Donation proposal indecent

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist

My grandparents, “Nonni” in Italy, always told me that decency goes a long way. When they took me and my cousins to the playground they gently reminded me to be polite even if I had “disagreements” with the other kids.

When I ran to them complaining about someone using bad words or pushing (I am certain I had a less than stellar behavior myself), they reminded me to act like a lady. I admit, I failed to follow that advice many times, but I think it remains good advice. In fact, we could all use this suggestion when it comes to politics. I recently received a mass e-mail and simply couldn’t ignore it. Even I thought it pushed the limits of decency.

The message said, “If you feel you can’t support the Obama campaign financially, may I suggest the following fiendishly brilliant alternative? Make a $5 minimum donation to Planned Parenthood. In Sarah Palin’s name. A Planned Parenthood donation is tax deductible, while a political donation isn’t. And here’s the good part: When you make a donation to PP in her name, they’ll send her a card telling her that the donation has been made in her honor.”

Wow. Really? This is indecent and a hit below the belt. It’s one thing to lampoon a political candidate and use sarcasm to make a point, or to criticize a position or to rally for a different opinion. But how can we attack someone personally like this? The sad part is the sender of the e-mail probably never considered her target was anything more than a politician, but a real person, or that her target’s choices (and those of her daughter) were personal ones.

Gov. Palin has made it clear that she’s against abortion. Her policies on the matter can be attacked by those who disagree, but there must be a distinction between her policies and her life, and this donation scheme fails that test.

I am not na