Gawker posted some excerpts from Sarah Palin's new book America By Heart. This one is my favorite:
What was ridiculed when Dan Quayle said it in 1992 (perhaps because Dan Quayle said it) is now the conventional wisdom. Two-parent families do matter when it comes to raising kids to be happy and productive citizens. Does that mean we turn our backs on girls and women who find themselves pregnant with no man in their lives? Of course not. I would be the last person to advocate that. I know the pain and challenges that accompany when your wonderful, smart, "it-could-never-happen-to-her" seventeen-year-old daughter telling you she is pregnant. i stood on the stage of the Republican National Convention in 2008 with the world looking at Bristol's baby bump under a spotlight that unfortunately created opportunity for critics to try to condemn and embarrass her; I know the feeling. We've welcomed Bristol's son Tripp into our lives with open arms. He is beautiful, and things are working out. But Bristol has paid a price—a high price. Her adolescence ended long before it should have. Her days of carefree hanging out with friends, playing sports, and studying leisurely are over—and she's making sure other girls know it. That's why she's out there, speaking up about her experiences and telling other young girls, "Don't do what I did."
Bristol has boldly and publicly acknowledged in ads for the Candie's Foundation that abstinence is the only surefire way of preventing pregnancy. And for this, she has been accused of being a hypocrite. But to the critics I say this: Which is the more courageous course for a young, single mother: to sit down and shut up and avoid the critics, or to speak out in a painfully honest way about how tough single parenting is? I'm biased, of course, but give a choice of role models between Bristol and Murphy Brown, I choose Bristol.
Bristol wasn't a single mother at the Republican National Convention. She was a young woman who was engaged to be married to the father of her baby bump and Bristol's fiance and baby daddy—Levi Johnston—was up on the stage with the whole Palin clan.
But, like, whatever. Johnston has been stuffed down the memory hole along with any and all the other facts that violate the Palin meta-narrative. What I love about this passage is how neatly it captures the persecution complex that defines Palin Family Values.
And Bristol has paid a price. Bristol's life is over! Her adolescence and her apparently leisurely approach to her "studies" are over. There's no time for fun. It's all drudgery and dirty diapers for America's most famous single mother and dancing star.
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