In her first Facebook post to fans of the new year, Sarah Palin decided to send a message about perseverance and overcoming obstacles in life by showing her six-year-old son using a labrador retriever as a step stool.
The post had it all folks- cute kids, cute animals and an inspirational message about the frivolity of purchasing a stool when you have a perfectly good animal to use as an inanimate object. Palin posted along with the pictures, “Happy New Year! May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward. Trig just reminded me. He, determined to help wash dishes with an oblivious mama not acknowledging his signs for “up!,” found me and a lazy dog blocking his way. He made his stepping stone.”
Stool Shmool, I’ve got a dog right here? Is this cool mom? Sweet.
Many Facebook followers of the former Alaskan Governor and one time Vice Presidential candidate responded with outrage, likening the picture to animal cruelty and calling out the photo-op as unsafe for both parties involved. “Yeah, because this is OK Sarah Palin……NOT!” said one, while another railed, “I’m sure if you had a smaller child laying there you wouldn’t allow your bigger child to stand on them. Children should be taught respect for all things. But then with parents…just can’t fix stupid.”
Hey, uh, Sarah? Could you tell him to, like, not?
To her credit, at least she’s completely consistent in her mind set that an animal isn’t to be regarded as, you know, a living being. An active proponent for Alaska’s aerial hunting program, which allows for hunting wolves and bears from planes under a predator loophole, she has not only participated but also proposed legislation to offer cash incentives while governor to encourage the practice. It was made illegal as a means of game hunting in 1972 under the congressional Federal Airborne Hunting Act due to concerns that aerial hunters were rarely able to get a clean shot, making it a far less humane hunting practice than conventional methods while hunters called the practice unsportsmanlike.
The only thing I like more than reading all the newspapers is hunting.
So, we can’t really be surprised that she’s passing along this attitude towards animals to the next generation, can we? After all, little Trig is only six-years-old. It’s the responsibility of a parent to teach their child how to treat an animal, or any sentient being for that matter, or a cycle of abuse is perpetuated. Raising kids around animals the responsible way has been shown to teach them empathy and compassion. What’s the message when we teach them that it’s okay to, quite literally, step on those that are in our care? The attitudes we pass on to our kids can either make the world a better place or perpetuate a cycle that continues to lead to cruelty.
I assure you, that isn’t going to help you see Russia from your house any better.
It isn’t merely the fact the Mrs. Palin allowed her son to stand on the family dog, with little to no regard for either of their personal safety. The fact that she was so very oblivious to the dog’s sentience that she saw the incident as cute and worthy of a life lesson on perseverance makes this even more troubling. Nowhere in her post did she indicate that she had any idea that the dog was anything other than a thing. It’s funny, coming from someone who’s branded herself a “Mama Grizzly” due to the protective maternal instincts of that bear, she sure is able to disconnect herself from the emotions of all other animals when it suits her whim.
Someone should set up a donation page for the Palin family to procure an appropriate, “stepping stone.” One that isn’t alive would be cool.
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