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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bristol and Tripp; Wisdom Beyond Years

By Adrienne Ross - www.motivationtruth.com

On December 27, 2008, Bristol Palin's son, Tripp, was born. Happy Birthday! One year later, he is as loved as he was then.

A few days after the birth of her first grandson, Governor Palin's office issued a statement. It reads in part:

"We are over the moon with the arrival of this healthy, beautiful baby,” Governor Palin said.


Isn’t it just like God to turn those circumstances into such an amazing, joyful blessing when you ask Him to help you through?”

Bristol Palin said she “obviously discourages” teen pregnancy and knows that plans she previously made for herself will now forever be changed. “Teenagers need to prevent pregnancy to begin with – this isn’t ideal. But I’m fortunate to have a supportive family which is dealing with this together. Tripp is so perfectly precious; we love him with all our hearts. I can’t imagine life without him now.”

Tripp has been nurtured and loved by his mom, grandmother, aunts, uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends. His story speaks to the power of love and responsibility. The care and support that Bristol has been able to give her baby boy is a direct result of the love she has received from those closest to her.

Bristol didn't believe the lie that she couldn't persevere, choose life, and finish her education. Instead, she embraced the truth. No doubt, she knew she had a mother who was on her knees asking for God's help. And that's the way it should be. She looked to her left and to her right, too, and saw a myriad of other family members alongside her. And that's the way it should be also.

I remember reading the Governor's statement a year ago. When she asked the question

"Isn’t it just like God to turn those circumstances into such an amazing, joyful blessing when you ask Him to help you through?”

I couldn't help but enthusiastically exclaim, "Yes it is--just like God."

Thank God for people like the Palins who inspire their children to embrace their own children with open arms, even when life takes you by surprise.

I have personally seen the love Bristol has for her son. I have attached two pictures of mother and son below that I took in Wasilla, Alaska in July.

Bristol, thank God for your strength and courage in choosing life, faith, and responsibility. You have demonstrated--even in your youth--a wisdom so needed in this world. God bless you and your son. The best is yet to come.

Happy birthday Tripp

One year ago, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston was born. Like most teenagers Bristol’s life radically changed that day. She became the mother of a beautiful baby boy and as she stated in People Magazine in June 2009, her life now became second, Tripp is her number one priority.


Picture from June 1, 2009 People Magazine

Not only did Bristol become a mother, but she also saw this is an opportunity to speak out against teen pregnancy. She became an advocate with the Candies Foundation and even held an interview with Greta Van Susteren on the importance of waiting before becoming sexually active. She wants to help other young women understand the hardships they will face as teenage mothers.
www.gretawire.comThis is picture from Greta Van Susteren’s interview with Bristol.

I applaud Bristol for stepping up and taking a less than ideal situation and turning it into a life lesson for others. I was impressed with Bristol for taking the bull by the horns and speaking out. After I watched her interview with Greta I wrote a letter to Bristol to express my support. As the mother of a teenage son and as someone who works closely with high school students, I wanted to let Bristol know that she is making a difference. I have on occasion used the picture of Gov. Palin and I that hangs in my office as a talking point when students come to see me. To my surprise, a lot of the girls also bring Bristol into our conversations. I told Bristol how she is bringing attention to a situation that many would like to sweep under the rug. It shows these young girls that they have options, especially the option to choose life! A few weeks after I sent my letter, I received a response from Bristol. This shows that she is her mother’s daugther and that she too is humbled by her experience.

Front of card from Bristol

Front of card from Bristol

Note from Bristol

Note from Bristol

So today I would like to wish Tripp a very happy first birthday! And to Bristol, please keep up the good work. There will always be mountains that you will have to climb in life but you know that you must keep moving forward. Good luck and best wishes!

This is a song, The Climb, by Miley Cyrus. I am by no means a Miley fan, however, I feel that this song embodies the spirit of Bristol Palin and the uphill climb she will have at times as a young mother.

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Great post at Stop The ACLU, by Warner Todd Huston, tells us like it is: Old Media Whines That Palin is Mean to Them

Get the pity party violin music warmed up because Ezra Klein and Dave Weigel are whining that Sarah Palin has forced them, the press, into a “submissive role” because she is so mean to them.

Klein favorably cites the analysis of Weigel who whined that the “Palin problem” has “put the press in a submissive position:”

  • The problem is that Palin has put the political press in a submissive position, one in which the only information it prints about her comes from prepared statements or from Q&As with friendly interviewers.  This isn’t something most politicians get away with, or would be allowed to get away with. But Palin has  leveraged her celebrity — her ability to get ratings, the ardor of her fans and the bitterness of her critics —  to win a truly unique relationship with the press. She is allowed to shape the public debate without actually engaging in it. [...]

However, Klein’s whining about Palin aside, he does have a good point about the failure of the press to place the news in the greater context of the reality of the world even as he papers over the fact that newspapers are, indeed, working hard to pass lies as news

  • For one thing, newspapers work very hard to report things that are true, but they are less concerned with  whether the overall impression from their reporting is a true impression. Shark attacks, for instance,  happen very rarely. But if you report excitedly on every shark attack that happens, people will think they  happen quite a bit. [...]

