Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sarah Palin's Breastfeeding Hypocrisy

Sarah Palin continues to outdo herself - in an attempt to find something wrong with somebody she doesn't like, Palin contradicted herself yet again.  In regards to comments made by First Lady Michelle Obama's support of women who breastfeed, Palin thought it was important for her to oppose the Obama's position, but there was one big problem with that - Palin herself had made similar comments in the past about breastfeeding.

Media Matters for America blog County Fair pointed out Palin's latest hypocrisy:
The perceived dig is quite a turnaround from the position Palin had as governor of Alaska, when she declared October 2007 "Breastfeeding Awareness Month" and issued a proclamation that said, "government and community organizations have a vested interest in protecting and promoting breastfeeding as a means of preventing infant malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality."

From a 2007 news release (via nexis):
Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, has issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, breastfeeding is recognized as an unequalled means of providing food for infants.

WHEREAS, throughout their lives, breastfeeding can offer children protection against serious health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Breastfeeding also saves lives by reducing the incidence of life-threatening cancers in women and preventing premature death in infants.

WHEREAS, breastfeeding forms the most basic bond between mother and baby and is a foundation for lifelong health and wellness.

WHEREAS, government and community organizations have a vested interest in protecting and promoting breastfeeding as a means of preventing infant malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality.

WHEREAS, during October, organizations throughout our state will promote the importance of breastfeeding. This year, in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week - October 1 through October 7 - the State of Alaska will support networks that encourage and promote breastfeeding in all communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim October 2007 as:

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

in Alaska, and encourage all residents to recognize and support the important contributions breastfeeding makes in improving the quality of life for all Alaskans.
That sounds very similar to statements made by Michelle Obama.  Sarah Palin wasn't the only person to criticize the Frist Lady - tea party favorite Michele Bachmann saw the comments as proof Democrats want to set up a "nanny state" and stated that "the issue is not breast feeding, but is rather Washington's use of the tax code to tell people how to run their lives."

Bachmann's response doesn't make much sense - she does not want Washington to tell people how to run their lives yet she authored a constitutional amendment that would define marriage, and she voted in favor of promoting free trade with Peru, which would use taxation as a means to encourage companies and individuals to do business with the South American country.

It feels like these individuals only come out against something only because the president or someone in the administration makes favorable comments for that thing.  If I was the Democrats, I would research publicly popular positions and then go on a media blitz promoting related legislation.  Would the Republicans step up to the plate then? 

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