The first time I laid eyes on Sarah Palin, I found myself experiencing a strange deja vu. It was as if my mom had suddenly emerged from the past, regrouped, morphed into a forty-five year old governor from Alaska, and was giving a speech, in that tough-gal tone of righteousness I know so well, about how the Alaskan pipeline is "God’s will."
I understand Sarah Palin. Therefore, I'd like to say something about the woman.
She operates on the principle that God is actively participating in her affairs. It’s a particular way of looking at things. When you believe in a God who loves you and answers your prayers, you harbor the innate certainty that everything that happens—good and bad—comes about because God willed it that way. And if God willed it, then you must will it, too. It has to do with “Divine Providence,” a theological doctrine which claims (among other things) that God oversees all events in the world and intervenes His will on them. And that He gives certain numbers of His faithful (Palin) an integral hand in Divine Providence to act as His ambassador.
I grew up a traditionalist Catholic; Sarah Palin is a fundamentalist Christian. Different sides of the coin, but the same coin. Same banking system. Same buying power. To both the traditionalist and fundamentalist, God prearranges the challenges of our lives according to His omniscient wisdom, and then directs our hands through “grace” to achieve our ultimate benefit--heaven. In other words, Sarah Palin can do no wrong as long as every action she takes is with “God’s will” in mind. And God's will must be the Christian Right. Period.
When she was alive, my mom had Wonder Woman status in my family circle. She was stylish, good looking, a hard worker (a fun partier, too), a good sport, a great friend, and a champion to many. She was a hockey mom times eleven, attending every imaginable function her eleven kids could drum up (including the births of all twenty-five of her grandkids and great grandkids), all the while keeping her home open to the multitudes. She, too, had a developmentally disabled child, and called him a “gift from God.” She never shot a moose, but she could slaughter and pluck a chicken with the best of them. She was strong, tireless, and dependable. In terms of duty, she was a mother, wife, American citizen, breadwinner, and PTA dynamo. But primarily, my mom was one of God’s faithful. And that meant that she had God’s green light to do His will. And to her, God’s will was manifest in Church teachings.
Abstinence only. Censorship. Faith-based education. Etc.
I loved my mom with all my heart, and will always love her. But I wouldn’t want to move back into my childhood bedroom and live under her governance. Nor would I want my mom to be Vice President of the United States (and potential President) where she could take God’s will to the world. I’d rather know she was keeping up with things closer to home--you know, where she was most appreciated and could do the most good. And the same goes with Sarah Palin. As much as I understand where she's coming from, and could even potentially like her as a person, I think she should do God’s will where it is most appreciated—within the boundaries of her own home and church.
Causes Veronica Chater Supports
Sierra Club; Public Library; Public Schools; Crowden Music Center; Women's Cancer Resource Center; Democratic Party