Sarah Palin Being Happy About Having a New Grandchild Does NOT Make Her a Hypocrite


First of all let me say, this is not about politics. There are very few politicians I actually like, and Sarah Palin doesn’t make the short list.

However, I admire her both as a special needs mom to her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, and for her support of her daughter Bristol, who is pregnant out of wedlock for the second time. Sarah Palin is a known supporter of abstinence education and clearly her own daughter didn’t tow the party line on this one.

But…no matter what your kid does, he or she is STILL your kid. And as a mother, it’s your job to encourage and support them, which can be done without condoning their behavior. And a child? A baby?  A precious new LIFE? Is a BLESSING, no matter what. And when the “wages of sin” is a baby, that is just God’s grace poured out on you.


When I logged on to my computer this morning, I saw Sarah Palin was trending for being happy about having a new grandchild and I was like “Why is this a big deal?” She told CBS Sunday Morning, “I can’t wait for about 45 more days, and I’m gonna have a little baby granddaughter. And I’m happy about it.” When asked by the reporter, “But isn’t this against everything you stand for?” Palin answered: “Well, the cool thing about putting your faith in God is he certainly is a God of second chances and third and fourth and fifth chances.”

First of all, what did the reporter want her to do, shame her own daughter on national television? What mother would do that? Secondly, OH MAH GAH A WOMAN IS HAPPY ABOUT HAVING A NEW GRANDCHILD? THE HORROR!! Thirdly, Palin’s mention of God’s grace was interpreted  by many as an “excuse” for Bristol’s behavior, but I don’t view it that way at all. I view it as a FREAKING MIRACLE FROM GOD. Of course Bristol will suffer the consequences of her choice, but hallelujah, should she choose to, she can get her act together and follow a God who truly loves her unconditionally.

But it seems the world would rather her and her mother wear a scarlet “S”. Or “H”. (you can decide what it stands for, I have some ideas).

Here are a few quotes from the people of the Internet who think being happy about a grandchild being born out of wedlock when she supported abstinence education makes Sarah Palin a horrific hypocrite:

“When is she going to learn to shut that stupid, port o let she calls a mouth. She’s an ignorant fool and Bristol is an ignorant white trash hypocritical moron.” Via Facebook 

“When your daughter is a slut and you’ve chastised every unwed mother, there is only one thing left ……Call on the God of 2nd, 3rd & 4th chances to take the hit!! However, that God only excuses Bristol and not all the other unwed girls with a bun in the oven!! What F’n hypocrites!” via Facebook

“Previously there were just three levels of stupidity: Idiots, imbeciles and morons. An Idiot’s IQ measures the lowest between 0-25 points. I believe we can finally, safely, qualitatively say there’s a measurement below the 0-25 range; and that shall henceforth be known as Palin.” via Facebook

I can’t say I follow Bristol Palin, (maybe she is a hypocrite. But have you NEVER been one? I can defintely say I HAVE BEEN) but I don’t think she deserves to be called a slut for being pregnant two times out of wedlock…certainly this has happened to thousands of people in our country. Heck, I have FRIENDS who can say that they have been there. THEY ARE NOT SLUTS. They are human. We all mess up. We all make bad choices. We all suffer the consequences. Thank God we have grace and a Savior who works all things together for good, if we CHOOSE to follow Him!

What I’d like to know People of the Internet, is why is everyone so quick to say “DON’T JUDGE ME” but then get their own judge on as soon as someone in the spotlight messes up? THAT is what seems hypocritical to me. (Oops, did I just judge you for being judgey? Dangit! There I go being hypocritical again.)

And no matter what Bristol did, it is NOT her mother’s fault. We do our best as parents, but ultimately our kids make their own decisions. And loving them through it is the RIGHT THING TO DO.

It is what I will do if my daughter comes to me one day, or my son and a girlfriend come to me one day and says those two little words every parent dreads before their child is married. And yep,  I’m putting that in writing.


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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.