Friday, October 28, 2011

Rick Santorum runs ad featuring daughter with special needs

Rick Santorum
It's odd really -- to read a story defending Rick Santorum's decision to feature his daughter, Bella, in a new ad campaign. What is so strange about a father, who incidentally is running for POTUS, talking about the achievements of his children, typically developing or otherwise? Why shouldn't he build his credibility as a candidate who stands for life, family values and faith?

The truth is an odd thing, too. It makes certain people [read: the opposition] bristle and squirm. It makes them want to find reasons to discredit it, and malign it. The truth makes people outside of it, want to find reasons to justify their position with excuses and platitudes. Just like when honesty made people go rabid with lies and venomous attacks after Sarah Palin showcased her son, Trig. So too, Rick Santorum is now being accused of ushering out his "disabled infant" to win the sympathies of the voters.

Well, I have to tell you, as the mother of a boy with significant special needs who has lived 16 yrs. longer than some pessimistic doctors predicted, I think Rick and Karen Santorum are honorable and brave; champions for the cause of life and committed to seeing this nation once again respect life from the moment of conception to natural death.

The Santorums are courageous because they continue to strive to bring back decency to public office even after they witnessed, just a few short years ago, how Sarah Palin's family was chewed up and spit out by the media (many of us have forgotten the nightmare that Palin's family endured with the lies and innuendo attached to Trig's paternity, their daughter's reputation being smeared, and Sarah being accused of using her son as a prop to win a campaign...remember?).

Why would the Santorum's put themselves in the bullseye for similar treatment by the media? Why would they open themselves up for criticism by using their child with special needs in a promotional ad for the Presidential Campaign?

One word: LIFE

The Santorums have it right. They enjoy a strong faith, a love for God and for their neighbor. They don't want to see the scourge of abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide continue to destroy the future of America. Rick Santorum is showing the world, through his beautiful family, and specifically, through Bella, that life has value.

It has value, indeed. Bella, because she needs special care, because she has a different way of viewing and interacting with the world, brings more to their family than they can possibly express. Mr. Santorum even goes as far as to say that in the grand scheme of things, we are the ones who have the disability, not Bella, in that her life is full of joy, 24/7.

I won't go any further in my assessment, but will let you decide for yourself.

Do you think Rick Santorum is exploiting his daughter with special needs to promote his campaign for President?

Watch the ad and let me know what you think.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with this quote from the Life Site news article about the ad :CBN News reporter David Brody commented on the new ad: “There are not many political candidates who can feature a family member like this and not get accused of using a situation like this for political gain. But that’s just not the case here. I’ve interviewed Rick Santorum a number of times and went to their home to interview both him and his wife Karen. Family is number one in their lives. Period end.”

Kathy said...

‎Thanks for the comment! I loved that quote. But, it was that very quote that made me wonder why Rick needed a defense for his ad. How is a person whose stance is Life issues, family values and faith supposed to promote those ideas if first he can't show that he embodies them in his own family? Exploitation! Bah! It's a farce!

This is just one more way to shrewdly bring the opposition down -- and his family with him. It's tragic the way the media plays this game with the lives of good people whose goal is to be decent public leaders.

Kasclar said...

Thank you for sharing this!

Kathy said...

So good to hear from you! Hope that you are well. I am pretty far behind myself (referring to the comment on another post). I'll ask about music librarians. LOL