Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Is this 2010 in America?  

Say what you will about Sarah Palin’s politics, but the fact is unmistakable that she is an outspoken advocate for families with special needs children.

I’ve never seen Family Guy and probably never will, but when I see this scene it really amazes me that to try to hurt Sarah Palin, they would mock children with Down syndrome.  It infuriates me, it shocks me and it makes me want to be more of an advocate for my sons and daughter who have Down syndrome.

Take a look at this video if you want.  Below is the text of the facebook post she references…

 

“When you’re the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin. My siblings and I all have that, but insults directed at our youngest brother hurt too much for us to remain silent. People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you’ll ever meet. Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldn’t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community? If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they’re heartless jerks. - Bristol Palin”

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4 comments: to “ Is this 2010 in America?

  • Leah
    February 17, 2010 at 7:58 AM  

    I'm glad she made this statement. However, just one week ago, she made a horrid statement about the "R word" and how it's OK to use it. She lost all my respect at that point. While I'm glad she made THIS statement, it just makes her a bit two-faced, don't you think?

  • Chris and Mary Malone
    February 17, 2010 at 8:02 AM  

    She did not say it was okay to use the word retard. In fact, she called for the immediate firing of someone who had used the term as a derogatory slur.

  • Chris and Mary Malone
    February 17, 2010 at 8:06 AM  

    Perhaps you are referring to her saying that Rush Limbaugh's use of the word retard was different and okay because he was making a point through satire. I don't happen to agree with that, but that doesn't cause me to lose all respect for her.

    We need outspoken advocates for our children and she is certainly one. What "I" consider an error in judgement based on my feelings and opinion doesn't negate that good.

  • Missy
    February 17, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

    Wow, great interview!! Go, Sarah!!

    I don't believe that what Rush said was said in a mean-spirited way at all. I happen to have heard it when he said that and I didn't have any reason to take offense - it was meant in an ENTIRELY different way than what Rahm Emmanuel meant. We can certainly push PC'ness too far, but Rush didn't do that. AND, Rush is not in a position of power like Rahm is, anyway.

    Now, GO GET RUSLANA!! ;o)