Friday, October 31, 2008

The View From The Bottom

Lately Mrs. Dubya and I have been recording the View to watch later in the evening. There are often spirited and heated exchanges during the Hot Topics portion of the show when the ladies start talking politics.

As most of you know, John McCain was a guest on the program on September 12th. He didn’t expect to get the toughest questioning he’s ever seen, before or since, on a national TV broadcast. To the disgrace and shame of our nation’s TV “journalists”, Meet the Press, CNN and the rest were softball picnics in comparison.

After McCain talked about rolling back Supreme Court decisions, Whoopi Goldberg asked him if he wanted to return to the days of slavery. Barbara Walters checked him when he crowed about Palin not talking pork-barrel earmarks.

The best part came when Joy Behar brought up the McCain ads accusing Obama of wanting to teach sex education to kindergartners and referring to Palin with his lipstick on a pig comment. “Now we know that those two ads are untrue, they are lies. And yet, you at the end of it say you approve these messages. Do you really approve these?"

McCain responded with another lie, of course. “Actually they are not lies.” Come on, Johnny. Everyone not sucked into the Fox News propaganda network knows they were lies.

For too long now the news media has been self-censoring itself to the point where they will repeat the right wing lies without challenge or fact check. The women on the View demonstrated great courage to refuse the usual corporate media lapdog role. Whoopi, Joy and Babs gave Americans their best view of the real McCain. They all deserve the Medal of Freedom for telling the liar to his face he's a liar. No wonder Larry King likes to have Joy substitute for him on his show.

But, wait. Isn’t there a loyal Republican cast member of the View? What about Elisabeth Hasselbeck? Her views are so far to the right that there are constant rumors about her taking a job at Fox. You gotta give her credit for chattering the Republican Party talking points at the other women. She feels she needs to talk as much as all the rest combined, just to assert the Right Wing lies. It may not take brains to lie about Obama wanting to raise everyone’s taxes, but it does take determination to spew the disinformation at such high decibels over the other’s voices. The poor girl has to constantly interrupt everyone just to keep on her message that Obama pals around with terrorists. Bless her cold, authoritarian, little heart.

I bring all this up because Ms. Hasselbeck has inspired one of her fans to launch their own viral email forwarded message. It was just my luck to finally receive her devoted follower’s passionate communication about how proud they were to be white. The title of the message was “PROUD TO BE WHITE - IT'S OK”.

Well, since it was “OK”, I thought I’d go ahead and read it.

And you know what? I didn’t think it was OK at all. So I responded to the sender and all the other recipients of this crap with an introduction of my own.

Be sure to scroll to the end for the part that’s really OK.

I don’t need to share it all with you, but here’s some of it so you get the idea. And I added my comment at the end.

On the heels of the discussion on The View this last week:


Someone finally said it.
How many are actually paying attention to this?

There are African Americans,
Mexican Americans,
Asian Americans, Arab Americans,
Native Americans, etc.
.....And then there are just -

You pass me on the street
and sneer in my direction.
You Call me ‘White boy,’
‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’
‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman,’
.....And that’s OK.
But when I call you Nigger,
Kike, Towel head,
Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey,
Beaner, Gook, or Chink,
.....You call me a racist.

If we had a White Pride Day
.....You would call us racists.

If we had White History Month
.....We’d be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites
to ‘advance’ OUR lives,
.....We’d be racists.

In the Million-Man March,
you believed that you were
marching for your race and rights.
If we marched for our race and rights,
.....You would call us racists.

You are proud to be black,
brown, yellow and red,
and you’re not afraid to announce it.
But when we announce our white pride
.....You call us racists. .

I am proud.
.....But, you call me a racist.

Why is it that only whites can be racists?

There is nothing improper about this e-mail.
Let’s see which of you are proud enough to send it on...

And if you’re proud to pass this along, you ARE a racist and probably a Republican.

And you think Joe the Plumber is a real licensed plumber making over $250,000 a year. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, the Republican apprentice plumber, (If he’s a plumber at all) is a liar and swindler looking for fools to give him their money. He might be taking YOUR MONEY soon, for his new dumbass book or country music CD. Small minded, uninformed people with big egos are common authoritarian personalities in the American far right. Joe shares these same characteristics with his beloved Bush and Palin.

And one more thing. Please do (sorta) what the proud, white, democracy-hating Americans say in their flyers down south:

Democrats vote Tuesday. Republicans vote Wednesday.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Base

Well, who’da thunk? Now we know those editors must be socialists up there at the Anchorage Daily News.

They had the gall to endorse Barack Obama for president. Are they ever in for it if Sarah Palin wins her quest for unlimited, and as she informs us, constitutionally flexible, Cheney style power.

