Posts Tagged ‘bristol palin’

I’ve never much card for American Idol, or Dancing with the stars, at game night over Dave’s house its on so I do my best to ignore it but neither one are anything that I care to watch. Unfortunately the convergence of the show with the Palin wars forced it into the news. I didn’t want to write about it at the time but now that it’s over there are some valuable lessons for everyone here.

Once Bristol Palin started to advance in the show the left started getting into a huff because better dancers were being eliminated and complained comically about the “integrity” of a vote in popularity show. It was admittedly a lot of fun watching them have a cow as she made it into the finals. This show was nothing significant but they had made it so as a way to hit the Palin’s who were simply having fun. This is and was a great example of Palin Derangement Syndrome

It was at this point that many on the right made a fatal mistake. They decided that because the left had invested themselves into this TV show emotionally that they would have to as well. This was a huge mistake and an example of the same idolatry that elected Barack Obama.

Gone was the principle of advancement by merit, that conservatives prize, gone was the opposition of special preference, we preferred Sarah Palin and by Extension Bristol Palin plus we could upset the left so many people invested themselves in an attempt to gain a victory that would feel good for a day but prove Pyrrhic. In the end the mirror image of Obama worship gave the left a talking point and a cause to smile as Bristol Palin came in 3rd. It was frankly a meaningless victory but one that got some small meaning because Palin fans made it so.

In 1884 Grover Cleveland was election becoming the first Democratic president since before the Civil war. Democrats who had been in the wilderness for a long time looked forward to the fruits of the spoils system but unfortunately for them President Cleveland’s reputation for honesty was well-earned. He was studious in replacing only the unqualified and when pressed by the party over this replied “A Democratic Thief is as bad as a Republican one.” (It is the lack of such democrats today that helped push me into the GOP). When people blindly voted for Bristol they made that same mistake that Cleveland scolded the party insiders for.

I like Sarah Palin a lot, of the candidates I believe are running only the very qualified Haley Barbour has a shot of getting my vote. Palin combines the practicality of an authentic life and a common sense approach to most issues, with the courage to stand up for things she believes in even if there is a political cost (as Lincoln said of Grant, he Fights!) when others hide in the shadows. She is however a person, I am going to disagree with her on occasion, she will get things wrong and/or make mistakes on occasion as we all do, and if we blindly follow, we are doing both her and ourselves a disservice.

Sarah Palin isn’t “the one”, nor is her family, I like them both and think she is the best choice for 2012 but I refuse to be caught up in the same throes of passion that drove the election of President Obama or the frenzy concerning Bristol Palin and neither should you.

We are conservatives for a reason, lets act as such.

I visited every ward in Fitchburg to check on the turnout on Election day

My voting place Ward 6

As always the ladies were delightful

Checking the names

In every ward except ward 1 the turnout was reported as light, below avg. There were plenty of signs for Scott Bove who was my first choice for Sheriff (lost 52-48 in the dem primary to Tom foley) and people stood at ward 1 for him, but most of the turnout looked like this:

I think the contested race on the republican ballot hurt Bove, oddly enough there was a libertarian primary ballot with absolutely NOBODY on it.

The Ballots

My last stop was Ward 2, I had actually planned on stopping there later with my camera but I had time to kill while waiting for my son to finish golf practice. The ladies there were pretty much democrats and we talked for a bit. I told them about the travels of my hat, they asked me what I thought would happen in the election. They were not fans of Martha Coakley, John Olver or Sarah Palin although I did defend Sarah and they seemed to moderate. One thing they were united about was her daughter Bristol.

I mentioned how people where going after Palin because of her daughter getting pregnant and mentioned how I saw high school students attacking her for it back in 2008. To a lady they defended Sarah at this point and VERY strongly.

The gist was that you raise your children the best you could and taught them the best you could but you can’t make them make the right decisions. They had only venom for people who hit her on that. Each of those ladies had children and knew that those kids didn’t always hold up the side.

The point being that a room that was maybe 30-70 against Palin in Mass was 100% defending her when you went after her kids. If Democrats have 24 months to get this through their head.

Update: As for myself, my first thought when I see a young girl like that is “Is this wife material for my sons?” Stacy is right, she is as he calls her fine but if my boys brought her home I’d hesitate. It would be a tough slog to be raising another man’s kid at this stage in life. One mistake, even a big one doesn’t disqualify a young lady, and I’d wager I’d like her if I met her, but I’d ask my boys to think hard and soberly if by some miracle they came home with her on their arm.

If Levi Johnston was my son…

Posted: August 4, 2010 by datechguy in oddities
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…I’d whack him upside the head.

You IDIOT! You’ve fathered a child with this girl, you’ve known her for years, she is willing to take you back and you can have a proper relationship with your child. Even her parents who don’t trust you are willing to give let it slide, and what do you do? YOU BLOW IT AGAIN!
I understand you are young and young adults made stupid mistakes but here you had a chance to make things right and you wasted it. Don’t you realize the person who is going to be hurt the most by it is your child Tripp?

This didn’t have to happen, you could have made this work. It wouldn’t have been easy but it would have been worthwhile. Second chances come so rarely in life, there is nothing so frustrating than to see someone waste theirs.

Too bad I’m not his dad, maybe with the right advice he might not have blown it twice, but who knows, maybe his family did give the right advice and he just wouldn’t take it. There is only so much a parent can do.

Well, they’re both young and have their lives ahead of them, may they both do something good with them.

The people article is here. Memeorandum thread here

…reminds me of the reading of the will in the movie The Devil’s disciple starring Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Lawrence Olivier:

During the reading of the will his Kirk Douglas’ Brother Christie played by Neil McCallum is left £50 on the day he marries a certain lady, if she will have him. Douglas’ character Richard Dudgeon and Christie then have the following exchange:

Richard Dudgeon: But will she have him?

Christie Dudgeon: She will if I have £50

Here is the story:

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston reveal exclusively in the new Us Weekly that they are getting married.

And, they tell Us Weekly, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been kept in the dark about their plans … until now.

“We got engaged two weeks ago,” Bristol, 19, tells Us Weekly. “It felt right, even though we don’t have the approval of our parents.”

It’s not for me to say Johnston can be trusted or no, and as a rule, barring violence it is always better for a father and mother to be together and married for a child, the first priority but when I hear about this I can’t get that scene out of my head and I have a bad feeling about this, but I wish them all the best.

Watch this blow away all other stories on Memeorandum today.

Update: Quote from DaTechWife: “It will be the first wedding for them both, it won’t be the last.”

Update 2: Now a hotair headline

Update 3: It’s storytime at Robert Stacy’s!

Update 4: Oh Lonely conservative you should know Gossip is always easier than thought.

Update 5 Yeah it’s “Johnston” not “Johnson” fixed it.