I’m assuming a lot of people have seen this: It’s a video that Sarah Palin created about “Mama Grizzlies” who are “banding together” and leading a new movement that is changing America. What exactly they are doing is not particularly clear, but these women are clearly very united and very passionate about helping to shape this country. Right. It’s a good thing that all the women who are passionate about changing the country—common- sense conservative women—are mothers, and that their motherhood has taught them how to rebuild a country.
Well, yesterday a video came out that serves as a kind of response to Palin’s, and I wanted to point it out: In addition to being witty and extremely funny, it also raises some serious issues: the fact that Sarah Palin does not support a woman’s right to choose, that she wants to cut unemployment benefits, and that she vehemently opposed healthcare reform. The video is important because it is a reminder of just how many women Sarah Palin does not represent—that just because Palin is a woman and a mother does not mean that she has the support of all women or all mothers, or that she has any particular special knowledge about leading a country from being a woman or a mother. Or that she even has the best interest of women and mothers at heart. Although it is very strategic of Palin to emphasize that she and the candidates that she supports are women, and to paint it as if consequently all women should support her, there is more to a candidate than his or her gender: politicians should be elected based on their ideas and opinions, not their sex. If a woman candidate happens to be particularly interested in reproductive rights and education because she is a woman or a mother, then all the more reason to support her, but if she supports policies that would actually harm women (as a I believe she does) then her gender should play no role in the decision of choosing who to vote for.
Watch the video, share it with your friends, and then go out and vote for candidates in November—not because they are “Mama Grizzlies” but because they support policies that will benefit you, your family, and this country as a whole. Don’t be afraid that the grizzly bears will rise on their hind legs and come get you.