Saturday, May 28, 2011

Larry Flint V. Trig Palin

"Sarah Palin is the dumbest thing. But I made a fortune off of her. [He made a porn film called Nailin' Palin, based on her]... She did a disservice to every woman in America. She knew from the first month of pregnancy that kid was going to be Down's Syndrome. It's brain dead. A virtual vegetable. She carries it to all these different political events against abortion, she did it just because she didn't want to say she'd had an abortion. How long is it going to live? Another 12, 15 years? Doesn't even know it's in this world. So what kind of compassionate conservative is she? I don't think anybody will want her near the White House."

One of long line of attacks on an innocent little boy, who happens to have Sarah Palin as his mommy. But to me this isn't about Sarah Palin. She is a big girl, she can take of herself. She has made choices to stay in the spotlight and as long as she does this will continue to happen. I am making no judgement, just stating the facts as I see them. This particular attack comes from the despicable Hustler founder, Larry Flint. What sometimes ends up getting missed during some of these attacks on conservatives and their families is that this is a common view of the left when it comes to disabled children. Kids who are less than "perfect" in the view of the world.

I am going to give a portrait of a beautiful little boy who happens to have a disability very similar to Trig's. A view that the left doesn't think about. A view that the left doesn't think this little boy's family has the right to feel blessed to have them in their family.

A woman who had been told that biological children were not possible due to past health problems. The doctors went as far to say that not even donor IVF would work; had she become pregnant she would most certainly miscarry. She was given pamphlets on adoption on the same day her blood tests came back saying that she was more than just peri-menapousal. Her boyfriend (now her husband) told her he had no interest in adopting. She seriously thought about leaving the relationship, but in the end realized that she could end up without a man who she really loved and knew loved her, and still end up with no children. While it was hard, she cames to terms with the fact children would not be part of her life. After almost a year of marriage she realized that her cycle had completely stopped. Her doctors had told her to expect this and was told she needed to make an appointment to get her hormone levels checked when it did happen to make some decisions on HRT.

She makes the appointment, has the blood tests and forgets about it. She already made the decision that she wasn't going to use HRT as she already had an increased risk of breast cancer. A few days later she comes home from work and hubby tells her the doctor called and wanted to speak to her immediately. The scary news that she thought she would hear was that her cancer had returned. Instead, she is told she is pregnant, her miracle happened. The doctor knew she was supposed to go on a winery tour in Napa a few days later, and he wanted to be sure he talked to her as soon as possible.

Due to the very high risk of her pregnancy, she saw the doctor more often than most other women. She refused to have the amnio, she didn't want to take the risk. The doctors didn't give her much of chance of going to term. The goal was to get her to between 32 and 35 weeks. Some of the blood tests had come back showing signs that the baby had some chromosomal damage. He would be "retarded". The couple was lucky in the sense that they got the news early on and were able to do the proper research to learn about what their son would be facing.

They were able to find a very good educational environment that would start working with him once he was six months old. The little man made his way into the world to two parents who never thought they would be ones. To a mom who prayed for a baby. They saw a beautiful baby who they fell in love with immediately. The first six months were not easy. Baby boy wouldn't hold his own bottle, made very little eye contact, and his parents were very worried. They heard all kinds of stories of what their child wouldn't be able to accomplish. Mom and Dad refused to give up. They continued to give as much love to that baby as they possibly could. Then he started in the therapeutic center. Very shortly thereafter, he started to hold his own bottle. While he still wouldn't hold eye contact with strangers, he started smiling when he saw his mommy and daddy. And the progress just kept moving forward. He wasn't supposed to walk or talk until at least three. He was walking shortly after his second birthday. While his speech was very slurred at first, he now talks up a storm. He is a very bright little boy who has so much sweetness in his heart. Sadly not everyone sees that sweetness.

