Quote from Barack Obama, “Look, I’ve got two daughters, nine and six years old.  I’m going to teach them first of all about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

Punished with a baby?!  Could there be any more telling comment about a person’s view of life than that?  It is beyond me how anyone could believe, much less say that a baby is “punishment!”  A human life made in the image of God is “punishment?”  That one statement alone trumps whatever Mr. Obama says, or believes, about national policy… international policy… the economy… government reform… or anything else.  The right to life issue is the decision maker for me.

Compare with this quote from Gov. Palin, “We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us.  Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned.  We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents.  As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.  Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family.  We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates…”

Notice a difference?  One (Palin) is of love, life, support, and encouragement in the midst of a difficult situation.  The other (Obama) is one of negativity and death.  Which of those two statements is compassionate?  Which is redemptive?  Which is gracious and merciful?  Between Gov. Palin and Sen. Obama, which would you prefer to have as a parent when you needed support as a young person?

I won’t vote for Obama… or any person… who sees the birth of a baby as punishment.  I will support those who are gracious, merciful, compassionate, and realistic in their morals and ethics.  For me, that means Obama’s name might as well not even be on the ticket in November because I don’t want the president of our nation to view any child as “punishment.”