June 13, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Washington Post and The New York Times are recruiting their readers to help their journalists sift through 13,000 newly released emails to find information that fits the caricature that Sarah Palin is an insane, megalomaniacal power-monger – the last person Americans want in the White House. Unfortunately for them, it looks like a bad political investment: determined to unmask a monster, they’re revealing her humanity.
In these emails, Palin is shown to be a mother, who also happens to be the governor of Alaska, and who lives the challenge (and joy) of being pro-life. They reveal the tender humanity of a mother who, faced with the devastating news that her son would be born with some difficulties, found the courage to embrace life – and the faith to believe that God has a special purpose for every life.
Palin’s son Trig has Down syndrome. Ninety percent of these children are aborted by their mothers shortly after diagnosis: and little wonder, for doctors talk about Down’s infants in terms of suffering, not the opportunity for joy. Many women choose abortion thinking that they are making a good parenting decision – a painful choice that deprives their child of a miserable life.
Enter Sarah Palin and her emails as governor, reintroducing Americans to what “pro-life” truly means, to having confidence that God does not make mistakes, He gives only the best.
Kathryn Jean Lopez has posted one such email on National Review Online’s blog The Corner. “Beyond politics, I imagine it (the e-mail) might be a real gift for some struggling with the emotion any parent faces with the news her child may have Down Syndrome or another challenging diagnosis,” Lopez writes.
Everyone (Palin and non-Palin supporters alike) should take the less than five minutes needed to read it. Click here, read it, and then pass it on.
It’s a letter to the Palin family (written by Palin of course) from “Trig’s Creator , Your Heavenly Father”. While “God” explains that the news may seem “unreal and sad and confusing”, he promises them “I only want the best for you, and I only give my best,” and that Trig is a “gift” and a “joy” that he is entrusting to the Palin family.
Emails like this remind Americans of the remarkable, exciting woman they first met in September 2008, when GOP presidential candidate John McCain introduced her to the broader American public. And they also remind us why the political left hates her: she’s a successful, attractive, empowered woman who lead a U.S. state, who is married, loves her husband, has five children, and is pro-life. She not only believes in pro-life, she lives it.
How telling that the reaction from one of Canada’s lead obstetric doctors, Dr. Andre Lalonde, to Palin’s “choice” was alarm that other Canadian women would have the courage to follow her example.
Palin embodies everything pro-abortion feminists and their allies like Lalonde have said women can’t do: to make an independent, empowered choice to accept life, however it comes, whatever the circumstances. Palin tells women that they can do it.
While the U.S. media dedicates its reporters and readers to the task of sifting for dirt on Palin, they are instead turning up gold. Tony Harnden has more about Alaska’s “Mama Grizzly” in his American Way column for the UK’s Sunday Telegraph, such as Palin removing alcohol from the governor’s mansion because she wanted to set a good example to her children’s friends and remove a source of temptation at parties.
Sounds like Palin is just a good mom, who happened to be governor. And millions of other good moms (a.k.a. voters) can connect with that.
Read Mother Rogue at NRO.
Read Tony Harden’s American Way: Sarah Palin email frenzy backfires on her media antagonists.