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Bristol Palin knocks President Obama for support of same-sex marriage

Scott Woodham
Creative Commons photos (Bristol Palin photo by Gage Skidmore)

Bristol Palin's blog launched a broadside at President Obama on Thursday for his recent personal statement in support of full marriage equality for same-sex couples.

On her blog, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin quotes a passage from Obama's statement in which he describes encountering young people who influenced his stance on the issue:

"It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” the president continued. “You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same-sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and, frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.

After noting questions from the press to Christian female political candidates about "submission" to their husbands, Bristol's Blog goes for the president's throat:

So let me get this straight – it’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?

While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads.  In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage.  Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home.  Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.

The blog entry deftly bypasses the college Republicans the president says contributed to his personal re-evaluation, and it does not clarify what society's "thousands of years of thinking about marriage" refers to.

Research has revealed that marriage traditions and family units worldwide and over time have taken a wide range of forms, including same-sex households. During the Bush administration, in fact, the American Anthropological Association issued a statement based on the research of its members that directly contradicts the notion that heterosexual marriage is the exclusive basis of a stable society.

Perhaps Bristol's Blog was referring to the marriage practices of the Mosuo, a matriarchal ethnic group in China in which biological fathers don't rear children and reproduction is unrelated to the institution of marriage?

If that were the case, it would perfectly suit the circumstances of Palin's own life as a single mother whose family reportedly assists in the raising of her child, Tripp. The Palin family has in the past criticized Levi Johnston, the boy's biological father, for not being highly involved in parenting, and Johnston has at times publicly complained of being denied access to the child. Either way, the situation has sometimes sounded very much like a traditional Mosuo arrangement, except with a twice-weekly paternal visitation agreement

Bristol Palin's blog entry concludes:

... I guess we can be glad that Malia and Sasha aren’t younger, or perhaps today’s press conference might have been about appointing Dora the Explorer as Attorney General because of her success in stopping Swiper the Fox.

Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking.  In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.

Contact Scott Woodham at scott(at)alaskadispatch.com