There is a legal concept that allows the imposition of responsibility known as a “conscious disregard.” For example when a person drives to a bar and plans to get drunk, that person knows that he/she will be driving home. When he/she went to the bar there was a “conscious disregard” for the safety and security of people who would be on the road later that night. The drunk may have used poor judgment in deciding to drive home, but he/she was intoxicated. There was no intention to kill a person with the car. However we hold the drunk accountable because there was a “conscious disregard” to the safety of people on the road. That person made the decision to drink without a “designated driver.” The drunk could have taken Uber home. We hold that driver accountable for any harm caused during his drive home because he was consciously indifferent to the safety of others. It was foreseeable that he would cause a wreck and do harm to another.
Even with the pregnancy, that most think of as her first child, Levi said Bristol wanted to get pregnant to spite her mother.
Now with this “second pregnancy” people assumed this was unintentional. However Bristol has announced this morning on her blog that the pregnancy was INTENTIONAL. After posting a picture of her sonogram she writes:
“I made a mistake, but it’s not the mistake all these giddy a$$holes have loved to assume.
This pregnancy was actually planned.
Everyone knows I wanted more kids, to have a bigger family. Believing I was heading that way, I got ahead of myself. Things didn’t go as planned, but life keeps going. Life moves on. ”
Bristol “updated” her post announcing her pregnancy, to now indicate she planned to get pregnant.
Here are the original words she used to announce this planned pregnancy:
“(I’m announcing this news a lot sooner than I ever expected due to the constant trolls who have nothing better to talk about!!!)
I wanted you guys to be the first to know that I am pregnant.
Honestly, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one.
At the end of the day there’s nothing I can’t do with God by my side, and I know I am fully capable of handling anything that is put in front of me with dignity and grace.
Life moves on no matter what. So no matter how you feel, you get up, get dressed, show up, and never give up.
When life gets tough, there is no other option but to get tougher.
I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you.
But please respect Tripp’s and my privacy during this time. I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy.
My little family always has, and always will come first.
Tripp, this new baby, and I will all be fine, because God is merciful.”
This would surely be the post of a mother who was surprised by an unplanned pregnancy. Certainly, if someone wanted to have another child, her “close” friends wouldn’t be disappointed, they would be happy for Bristol that she got what she wanted. If Bristol had planned to announce this pregnancy as intentional, she wouldn’t describe God as “merciful” but she’d say “God is Great!”
My personal conclusion is that Bristol planned to get pregnant, but planned to pretend that it was an accident. Pregnancy is the one thing that has brought her fame and fortune. She has written a book, made two reality shows and appeared on DWTS…all because she was an unwed teen mother. As her celebrity has faded, she resorted to what made her famous to begin with…a pregnancy. It worked, the publicity has been overwhelming. A google search this morning of the words “Bristol Palin pregnant meyer” resulted in 2,500,000 results.
US Magazine alone has featured these articles on Bristol:
June 11 article
June 25th Announcement
Candies Foundation Supports
Dakota Meyer SpeaksOut
However Bristol realizes today that the publicity has not been as kind as when she was a teen and unwed, and pregnant. Dakota Meyer has even spoken out to suggest that he media should be focusing on what is important.
Salon is just one on-line publication that laughed at Bristol, saying:
“ So I confess that my first thought when I heard the news was to think back a few days to the words of Palin’s mother Sarah — “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t laugh … this hard.”
Vanity Fair posted its article condemning the abstinence advocate for getting pregnant a second time out of wedlock. They quoted Brisol from interviews regarding her first pregnancy:
“She has since said that she wishes she had waited until she was in a stable relationship before becoming pregnant the first time. “My life, my teenage years were cut completely short. I was on the fast track to adulthood just in an instant because of that one decision,” Palin told CNN in 2011. “And Tripp is just the love of my life. He is everything to me. But do I wish that he had a dad that was involved in his life? Absolutely. And do I wish that I had an education and a real career path? Absolutely.”
Now Bristol reacts to the negative press by lashing out, calling her detractors assholes. She NOW admits that she planned to get pregnant, as a way of showing these “assholes” that they aren’t so smart. The problem is that by admitting that she planned this pregnancy, she has admitted that she exercised her judgment by deciding to get pregnant when she was not in a “stable relationship”, when her child would not have “a dad involved in his life”, when she still doesn’t have an education, and she still has no career path.
Joe McGinnis described Sarah Palin this way:
“This folksy, family values kind of thing, it’s just the opposite. She’s not folksy, she’s not warm, she’s not personable, she’s not just the girl next door. She’s a vengeful, mean spirited, somewhat paranoid woman who’s also a religious fanatic.”
It seems that Bristol is her mother’s daughter.