June 14, 2011

The Palin Letter

To the Sisters, Brother, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends of Trig Paxson Van Palin (or whatever you end up naming him!):

I am blessing you with this surprise baby because I only want the best for you. I've heard your prayers that this baby will be happy and healthy, and I've answered them because I only want the best for you!

I heard your heart when you hinted that another boy would fit best in the Palin family, to round it out and complete that starting five line-up.

Though another girl would be so nice, you didn't think you could ask for what you REALLY wanted, but I knew, so I gave you a boy because I only want the best for you!

Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be 'Trig', because it's so fitting, with two Norse meanings: "True" and "Brave Victory". You also have a Bristol Bay relative with that name, so I knew it would be best for you!

Then, I let Trig's mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it, and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to surprise you with the news - that way Piper wouldn't have so long to wait and count down so many days - just like Christmastime when you have to wait, impatiently, for that special day to finally open your gift? (Or the way the Palmas look forward to birthday celebrations that go on for three, four days_ you all really like cake.) I know you, I knew you'd be better off with just a short time to wait!

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°.

You will grow and be blessed with greater understanding that will he born along with Trig.Trig will be his dad's little buddy and he'll wear Carhartts while he learns to tinker in the garage. He'll love to be read to, he'll want to play goalie, and he'll steal his mom's heart just like Track, Bristol, Willow and Piper did.

And Trig will be the cuddly, innocent, mischievous, dependent little brother that his siblings have been waiting for_in fact Trig will - in some diagnostic ways - always be a mischievous, dependent little brother, because I created him a bit different than a lot of babies born into this world today.

Every child is created special, with awesome purpose and amazing potential. Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed up world you live in down there on earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome. Doctors call it "Down's Syndrome", and Downs kids have challenges, but can bring you much delight and more love than you can ever imagine! Just wait and see, let me prove this, because I only want the best for you!

Some of the rest of the world may not want him, but take comfort in that because the world will not compete for him. Take care of him and he will always be yours!

Trig's mom and dad don't want people to focus on the baby's extra chromosome. They're human, so they haven't known how to explain this to people who are so caring and are interested in this new little Alaskan. Sarah and Todd want people to share in the joy of this gift I'm giving to the Palin family, and the greater Alaska family.

Many people won't understand_ and I understand that. Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born because they fear a Downs child won't be considered "perfect" in your world. (But tell me, what do you earthlings consider "perfect" or even "normal" anyway? Have you peeked down any grocery store isle, or school hallway, or into your office lunchroom lately? Or considered the odd celebrities you celebrate as "perfect" on t.v.? Have you noticed I make 'em all shapes and sizes? Believe me, there is no "perfect"!)

Many people will express sympathy, but you don't want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.

I know it will take time to grasp this and come to accept that I only want the best for you, and I only give my best. Remember though: "My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts- for as the heavens are higher than the earth, my ways are higher than yours!"

I wrote that all down for you in the Good Book! Look it up! You claim that you believe me - now it's time to live out that belief!

Please look to me as this new challenge and chapter of life unfolds in front of you. I promise to equip you. I won't give you anything you can't handle. I am answering your prayers. Trig can't wait to meet you. I'm giving you ONLY THE BEST!

Trig's Creator, Your Heavenly Father

This letter was not for written for public consumption, but for the extended Palin family several days before the arrival of the Palin's fifth child, Trig, who was born with Down's Syndrome.

It speaks of the challenges and blessings such a child will bring into their lives and if it doesn't soften your heart to Palin the woman, the mother and matriarch... well, you simply do not have a heart. This is from the soul, and speaks to the character of the then Governor, long before she became a target for character assassination.

Jeff Goldstein writes eloquently (as he so often does) about the letter, how he hopes some will feel after reading it, and a bit about the soul of future of this nation.

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I don't care if you love Sarah Palin, or loathe her. I don't care if you feel indifferent towards her. But I do want you to understand that this nation desperately needs someone like her in charge, if we are to ever regain our footing and our confidence in this nation.

I find myself a bit surprised by that declaration, but is nonetheless true.

I do not pretend she is perfect.

I do not know if she is up to the job.

And I can predict with exacting, excruciating certainty that her name, character and family will be dragged through the mud and crucified by the MSM and Democrat Party every step of the way (even more than they already have, if that is possible). The din will grow ever more shrill, hysterical, and panicked if she approaches taking the GOP nomination for President, and then contrasts Obama in the 2012 general election.

But I think Jeff is on to something in his thoughts. Sarah Palin reflects the spirit that makes this country great and what it needs to recover. She has had the character and fortitude to fight, survive, and triumph in the face of concerted and powerful opposition, and shows no sign of giving up.

We're going to need someone like that guiding us in the hard times ahead, as we as a nation re-address Obamacare, the reformulation of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other entitlement programs. We'll need someone with strength and humility and a solid sense of core American values, who has proven that a leader can come from anywhere... even the mayor of a small town in Alaska.

Run, Sarah, Run.

I'm still a bit of a skeptic, but I want to believe.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 14, 2011 10:31 AM

Michelle Bachman fits that bill as well, IMO. Further, the Minn congresswoman has yet to be subjected with the faux narrative (preempting the real story, which kills the decades old faux narrative that minorities refuting the leftist line are identity traitors). I hope Michelle teams up with Sarah, and gets rid of Ed Rollins.

Then again, perhaps Michelle is just a feint (in my dreams cooked up by both Palin and Bachman) to distract the ideologically constrained media long enough to miss the inevitable fatal thrust.

Dreams are good....

Posted by: bains at June 14, 2011 09:00 PM

That's the person who will have my vote next time, voted for McCain last time just because of her. She understands people more that any of the rest of the candidates.

Posted by: gDavid at June 14, 2011 09:57 PM

I worked with the Vets for McCain campaign in New York in 2008. We were having a terribly difficult time with veterans who had no use for McCain. Then Palin came on the scene and all of a sudden doors were open that had previously been locked.

She is a game changer. I do hope she runs and I would die a happy man if she picked Lt Col Allen West as her VP candidate. I think that combination would be unbeatable.

Posted by: DanNY at June 14, 2011 11:14 PM

This is a post I made on Roger L Simon's blog:

I would like to touch on Roger's point that being intelligent isn't the most important qualification for a president.

I have observed all of them since Harry Truman. I have believed for a long time that the proper temperament is vital to success. Truman, Eisenhower, Reagan and both Bushes had it.

Policy differences don't much matter at this point. None of them will be able to get their way on most of the issues that they are debating. It has taken a hundred years to get to this point. It's gonna be a long slog trying to fix it. The ship is sinking. Our only hope is to plug the biggest leaks and change course towards safe harbor. Try to change course too quickly and it'll go keel up and we'll be fighting over the lifeboats.

The leaks have been clearly identified. That's the easy part. We need a leader with the political skills to start patching the big leaks and start the course change. By political skills I don't mean electioneering skills. It is going a large degree of true bipartisanship - not the gotcha kind that is part of the campaign buzz.

The only person that I have seen who has actually demonstrated these skills is Sarah Palin. She tore apart the establishment in Alaska despite the mighty forces clawing tooth and nail to stop her. When she was selected as the vice presidential nominee her approval rating was above 80%.

Debating policy is great fun. I do a lot of it myself. However, when I pull the lever for our most important office I look to historically proven performance.

Posted by: Roy Lofquist at June 15, 2011 04:04 AM