Even her detractors had to admit that her dynamic, poised, often hard-hitting speech was a home run. She outlined her many accomplishments as governor of Alaska, comparing them to the absenteeism and indecisiveness of Obama whose lackluster record in the Senate is an easy target. She outlined the importance of sacrifice and leadership, two qualities understood by John McCain, who said, "I'd rather win a war than an election". I have to admit, I thought the surge was reckless, but he was right to support it. McCain remembers how Democratic President Kennedy got us into Vietnam, and then sent troops in only little by little, undermining our efforts. John McCain rescued the Iraq War from becoming another Vietnam.
When it came to her family, Sarah Palin said that they are typical, with ups and downs, joys and challenges, a glancing reference to the tabloid attacks from mainstream newspapers this week on her daughter Bristol's pregnancy, which is more attention than they deserve.
BUT, for me, a special needs mother, THIS was the takeaway line of the night:
"Last April, we were blessed in my family with a baby boy. Sometimes our greatest blessings are also our greatest challenges. (HUGE OVATION, everyone focused on adorable Trig sleeping in Daddy's arms) For Special Needs Parents: For years you have been working to make the world a more welcoming place for your children. I promise you, that if we win, you will have a friend, an advocate in the White House". (BIG OVATION)
Sarah had reached through the TV screen and grabbed my heart! I have been working so hard these two years, since I met Senator Sam Brownback, supporting the "Prenatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act" only to see it tossed into the mix for partisan bickering. Now, I know that if Sarah Palin is elected, legislation like this will be taken seriously, and maybe, just maybe, the scandalous persecution of unborn babies with conditions like Down syndrome, aborted at a rate of 90% will end.
For this position alone, Sarah Palin has earned my full support. What kind of superpower are we, the wealthiest nation on earth, who had no room for the special needs child?
You can always judge a society by how it treats its weakest members. Thanks to Sarah Palin, the USA may emerge from this grave violation of civil rights, and once again like in the 1960's, give human rights to an overlooked segment of our population.