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Palin: Life With Trig

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 5, 2012

Photo Credit: Jack Kurtz / ZUMA-Corbis

He’s nearing his fourth birthday. He has Down syndrome. And he greets every day with a round of applause.

Yet again, Sarah Palin takes the opportunity to remind us all that life is sacred and that all lives have a purpose.

From The Daily Beast:

Last week, Rick Santorum and his family offered us a reminder of what really matters. When his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, born with Trisomy 18, was hospitalized with pneumonia, Rick left the campaign trail to be by her bedside. In the middle of this very heated campaign season, many of us prayed through tears for Bella’s health and added prayers of thankfulness for a public example of someone’s sacrifice made with the right priorities.

It’s a sacrifice every parent and caregiver of a child with special needs sympathizes with. Families of children with special needs are bonded by a shared experience of the joys, challenges, fears, and blessings of raising these beautiful children whom we see as perfect in this imperfect world.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, on rope lines at rallies across the country, my husband, Todd, and I met so many of these families and caretakers, and I’ll never forget them. There was an instant connection—a kind of mutual acknowledgment that said, “Yes, these children are precious and loved. Yes, we face extra fears and challenges, but our children are a blessing, and the rest of the world is missing out in not knowing this.”  More

H/T @tsot on Twitter

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The Tebow-Palin Connection

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 28, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

An insightful, inspiring article about the similarities between NFL wonder, Tim Tebow, and tea party wonder woman, Governor Sarah Palin, can be found at American Thinker:

Tim Tebow is really annoying to certain people in a Sarah Palin sort of way. Whenever Tim or Sarah shows up, an uncomfortable feeling accompanies him or her, and it’s called conviction. One definition for “convict” is “to impress with a sense of guilt.” That is precisely what Tim Tebow and Sarah Palin are guilty of: impressing shame and remorse upon America that it would prefer to avoid.

The Palin family has been mocked and derided for many reasons, including baby boy Trig, born with Down Syndrome. This past spring, after former Gov. Palin posted a birthday tribute to her son, former Wonkette writer Jack Stuef called Trig a “magic intellectually disabled baby prop.” Stuef questioned “Trig’s parentage, implying he was conceived in incest, and used the R word.” Stuef has since apologized and said he regretted using the word “retarded,” but he stands by his criticism of Palin.

By approving of and promoting policies that destroy innocent human life, the left is hateful enough. However, when a conservative public figure “chooses” life, what emanates from hate-spewing liberals amounts to a new level of vitriol.

That rage is evidenced by liberal reactions to Sarah Palin, who celebrates the life of a child whom some liberals would deem a disposable burden on society. Palin said it so well in a 2011 Thanksgiving tribute to Trig when she shared:

Through Trig, I see firsthand that there is man’s standard of perfection, and then there is God’s. Man’s standard is flawed, temporary, and shallow. God’s standard lasts an eternity. At the end of the day, His is what matters.

And what about that pesky Tim Tebow? In 1987, Tim’s mother Pam chose to grant her son the gift of life. Pregnant and suffering from a life-threatening infection, Pam Tebow, a missionary with her husband Robert to the Philippines, was told that her and Robert’s child would be stillborn. Rather than take the advice of her doctor and abort, Pam Tebow chose to trust God.

Both mother and baby survived, and today, much like Sarah and Trig Palin, Pam and Tim Tebow both pose a problematic contradiction to one of the strongest arguments abortion advocates use when arguing to justify disposing of the unborn.

To this day, 24 years after proving the doctor wrong, starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos Tim Tebow remains downright annoying. Every time he makes an appearance on the football field, without opening his mouth, the abortion survivor takes all the fun out of the sport. Why? Because pro-choice America is forced to look into the face of a strapping miracle child whose mother put his life ahead of her own.

To make matters worse, not only did the Tebow family allow the child to be born, but they then did the unthinkable and raised him to be a devout Christian.

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Not only does abortion survivor Tim Tebow live, but as a staunch follower of Jesus Christ, he is a source of double-conviction in a godless world where devotion to sports often supersedes commitment to God.

Based on the left’s reaction, seems Trig Palin and Tim Tebow are huge thorns in the side of pro-choice America. So are their mothers, who, if they’d only exercised the right to choose, would have made life a lot more comfortable for those who would rather avoid dredging up past mistakes.

