Anyone who has a child realizes first and foremost that each of them is a unique individual, who can be guided and advised, but who ultimately makes his or her own decisions -- sometimes good ones, sometimes not. Ultimately, all a parent can do is pray.
Aldous Huxley wrote that "Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him." The Palins have confronted a situation that many American families face, and they have handled it graciously and gracefully in accordance with their convictions. For that, they deserve our respect; their daughter Bristol and their son-in-law-to-be deserve their privacy.