Personal family matters

We agree with Senator Obama and commend him for his stand:

“I have said before and I will repeat again: People’s families are off limits,” Obama said. “And people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18 and how a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be a topic of our politics.”

We haven’t mentioned the news item that precipitated this response from Obama. We’ll only note that our admiration of Sarah Palin, and support for the McCain-Palin ticket, is not diminished one iota by the news of the day.

Some will say that Obama had no choice but to avoid the matter, but even if that were true, so what? His statement is good and right, and he deserves credit for it. Actions matter much more than motives anyway.

Relative to some of the reactions to the story, many on the left, who consider themselves so “multicultural” and tolerant of diverse views, seem to have no clue about their fellow Americans of traditional faith. They subscribe to crude caricatures, then become shocked when America’s Christian conservatives don’t conform to those stereotypes. Note: It is fundamental Christian doctrine that all people are sinners, that everyone falls short of the standard. So screaming “A-HA! Hypocrisy!” when one of us is caught acting less than perfectly isn’t really going to get you anywhere. It just makes you look ignorant and intolerant.

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