Levi’s “Family Values”

September 2, 2008

Source: The Huffington Post
Unwed pregnant teens, redneck baby daddys, shot gun weddings — are these the corner stones of GOP family values? In case you didn’t hear, John McCain’s baked Alaskan has a pop tart. Yes, Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter Bristol is unwed and five-months pregnant, by Levi Johnston, who describes himself at My Space as “a fuckin’ redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes.” Doesn’t he sound like every good Christian Evangelical parent’s dream?

VP hopeful Palin put out a statement after the internet buzzed with questions about whether her fifth child was actually her daughter’s child: “Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents.”

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The baby daddy, Levi, is 17 and entering his senior year at Wassila High School. More on his My Space page: He boasts, “Ya fuck with me I’ll kick ya ass.” As an insight to how he will support his young family he shares, “I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some shit and just fuckin’ chillin’ I guess.” As mayor of Wassila, it’s evident from Levi’s writing skills and her daughter’s good judgment, that Sarah Palin spent more time perfecting her moose pie than stressing sex education or the three R’s.

The baby daddy also shares this thought at My Space: “I don’t want kids.” The news that Bristol was, of course, practicing abstinence-only birth control must have come as a shock to the soon-to-be other “dude” of the Palin clan. The little polar bear in the oven must have come as a surprise, too, but not as much as the fact that there was a wedding in the works and that he was the groom. “Ya fuck with me I’ll kick ya ass… or maybe not.” I’m baffled at the McCain camp and the GOP’s promotion of Ms. Palin as a commander in chief when there’s no doubt that if this were a revelation from a Democratic candidate — and particularly a black candidate — imagine the uproar over what a bad example they set for youth and parents of America.

What hypocrisy! What blatant duplicity! Where are all the right wing moralist who decry hip hop and rap stars for spreading base morals? Where is Jerry Falwell and the GOP pundits who bring the wrath upon inner city black youths, for exhibiting the same bad judgment and behavior that Sarah Palin’s daughter and baby daddy have? All I’ve heard today from the same people who litter the airwaves with their self-righteous moralizing was political sophistry. Gone are the fire and brimstone sermons about good Christian family values.

If Sarah Palin has accomplished anything in this election cycle, it’s to expose the right wing extremist for the bigots and hypocrites they are. We see when one of their own is forced to reveal themselves, they are reticent about how at odds their reality is to the false image they promulgate. Since her announcement the GOP have been cooing she is a “breath of fresh air.” I agree, she is, but not for the reasons they were hoping. Not because she’s a woman who will shake up the race and steal women voters from Obama, but because she finally puts a face on all those GOP baby mama-daddy shot gun weddings of political expediency.

In the words of an enthusiastic Republican female supporter, “You go girl!” Too bad the motivation behind her candidacy and the weak attempts to bolster it are as stale and old as those three words from the nineties. Now the baby mama drama was a nice touch, but we’re over that, didn’t she star in the movie this summer? Tina Fey, they looks so much alike. A scary thought just cross my mind, what if John McCain really thinks he’s nominating the broad from “SNL,” or even better he believes the chick from SNL is the governor from Alaska? I see his point, the guy from “Terminator” is governor of California. Somebody needs to find these things out. The man only met her once before putting her on the ticket.

Here’s a novel approach for the McCain camp, stop insulting the voters and tell the truth. Admit Ms. Palin was never vetted. You made your crowded bed now lie in it — baby mama, red neck daddy, moose and all.

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8 Responses to “Levi’s “Family Values””

  1. mbjesq said

    We got to see a snapshot of the “vetting process” at the introduction event in Dayton: “Woman: check!”

  2. gizmo1125 said

    It will be refreshing to have so many children in the White House. Between McCain’s children and Palin’s children I think they will all get along and be happy. I am a ex-democrat who will be voting for McCain/Palin. I trust McCain and I have always liked him and how he will fight against his own party for what he believes in. I am very excited to see Sarah Palin give her speech tommorrow. I already like her. She seems tough and has proven she will fight corruption. That is what we need in Washington. A shake-up, because we have a lot of crooked politicians on both sides. As far as her 17 year old daughter is concerned, they will be fine. I had my daughter at 17, she is in her last year of college and I had the love and support of a working family. I believe that Sarah Palin will be able to relate to real America. She really is a breath of fresh air.

  3. marvelthemustang said

    Stalking the girl’s boyfriend on MySpace? That’s low…. Of course he says stupid things. He’s a teenaged boy. Leave him alone…. There’s plenty of fodder on Palin herself without dragging her kid and her BF into it….

  4. JoePro said

    Family values are such tricky things, especially when you run them up the flagpole. I applaud the Palin family for supporting their daughter in her CHOICE to keep the child (emphasis intended, thanks to our Constitution). Yet I guess being a conservative “family values” family also means that Sarah and the Dude now have to insist (or allow) that their child marry this other child, who from his public statements on MySpace clearly is not ready to be a supportive husband and father, neither in the emotional nor financial sense. Do they really think this is in the best interest of their daughter and her child? Or does Sarah think she can use her shotgun to get her future son-in-law to live for something other than hockey?

  5. tayeko said

    The responses I have heard to date make me feel that we have slipped into the “Land of Oz”. If this were not the most important election of our lifetime this circus would be humorous. It appears to me the McCain and the Republicans are trying desperately to keep the focus on values and not on the issues. Hey it worked for the past 2 elections so why not now? And to make sure they are successful they select a female with the least amount of experience but with a profile that fits the “Annie Oakley”-gun slinging, kill all the wild life, family values-just say no and abstinence works, right to lifer, pro growth, pro oil, anti environment, drill for oil at the expense of protecting the last major wild life refuge, creationist to fill the shoes of the second most powerful position in the free world. She is a fundamentalist no different from the Islamic fundamentalist she professes to abhor. The Republican war against science will be realized if this ticket is elected in the fall. The change in the political climate since the 1960’s has been remarkable. John Kennedy had to prove that he could govern independent of the “Pope” and his religious beliefs. Now we can’t elect a candidate who does not consult with “God”. What happened to the separation of Church and State? What has happened to this Country? What has happened to the free “liberal” media who use to be able to ask tough questions and who were not afraid to do independent reporting? If there are not more reasoned articles like this one, we are doomed. McCain’s cavalier choice of Palin speaks volumes for his judgment or lack of judgment. Wake up America. Can we really have a President that so proudly shots from the hip without having his staff do due diligence on selecting a VP? Is this the type of man we need to lead and protect this Country in the 21st Century? Four more years of McBush will produce a third world country with religious values which will mirror those of the middle ages.

  6. mbresq1 said

    We are supposed to respect the Palin family? For what? Failing to manage itself according to its own standards? If they have such strong family values, with mommy being governor and all, one would expect Bristol would be able to keep her knickers on. But she can’t so the family value thing must be a front. According to news from Wasilla, she likes boys and sex generally. How refreshingly normal. If only her mother had known. But mommy-governor didn’t know — knows little about anything, probably — so we have to listen to moralist conservative drivel about how wonderful it is Bristol is keeping the baby. The girl just wanted to party and her most recent boy toy was a lippy pseudo-thug. Now he has to pretend he loves her and wants to be a daddy while she pretends that this was all part of her life plan. What TOTAL BULLSHIT.

  7. Bravo- thanks for putting this shameless pandering through the truth-o-meter.

  8. swampthing said

    “Where is Jerry Falwell…” – Dead.

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