Bachmann, Palin, and the Pedestal
Seven articulate, strong, focused politicians gave the country a lesson on June 13, about the basics of conservatism. It could have been a symposium on the constitutional prerogatives of limited government, with a panel of thoughtful, dignified Americans dividing the time in a series of short lectures on why big government never improves the human condition. The media called it a debate, but it was not. It was something more timely, more apt; an educational piece. The debates will come. Some blood has already been let, just ask Newt. But this forum was a fresh breeze coming through the window of opportunity in American politics; the opportunity to teach an anxious electorate what it means to live under the law of the land in the United States of America.
Women are emotional creatures. We have less tissue between our nerve endings and the elements. We show emotion more easily. It is an evolutionary adaptation, if you prefer Darwinian terms, mammalian biology. But there is power in emotion that is rooted in the fundamentals of humanity. That is our families and our children. I am proud of the female emotion that seeped in words, written and spoken, from two of the most significant women on the political scene today, Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Whether either of them run for president is not as important as the foot prints they planted firmly in the cultural soil this week. Conservative women, with Bachmann and Palin in the lead, have wrenched American civilization back from the clutches of the old feminists Left.
Michelle Bachmann was a most eloquent advocate for life during the GOP forum in New Hampshire. And, like it or not, a woman who has nurtured and raised children speaks with an authority that men lack, simply because men do not carry babies in their bodies. The depth of natal intimacy is not the same. Bachmann spoke of her respect for the sanctity of human life from “conception to the time of natural death.” She spoke for the dignity of human life, from the least to the greatest; “life” being the highest of the enumerated rights in the Constitution. Michelle Bachmann backed up her position with 5 natural children, and 23 foster children. Any parent would have a hard time arguing against such a testimony of life and family.
Sarah Palin was revealed, in scads of official Alaska e-mails (upon which the mainstream media descended like hyenas on a carcass), to be a compassionate, warm, loving, and deeply spiritual woman. In a touch of serendipity, an e-mail was uncovered which Palin had written to her loved ones upon learning that her unborn baby boy, Trig, had Down’s Syndrome. She spoke as the voice of Heavenly Father, announcing the gift of a special child He would bestow upon the Palins. “The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven’t experienced yet,” are the words she imagined that God would speak as He introduced Trig to his earthly family. She continued in the e-mail, “Trig’s mom and dad don’t want people to focus on the baby’s extra chromosome… many people won’t understand, and I understand that. Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born, because they fear a Down’s child won’t be considered “perfect” in your world.” She continues with words that show a perspective beyond the mortal, “What do you earthlings consider “perfect” or even “normal” anyway? Have you peeked down any grocery store isle [sic], or school hallway or into your office lunchroom lately? Have you noticed I make ’em all shapes and sizes? Believe me, there is no “perfect”.
I have a background in Special Education and, though I have never raised a child with a disability, I understand on an organic level the feelings that Sarah Palin experienced as she wrote that email. It is deeply female and equally heroic to give your life in its entire span so openly to a special spirit like Trig. But once you get to know these angels that are sent, not to be tested, but to test the rest of us, you understand. I get it. I know what Sarah Palin means, and why she feels it a privilege to be a mother. I appreciate the enthusiasm for life that inspires Michelle Bachmann. This is the power of the womanly love that is a key weapon in defending our country against utter destruction, from without and from within.
Bachmann, Palin, and thousands of accomplished conservative women have benefited from the hard work performed by the classic feminists; Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Blackwell. These were pioneering women who understood that all people are created equal. And that the family unit, with a father and mother, equal but different, are the groundwork of a healthy society. Rancid examples of self-rejection, Sanger, Freidan, Steinem, are left mouldering and empty; their legacies built upon lies and death mills. ‘Hanoi’ Jane Fonda is little more than a bloody blot on the pop-culture of the 1970’s.
It is a great time to be a conservative woman. There will be detractors. But womanhood, motherhood, and the powers of femininity were designed to sit on a pedestal. I invite all women to step up and take their place on that pedestal of womanhood. The perspective from up there may just be a little clearer, a little farther into the future.