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Posts Tagged ‘special needs’

The Price of Taking on Trig Palin

Posted by Adrienne Ross on April 22, 2011

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

Sometimes it’s best to just sit tight and watch people self-destruct. I got to do just that this week.

Wonkette, the disgusting, vile, pro-abortion, Palin-hating rag of a website, decided to show how “courageous” it is by going after Trig Palin on Monday, his third birthday. This innocent young man, born with Down Syndrome, has done nothing to deserve this treatment. Of course, many on the far-left deem him the enemy simply because he’s alive, because his mother didn’t abort him, and mostly because they are plain evil. They went too far this time, and they’re paying the price.

Wonkette writer, Jack Stuef, put up a doctored picture of Trig, and in an article called “Greatest Living American: A Children’s Treasury of Trig Crap On His Birthday,” wrote:

What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.

[…]

His mom went to a lot of trouble to leak amniotic fluid over 8 states to make sure that he arrived in this world somewhat alive,”

[…]

Enjoy yourself today, Trig. Have fun! Get drunk (on purpose this time)! We can hardly wait for 15 years from now, when you will finally be able to vote and will be sent off by your mother’s junta to fight the Union in the Great Alaska War. It’ll be quite a loss. You’re the smartest one in that family.

You won’t find that full post anymore because after the Internet community lit Wonkette’s butt on fire, they had to walk back their “satire.” They then issued some poor excuse of an apology and pulled the post. Prior to that, however, Governor Palin thanked those on Twitter who spoke up in defense of her little man. She tweeted her appreciation:

Big thanks from the Palin family to folks on Twitter today who took a stand for children w/special needs. Happy Easter!Thank you #TrigsCrew

I have great respect for how Governor Palin handled this. We all know that, like all mothers, she doesn’t want people messing with her kids. Her mama grizzly instincts rise up. She would have been perfectly within her rights to lash out at Wonkette, but she was able to allow others to fight for her. All that was left for her to do was to offer her thanks to the army of people who not only have her back, but Trig’s as well. Believe it or not, even intense leftists took a stand and denounced Wonkette’s reprehensible behavior.

Palin-Derangement Syndrome is a serious illess, we know. But this is just over the top. Going after those who cannot defend themselves, who have done nothing wrong, and who only offer love and joy to those they come in contact with will not be tolerated. These people will pay a price.

I am glad that Mama Grizzly didn’t have to rise up on her hind legs to defend her cub this time. Others did, much to the chagrin of Wonkette. Companies have pulled their ads from them, a long overdue exodus. M. Joseph Sheppard highlights the first sponsor to throw Wonkette under the bus, where it belongs:

Many have joined Papa John’s. According to Josh Painter, at least 27 have now chosen to do the right thing. For an incomplete list of those companies who have pulled their support, go here.

Hopefully, the message has been sent loud and clear. Family members of public figures are off-limits. President Obama made it clear that his children were not to be touched, and everybody obliged. However, from Day 1, Governor Palin’s children have been put on the chopping block to be smacked around at every little whim. And don’t even come with that stupid meme that she used her children as props in 2008, so they’re fair game. She did no such thing. She did only what every loving parent has done. She introduced us to her children, which is what President Obama did–which is what everyone does. Had she not allowed them to come on stage, she would have been accused of being ashamed of them. She’s not ashamed of her children, and that includes Trig. This is what bugs people like those affiliated with Wonkette. They would rather she had done what 90% of Americans pregnant with a Down Syndrome child still do–abort him. Since she didn’t, they’d like her to tuck him away somewhere so they don’t have to see him, so they’re not reminded of their own lack of humanity. How dare she love him so much? Doesn’t she know he has special needs? This is how these people think.

I sure hope Wonkette and Jack Stuef’s despicable attempt to mock Trig Palin and hurt his family was worth the price they’re now paying because now they’re the ones who have been hurt. Good.

We love Trig Palin and the Palin family–and we stand with them.

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Governor Palin to Fundraise for Special Needs in Alabama

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 2, 2011

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

Governor Palin continues her support for our special needs community. In May she will take this commitment to Alabama. Guy Busby of the Press-Register reports:

2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will make her first Mobile Bay area visit May 3 when she addresses supporters of the Exceptional Foundation at a fundraiser at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, organization supporters said.

The foundation is being established to help special needs children and adults in Baldwin County, Bob Callahan Sr., foundation board president, said. Palin, whose son Trig was born with Down syndrome, agreed to speak after being contacted, he said.

“This is something that is near and dear to her heart —children and adults with special needs — and that’s what brought her down here,” Callahan said. “We were thrilled. This is something that is really awesome.”

Callahan said organizers have not talked to Palin or her staff about the topics she plans to address.

“There might be some politics, but she agreed to come down here because of what we’re doing for special needs people and that’ll be a big part of it,” he said.

Work began in 2010 to start the foundation in Baldwin County. Organizers are working with the Exceptional Foundation established in Birmingham, which serves about 400 people and their families.

When efforts began to raise money for a building, staffing, activities and other needs, supporters decided to approach Palin about speaking, Craig Dahle, Callahan’s son-in-law and another of the group’s organizers, said.

“She was the logical person to kick start this with her background,” Dahle, who has a 19-year-old son with Down syndrome, said.

Read the rest here.

