Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Straddling the Fence on This One

Just when I want to embrace Sarah Palin as a VP nominee because she just sounds so amazing I keep thinking to myself....Downs Syndrome BABY, pregnant teenage daughter, it just isn't clicking. I am not judging her (I'm a firm believer of "he who is without sin be the first one to cast the stone"). I'm really not judging her. But, I'm RELATING to her. For all the times I felt like Super Woman and bit off wayyyyy more then I could possibly chew and hurt my family in the process. I also think she is being used for the simple fact that she is an extraordinary woman. Emphasis on "woman".

So, just when I am sitting pretty confident in that thought process I think about how great it would be to have a bonafide, normal person in the White House with a Pack and Play set up next to her desk. But, really....is that reality or is it how we all want to envision it? Why should it matter so much what she does with her family? Part of it is because she is going to be a huge role model for (impressionable) young girls. "Breaking the glass ceiling" is the catch phrase of the hour and while it can be a good thing, very few consider what has to be sacrificed to do this. This whole debate makes me wonder what would I advise my daughters in this position... GO FOR IT because this chance is once in a lifetime or you have a family now that needs a mom and a dad to be there for them during this season in life?? Argh. I only hope that as a family they feel called by God to do this, because this chance at making history could come with a high price.

And, then I finally come to the conclusion I've been spending way too much time thinking about it! There is some really great information over at Politics 4 Moms, so go over check it out and participate in the poll!

I should mention that overall I am not "straddling the fence". I'll be supporting the McCain/Palin campaign.


The Gang's All Here! said...

Not really sure what to do with this woman. I'm torn about her as a potential Prez, but feel fairly confident (not as confident as I'd like, I'll admit!) with her as a VP. Am torn about her career path choices, knowing I'd have chosen a different path. Feeling conflicted, I must admit!

mama2dibs said...

I hear where you're coming from. I love the idea, yet, at the same time...I want to tell her she has a beautiful family to attend to.

I'm still going with you though: McCain/Palin all the way!

The Gang's All Here! said...

Must clarify - still very much sticking with the Republican ticket, just torn on how I feel about this particular candidate's track record and qualifications.

TCC said...

I worked when many people said I shouldn't.

My cousin has a baby girl diagnosed with Downs born this past January. She is still working and I think she is an amazing mom. And my "niece" is amazing as well and not lacking.

Are the tasks of either of our jobs the same as being VP? No.
But based on what I walked through I am slow to tell any mom (or judge them silently) what they should or should not be doing. Palin included.

Natalie said...

Well said. This is a really tough one. I'm just glad I didn't have to make this decision.

I wonder if we knew she wasn't a Christian if that would make her choice to work and seek the VP easier to understand.

But this is opening up a lot of great dialogue and making women on both sides of the fence grapple with some tough questions.

Beautiful Grace said...

Your thoughtful analysis of this issue makes me think more about it. You are a deep well!

mama2dibs said...


Just wanted to clarify that I'm not against mom's working. Each family is made differently and that's ok. I just think that the VP is an awfully big undertaking. You aren't talking a 40 hour job per week here. It's 24/7 with trips here, there and everywhere. I am sure they can make it work...I know that Steven Curtis Chapmam obviously makes it work (as we have seen some of the inner workings of his family from their tragedy) and I know others do too. I guess it's just something I couldn't do, but...that's me and my family.

Promises Fulfilled said...

I have thought about this too - I would probably not take the job - but that is what God had for me.

Palin has already been in the political arena - mayor and gov. I believe that the Lord has already used her to make positive changes and I believe that He will continue to use her. He will take care of her and her family as they enter this new phase of their lives.

She is obviously called to be a working mom - and I am thankful that she is being obedient to that call.