During his summer break a few years back little man was put into an art camp. Structure is very important to him, he doesn't do well without it. Another thing that can be trying at times is that he needs a great deal of repetition in order fully understand. He was put into a class with children who were younger than him. Since he didn't know his colors and still can't count yet, he wouldn't have been able to keep up with his own age group. At the end of the camp one of the mothers had a pool party and gave invites to the counselor to give to all the parents. Little man already knows how to swim as he has a pool at home, and he become very friendly with another little boy there. Little man was very excited about going on a bus to the pool party and didn't want mommy to come on the bus. He was big boy. Mom got a phone call from the camp and it was explained to her that she needed to come pick up her son because he wasn't supposed to be invited to the pool party. The counselor sent home the invitation with him by mistake. Sadly for the woman who was giving the party mom made it to camp before the bus left. So she had to explain to mom why her little boy couldn't be included:

I didn't think that he would know how to swim. Besides, why would have a good time with kids who don't think like him?
Little man was crying and mom was trying to hold it together and not upset him further. It took every ounce of self-control she had not to smack that women silly. He asked his mommy why people didn't like him. It broke her heart to see him so upset. They spent the afternoon doing some fun activities on their own and had hot fudge sundaes. He soon forget about the insult. But mom did not. Mom also has been told to her face that she "no right" to bring that dummy into the world. She has been asked why didn't she have an abortion when she found out he was "ill". He isn't ill. He is perfectly healthy, mom tells them. His brain just works differently.

What these people don't see is the little boy who protected his friend at school when someone was trying to push her. They don't see the little boy who tells his stuffed animals stories before he puts them "to bed". They don't see the little boy who works so hard on a card for his mommy on Mother's Day, it takes him days and many drafts. They don't see how much he and his cousins adore each other. They don't see him with his dog. They don't see him with his sister after mom and dad decided to adopt a second child. The way he kisses her and says how much he loves her. The way he will rub his mommy's face when she gets one of her bad headaches. They just see the "retard". The baby that should have been aborted. The party of tolerance for everyone but for those who are the most vulnerable. The ones who don't see evil in the world. Mom wishes she didn't the evil in the people who think like Larry Flint.


LL said...

Recognizing the sanctity of life must be universal, or it's completely meaningless.

But who cares what that animal, Larry Flint says?

Opus #6 said...

The guy who bags my groceries has Down's Syndrome, and he looks healthy. I didn't know there was a limit on life-span. But even if there is, why is their life less worthy? To me the disabled, particularly the mentally disables are MORE worthy, being without sin in a way.

This is the real reason they attack Palin. She turns their entire world of liberal assumptions on their head. The libs want to murder fetuses without limit, with impunity. And they want every woman to agree with them. Especially women who achieve. A high achieving woman MUST be liberal. Bachmann is a huge threat and Palin even more so because of Trig.

God Bless Sarah Palin and Trig and every good-hearted American who values human life and makes sacrifices every day to do the right thing. We raise our children and feed them and give them shelter and forgo trips to the mall and movie theater to be there for them every day for decades. THAT is heroism. That is what Palin stands for, and THAT is what scares the pants off liberals. Because we can see them for the small, mean souls that they are.

Just a conservative girl said...

The life expectency is a little tricky because it depends a great deal on the IQ. The lower the IQ the shorter the life span tends to be. Many Downs sufferers do die as children. Sometimes before their first birthday.

Since Trig is walking his IQ must be in the higher end of the spectrum. So he should have a lifespan somewhere into his fifties. Like the guy you know, if he has a job he is highly functional. I would think that Trig will be about the same. When the IQ is in the low end they don't walk until much later, if at all.

Linda said...

This is such a tough subject, but who are we to question what life the Lord gives to individuals? A Down's syndrome child is retarded, (I hate that word), but they are able to enrich the lives of people around them.

I have a SIL, who is severely 'retarded'. Her daddy died when she was 18 months old, so my MIL and the other kids took care of her until it became apparent that she was making no progress. She was put in a state home for a couple of years, until someone in the government decided to close state homes. (Where did all those people go?) My SIL was fortunate to be placed in a home with one caregiver to 2 clients. She has learned to walk, feed herself, and is 'potty' trained. She is now 52 years old,and we have no idea how much longer she will live.

It wasn't a good situation, but my MIL loves her, and wouldn't have had it any other way. I could write pages and pages on how my SIL has impacted lives, but this is not the forum.

Thank you, CL, for telling this story.

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