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September 3, 2008

Former U.S. treasurer on Palin: If I could do cartwheels, I would

Former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin has a few things in common with Governor Sarah Palin. Marin was mayor of a small town. She was named miss congeniality at a beauty pageant. And she has a child with Down Syndrome.

What do you think about John McCain’s vice presidential pick Sarah Palin?

I love her. If I could do cartwheels, I would. I just think she’s awesome. I’m very excited. My child is 23-years-old and her baby is six-months-old. So I just think that she herself her person her persona is able to communicate and relate to so many working mothers, career professionals, political professionals in trying to balance life. And I think that we have no better example of the working woman the working professional woman who somewhere somehow by the grace of God is able to manage all of that. And I think that many women across the United States like me say ‘Wow, if she can do it so can we.’

Can you tell me what it’s like to raise a child with Down Syndrome?

There’s a difference between her and me. I did not know that my child was going to have Down. It was my first child, hers is her last child and she knew that her child was going to have Down Syndrome. The pain is no less the same still because regardless you are expecting a different child not this one. Yet you love this one, this is yours your flesh and blood, you love him and you don’t see the Down Syndrome. The difference is she knew and yet you know she made the right choice, she chose to keep this baby, just when it would be so easy not to when it would be very understanding by many people. The fact that she chose to keep this child I think speaks volumes. Not better, not worse, just volumes about a woman.

I think that you have to live your faith. Here’s a woman who has lived her faith in a very crystallized way. I mean it’s very clear this is a woman of faith and she chooses to live her faith and all her decisions are founded in her faith. I remember when I thought I was going to lose it because he had many different medical problems. That I talked to God, yelled and scream at him because I said, ‘Please don’t take him.’

After my first child I got pregnant and had a miscarriage. And that was very difficult, very, very difficult. I got pregnant a third time, and fortunately the baby was born and she’s now at Columbia University and she wants to be a civil engineer. But I also know how many other women have chosen a different decision for them. And because I have a special relationship with God, I believe that that decision, whatever it is, it’s a decision between that woman and her God, I cannot impose upon somebody my own beliefs, my own philosophy. But I do tell people pray a lot and the right decision will come. And what is right for you is what is right for you.

What do you think about the McCain-Palin ticket?

Fabulous. Absolutely brilliant. You know I just think that there is so much more to offer and I think there are so many women who would see themselves reflected on her. I think it will change the debate.

Were you as excited about the ticket before Palin was chosen?

I trust McCain’s judgment. The best thing about us is we have excellent choices. I mean Mitt Romney was wonderful, Governor Pawlenty was awesome and certainly Sarah Palin is just fabulous.

Comments

I don't doubt that Sarah Palin is a woman of deep faith.But,it's also obvious that she's woefully, pitifully unprepared to be the President of the United States.Her selection is a bad joke that could end up becoming a national tragedy if she were to ever actually become president. This is the stuff nightmares are made of!!!

Real Reason why McCain chose Palin : Sexist and condescending

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apdFC-vh6Ng

Also his poor record of voting against equal pay for women and opposing Equal Roles for Women in the Military
should be the business of American women voters.

Rosario Marin is the parent of a child with Down syndrome, and so am I. But the similarities stop there.

Ms Marin looked at her child and didn't see the Down syndrome. I look at my child and see a person with Down syndrome. She railed at God; I don't think God had anything to do with it. It's an extra chromosome. That's all.

But Ms Marin is missing a key point, and I bet its because her child is grown. Early intervention and intense effort from parents is key to a good outcome for the child. The first year of any infant's life is critical to his development. This is doubly true with Trisomy 21. I don't doubt Gov Palin can raise her son; and I don't doubt that with help she could be Vice President. But I sincerely doubt she can do both.

I, too, am a mother of a child with Down Syndrome. In the eight years since our son was born, we have had thousands of doctor and therapy appointments, plus many school meetings since he turned three. Yes, our son's care takes a lot more time in some ways than our other two children, and yet I do not doubt that Gov. Palin and her husband and children can lovingly care for Trig if she is vice president. Although I do not work and am the primary caregiver of our son, my husband and other two children play HUGE roles in his development too. In fact, having a loving older brother and younger sister is the best therapy our son could ever have!

I would like to comment on the other comments. I had to shake my head in disbelief at Will's comments: "woefully, pitifully unprepared"? I think not! Her life experiences plus her extremely demanding responsibilities as the chief executive of a State are from being a "nightmare" as he wrongly exclaims. And as for "equal roles for women in the military": My husband is currently commanding 900 troops in Iraq. There are many enlisted women and women officers serving capably under him. This comment sounds more like someone with an axe to grind than a legitimate concern.