I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s already been given the phone taps to the editors’ private numbers by now. Heck, I bet she’s got her first dude cooking up some of that famous patented Palin vengeance to serve them once she’s back up north. It’s gonna be a long dark winter for those nasty gotcha journalists.

And speaking of gotcha journalism, did you catch that interview she and Johnny granted to NBC’s Brian Williams? Williams foolishly tried to ruffle her feathers by bringing up Colin Powell’s endorsement for Obama. She just reminded Williams that she and Johnny already had endorsements from 4 or 5 former Republican Secretaries of State. Who needs Powell anyway?

It didn’t matter that Powell and McCain were both republicans, or even that they were both Vietnam War veterans. Rush Limbaugh clearly saw that Powell was supporting Obama only because they were both black. Nothing escapes the great oxy-moron’s keen insight.

Williams couldn’t resist exposing his liberal elitist bias when he asked her who she thought the elitists were. The humbly garbed Sarah saw right through that little ploy. We learn that it’s not about being a member of the rich and famous ruling class that makes one an elitist. No, it’s those liberal socialists who think they are better than the Real Americans from all those pro-America small towns.

And I was so gullible to think $22,000 worth of professional make-up work would qualify someone as elitist. I suppose the McCain's $270,000 annual wages paid to their domestic staff wouldn't make them elitists, either.

Finally Williams futilely tried to snare Sarah with his gotcha question about who the terrorists are.

Brian Williams: Is an abortion clinic bomber a terrorist under this definition?

Sarah Palin: [Sighs] There’s no question Bill Ayers, via his own admittance, was, um, one who sought to destroy, er, our US Capitol and our Pentagon. That is a domestic terrorist. Ah, there’s no question there. Now, others who would want to engage in harming innocent Americans or um, facilities, that, uh, that would be unacceptable. Uh, I don’t know if you’re going to use the word “terrorist” there, but it’s unacceptable and, uh, it, er, would not be condoned, of course, on, on our watch, but I don’t know what you’re asking is if I regret referring to Bill Ayers as an unrepentant domestic terrorist. I don’t regret characterizing him as that.

Brian Williams: I’m just asking what other categories you would put in there. Abortion clinic bombers, protesters in cities where fires were started, Molotov cocktails were thrown, people died.

Sarah Palin: I would put in that category of Bill Ayers anyone else who would seek to campaign to destroy our United States Capitol and our Pentagon and would seek to destroy innocent Americans.

You see, it’s not terrorism when you bomb abortion clinics with their evil doctors, staff, and patients. Come to think of it, those kinds of people are not even REAL Americans, let alone innocent Americans.

It may be unacceptable and not condoned, but easily forgiven and pardoned if the bomber is a real American.... Like say, Joe the plumber. We can’t use the word “terrorist” for those who believe that bombing is a form of oh, say, religious expression. Those fundamentalist types are part of what is called “the base”. They are the common folk who always fall in line behind the wedge issues to vote republican. Sarah was brought into the campaign to appeal to the base.
How can we call someone who thinks God wants them to punish the wicked enemies of their religion a terrorist? Sarah can clearly judge such distinctions.

It’s not like they’re crazed Muslim fundamentalists who think Allah wants them to kill infidels. Now those nuts are clearly terrorists. They even label their radical group with the sinister name of al-Qaeda. That would be the Arabic word for “the base”.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Post Debate Observation

That was a debate?

Only from the Reich Wing and corporate media lackeys are intelligent, thoughtful, eloquently reasoned statements deemed negative.

The McMedia pundits were all excited about proclaiming McNasty's anger "winning" debate points. Facts had no place in their judgment. And that's the direction they tilt the viewers.

Reasonable and thoughtful people are not the ones the media and Republicans are spinning.

Really, now. What does it say about Poor Johnny McBush when his big line for the entire debate was, "I'm NOT George Bush,"?

If only Obama would have replied, "Well, John, at least you're not George Bush 10% of the time."

Meanwhile at McAngry’s post debate rally, he enlightened the crowd of Joe Sixpacks about his 96 year old mother.

She flew over to Paris for a little Christmas holiday tour, like most of our parents always like to do that time of year.

She was denied a car rental because of her age. Hmm. I wonder why they’d do that?

Anyway, McMomma showed them Frenchies what an average regular American Granny Sixpack would do. She went and bought a NEW CAR for herself.

Ha! Take that you liberal elitists!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Inner Beauty

I just saw Michigan’s Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm on CNN. I must take issue with Alaskans and Republicans who say Sarah Palin is the country’s “hottest’ governor.

