Thursday, September 4, 2008

Don't be Fooled by Sister Sarah's Bridge to Nowhere

In her speech last night Sarah Palin made a special effort to connect with folks whose lives have been touched by disabilities. With a wink and big smile, she said you will "have a friend in the White House". However, on the off-chance that she will become the Vice President of the United States, she still won't be occupying the White House. That will fall to John McCain who has declared that he will not support the Community Choice Act. He even states that publicly in this video. John McCain is NOT a friend to people with disabilties. And, as the record apparently shows, neither is Sarah Palin. (I have been reading an Alaskan political blog called Mudflats: Tiptoeing Through The Muck of Alaskan Politics. Last night the author made a comment about Governor Palin cut funding for special needs programs in Alaska. Once he writes the full post, I will share it here.) I have no doubt she loves Trig and all of her children, but I do have doubts that she has a true idea of the extra time and attention it will take to create a full life for him.

As the primary caregiver for my husband Keith, I am appalled at the glorification of caretaking by a woman who has a whole network of people who are taking care of those 5 kids. It is a daily struggle to manage our home, the attendants, Keith's business life, my business life and, oh yeah, my identity beyond all that, a woman named Ruth who has had the same chipped nailpolish on her nails for the last few weeks. (It's not a fashion statement, it's a testament to the fact I've got other more pressing uses for my time.) Wow, I just counted up my responsibilities...looks like I've got 5 kids too. However, I don't have a whole state at my disposal and I certainly don't have national support for my work.

Without the Community Choice Act, none of us will.

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