Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sarah Palin on Down's syndrome

Here is an excerpt from a letter that Sarah Palin sent to her family a few days before her son, Trig, was born (link from instapundit). She writes the letter as if a note from God to her family, explaining his purpose in giving them a child with Down's syndrome:
Then, finally, I let Trig's mom and dad find out before he was born that this little boy will truly be a GIFT. They were told in early tests that Trig may provide more challenges, and more joy, than what they ever may have imagined or ever asked for.

At first the news seemed unreal and sad and confusing. But I gave Trig's mom and dad lots of time to think about it because they needed lots of time to understand that everything will be OK, in fact, everything will be great, because I only want the best for you!

I've given Trig's mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. I gave them a happy anticipation because they asked me for that.

I'll give all of you the same happy anticipation and strength to deal with Trig's challenges, but I won't impose on you... I just need to know you want to receive my offer to be with all of you and help you everyday to make Trig's life a great one.

This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective and bind us together and get everyone focused on what really matters.

The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven't experienced yet. He'll show you what "true, brave victory" really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is "normal" or "perfect°.
How can you not love a person who is capable of writing such a beautiful letter? More disturbing, what dark sickness of the soul could lead so many people to such unreasoning hatred of Sarah Palin, of the sort of woman who could write this letter?

This letter only came out because the state of Alaska (for reasons entirely unclear to me) has released all of Palin's private correspondence from the time that she was governor of Alaska and various old-media outlets have swarmed the letters looking for ammunition to bring down the hated Sarah Palin. With the United States in three wars, with a dozen Republican presidential candidates to cover, with a badly sagging economy, with Communist China becoming a growing military power, with at least three sitting Congress people involved in current scandals, with a presidential administration filled with tax cheats, former lobbyists, and people with radical political histories --what our national media wants to spend their time investigating is a pile of daily private emails of the former governor of one of the smallest-population states and vice presidential candidate who lost an election three years ago. This is how driven they are to attack her. This is how deep their hatred is.