Whatever else one may think of her. Back when I lived in Washington, I listened to her quite a bit. And while I disagreed with her position on homosexuality, I heard numerous gay callers to her show, and NEVER heard her treat them with less than the same level of compassion and respect she offered her straight callers. She may have done it, but not while I was listening, and I listened for hundreds of hours over the years. So I never considered some of the labels thrown at her to be entirely fair. Remember what I said about a racist could still be a perfectly fine person, depending on how he actually treated other human beings? Some of that here. So, I wondered how she would deal with the Sarah Palin situation. While still intending to vote for McCain, she seriously questions his judgment in picking a woman with small, special-needs children. This is entirely in alignment with her stated values, and I congratulate her for her integrity. Yes, I understand that hers is a radical point of view, and I'm not recommending it--even though there are some aspects of it I agree with. I merely point it out as an example of someone sticking to their guns, even when it is painful. For the record, I respect Palin for refusing to abort a Down's Syndrome child. That, too, I see as an act of strength and courage, in alignment with her values.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Posted by Steven Barnes at 11:52 AM