How we deal with unwanted challenges and reversals in life is far more an important indicator of character than writing books or making pretty speeches. And if the trolling by the mainstream media through the 24,000 Sarah Palin emails has shown anything of relevance, it is contained in one email the governor sent to friends and family about the impending birth of Trig.
The Daily Mail:
Sarah Palin imagined God talking to her in a deeply touching email she wrote two weeks before her fifth child, Trig, was born with Down's Syndrome, it was revealed today.
The poignant message to family and friends, included in 25,000 pages of her private emails made public on Friday, may alter the way the former Governor of Alaska is viewed by the American public.
In April 2008, two weeks before Trig was born with Down's Syndrome, Mrs Palin sent the email to her friends and family from her official government account.
In the touching message, Mrs Palin writes from the voice of God, as 'Trig's creator, your heavenly father'.
She addresses the 'unreal, sad and confusing' news that her soon-to-be born child will have Down's Syndrome.
The letter's existence had previously known, but only very brief excerpts had been made public.
Writing as God, Mrs Palin wrote, 'I let Trig's mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it...'
She wrote, 'Trig's mom and dad' were told early by doctors that the child 'may provide more challenges and more joy than what they ever may have imagined or ever asked for.
'This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective... 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'.
The letter also makes unlikely conspiracy theories that have long been circulating on blogs that Trig was actually born to Mrs Palin's unwed daughter Bristol.
She continues in this vein, reaching an emotional pinnacle when writing about her decision not to have an abortion:
Trig's mom and dad don't want people to focus on the baby's extra chromosome... many people won't understand, and I understand that.
'Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born, because they fear a Down's child won't be considered "perfect" in your world'.
Mrs Palin intones, 'What do you earthlings consider "perfect" or even "normal" anyway? Have you peeked down any grocery store isle [sic], or school hallway or into your office lunchroom lately? Have you noticed I make 'em all shapes and sizes? Believe me, there is no "perfect".
I wonder how many of her critics would have had the courage to face what she faced, or the strength of character to see an opportunity for love rather than a crushing burden.
This is the Sarah Palin every American should get to know. They still might not vote for her, but she will receive a respect from fair minded people that wasn't there before.