A couple of days ago, I posted an article titled "Why the left hates Sarah Palin: Trig." I linked it to the site I found it on, which is Barbara Curtis' Mommylife.net I absolutely LOVE her site and if I ever make it back to the East Coast, I have to meet this woman.
This article struck a nerve in me, as I suspect it did in Barbara. However, there was a commenter who disagreed with the article's viewpoint, and Barbara responded. I love her response. which is linked below.
I have been following her blog for quite some time and look forward to it ever day. I find in her words, as I do in the words of others, a certain urgency. There are many of us who are so shocked with what is happening to our country right now, and how people just seem to be going about their business as if nothing is happening.
In the original piece, the author talks about how it is hard for some liberals to embrace Sarah because she chose life. I have two children with special needs. I remember taking one of them to a prominent hospital when we were searching for a diagnosis for him. I had become involved in a local group that advocated for kids like mine, and was telling a friend in the group about the geneticist we had seen. When I mentioned his name, she gasped.
She told me that he was one of the leading geneticists in the country that encouraged abortion of unborn children with Down syndrome. I asked him about this the next time I saw him, and he confirmed that he did indeed encourage abortion of these children, and others, known to be born "defective." I remember him talking to me as if I was an uneducated child. "You don't understand what a burden these children are. They don't have any kind of 'normal' life. Better to end it now before it starts." We never saw him again. I guess I was young and naive because I couldn't believe the words that were coming out of his mouth. I knew such people existed, but I had always been led to believe that physicians were well-educated people. Who else would be more compassionate (in my mind at the time) than a physician who completely understood a special needs person's challenges and how to HELP them. My mind was just spinning.
Since that time, I have come across many people with those same views, so again, I agree with Barbara's position on this. Here is one of my favorite quotes:
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in
nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger
is no safer in the long run than exposure."
This quote is from Helen Keller. All of us know her story and what a triumph her personal saga was. I believe this quote speaks to all of us. It speaks to those who have chosen to abort their unborn children, whether healthy or not. And I believe it speaks to those who have chosen life, because they have chosen to take the road less traveled. They have opted for the adventure side of the coin. They have taken the chance and have found that the experience is worth it. Most women who abort their unborn children regret that decision. To me, that is what the last sentence says. It is not an easier path to choose to abort. In the long run, it is no safer, nor the easier choice.
This is why they are angry. They see that Sarah Palin had the courage to take the adventurous route and they did not. It is regret and sorrow that upsets them. And for those who have never had to make that choice, it is a lack of knowledge and understanding that upsets them.
Why the Left hates Sarah Palin - and why we should push back