In this muddle of presidential politics, everything about the candidates is fair game… EXCEPT their children. Spouses come under scrutiny as a matter of course, because they are in the public eye, at public functions, and represent us. The children of politicians don’t ask for the limelight or the burden of office. No parent can know the road their child will take. To say an unwed teenage daughter makes Palin unqualified to be Vice President is a non-issue.
That said, it is interesting to me that there is no sex-education in Alaska schools because Palin believes abstinence is the only way. She is also anti-abortion, so it makes sense her daughter would carry through her pregnancy. They say “she’s going to marry the father” but is that wise? At 17 and 18 they don’t seem to have made the wisest of choices so far; will a shotgun wedding make it all right? An unexpected pregnancy can happen to any family, any time. We should not judge. I sincerely hope those teens are not forced into marriage just for appearances or politics.
I have plenty of reasons to think Palin is a bad choice for VP, but a daughter who is an unwed mother is not one of them. What about the years Palin was an Independence party member and she rallied for Alaska to secede from the United States? Polar bears endangered? Just shoot the rest of them. How about teaching creationism in school? Personally, I think my Christian faith should be taught in church, by qualified Christians and not in public schools by lay teachers. Too little experience as governor after a few years as a very small town mayor, with investigations into inappropriate firings ongoing. No, there is enough to fault Palin on without condemning her, or her daughter, for this pregnancy.