"Language, as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God." ~ Noah Webster

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

An Open Letter to Bristol Palin

Every politician gets bashed by the media to some degree. I sure wouldn't want my every move watched, scrutinized, and be put in that position. But the rude comments and attacks toward the Palin family are over the top and has led me to want to do something, (regardless of how small) to come to their defense. The post on Sarah Palin's Facebook page gave me opportunity to write to Bristol Palin on her mom's page. Among the thousands of other comments, it's doubtful it would ever be read by the Palin's. Neither will there be very many other people that read it, as those comments disappear quickly among the many, many messages for the Palin family. There won't be a lot of people who read it here, either, but it gives me some satisfaction in being able to post my thoughts somewhere.

In case you are unfamiliar with what took place, I have posted the comments of Sarah Palin and her daughter, Bristol, just before my letter.
Below Bristol's comments is my letter to Bristol.

Sarah Palin's Facebook Post
People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut. Bristol was one who asked what I thought of the show that mocked her baby brother, Trig (and/or others with special needs), in an episode yesterday. Instead of answering, I asked her what she thought. Here is her conscientious reply, which is a much more restrained and gracious statement than I want to make about an issue that begs the question, “when is enough, enough?”:

“When you’re the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin. My siblings and I all have that, but insults directed at our youngest brother hurt too much for us to remain silent. People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you’ll ever meet. Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldn’t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community? If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they’re heartless jerks. - Bristol Palin”

- Sarah Palin


An Open Letter to Bristol Palin

Dear Bristol,

Your letter defending your little brother is beautiful.

In my entire life I have never seen any family have to endure what you have had to endure in regard to media attacks.

This world has become a very, very ugly place in so many ways. That is why so much of America is drawn to your mom and your family. You are like the breath of fresh air that everyone seeks after leaving a very smelly room.

You are a normal family that loves God and country and your state. Your family represents life through your little brother Trig and your own choices; you represent the military through your brother Track. You represent hard work and success through your father. And your mom is someone who actually THINKS…and is a very, very smart lady. You all, just by your every day lives represent all that America once was and still should be; and really (underneath it all) still is. Isn’t that a sad and fearful thing that those are the exact reasons the liberal elite despise you so fiercely, that they will even attack an innocent child.

Your little brother Trig has already done more for mankind with his little life than most adults will ever do! Trig, without even trying, has been a shining light in a cave of darkness that has exposed to the whole world the very ugliest part of humanity. And by so doing, many want to support the Palin family and your causes. Many will run for answers to the Palin family and seek out other families that display the same attitudes and examples.

Your little brother is going to have an awesome life of giving and sharing and helping others to become aware. And as is the case for all mankind, when his life is over - many, many years later - he will hear those words that all believers want to hear. “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” How sad it is that those are words his attackers will never hear if they continue down the path they are obviously traveling.

You hang in there; and know there are clanging cymbals out there always wanting to make noise. They are the obvious ones, because they control the airwaves, but they are no where near the majority. What your mom, and you and Trig are doing is far greater; and that is - to show Americans who we truly are in the soft, but more effective voice of love. Keep talking…..

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