I had a lovely 4th of July weekend, full of indolence and ice cream and independence.
And Rainier cherries. We didn't do any fireworks or grilling or any of the usual festivities, but I did pause for a moment of appreciation and wonderment at the members of the 2nd Continental Congress for the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Sunday NY Times had a fascinating essay about their willingness to accommodate alternative lifestyles, even those that society frowned upon and tax structure punished -- those radical unmarried single men, bachelors. Read it here.
The big "I" of the weekend is the idiocy of Sarah Palin. The only thing more incoherent and hypocritical than the recent fascinating behavior of Governor Mark Sanford is her resignation speech. Investigations of ethics complaints against her and members of her administration, particularly Troopergate, have cost the state of Alaska $296,000 so far. That's some excellent public service, Sarah.
Her resignation comes as an article in Vanity Fair by Tod Purdam begins to circulate. Here's an excellent and germane excerpt from the article:
In Evansville, though, Palin concentrated on the task at hand: an emphatic defense of the anti-abortion cause. But in doing so she made a startling confession about what she thought when she learned she was pregnant at 43 with her youngest child, Trig, who arrived in April 2008, as the world now knows, with Down syndrome. “I had found out that I was pregnant while out of state first,” Palin told the crowd. “While out of state, there just for a fleeting moment, I thought, Nobody knows me here. Nobody would ever know. I thought, Wow, it is easy to think maybe of trying to change the circumstances and no one would know—no one would ever know. Then when my amniocentesis results came back, showing what they called abnormalities—oh, dear God—I knew, I had instantly an understanding, for that fleeting moment, why someone would believe it could seem possible to change those circumstances, just make it all go away, get some normalcy back in life.”
It is almost impossible not to be touched by the rawness of her confession, even if it is precisely this choice that Palin believes no other woman should ever have, not even in the case of rape or incest.
Read the rest of the article here.
I'm always grateful that I live in this country, even with all its idiosyncrasies and parades of fools.