Oct 28 2008
I wanted to pass along an observation to the women of America that I hold dear, probably because I am the father of 3 wonderful young ladies who I want to see grow up to their full potential, whatever that is. I want them to be free to be who they are, and not be burdened with the insecurity too many males have in this world when it comes to the opposite sex. I still stand outside the Catholic Church because I cannot see why a woman cannot be a priest or a pope. As a human being there is no superior or inferior sex,
I am only 48 years old, but the last time a woman had a shot at the Vice President slot was half my lifetime ago in 1984 with Geraldine Ferraro. I really do not want to wait another quarter century for another opportunity to rid ourselves of the idea women are not equal to men. It’s aÂ relicÂ of a time and mindset about to be extinct. Why should by 23 year old daughter have to wait until she is my age to see another shot for a woman leader of this great nation? We can keep finding excuses and imperfections all day long, it is not a gift or a real talent.
Sarah Palin is probably one of the best Americans to stand up and lead this country I have seen in a long time. And if she gets the VP slot she will become President – no doubt in my mind. And for those on the left who have doubts, I suggest you read this perspective on Palin from a Democrat who has shaken the shackles of partisanship to see the bigger opportunity here for women and America.Â
Now by â€œsmart,â€ I don’t refer to a person who is wily or calculating or nimble in the way of certain talented athletes who we admire but suspect don’t really have serious brains in their skulls. I mean, instead, a mind that is thoughtful, curious, with a discernable pattern of associative thinking and insight. Palin asks questions, and probes linkages and logic that bring to mind a quirky law professor I once had. Palin is more than a â€œquick studyâ€; I’d heard rumors around the campaign of her photographic memory and, frankly, I watched it in action. She sees. She processes. She questions, and only then, she acts. What is often called her â€œconfidenceâ€ is actually a rarity in national politics: I saw a woman who knowsÂ exactlyÂ who she is.
The link includes a complete stump speech from Palin, so if you have not seen her it is worth it.Â
My observation is this. Obama may be able to confiscate the hard earned fruits of some and play Robin Hood by redistributing it to others who did nothing to earn the wealth (which means Obama is more Prince John than Robin of the Hood). But Sarah Palin can really redistribute respect and opportunity in this nation like few in history. Palin can finally end the male dominance in many jobs and roles, open doors to our young ladies just now getting into the work force and coming up through school.
If you want to better distribute the success in America I think the women of this nation need to stop focusing on the imperfections of Palin and start thinking of the new world she would herald. Joe Biden and Barack Obama cannot do this, neither can McCain. No male can. So why wait another quarter of a century?