and her political prisoner beau Levi Johnston, giving birth to an out-of-wedlock child.

Palin's daughter gives birth to son named Tripp

Mon Dec 29, 10:30 pm ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has given birth to a son, a magazine reported Monday.

Bristol Palin, 18, gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston on Saturday, People magazine reported online. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol's grandmother, told the magazine that "the baby is fine and Bristol is doing well."

The governor's office said it would not release information because it considers the baby's birth a private, family matter. Palin family members, hospital employees and spokespeople for the governor's former running mate, John McCain, either would not confirm the birth or did not return messages from The Associated Press.

The father is Levi Johnston, a former hockey player at Alaska's Wasilla High School.

Palin announced on Sept. 1, the first day of the Republican National Convention, that her unwed daughter was pregnant. The campaign issued a statement saying Bristol "and the young man" would get married.

Levi Johnston's mother eventually disclosed that her 18-year-old son was the father. The following week, the young man attended the convention in St. Paul, Minn., when Palin accepted the vice presidential nomination.

The announcement that the unmarried Bristol Palin, 17 at the time, was pregnant immediately drew concerns that it could damage Palin's credibility as a religious conservative. But many observers noted the pregnancy served to humanize the Palins and showcase the candidate's rejection of abortion.

Sherry Johnston, Levi's mother, said in October that Bristol and her son were considering a summer wedding.

Levi Johnston told The Associated Press that month that he and Bristol loved each other and wanted to get married. Johnston, who dropped out of high school to take a job on the North Slope oil fields as an apprentice electrician, said he was a little shocked to learn that Bristol was pregnant but quickly warmed to the idea of being a father.

He said the two had planned to get married even before Bristol became pregnant.

Johnston, an avid hunter, hinted at the time that they were expecting a boy. He said he was already looking forward to taking the boy hunting and fishing.

Johnston's mother was arrested on felony drug charges this month after state troopers served a search warrant at her Wasilla home. According to authorities, she sent text messages to two police informants in which she discusses making drug transactions involving OxyContin, a strong prescription painkiller.

Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have five children ranging in age from Trig, 7 months, to Track, 19. In between are Willow, 14; Piper, 7; and Bristol.

(This version CORRECTS the day of birth to Saturday, instead of Sunday, per the magazine.)

You have to love the names they give these kids. Tripp, Track, Trig, AK-47, etc. If I did not know any better, I would swear that these people were ingesting some of Wasilla's finest derivatives of Sudafed before naming their children. At least Tripp is supposed to be a family name of some kind, or so it has been claimed. I feel sorry for the boy. His life is already doomed and he has not even been taught to hunt from a helicopter, ride around in a snowmobile, or even to hate people different from himself.

Also notice the lack of denouncements from the pulpits over this birth. Dobson, Colson, Bennett, et al., the ones who tell us that parents who raise children that then have children out of wedlock are moral failures, they are nowhere to be found. No lectures, like when denouncing Bill Clinton for his conduct back in the '90s. If one of Obama's daughters started dating (when they are old enough), and "became pregnant" by one of their boyfriends, do you think the amateur messiahs would fail to take notice? Do you think they would care if she decided to keep the baby? You know they would not. We would never hear the end about the "godless secular humanists who are destroying our culture with premarital sex and illegitimate births," which is what they do to everyone else.

By the standards of the religious right's own method of judgmentalism, Sarah Palin is a failure of a mother. How else can we judge a person who tells her children to abstain from sex until marriage, and they end up pregnant before they are 18 to their boyfriends? If you also consider that Sarah Heath married her husband back in August 1988 and gave birth to her first child eight months later, I guess the fun time apple does not fall too far from the tree. Apparently, it is OK, so long as you do not have an abortion and promise to eventually marry the guy, to which Levi and Bristol have yet to tie the knot. Well, that and if the parents of the promiscuous youngster think women's wombs should have Bibles tied to them.

If the religious right is correct, and your children are a reflection of you and your values, as well as the values you inculcated them with (which is the entire point of Sarah Palin trying to implant the "small town" values of her Evangelical snake dancers on the rest of us), what does Bristol Palin's life experience tell us? Of course, in reality, it tells us nothing, but why is it OK for these people to judge and discriminate against gays and the single moms of people who do not think like Sarah Palin? Had Bristol Palin committed her actions in the days of the Moses, she would have been subject to stoning. Why is it that the Ten Commandments are to apply to me but not the fornicating children of right-wing Christians? Why is it OK for a 17 year old to be told she must marry the fellow who impregnated her, but two loving, consenting adults of the same gender who want to wed are accused of threatening traditional values and the institution of marriage?

These are all perfectly legitimate questions, naturally, but do not expect any real answers from the Dobsons and Colsons of the world. Their collective heads are busy tickling the tonsils of their most favored politicians.

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