For the first time in this presidential campaign, I am feeling political. And I don't like feeling political. I don't like feeling angry and appalled and saddened and depressed. It seems like drama that I don't want or need, and yet, it's about the country that I live in. So who else should be upset but me and everyone else?
In any case, what caused me to stop in my tracks and think last night was an article one of my Facebook pals posted. Apparently the rumor circulating the world right now is that Sarah Palin's teenaged daughter is the mother of Sarah's fifth child. Not Sarah, her daughter.
For about an hour, I was incensed because the facts seem pretty compelling, and they are likely more compelling because I want to believe in something bad about her. But it's not the under aged sex, the girl's apparent hidden pregnancy, or the baby that upset me. But the fact of the potential lie and the ideas about reproductive freedoms.
I can see the conversation Sarah had with John. John sat with her in an office, saying, "Now, Sarah. Do you have any skeletons in the closet that might come out during this campaign?"
Sarah looked at him straight on. "No, John. I do not."
Now this could derail John's campaign pretty darn fast and this wouldn't upset me at all. But then there would be the exposure of the entire situation, and who is really left out to dry is Sarah's daughter.
What a story! How complicated. And that's when I calmed down, thought about the people involved. There is a novel right there, this poor girl, the daughter of the governor, the daughter of a woman who does not believe in abortion. Think about the moment she discovered she was pregnant. The fear, the worry, the stress. My first novel Her Daughter's Eyes is about a 17 year old girl who hides her pregnancy, so I have imagined this scenario intensely. How many months did this girl go before telling her governor mother about the baby? From the photos associated with the article, it seems that Sarah wasn't pregnant or pretending to be pregnant for the entire time. Did her daughter go for almost nine months with her lie growing inside her? If this is true, what will happen to her and her child?
And then are we in the 50's? A place where daughters are shuffled off to have babies under a rock and the children are given away to strangers? Why there is shame in this?
I don't know. This could all just be a rumor or a very carefully orchestrated attempt to do something to McCain's campaign. But it's a lie that seems to hurt women. There we still are, controlled by our biology, really, hiding babies, lying about babies. We are still being penalized for being the ones to carry them, and this presidential race with this first female vice president candidate shows that.
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