Politicians’ Children Speak Out: Should We be Listening?

If I was taught anything in my high school etiquette class (true story) besides which fork to use for which course, I was taught that there are two subjects you should never bring up: religion and politics. And since I’m still a little fuzzy on the whole spoon thing I figure why not break another one of those rules.

Let’s talk about politics, ladies.

Or maybe something slightly more relevant to us: politicians and their children.

The daughters of today’s politicians always seem to have their own agendas; messages they want to spread, campaigns they want to share, insider accounts of the campaign trail. It’s like because we’ve elected their parents (or rather because their parents want us to elect them) it automatically gives them the right to speak out on a whole bunch of issues they may or may not know anything about.

And I’m not sure exactly where I stand on this whole thing. Because while I know I could really do without ever hearing about Megan McCain’s “blogette” or reading Dirty, Sexy, Politics, some politicians’ daughter might actually be worth listening to.

Well…not this one.

Apparently, Bristol Palin wants to travel from college to college and preach abstinence. But college students, just don’t want to listen to her. Originally, Bristol was supposed to head on over to Washington University to be the keynote speaker during their “Sex Week.” But in the end the students turned her down. They felt that $15,000+ was too much to spend on a 20-year-old politician’s daughter with no expertise in the field. (One who obviously needs to reconsider her own position on abstinence since it didn’t work out so well for her the first time.) So now she’s trying to go to UC-Irvine to spread her message (and not her legs). But they’re not exactly thrilled with the idea either. University students have spoken out against the idea of Bristol Palin coming to speak at their school.

Perhaps they’d be more happy with Barbara Bush?

No that was not a typo. The Republican’s daughter just released a video in support of gay marriage, declaring “I am a New Yorker for marriage equality.” And that’s one message we might actually want to hear. Because although it doesn’t actually change anything, it’s still a step in the right direction. If a Republican’s daughter can openly and publicly support gay marriage then maybe marriage equality is on its way to being a non-issue? I know its still a long way off, the idea of Republicans and Democrats alike embracing marriage equality as a given as opposed to a political issue, but it’s  still a start.

And with that said, I think it’s a good thing that these politicians’ children are speaking out. They’re young adults with ideas and points of view that are capable of relating to you and me. And although some messages make more sense than others, these children should all embrace this opportunity they’ve been given. Their parents lead very public lives and because of that they have a chance to make their opinions known.

And then we can form ours.

What do you think? Do you want to hear from these politicians daughters? Or should they just leave the campaigning to their parents?



  1. Blaire says:

    While I understand that you have a political opinion, I don’t think an article about politician’s children was the best place to express that. The observations about politicians’ children lost credibility when you implied that it’s ok if they hold liberal positions, but not ok if they hold conservative ones. In other words, if they agree with you, full speed ahead, but if not, they shouldn’t be speaking out.

  2. M. says:

    " I think it’s a good thing that these politicians’ children are speaking out. They’re young adults with ideas and points of view that are capable of relating to you and me…They have a chance to make their opinions known. And then we can form ours."

  3. criolle johnny says:

    I have to agree with part of Blaire's comment. It is ALWAYS ok to speak out on campus if you're liberal.
    In this particular instance, Bristol Palin has no business speaking about abstinence.
    Talking about her spreading her legs was an unnecessary cheap shot.
    I've been furious about the white glove treatment given to Chelsea Clinton. She was allowed to campaign with her mother, but no questions were allowed … not nice. Meanwhile, cheap shots were thrown at McCain's ADOPTED PRE-TEEN dark-skinned daughter.
    Note that one was liberal, the other was …

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  5. Rick says:

    If they are old enough to vote, let them speak…

  6. Tricia Hein says:

    Just like anyone else in the country, politicians' children have the right to spread their belief. And students also have the right to decide what speakers their tuition dollars will pay for. However, I disagree with not listening to a person just because you do not agree with their opinion. Bristol does have experience with what the consequences of her choice to have sex, so maybe her being in favor of abstinence is not the craziest thing in the world. I have never read much about what her views entail, so I have to suspend judgement on that.

    Listening to politicians' children is no different than listening to anyone else in the public eye. You listen to what they say, decide if you agree with it. If not you refute it, or ignore it. If you do agree with them, than by all means, show your support along with your own personal views.

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  8. Katja says:

    Thank you for writing this one. We have a lot of ndiefrs in the homeschooling community who are college crazy right now, and while I find that college was a good fit for my 17 year old daughter, I don’t feel the same about it for my 14 year old son. (They are almost 18 and 15) It doesn’t help that we live in an area where college seems to be a natural extension of a child’s school career, with many entering for a future in law or medicine, since they believe that is where the money is. I think my son would be a better fit for mentoring with someone in his field of interest. I would love to see a return to apprenticeships for children whose gifts require a more hands on approach. You shouldn’t need a college degree for everything.Peace and Laughter!

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