Read the full article here, which includes comments by two people voicing their utter disdain for Tim Tebow’s unabashed faith. It seems they would rather he hide it in a corner. I can’t help but wonder why it bothers them so much. Perhaps this article hits the nail right on the head.

(h/t Nicole Coulter)

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Trig Palin: God’s Precious Gift

Posted by conservativegirlwithavoice on April 26, 2011

Since when did it become funny to call someone “retarded”? By now, I am sure most of you are aware of the vicious actions made my a certain liberal, scum-filled website. Recently, this website had the audacity to refer to Sarah Palin’s youngest son, Trig, as “retarded.” When I first read this article and the comments that followed it, I was both appalled and saddened. My sadness soon turned to anger when I thought about the many people I am blessed to know with down syndrome and special needs. As someone who works with special needs students on a daily basis, I can tell you that individuals with special needs are the most kind-hearted, compassionate individuals you will ever have the chance to meet, and I learn valuable lessons from them daily. Not only are people with special needs kind and compassionate, but they are individuals too, and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

One of the reasons I admire Sarah Palin so much is because she chose life for her sweet baby boy. In giving sweet Trig life, Sarah demonstrated her belief in life and her belief that every life has a purpose. I will never forget when my family sent little Trig an embroidered jacket shortly after the 2008 campaign. A couple weeks after sending Trig the gift, I got a note from Sarah thanking my family and I for the gift, telling us how much it meant to them and Trig. This is the kind of woman Sarah Palin is. She is the kind of woman who puts her family and God above all else. Trig is the pride and joy of both her and Todd’s lives. This little boy deserves the same respect that any other child receives. It is time that people realize that individuals with special needs are humans too! To those who enjoy making fun of a child with special needs I say “Shame on you!” And to precious Trig and his family, I say “Thank you for showing me and the rest of the world just how amazing unconditional love can be.”
I was forwarded an article (via Alaskans for Palin) written by my friend, Tracey Porreca, that I have decided to share with you below. I hope you find it as heartwarming and touching as I did:

Alaska’s Republican National Committeewoman Addresses Attacks Against Trig Palin

I was approached today by Debbie Joslin, Republican National Committeewoman for the State of Alaska, and friend of mine. She is also a friend of Sarah Palin and has known her for a long time. We started discussing the recent “Wonkette” article (see here)and Debbie mentioned she was writing an article to address it. I offered to share it with our readers and she accepted. Debbie has a lot of personal experience with this subject, as you will read. I’m so pleased to share this with all our readers. Thank you, Debbie, for this heartfelt article.

Please click here to read Debbie’s inspiring words of wisdom.
(Follow me on Twitter @RachelleFriberg.)

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Family Guy Actor: “That [Joke] Bothered Me Too”

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 25, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Whereas some people have come out to tell Governor Palin to lighten up about the “Family Guy” episode, insisting it was just a joke and she needs to get a sense of humor, one “Family Guy” actor has come out to express his objection to the joke. Good for him!

Lisa de Moraes of Washingtonpost.com reports:

Not everyone who works on Fox animated sitcom “Family Guy” is standing in solidarity with its Valentine’s Day episode’s Sarah Palin gag.

Cast member Patrick Warburton told TV critics Wednesday he objected to the joke.

“I know it’s satire but, personally, that [joke] bothered me too,” Warburton said on a conference call to promote his other primetime show, CBS’s sitcom “Rules of Engagement,” which returns for a fourth season on March 1. (On “Family Guy” Warburton does the voice of the wheelchair-bound police officer, Joe.)

“I know that you have to be an equal-opportunity offender, but there are some things that I just don’t think are funny.”

The former Alaskan governor/GOP vice presidential contender and her daughter Bristol lashed out at the show and at “Fox Hollywood” network over the episode, in which a teenaged girl character with Down syndrome say her mother was a former governor of Alaska. Sarah Palin’s youngest son has the same condition.

Series creator Seth MacFarlane shrugged it off with a statement about the show being an “equal-opportunity offender.”

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Warburton appears to be the first person involved with the show in any way, shape, or form who has publicly broken ranks.

“Look, I have fun. I like Seth. He’s got a great comic mind and I think that the show can be fantastically funny. But I do believe that it can be hurtful at times,” Warburton said in response to a question about the episode posed by WaPo Team TV’s “Family Guy” bureau chief Emily Yahr.