For instance, the “news” has been floating the idea that the recent unemployment numbers did not grow and newspapers have marked that as an “unexpected drop” in unemployment as if it’s all good news. However, few papers have bothered to mention that this has been a tiny drop in rates during a steady years-long rise in unemployment. The impression is that good news was had, but the facts prove otherwise. Context is ignored in order to make Obama seem a success.

Anyway, it is amusing to see the Old Media crying that Palin is messing with them like this. An unexpected Christmas present if there ever was one.

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Happy Birthday, Tripp!

The Palin household will be celebrating another birthday today – the first birthday of Bristol’s son Tripp. His first year has been a busy one – filled with the usual childhood events as well as media events and appearances in People and GQ magazines. He and his slightly older Uncle Trig have practically become media stars in their own right. Besides the celebrity status of a certain famous relative, both boys are testaments to the value and sanctity of life. And from all accounts, Bristol is an amazing mother, as is her own mother.

Tripp’s birth was mentioned on the Washington Post’s “This Day in History” (h/tp C4P) this morning. How many one-year-olds do you know that make that list?

On behalf of all of us at Sarah’s Web Brigade and the Sarah Palin Web Brigade, I want to wish Tripp a happy, fun-filled birthday today and many more to come! May your days be filled with good things, and may your future hold many happy moments and successes!

Why I Write About Sarah Palin’s Facebook Posts

Dave Weigel wrote a somewhat irrelevant post on December 23 stating why he does not write about Sarah Palin’s Facebook posts, so I thought I would just give him something to think about.

The phrase Sarah Palin used to define the mandatory end-of-life counseling services was “death panel.” She used this phrase not only in this instance but also to indicate the panel that was called a committee who would determine what health care was available under certain circumstances. I agree completely with her description and with her choice of words to describe the exact meaning underlying the phrases used in writing the health care bill under discussion at that time.

I also think the words “death panel” would fit in well with the Harry Reid Socialistic Health Care for a Socialistic America plan. It concerns abortions. Are you aware that States can “opt-out” of abortion coverage? If an “opt-out” clause is required, it must mean that there is authorization allowing and/or supporting abortion. In other words, I would describe a group of people known as a planned parenthood society as a death panel on an unborn life. So, not only was the phrase right the first time, it is right in this instance as well.

As Mrs. Palin writes on her Facebook post of December 22, 2009, “Americans don’t want this bill. Americans don’t like this bill. Washington has stopped listening to us. But we’re paying attention, and 2010 is coming.”

Weigel states that “Palin has put the political press in a submissive position, one in which the only information it prints about her comes from prepared statements or from Q&As with friendly interviewers.” Why is that, I wonder?

Could it be that Governor Palin was tired of her words not being listened to by the lamestream media? Could it be that she was misquoted and misinterpreted so many times she found it necessary to correct the problems herself since the media did not show any sign of trying to correct their ignorance? How can it possibly be correct to state that she is allowed to shape the public debate without actually engaging in it?

When people in the lamestream media start asking the same questions of liberals that they have asked of Sarah Palin, when they criticize any other politician the same way they have criticized her, when they quote her as correctly and explicitly as they quote liberal America haters, then I suspect the media including Mr. Weigel will find themselves able to engage her directly instead of having to rely on her Facebook posts.

Mr. Weigel cites an imagined feud Governor Palin has with former vice president and air polluter extraordinaire, Al Gore. Had either Mr. Gore or Mr. Weigel read the post that Sarah Palin made on her Facebook page, they would have noticed that she never denied the global warming issue. All she said was that there is a happy medium between being conservationally concerned and at the same time respecting the land and the right of citizens to use the land for full benefit.

Scare tactics work on many American people who either don’t have access or don’t have the desire to do their own investigating into an issue as complicated as global warming. I personally have come to the conclusion that the entire global warming issue is made up using the solid scientific fact that the earth is moving continuously and steadily closer to the sun. Being a planet of unimaginable heat, it seems very natural to me that the sun’s heat would be more intensely heating our earth. There may indeed be other truths included in arguments to the contrary, but this one truth remains a constant.

I am well aware that my viewpoint does not agree entirely with Sarah Palin’s viewpoint, and I think that is as it should be. If we all held the same viewpoint without any differences in opinion we would be no better than the liberals who continually attack her.

If Mr. Weigel’s reference to “the media’s indulgence of Palin’s strategy” means that she writes then the media writes, I think he may be very correct. As for his suggestion that it cannot be proven that she does indeed do her own writing on her Facebook posts, I would merely suggest that he put the number of his readership alongside hers and compare the two. I believe he might be rather surprised at what he would learn.

That brings me to my final point. So many of us read every word Sarah Palin writes on Facebook or in her book, “Going Rogue: An American Life”, because we know we can believe what she says. We respect the fact that she is knowledgeable in the topics she addresses. She cites references that we can read ourselves to see that she used them correctly and quoted them correctly. That is something the lamestream media, another of Governor Palin’s coined phrases, could take lessons doing themselves.

It keeps her from being misquoted when she does that. I like that idea.