The paragraph above is my reaction to the following:
This is a rush transcript from (Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show) "On the Record," October 20, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
- VAN SUSTEREN: We had a rather sobering experience inside the children's hospital.
- MCCAIN: We visited one of two pieces of equipment that can help diagnose autism at its early stages. And it is sobering. It's a very sobering experience because autism is a disease that is more and more prevalent each day in the United States, and there's no cure yet. We don't know what's causing it and what it is, and families are afflicted every day with it.
- VAN SUSTEREN: And I suppose Governor Palin certainly said at the Republican national convention that, you know, special needs children is...
- MCCAIN: Yes.
- VAN SUSTEREN: ... is something that, you know, is one of her passions.
- MCCAIN: Yes. She's -- as you know, they are parents of a special needs child. And we're so proud of them because their family is just such a lovely family anyway, but this special needs child has brought so much to them also.
There is a well-meaning sentiment here, and I want to relate to Cindy McCain because she is an adoptive mom, but I don't relate to her. Her words sound like sympathy, almost pity. I've been thinking about this because of recent post and discussion on Autism Vox... Some of the discussion is so tiresome I'm not even going to link to it. You can find it by going to the blog on my blog roll.