Bristol Palin open letter asks: ‘Mr. President, when should I expect your call?’
posted at 10:55 am on March 19, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
From the it-needs-no-embellishment department comes a Monday morning eye opener via Bristol Palin’s blog. It’s an open letter to the president, and even though it was written more than two weeks after the kerfuffle involving Sandra Fluke (which in today’s non-stop news cycle is an eternity), the statement is powerful enough to deserve honorable mention, if not reawaken attention to Obama’s lopsided brand of governance.
Palin’s argument scores additional style points because it uses the president’s own words to expose his hypocrisy and rank partisanship. As a bonus, it makes palpable the vicious nature of Bill Maher’s cretinous attacks on the Palins, which the president continues to choose to overlook.
Without further ado:
Ever since you called Sandra Fluke after Rush Limbaugh called her a slut, I figured I might be next. You explained to reporters you called her because you were thinking of your two daughters, Malia and Sasha. After all, you didn’t want them to think it was okay for men to treat them that way:
“One of the things I want them to do as they get older is engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on,” you said. “I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens.”
And I totally agree your kids should be able to speak their minds and engage the culture. I look forward to seeing what good things Malia and Sasha end up doing with their lives.
But here’s why I’m a little surprised my phone hasn’t rung. Your $1,000,000 donor Bill Maher has said reprehensible things about my family. He’s made fun of my brother because of his Down’s [sic] Syndrome. He’s said I was “f**-d so hard a baby fell out.” (In a classy move, he did this while his producers put up the cover of my book, which tells about the forgiveness and redemption I’ve found in God after my past—very public—mistakes.)
If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you. After all, I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager. That’s why you stood up for me when you were campaigning against Sen. McCain and my mom—you said vicious attacks on me should be off limits.
Yet I wonder if the Presidency has changed you. Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women. You’re only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you.
What if you did something radical and wildly unpopular with your base and took a stand against the denigration of all women … even if they’re just single moms? Even if they’re Republicans?
I’m not expecting your SuperPAC to return the money. You’re going to need every dime to hang on to your presidency. I’m not even really expecting a call. But would it be too much to expect a little consistency? After all, you’re President of all Americans, not just the liberals.
The ball is now squarely in the court of a president who has demonstrated an abiding fondness for reading heart-felt letters written to him by his constituents. Will he respond to this letter, or will it somehow conveniently escape his ken?
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