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An overlooked Palin email

Family

Despite their best efforts, members of the media failed to find a smoking gun after poring over thousands of Sarah Palin's emails.

In fact, the only email of interest I've seen is one few media outlets have even mentioned. I heard about it through an email blast from One Million Moms, which sent it out to its subscribers. Britain's Daily Mail published a story about it, which includes the message in its entirety.

A few days before Trig was born, Palin penned an email signed "Love, Trig's Creator, Your Heavenly Father." Writing an imaginary letter from God was Palin's way of not only informing loved ones who didn't already know about the fact that Trig had Down syndrome, but also reassuring them about it in the process.

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I'll let Palin's email speak for itself. Here are portions of it:

"To the Sisters, Brother, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends of Trig Paxson Van Palin (or whatever you end up naming him!):

"I am blessing you with this surprise baby because I only want the best for you. I've heard your prayers that this baby will be happy and healthy, and I've answered them because I only want the best for you! . . .

"Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be 'Trig,' because it's so fitting, with two Norse meanings: 'True' and 'Brave Victory.' . . .

"Then, finally, I let Trig's mom and dad find out before he was born that this little boy will truly be a GIFT. They were told in early tests that Trig may provide more challenges, and more joy, than what they ever may have imagined or ever asked for.

"At first the news seemed unreal and sad and confusing. But I gave Trig's mom and dad lots of time to think about it because they needed lots of time to understand that everything will be OK, in fact, everything will be great, because I only want what's best for you!

"I've given Trig's mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. . . .

"I'll give all of you the same happy anticipation and strength to deal with Trig's challenges. . . .

"This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective and bind us together and get everyone focused on what really matters.

"The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven't experienced yet. He'll show you what 'true, brave victory' really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is 'normal' or 'perfect.' . . .

"Every child is created special, with awesome purpose and amazing potential. Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed up world you live in down there on earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome. Doctors call it 'Down's Syndrome,' and Downs kids have challenges, but can bring you much delight and more love than you can ever imagine! . . .

"Many people won't understand. . . . Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born because they fear a Downs child won't be considered 'perfect' in your world. . . .

"Many people will express sympathy, but you don't want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this. . . .

"I know it will take time to grasp this and come to accept that I only want the best for you, and I only give my best. Remember though: 'My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts-for as the heavens are higher than the earth, my ways are higher than yours!'"

Marcia Segelstein
Marcia Segelstein

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