Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

September 3, 2008

Reflections on the Bristol Palin Fiasco

Filed under: culture, politics — Tags: , , — codesmithy @ 9:55 am

The Internet was buzzing with rumors this weekend that Bristol Palin was the actual mother of Trig Palin, Sarah Palin’s fifth child.

Fueling the rumors was this photoHowever, this story also with a photo is the most convincing, clinching that Sarah Palin is actually the mother of Trig.  Everything else, as it turns out, is just coincidence.  Therefore, I feel obligated to preface any comment on this story by saying Bristol is not the mother of Trig, Sarah is.

Now from the you-can’t-make-this-up department, the McCain campaign countered these “vicious” rumors, not with a photo of Sarah being clearly pregnant, but by saying that Bristol can’t be the mother because she is currently 5 months pregnant, and pointing out that Trig is four months old.

This leaves me sort of dumbfounded on exactly what was so “vicious” about the rumors then.  Let’s say for the sake of argument that the rumors were right (which they aren’t) and that Sarah Palin was covering for her daughter.  Is that so horrible?  When I think about it, there is a part of me that finds it admirable that a mother would make that type of sacrifice for her daughter.  Really, who is hurt? Who is worse off?

Ok, ok, it is based on a deception and lying is bad.  Worse than Santa, the tooth fairy or the Easter bunny?  Worse than telling your kid that the Earth is only 6,000 years old?  Worse than telling your kid that they will burn in Hell for all eternity if they don’t open their heart to your particular brand of religion?  Worse than denying anthropomorphic global climate change? Worse than burdening them with more debt to China? Worse than continuing a disastrous war that was based on bad information?  Worse than endorsing ignorance as the preferred method of preventing teenage pregnancy?

Hey, at least Sarah is the mother of Trig.  Although, I’m personally finding broad ignorance a whole lot more terrifying than petty deception.

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