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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Sarah Palin Rabbit Hole of Distraction

Sometimes my issue with the so-called "librul media" is the same issue I have with the liberal blogosphere: focusing on planted distractions. In the case of Sarah Palin's daughter and her under aged pregnancy I have to wonder. Remember that African American boy in Atlanta serving time for his under aged sexcapade with a minor two years his junior? His name is Genarlow Wilson, who at the time was 17 years of age and had engaged in an oral sex act with a 15 year old minor. He was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for his "crime." If Levi Johnson, the self described 18 year old "f***ing redneck who will kick your ass if you mess with me" boyfriend and baby daddy to Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah, who is under aged what does that say about the contradictions in our society regarding teen aged sex? There are different standards for white teens vs. black teens when it comes to sex? This doesn't just suggest it, it screams it. Was she 17 or 16 when the act took place. As she is 5 months pregnant and a birth date can't be confirmed only the family knows for sure. But if the sex act took place while she was under aged either at 16 or 17 years of age someone needs to tell me the difference between Genarlow Wilson and Levi Johnston. I think I already know.

But even this isnt the issue though it should be. It hasn't been brought up once in the media because of all the attention being paid to poor little Bristol and her condition. No the real issue isn't even her or abortion or Roe v. Wade. It never has been. The right to life movement uses Roe v. Wade as a rabbit hole for the media and many in the liberal blogosphere to chase when the real issue is something else: Griswold v. Connecticut.

It has always been about the real target of the religious right: contraception. They want states to have a right to outlaw the use and right to purchase birth control aids, devices and medications. THIS is real the issue. It always has been. Both the media and liberal blogosphere never seem to focus on this. Yes, they've touched on the issue in context with the religious right's culture war they want to engage in. But it is never brought up as the real focus and target. As for Bristol Palin, she is the daughter of a politician who aggressively advocates not just the outlawing of abortion even in the case of rape or incest but someone who aggressively pushes abstinence only education instead of sex education. Ms. Palin even goes further with her record as Governor of Alaska:
"Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live."
That is some real compassionate conservatism there. This clearly lays bare her thinking on this issue. The religious right has suddenly found the rapture with this pick by McCain and its no wonder. They clearly want to legalize and institutionalize punishment for pre-marital sex. They want to get back into the bedroom and act as missionary soldiers while sitting on the shoulders of their vengeful and wrathful Old Testament God. With Sarah Palin they have that and more.

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