Warburton is to be commended for speaking up on behalf of decency, something that so many others seem to lack whenever it comes to the Palins. It’s not easy to take the stand that he has taken when others have voiced an entirely different perspective. Not many others would do it. As for me, if I’m going to call out those who do wrong, I’d better be just as willing to thank those who do right–and I am. I extend a big “thank you” to Warburton for being man enough–and just plain human enough–to do the right thing.

Read the full article and all of Warburton’s comments here.

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Family Guy: Equal Opportunity Jerks (UPDATED W/ Fox CEO Contact Info)

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 16, 2010

By Adrienne Ross -www.motivationtruth.com

I do not watch “Family Guy” for one simple reason: I’m not a fan of puking my guts out and, no doubt, the show would create that kind of reaction from me. I’ve seen enough previews to know that it is the kind of thing I simply would not find humorous. I’ve seen their mocking of Jesus, for example, and frankly, I don’t give place to that in my home.

Therefore, had it not been the subject of many a blog and email yesterday, I would not have known about Sunday’s episode that alludes to Governor Palin and her son, Trig.

In the episode, a feisty girl with Down Syndrome has a date with a teenage boy. Forgive me for not knowing the names of any of the show’s characters. Like I said, I have an aversion to puking; thus, my ignorance of the culture of “Family Guy.”

As I began watching the video clip yesterday, I was scratching my head, for if there is any appeal at all to the show, I am completely oblivious to it. No, let me be honest: there isn’t any. What I found was something that both angered and saddened me.

Upon demanding that she be asked about her family, the special needs character identifies her mother as “the former governor of Alaska.” Without the use of names, it is an obvious reference to the Palins, as Trig has Down Syndrome and Palin is the former Alaska governor.

Much has been discussed, and even more written, about this episode. Even leftists acknowledge that this is below the belt. You can see the clip for yourself by clicking here. Personally, I cannot figure out why the Palin reference is necessary. I cannot figure out how it adds to the storyline. It certainly doesn’t contribute to any humor that a good archaeologist might manage to dig up somewhere in this show.

“Family Guy” has taken a shot at Palin before. During the 2008 campaign, Palin and McCain were portrayed as Nazis. As insulting as that was, there is a major difference between that piece of trash and this one. That one went after adults. Sunday’s attack? That attack involved a child. That attack revealed, as Bristol Palin so wisely stated, “that they’re heartless jerks.”

As far as I’m concerned, personal attacks are just asinine. Nonetheless, we adults have learned to just plow through them. However, when people’s children are placed on the chopping block, a line is crossed that simply cannot be tolerated.

Let me remind you: Barack Obama told the media early in his candidacy to leave his children alone. He was right to make such a request/demand–and everyone obeyed. Children of public figures should be off-limits. Governor Palin’s children deserve the same respect President Obama’s children have been given, which is the same respect every child deserves.

So in the name of decency, “Family Guy”–and everyone else who has declared a never-ending hunting season on her children: “Leave Governor Palin’s children alone!

But what does the show’s creator have to say?

The Times asked “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane for an interview regarding the matter. But he opted to send a statement via his publicist: “From its inception, ‘Family Guy’ has used biting satire as the foundation of its humor. The show is an “equal-opportunity offender.”

Really? Well, if he wants to be “an equal opportunity offender,” then he deserves “an equal opportunity” response from the people. If this is his only means of getting laughs, perhaps the show needs to find some new people who understand that there’s no comedy in demeaning a special needs boy and his mother.

I am calling on all of us to contact the sponsors of Sunday’s show to tell them exactly how we feel about the disgusting, heartless sense of humor displayed on “Family Guy” Sunday night.

Governor Palin wrote in her Facebook note that this “felt like another kick in the gut.” It’s time we kick back. You are consumers; therefore, you are powerful. Use that power.

There will be those who will say contacting sponsors, boycotting companies, and making our voices heard are over the top. To those people I say look at the clip of “Family Guy” mocking Trig–an innocent, precious gift from God who means as much to his family as your children and loved ones mean to you. Now tell me it’s over the top!

