Jackie Gingrich Cushman

The point of the video is then revealed: "Sarah Palin recently released a video speaking on behalf of mama grizzlies."

"Well, Sarah Palin, you don't speak for us."

Their message: I want to protect my cubs, but my idea of protection is: "Yeah, I attack when my cubs are threatened, ahhh ... but want to know what threatens me? My daughter not having the right to choose."

"The fact that if you were in charge of this country, my little cubs wouldn't have health care."

"When the salmon stopped coming down the stream and I didn't work for three months, guess how we survived? Unemployment benefits, which is something that you and your gang of candidates want to do away with."

Then you see women in the video, dressed in grizzly suits, growling -- roaring.

The close of the Emily's List pitch, "You might think we are on the wrong track because we want to protect federal funding for our schools."

"Protect our right to hibernate with whoever we choose."

"But believe me, there are plenty of mama grizzlies out there who would disagree with you."

"So, you're right."

"You don't want to mess with mama grizzlies."

"Don't mess with us."

The Emily's List video's unidentified growling women in grizzly suits come off more like mean girls than mama grizzlies. The juxtaposition between Palin smiling and hugging people, and the Emily's List growlers is almost too good to be true -- for Palin.

In America, where one of our greatest strengths is our freedom of speech and the ability to disagree openly, we certainly understand that no one person can speak for another. But we should be able to disagree without attempting to belittle or threaten.

Let's not be mean and growl or roar at one another. After all, shouldn't mama grizzlies be good role models for their cubs?


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.