Palin – Like or Not?
Posted by Jim Rector on September 2, 2008
Putting aside whether Sarah Palin should be a stay-at-home mom or not, I think it’s a brilliant political strategy. Even with the latest revelations about her family she’s energized most conservative who were luke warm at best over John McAmnesty McCain. Instead of restating things I’ll point you to a couple of blog posts. The first over at Right Wing News is an post by John Hawkins titled The Top 7 Reasons Why Palin Was A Brilliant Choice For VP. I especially like point 3:
Palin has particular appeal on the Pro-life issue: Palin isn’t just pro-life; she talks the talk and walks the walk. She didn’t consider aborting her child with Down Syndrome and when her 17 year old daughter became pregnant with a child and decided to keep it, she supported her, which stands in stark opposition to Obama who famously said, “I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”
Another is point 5:
The #1 charge the Left has launched at Palin, that she’s inexperienced, better applies to their own candidate for President. Palin is more qualified to be the President than Barack Obama, so you just have to smile every time some liberal says, “She’ll be a heartbeat away from the presidency.” I mean, can’t the exact same thing be said about Obama? I mean, what if something happened to Biden and we had Obama in charge and…oh wait, the “heartbeat away” candidate is on top of the Democratic ticket.
Another post is by Al Mohler titled An Unexpected New Motherhood Debate. I think these three paragraphs sum up the thoughts of a lot of Christian social conservatives:
…………Do I believe that a woman can serve well in the office of Vice President of the United States? Yes. As a matter of fact, I believe that a woman could serve well as President — and one day will. Portraits of significant men of history hang on the walls of my library –but so do portraits of Queen Elizabeth I of England and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The New Testament clearly speaks to the complementary roles of men and women in the home and in the church, but not in roles of public responsibility. I believe that women as CEOs in the business world and as officials in government are no affront to Scripture. Then again, that presupposes that women — and men — have first fulfilled their responsibilities within the little commonwealth of the family.
Is this kind of public role what most women want? Clearly not, and for that I am honestly thankful. The tasks assigned to women within the home are monumental. The maternal role is crucial, and the vast majority of women find their greatest fulfillment in this role — and for good reason. In the roles of wives and mothers women do what no one else can do so naturally and so well.
Though I might have some religious convictions around the role of motherhood vs. working when I look at the alternatives I can’t see many better choices.