I think Jennifer is far more beautiful. And I’m not talking about just her physical appearance, either.

Along with other political and business leaders, she is participating in the Michigan Food Stamp Challenge to raise awareness of poverty and hunger. The state has about 1.3 million residents on food stamps. She and her family are living on a typical allotment of less than six dollars-per-day’s worth food stamps this week.

She also has the unenviable job of managing a state ravaged by twelve years of Bush League Republican Governor John Engler. He was on Bush’s VP list before Michigan voters preferred McCain in the 2000 primary.

Engler walked away with three state pensions after eliminating them for state employees who had the misfortune to get a job after he came into office. Engler’s legacy left Michigan with the nation’s highest unemployment rate of around 9 %.

How republican of him.

Anyway, when asked what her family was buying with the food stamps, Governor Granholm said, “A lot of macaroni and cheese.”

But I suppose Sarah Palin knows much more about poverty. She may have seen a homeless person on the side of the road during her Hate Fest tour of the lower forty-eight.

Making It Simple

We can make a simple case for the confused voters.

McCain's two most influential advisers represent the worst ideologies that have been destroying America.

Economic advisor Phil (Enron Loophole) Gramm is an engineer of the economic collapse.

Foreign policy advisor Randy (Neocon) Scheunemann is a war mongering Cheney/Rumsfeld crony.

How the hell can that crew possibly bring any kind of positive change?

Oops. That’s too complicated.

Johnny McBombBomb is simply a straight-talking maverick war hero.

And Obama is simply a terrorist.


Never mind.


The voices of compassionate conservatism are at last shouting out their message in this Presidential contest.

We’ve heard the words at recent Palin and McCain rallies. Some were even uttered by the two candidates.

“Who is the real Barack Obama?” asked McCain.

The self-proclaimed ethical Sarah Palin has an answer. Obama is “not a man who sees America the way you and I see America.”

She also tells us Obama says all our troops do in Afghanistan is kill civilians. The faithful followers yell, “Treason!”

What are we to do about Obama Bin Lyin pallin’ around with terrorists? “Kill him,” came the recommendation from one loyal conservative.

Meanwhile, a meeting took place in Virginia on Sunday.

In McCain's Gainesville office Virginia Republican Party Chairman Jeff Frederick spoke to campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door.

The devoted foot soldiers for the cause of "Country First” (Trade Mark) were getting their talking points. Frederick urged them to show the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden.

Referring to the bumbling former radical Ayers, who never hurt anyone, Frederick told them, "Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon. That is scary."

A proud but indignant woman added her own bit of nonsense. "And he won't salute the flag.” Not even the one pinned to his lapel, apparently.

A confused conservative male volunteer offered his tip, "We don't even know where Senator Obama was really born." I wonder if he knows, unlike Obama, McCain was not actually born in the United States.

Maybe we don’t know everything about Barack Obama, but we certainly have learned something about the McCain/Palin gang of true believers.

After all the hate and ignorance spewed at Palin and McCain rallies lately, it's now time for my tasteless little joke:

What's the difference between the Nuremburg rallies and Sarah Palin rallies?...................Lipstick.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

One Last Word

Venting on this clash of political perspectives between friends has helped me grapple with this interpersonal relationship issue. If this person and I had not been friends for so long, we could not have such bonds in these times.

He wants us to respect each others beliefs, and I will let that stand.

But, come to think of it, I have no idea what his/their "beliefs" are, other than the typical right wing talking points they repeat.

Or is that just a cover for their inability or unwillingness to think for themselves?

Is that what they really believe? Do they think liberals have no values or sense of responsibility? Do they really think liberals hate this country and our freedom?

How can they claim to oppose “big government” and at the same time surrender our privacy rights? How can they demonize taxes and still want a vast imperial military presence around the world? Is it their desire to revert our society to medieval theocracy?

They seem to dig in and not want to open up about what they really think. Maybe they simply believe that liberals are to blame for all the evil in the world.

Their beliefs are personal, and they are uncomfortable with any questions about them.

Too bad we can't ask them without their getting defensive, belligerent, or evasive.

We can really only know what they are against.

By their support of the Republican Party we can presume they are against most of the progress made through the last century.

They have blocked or reversed a middle class standard of living, civil liberties, collective bargaining rights, pensions, open government, separation of church and state, health care rights, workplace safety standards, environmental standards, regulation of big business, reproductive rights, corporate and government accountability, public access to legal representation, public education, the fairness doctrine in media, negotiable prescription prices for Medicare, and a minimum wage. That’s just mentioning a few off the top of my head.

As I saw on a bumper sticker, "Just what are conservatives conserving?"