Please Palin, don't stand up for me; you are making us take 20 steps back!

>> Wednesday, September 03, 2008

If you want to understand what disability is like, maybe Palin ought to read Michelle Obama's speech. It's not about being "special;" it's about being part of society.



... My dad was our rock. Although he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his early thirties, he was our provider, our champion, our hero. As he got sicker, it got harder for him to walk, it took him longer to get dressed in the morning. But if he was in pain, he never let on. He never stopped smiling and laughing - even while struggling to button his shirt, even while using two canes to get himself across the room to give my Mom a kiss. He just woke up a little earlier, and worked a little harder.

... And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them.

... He talked about "The world as it is" and "The world as it should be." And he said that all too often, we accept the distance between the two, and settle for the world as it is - even when it doesn't reflect our values and aspirations. But he reminded us that we know what our world should look like. We know what fairness and justice and opportunity look like. And he urged us to believe in ourselves - to find the strength within ourselves to strive for the world as it should be. And isn't that the great American story?

... All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do - that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be. That is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack's journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope.

... Because I believe that each of us - no matter what our age or background or walk of life - each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.

... And one day, they - and your sons and daughters - will tell their own children about what we did together in this election. They'll tell them how this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears. How this time, we decided to stop doubting and to start dreaming.

5 comments:

Don Crane 11:53 AM  

I could not disagree with you more. My son is four and has DS. Had open heart surgery at 14 days old. Gov. Palin is the best thing to come to Down Syndrome in a very long time.

Flee 8:56 PM  

Miss Magic it is refreshing to find another mother of a child with down syndrome that sees the possibility for real change and supports Obama/Biden 08 Yes We Can!

Chris 6:16 AM  

There is no doubt in my mind the that Obama is dedicated to improving the lives of the disabled in this nation.

As far as Sarah Palin, I don't think we know what she is going to do for those with disabilities. Her heart felt pledge was nice, but not if she isn't willing to back it up. Let's see a written McCain/Palin plan for how they are going to address disability issues. I found one on Obama's website; couldn't find one on McCain's.

What's that saying about putting your money where you mouth is.

It would stand to reason that Palin will be a powerful voice for those with disabilities, but I would like to know more about what exactly it is that she is going to say.

Emily Elizabeth 8:40 AM  

And I couldn't agree with you more :)

Tell it like it is, sista!

I posted a novel about exactly why our community needs more than just a "friend in the white house".

It takes more than the words "special needs" to make me melt into a voting booth...

mum2brady 1:30 PM  

:) Just wanted to stop in and say hi :) I'm thinking you need to come West again soon! I need a Miss Magic fix, and you know we love the rest too :)

Hugs :)

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