Growing up, my father was a news and politics junkie, and I inherited the trait from him. There's hasn't been an election since Ford v. Carter that I haven't had an informed opinion. I've got a list of news websites as long as my arm that I visit every day, and the list gets longer if I add the blogs with political content I read.
I learned long ago, however, that political speeches and conventions are useless when deciding a issue or choosing a candidate. Still, I am sitting here, waiting for Sarah Palin to give her speech at the Republican National Convention. Her speech last week electrified my entire office, who gathered around the breakroom television to see this dynamo from Alaska. Most of us returned to our desks completely enamored with her. (So is Stephanie, who created a great Sarah t-shirt!)
I am disgusted and saddened to my core about the treatment Sarah is receiving in the media. Even though I wasn't a Hilary fan, I knew she was being treated unfairly and differently than the men. Still, I never expected the level of hate directed at McCain's running mate. When I think it can't get any worse, it does. It is almost on the verge of psychopathy.
There's not a soul on Earth that has not made a mistake. Heaven forbid I or my parents be judged forever for mine. Family values means supporting and loving your family when they do well and when they screw up, when they're born perfect and when they aren't. No matter what else happens, Sarah and her family have lived that, and that makes her stronger than many people I know.
Once Sarah's speech is over, I will turn off the news and stop reading the nasty websites. I will have made my decision, and I don't need the hate in my life. I only hope Sarah and her family are strong enough and have enough support to keep that hate from blackening their spirit.