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Pride & Shame

By Tamar Yonah
9/15/2008, 12:00 AM

I don't remember being fond of a politician for a long time.  But I have to admit, I like this woman, Sarah Palin.  This doesn't mean that she is perfect, or the answer to the world's problems, or even that she won't get corrupted one day like most politicians do.  But at least IN THE MEANTIME, I am going to go out on a limb and say, I like Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin seems to be a down to earth mom, a woman with values, and a woman that kept a baby even though she had a big and important career ahead of her.  Keeping her fetus though she knew it had Downs Syndrome, when it would have been so easy to rationalize aborting her baby says a lot about her inner strength and character.

Just look at this gem off the news wires this week:

"Girl to Auction Virginity on Radio Show" 

"Radio host Howard Stern is set to shock his listeners - by auctioning off a girl's virginity on his show.

The 22-year-old brunette is auctioning off her virginity in a desperate bid to pay for her college tuition. The San Diego brunette, who is using the pseudonym of Natalie Dylan for "safety reasons'', was introduced to the RJ by the owner of a legal Nevada brothel, where her sister already works.

The winner of the auction will get to consummate the relationship at the brothel.

"I don't have a moral dilemma with it," the Sun quoted Dylan, as saying. "We live in a capitalist society. Why shouldn't I be allowed to capitalize on my virginity? I understand some people may condemn me. But I think this is empowering. I'm using what I have to better myself," she added."

Natalie says her mother, who is a primary school teacher, doesn't approve of the auction but 'supports' her." ***

Is this what the world has come to?  Is there no shame anymore? Is this how we have raised a generation of children in the most enlightened and freest country in the world?  Without religious convictions, where morality can be rationalized away to permit anything?

Back to Sarah Palin and all moms who have morals and some pride.  In today's world, they are a breath of fresh air.  They give us a sigh of relief in a world that seems to have gone mad.  To be a woman who can be a mother, break the glass ceiling, AND be a G-d fearing woman who values life, no matter if it is not packaged in a perfect body or not, is a rarity today.  Oh, and did I forgot to mention that she loves Israel?  I had written about this in a previous blog, but here is a follow up.  Jake, a Noahide from Alaska who first tipped me off that Palin has an Israeli flag in her governor's office, now sent me another piece of EXCLUSIVE news.  Just read his email to me:

Shalom Tamar!
I'm so excited right now.  I just got back from seeing Sarah Palin speak here in Anchorage at a convention before getting back on the campaign trail with McCain.  Anyway, I wore my Israeli/American flag pin that you sent me [for winning a contest you ran on your blog] on my shirt today.  After Sarah's speech, she made the usual rounds of hand shaking.  My daughter and I were pretty close to the barricade, within arms reach, so I decided to wait for her to make it to our side and shake her hand.  And then it occurred to me.  She might not have an Israeli flag lapel pin, but I could change that right now.  I undid my MUCH-BELOVED PIN!  You have no idea Tamar.  I literally wear it every day.  But I decided Sarah needed it more than I did at this point.  She finally made it to where I was.  She was signing everything anyone stuck in front of her so she had a marker in her hand.  I reached out and she reached out to shake my hand and I placed the pin in her hand.  She got a surprised look on her face, like, WHAT'S THIS, looked down and then back up at me and kind of gasped, put her hand over her heart and said "THANK YOU!"  I nodded and said, "STAND WITH ISRAEL!' and she nodded right back and then she paused, looked me right in the eyes and, with that confident nod she does sometimes, said with sincerity, "I WILL WEAR THIS."  She looked very serious.  I gave her the 'I love you sign' in sign language and that was that. 
So now we shall see what she does with it. 
I think it's pretty awesome Tamar that Sarah Palin now has that pin from Israel all because you took the time to send it to me.  Pretty cool.
Shalom,
jake in Anchorage, AK

p.s. Tamar, here's a picture I snapped immediately after our exchange when she started to move on.  jake