Here’s the contact information (Be sure to contact Fox):

Fox News: Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corporation – 212-852-7000

Fox Broadcasting Company – 310-369-1000

YUM! Brands (Pizza Hut) – 502-874-8300
Red Bull North America Inc. – 310-393-4647
Mars, Inc. – 703-821-4900
Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. – 800-331-4331
Bally Total Fitness Holdings Corp. – 773-399-1300
Pfizer, Inc. – 212-573-2323
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company – 312-644-2121
Universal Pictures – 818-777-1000

(H/T thedesignconservative)

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Leave Governor Palin’s Children Alone! (UPDATED with Gov. Palin’s Facebook Note)

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 16, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

I do not watch “Family Guy” for one simple reason: I’m not a fan of puking my guts out, and no doubt the show would create that kind of reaction from me. I’ve seen enough previews to know that it is the kind of thing I simply would not find humorous. I’ve seen their mocking of Jesus, for example, and frankly, I don’t give place to that in my home.

Therefore, had it not been the talk of the day, I would not have known about last night’s episode that alludes to Governor Palin and her son, Trig.

In the episode, a feisty girl with Down Syndrome has a date with a teenage boy. Forgive me for not knowing these characters’ names. Like I said, I prefer not puking.

The special needs character identifies her mother as “the former governor of Alaska.” Without the use of names, it is an obvious reference to the Palins, as Trig has Down Syndrome and Palin is the former Alaska governor.

There has been a lot written and much discussed today about this episode. Even leftists see this as below the belt. You can see the clip and decide for yourself by clicking here. Personally, I cannot figure out why the Palin reference was necessary. I cannot figure out how it adds to the storyline. It certainly doesn’t contribute to any humor that might be found somewhere in this show. All I have to say is this: Barack Obama told the media early in his candidacy to leave his children alone. He was right to make such a request/demand–and everyone obliged. Children of public figures should be off limits. Governor Palin’s children deserve the same respect President Obama’s children have been given, which is the same respect every child deserves.

So in the name of decency, “Family Guy” (and everyone else who has declared a never-ending hunting season on her children): “Leave Governor Palin’s children alone!

UPDATED with Governor Palin’s Facebook note:

Fox Hollywood – What a Disappointment

People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut. Bristol was one who asked what I thought of the show that mocked her baby brother, Trig (and/or others with special needs), in an episode yesterday. Instead of answering, I asked her what she thought. Here is her conscientious reply, which is a much more restrained and gracious statement than I want to make about an issue that begs the question, “when is enough, enough?”:

“When you’re the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin. My siblings and I all have that, but insults directed at our youngest brother hurt too much for us to remain silent. People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you’ll ever meet. Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldn’t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community? If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they’re heartless jerks. – Bristol Palin”

- Sarah Palin

* bumped

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Standing with Sarah on Health Care

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 27, 2009

By Adrienne Ross from http://www.motivationtruth.com

I received an encouraging email from someone who has been following my writing on a few different websites. She shared with me the link to the video below and said simply, “You are in it.” That was all it took, of course, to pique my curiosity!

That was just an added benefit. The video, made by a website called Standing with Sarah, highlights Sarah Palin’s stand on the health care reform issue. It combines some of her statements with pictures that speak to her own commitment to the health and well-being of Americans. Included in the video are pictures of Sarah at the Walk for Autism, which she participated in on June 7th in Long Island. I attended that function, as well, as did some of her family members, including her nephew, Karcher, who has autism. You can read about this event and enjoy the pictures I took here.

See, Sarah Palin clearly cares about how we handle health care for our citizens. As a mom with a special needs child, Trig, who has Down Syndrome, and as Karcher’s aunt, she knows the importance of this issue. She is personally invested and has rallied the people of America and begged us to do all we can to keep the health of those we love out of the control of a government that does not–and cannot–love our family members the way we do. The wonderful thing you’ll see in the video is the concern she has, not only for her own family and children, but a sincere concern for all Americans.

Now that’s someone I can listen to about health care.

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Sarah Palin & Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stand Up for Special Needs

Posted by Ron Devito on August 12, 2009

On Tuesday, August 11, 2009, Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed away. She is not known simply for being the sister of John F. Kennedy and mother of Maria Shriver, wife of Arnold Swartzenegger. She is also known and celebrated as one who demonstrated a deep commitment to our special needs community by helping to found the Special Olympics. How ironic it is that we would lay Mrs. Shriver to rest at such a crucial time in our nation when we are debating health care and the value of human life–a woman who offered opportunity and competition to those with special needs. May her commitment to them speak to us now and challenge us to have the same respect for all life.

I expected Sarah Palin to have a comment about the passing of Mrs. Shriver, and of course, being the class act that she is, she did offer her condolences on her Facebook page:


Our Condolences on the Passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Tuesday at 7:37 pm

On behalf of the Palin family, we are saddened by the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Her passionate dedication to improving the lives of so many people created new opportunities and hope around the world, including for our precious miracle, Trig.

With sympathy to the Kennedy and Shriver families,

Sarah Palin

In honor of our special needs community, I am reposting three things that I posted in earlier months. The first one is a video of Sarah Palin expressing how grateful she is that her son Trig, who has Down Syndrome, will be able to enjoy sports and competition, thanks to Special Olympics. The second video is a portion of Sarah’s speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life Banquet where she discusses the range of emotions she encountered upon learning Trig would be born with special needs. In this video she also shares the joy that filled her heart the second he was born. Finally, I have included an article I wrote called, “Sarah and Little Trig Palin Come to my Classroom.” In it I share how Trig’s story transformed my lesson and opened the door for my students to share their hearts in a special, transparent way. In fact, Trig actually changed my complete outlook and approach to teaching a novel I had taught for many years.

I am so grateful for Eunice Kennedy Shriver for her contribution to our special needs community. And I thank God for Sarah Palin who continues to be a voice of appreciation and respect for all human life. Whether the unborn, children with special needs, or the elderly in need of health care, Sarah Palin understands, as she said on the campaign trail, “I believe the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves.”


Sarah and Little Trig Palin Come to My Classroom

I teach 7th grade English Language Arts, and I had the most amazing experience Tuesday in my classes. We are about to begin a novel, one that I have done with my classes just about each of the 13 years that I’ve been teaching. The class participated in an introductory activity, followed by an intense discussion. I had never before done this particular activity to start this book, but the most powerful aspect of it was inspired by Sarah Palin and the story of her son Trig, who has Down Syndrome.

It was Trig’s story that led me to include the topic of special needs individuals, and their place in the world, in the conversation. Although the subject is relevant to the upcoming novel, had I never learned about Trig, I would have never even considered bringing up the issue of special needs. It would have never even crossed my mind, as it never has in the past. I’m so grateful that she came on the scene with Trig’s story on her lips and in her heart because this particular issue broke something open in my classroom–and in me. What Trig’s life did for my class was something I will not soon forget. I learned more than my students did Tuesday.

As I simply facilitated the discussion and allowed the kids to express themselves, I listened to students who clearly have an understanding of the sanctity of every single life. They poured out their hearts as they spoke compassionately about what people with special needs contribute to our lives. They lovingly mentioned family members who have physical or developmental challenges whom they “can’t even imagine living without.” In one class, a student said we need special needs people in the world because they help us. Now there’s something you don’t hear often. In fact, we usually think about how much we have to help them. But this 7th grader’s vision is sharper than most, for he went on to express how much richer they make our lives, how they help us see things differently. I then told them that about 90% of Down Syndrome pregnancies, for example, end in abortion–and silence followed.

My heart was full that day, and I was so proud. With all the talk about abortion, and embryonic stem cell research, and people shooting people up; with all that we’ve lost as a society in terms of how we view one another, make fun of one another, and dispense so easily of one another; with the sad realization that our so-called progressive attitudes have come at the expense of the innocence of our children, I was privileged to listen to teenagers defend the value of the vulnerable, unapologetically profess the blessing these individuals are, and unashamedly announce the joy they bring to our lives–just the way they are. I think of this, and I am so very glad to do what I do: spend my days with children who seem to know a heck of a lot more than adults about compassion, love, and life.

I thank Sarah Palin for being woman enough not to add to the horrible statistic of Down Syndrome abortions, for trusting God enough to give birth to her promise, and for sharing his story with the world. Sometimes we just don’t know what our seemingly small experience can possibly do for the world. But this story–Trig’s story–changed this teacher’s perspective, her lesson plan, and most of all, her heart.

From http://www.motivationtruth.com by Adrienne Ross

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