She could one day be vice president of the United States and a heartbeat away from becoming the most powerful person, man or woman, in the world. With that in mind, feminist Sarah Palin told Charlie Gibson in an ABC interview that she’s ready for the job.
So is Todd Palin ready to be “first lady”?
Palin spokeswoman Sharon Leighow told the Anchorage Daily News that, while Todd does not attend high-level state Cabinet meetings, he is involved in fulfilling “the ceremonial duties of a first gentleman.” In fact, he recently hosted a tea for former first ladies of the state at the governor’s mansion in Juneau. I wonder if he held his pinkie upright as he sipped from his demitasse cup.
Questions abound regarding the role Todd will play if his wife is elected. A People magazine writer asked, “So will your husband be on leave now indefinitely to be Mr. Mom?” Sarah responded, “I would say so, yes.”
The L.A. Times reports that Todd left a management job when Sarah was elected governor in 2006. He returned to a non-management job after seven months. If Sarah assumes a vice-presidential role, then by her own admission, Todd will become a stay-at-home househusband.
ABC News reported that if Todd heads off for Washington, his friends are sure “he’ll be standing behind his wife.” Todd agrees, saying that when his wife talks about government, “it’s best just to move out of the way.”
Scott Davis is Todd’s snowmobile racing partner. Davis told the L.A. Times that Todd worked on his snowmobile when he wasn’t “busy cleaning and cooking and taking the kids.”
When ABC interviewer Charles Gibson asked Sarah how she could both manage a family of “seven” along with the vice presidency, she replied that gender is not an issue and the question is irrelevant. She admitted that people have questioned how she could serve as a governor with a baby. “I replied back then as I would today. I’ll do it the same way the other governors have done it. … Granted they’re men, but do it the same way they do it.”
Of course, the male governors Palin refers to did not do it the same way she does it. They had wives, whereas she has a househusband. And there is a profound difference between the two.
Men are not women with different genitals, as Dr. Laura Schlessinger hints in the foreword to Paul Coughlin’s “No More Christian Nice Guy.” Coughlin credits a speech given by sociologist Dr. Bradford Wilcox saying that men and women are different “physically, emotionally and psychologically. Mothers possess a greater ability to understand infants and children; they are more responsive to the distinctive cries of infants; they are better able than fathers, for instance, to distinguish between a cry of hunger and a cry of pain.”
Ours is an age of gender confusion, encouraged by social engineers, feminists and various types of pansexuals. We are taught that gender roles are interchangeable, that they are neither biologically nor psychologically fixed, and that such roles are not terribly important in human relationships anyway. The Palins have clearly bought into this concept of “gender bending” and are now modeling it for our nation and the world.
Sarah and Todd Palin do not embrace pro-family values in regard to time-honored gender roles within the family structure. In essence, as much as Sarah desires that people see her as a woman who can do it all, along with a hunkish “dude” at her side, she and her husband have switched places. Todd has taken on the feminine role, while his wife has taken on the masculine.
Bioethicist Leon Kass says the current bending of gender roles is “harmful, even dehumanizing, to man, to woman, and especially to children. …”
Both man and woman are equally intelligent and worthy, yet designed with different strengths that complement one another and add stability to a family if understood within the context of marriage. And Todd is to be commended for being the kind of father who spends time with his children. But his role is not to be Mr. Mom as his wife asserts.
A man’s greatest fulfillment is achieved through his family role as the guide, protector and provider, as Aubrey Andelin states in “Man of Steel and Velvet.” Proverbs 31 says that he is “recognized at the city meetings and he makes decisions as one of the leaders of the land.”
According to Bryce J. Christensen, author of “Divided We Fall: Family Discord and the Fracturing of America,” feminist activist groups in the ’90s “called for complete integration of women into all military operations, including those of combat units.” Their goal was to put women into “macho posts” not previously held by women. This moves us closer to the feminist dream that a woman may one day be commander in chief of the armed forces of our nation.
Christensen also states, “Utopian designs for masculinizing women, marginalizing men and vaporizing family homes are far more than literary fantasies. At least two real-world political movements – Marxism and feminism – have devoted considerable effort to pursuing [such] utopian objectives.”
How ironic that Christian conservatives rightly faulting Obama as a socialist so readily applaud Palin whose feminist views, whether realized or not, share much in common with Marxism.
Praised as virtuous by desperate conservatives, Sarah and Todd Palin fit nicely into today’s modern version of Christianity where true masculinity in the form of family leadership is absent, and women abdicate feminine roles in the home.
Christensen says, “Anyone who understands American culture, anyone who understands American family life, anyone who understands the American military knows that men – masculine, manly, chivalric men – are necessary. We desperately need such men – just as we need feminine women – to restore gender sanity, family integrity and military strength.”
While Sarah Palin may be the darling of the pro-life movement, she is no sweetheart of the pro-family community. Its leaders could be in for some unpleasant surprises.