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Youth Poisoned Against Palin

Posted by Adrienne Ross on May 30, 2010

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

If we’re going to “take our country back,” we’d better be sure we figure out a way to take our children back. The garbage they have been fed is stinking, and I smelled it in my classroom Friday. It took all the strength I could muster to remain calm and handle it quickly and professionally. I managed, but I was boiling inside.

Here’s what happened during my second period class.

I always take time to acknowledge holidays and observances. As Monday is Memorial Day, I talked briefly about honoring U.S. military who lost their lives, the greatness of our country, and the freedoms our military provide for us. Then I showed them a short video tribute to our troops with Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to Be an American” playing in the background. The students were very respectful during the video, which is saying something considering this particular class.

When the video ended, I was going to my computer to turn it off. However, because I was playing it from my playlist, it immediately proceeded to the next video in the playlist, which was a Governor Palin video. Before I could stop it, the jeering began and spread throughout the classroom.

“Who cares about Sarah Palin?”

“Oh, be quiet!” another student said to the Governor.

“Nobody cares about no Sarah Palin!”

It erupted simultaneously and surprisingly. Laughter filled the classroom.

I was headed to the computer but was totally thrown by the outburst. The co-teacher in the room with me said to the student who asked who cared about the Governor, “I do” or something similar, and the student said, “You do?”

I was simply trying to move on because I knew this wouldn’t end well if we stayed where we were. As if their distaste for the Governor didn’t run deep enough, another student added to it when he said, “She doesn’t like ‘South Park,'” which didn’t endear her any to his classmates. I corrected the students to tell them it was actually “Family Guy” to which he was referring.

The co-teacher said, “That’s because they made fun of her son.” The students then had questions about that situation, and we both quickly explained that they had chosen to make fun of the fact that Trig has Down Syndrome. This did grab their attention because we have just been talking about special needs in light of a novel we just finished reading. Last year, I wrote about this novel and how Trig influenced my introduction of it. You can read about that here.

Upon hearing the context of her comments about “Family Guy,” one student obviously didn’t approve of what “Family Guy” had done and said, “That’s messed up!” (A good sign; there is hope!)

I ended the outburst by simply saying, “I know what kind of person she is. Those of you who have a problem with her don’t even know why. Now, getting back to where we were…”

I purposely moved on quickly, but my heart was racing, my blood boiling, and my mind reeling. The sad thing about all this is that their reaction was so strong, yet it’s true that they personally didn’t have a clue why. They couldn’t even distinguish between “South Park” and “Family Guy,” both of which gross me out personally. Regardless, they not only didn’t know which show it was, they didn’t know what the situation was.

The other students who were obviously enraged by her brief presence on the screen have clearly been fed garbage, perhaps at school as well as home. This reminds me of my conversation with a student last year who insulted Governor Palin and learned by the end of the day that the very things the Governor represents are the very things she, herself, believes. She didn’t seem to know that, though. She did by the time I led her little by little through the facts throughout the course of that day, though! Here’s an excerpt of that post where I wrote about that episode:

Okay, now to my point. I started class the following day with a Sarah Palin quote that the students had to journal about. They had to write what they thought the quote means, state whether or not they agree with it, and connect it to The Giver. Then I would call on students to share their journals with the class. The quote was, “I believe the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves.” You’ve probably heard Sarah speak these words. If not, view the video clip here.

As I walked around the room looking over students’ shoulders as they wrote, I noticed that the first thing one of my 7th grade girls wrote was, “Finally, this woman says something that makes sense!” She then continued to write about how she agrees with the statement and how it relates to the book in the horrible treatment of the defenseless baby who was released. Reading her paper, I could have let her have it right then and there! Instead, I simply said, “If you listen to her, you’ll discover that she makes sense quite a bit.” She and I exhanged smiles, and I determined that I would take up the issue with her–wisely–later.

Read the full post to find out what happened with that student by day’s end by clicking here.

As a person who spends endless hours with students, it saddens me to see that they have been fed nonsense that will not only shape their own lives, but eventually the direction of the nation. The Left has advanced their agenda in part by depicting the Governor and other conservatives as racist, hateful, and ignorant. Those lies have infected our children, and it will take a heavy dose of truth to cure it. It’s become increasingly difficult to reach them, but we must continue to fight for America and the souls of our children, whether from the inside or the outside. The game the Left plays has an impact that is frightening and dangerous, to say the least. I don’t have all the answers to the questions about how to stop the bleeding in our children. I wish I did. All I know to do is confront the lies when they manifest.

This is precisely why in the fall I fought against the display hanging in the library window in my school district, the display that promoted the Governor Palin book banning lie with the obvious intent to poison our students against her. Read about that battle, in order, here, here, and here. Despite the hate mail that came my way, taking on this battle was the right thing to do. Those who argued that the librarian’s actions were no need for concern–and some Left-wing loons actually did make that argument–are themselves party to the poisoning. This spirit will run rampant if we don’t figure out a way to fight back, and if the hearts and minds of our children aren’t worth the fight, what is?

I have joined the plethora of common sense Americans who have awakened out of sleep and are now crying out, “We want our country back!” But I know we won’t succeed without reaching out also to our youth, for they have been targeted, truth-starved, and poisoned. The message of faith, family, freedom, and country that Governor Palin embodies is exactly what our children need. God help us reach them with it.

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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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