I just found a dormant blog aptly named Lovely and Amazing. Written by Emily Elizabeth, it contains stories from a woman who, like Sarah Palin, is the mother of a child with an extra chromosome. This mom is what Sarah Palin wants to be. Or, I should say, what Sarah Palin wants you to believe she already is. It has writings from a mom who obviously loves her little girl, Emma Elizabeth.
I found Lovely and Amazing when researching Sarah Palin's words versus actual actions and accomplishments in helping promote disability issues. You know - putting love into action. That sort of thing.
Here is what I learned from Emily Elizabeth from her post in 2008 following Governor Palin's knock-it-out-of-the-ballpark RNC speech:
Fiscal responsibility, it's a line Sarah loves to use, but something she applies unequally. Even when it comes to helping the disabled, she is stingy. But when it comes to big business, she's a giver. Again, I'm going back to historical patterns here to prove a point. Below is a portion of the Boston Globe's October 12, 2008 article "Anti-zoning key to Palin's early record,"
...Dick Deuser, the city attorney... was not your average small-town lawyer. He'd attended law school at the University of Minnesota and had worked for a prominent Anchorage firm. At one point, the council asked him about the legality of banning group homes--such as shelters for runaways--a position Palin championed. Deuser had an academic manner and was fond of citing Supreme Court precedent. When he explained that a ban would be unconstitutional, Palin appeared impatient with such legal niceties. "I would describe it this way: Sarah was not an in-depth person. Never has, never will be," Deuser says. "Her instincts are political as opposed to evaluative." (The New Republic, October 22, 2008 )
"Political as opposed to evaluative. " That description of Sarah Palin in 1996 as a council member of a very small town, is equally fitting for Governor Palin the VP candidate running with John McCain in 2008. Remember her making fun of tax-dollars being spent on "fruit fly research"? She was supporting federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (candidate Obama supported it, too), but then she did her trademark snarky thing and criticized a specific research group as having "little or nothing to do with public good." Political but not evaluative. Guess who benefits from some of the discoveries of fruit fly research - Autistic children. In fact, it's been said, that the study of fruit flies has "revolutioned" the study of birth defects.
Malia Litman reported on the above appearance for the Huffington Post: