Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sarah Palin and the "R" Word

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
Or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
Yet the LORD will not forget you.
Isaiah 49:15

In part, at least, it is a soap opera masquerading as a news story. We have seen a lot of that lately. But there is a point to this.

The President’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel referred to a plan suggested by a group of dissident Democrats as “F---ing retarded.” And Sarah Palin took him to task for his insensitive remarks. According to the New York Post, she commented on her Facebook page, “Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.” She went on to say that the President should fire him.

Not long after that, Rush Limbaugh, apparently unaware of Governor Palin’s remarks, went on a rant about how what the dissident group was doing really was “retarded” and should be so labeled. And he came down hard on the “Political Correctness” of those who object to the labeling.

And then Keith Olberman declared that if she did not wish to reveal herself to be a complete hypocrite, Ms. Palin must denounce Mr. Limbaugh and demand that he should be fired. High drama.

Three points:

Rahm Emanuel was wrong.
Rush Limbaugh was wrong.
And Sarah Palin should get no flak from anyone on this.

I am not a Sarah Palin fan. But in this case, she’s just a mom defending her child. Her littlest one has Down's Syndrome. The slur is personal. It is about her baby. And it is a reminder that beyond all the posturing, politicians are real people, with hurts and hopes and dreams.

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