That was a hoot. All those people reading my little blog and getting so upset. Who knew there were so many people who still enjoy hearing Palin talk? Then again who knew Palin supporters were smart enough to read?
There sure were a lot of comments about how old I am. You want in on a little secret? The picture on the top there was taken several years ago. I look even older now. But I still have my figure! Now Margaret, on the other hand, looks terrific. She walks everyday. Eats right. She’ll out live the whole lot of us.
My favorite thing about young people is that they never look back. They are always looking ahead. That’s why when they see someone like me – and by “like me” I mean old – they see a life almost over instead of the life that has been lived. If I could give them just one piece of advice it would be to make sure you get to the end of your life with no regrets. Don’t misinterpret. I didn’t say with no mistakes. I said no regrets. If the worst thing I have done in this world is calling Sarah Palin a bitch then I haven’t lived much of a life. And if it’s the best thing I’ve done then I would have a lot of regrets.
I lived through McCarthyism. I don’t recall anyone being asked to shut up. As I remember it, the tactic was to use people’s words and writings and their relationships with others to suggest that they were unpatriotic, unAmerican and a communist sympathiser. Now who does that sound like? Oh yes, an aging beauty queen from Alaska who became governor because a whopping 114,697 Alaskans voted for her. She beat her opponent by 17,000 votes which is almost twice the population of the town that elected her Mayor. And she got a national platform because McCain was desperate to get support from the Republican base – otherwise known as the 28% of Americans who still think Bush is doing a good job.
When someone is talking during a movie, I ask them to be quiet. If they are on their cell phone, I tell them to shut the hell up. When a radio station plays music I don’t like, I change the station. When a news station gives platform to someone like Sean Hannity or Ann Coulter, I tell them to shut the hell up. In my day, the local and national news shows went to great lengths to let you know when they were providing an editorial or opinion piece rather than reporting the news. Only newspapers seem to do that these days and even then it can be hard to tell when you have left the news pages and started into the editorials. Rush Limbaugh – not news. Not fair and balanced. Certainly not excellence in broadcasting – now that one’s a real laugh riot. Rush Limbaugh is like me – old, fat and opinionated. The difference is that I am also funny while he is just old and fat. Neither of us is news.
You know back in school I loved science. Most girls hated the day the frogs arrived. I loved it. Dissecting them to see how they worked. Fascinating. I think that is why I like writing this blog so much. For me it’s not about what I have written, it’s about the comments that follow. I read each one of them to see how everyone reacts to what I have written. And that last batch was a doozy.
This 28% of America intrigues me. I really would like to figure out how they work. So I began to dissect the comments. A lot of it was child’s play. Sticks and stones sort of stuff. Like the following comment:
“You Silly dummies!”
My, my but there is a blog I would love to read. It’s a shame she didn’t leave an address. Kind of reminded me of our old friend John McCain. He wanted to be mean but he really wasn’t very good at it.
And let’s get the really stupid stuff out of the way. It took this “senile old bitty” about 1 minute to research and discover that, in fact, Barack Obama is a U.S. born citizen with an authentic birth certificate. I mean, my God people, that is the best you can do? At least give your beloved Sarah Palin some credit. If the guy wasn’t even legally qualified to run, that idiot would have surely made that her stump speech rather than some hard to follow, loose association with a college professor named William Ayers. Enough with the birth certificate already. At least uncover an illegal war or approved torture inside the military before you get your panties all in a tangle.
Oh and one more thing. That Messiah bit. The Chosen one. How about we wait until he actually walks on water before we start heaping those kinds of expectations on him. However, he has performed one miracle to date – He became America’s first black President. He didn’t turn water into wine but he did manage to turn North Carolina from Red to Blue. That has to count for something.
Now some of the comments actually were a little more interesting.
One person first writes that he is shocked at my hate speech because I called a few politicians idiots and morons. But then he goes on to write this about every politician:
“Everyone since ol’ Abe has been a lying scumbag. Not a good one in the whole bunch.”
So I guess it just shades of gray. Idiots and morons is hate speech but lying scumbags is a love fest. I wonder if he read my earlier rants when I called them bitches and asses. I guess that would be considered really-hate speech requiring my immediate execution. I do appreciate his broad sweeping approach to it though. Not just Obama but EVERY politician since “ol’ Abe”. Good Ol’ Abe. Did I mention that Abe and I used to date? I’m almost 83. Quick. Do the math.
Here’s one that requires a little more studying to get. See if you can find the hypocrisy. It’s not apparent at first but it’s there:
“You and your cronies are obviously uneducated sheep and think that the constitution is something that to take lightly, well I don’t. If you are not part of the solution than you are part of the problem. At least those people that you bashed are trying to educate people and protect your rights. They do, whether you like or not, have the people of this great country at heart. Not so much can be said for you. You are the one that needs to sit down and shut up! Reep what you sow!”
Ignore the spelling and grammer errors. I’m sure she was typing fast and trying to read the bible at the same time so we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. Although she does like Palin so quite a bit of doubt should exist. But did you see it there at the end? The part where I am the one who needs to sit down and shut up. According to her, I am bad because I told Sarah Plain to sit down and shut up. So to let me know just how bad it is that I have taken the constitution so lightly (read: Free Speech), my punishment should be to sit down and shut up. That and I need to “Reep what I sow.”
Hypocrisy can be kind of tricky. She almost pulled it off as well as Rush, Sean and Ann. But let’s give her a break. After all, those other guys have had years of practice. However, she did make me think. When you have an outlet like Rush and Sean that gives you an audience day in and day out to millions who think you are there to report the news… well then the expression “As you sow, so shall you reap” takes on some real meaning because those guys are sowing a bunch of seeds. And the rest of us have to live with the “what you reap” part.
But of all the comments that were left. My favorite was from someone called simply “The Watcher”. Sounds so mysterious. Kind of like Big Brother. He started off pretty good when he wrote this:
“I guess it’s true. There are people who do not get wiser with age, instead, they get more bigoted and more opinionated, and more blind. I don’t blame it on age, though. Somewhere in your life you chose those qualities to embrace. I hope some day you wake up and dump them.”
Not bad. At first I thought he might be a nice young man who was just caught off guard by my sailor mouth. Seemed even intelligent compared to most of your run-of-the mill Sarah Palin supporters. He left a few more messages. They too were not bad:
“Palin is a woman, and a classy lady. Love her politics or hate them, it matters none, nothing even vaguely as crass and vile has ever come from her. The real sign of intellect, is being able to use the other person’s words and ideas against them – with honesty and truth. This rabid propaganda is not the work of an admirable person, but of a bitter, angry, spite-filled narcissist.”
OK. Forget that part about Plain being a classy lady. I mean that is just stupid. But the rest of it is pretty good, don’t you think? That part about using the other person’s words against them. Now folks, you have to admit, that is good writing. I really thought the two of us might even become friends. But then he had to go and write this:
“Pity them. Their sense of betrayal when they discover Obama is not who and what they think will be painful to see. Strong people are not threatened by the failure of others. These people don’t even have a soul. ”
Ouch. That “no soul” part really stings. Kind of reminds me of our old friend Elizabeth Dole and her “godless American” attack against her opponent. Note to The Watcher: she lost that election.
I gotta tell ya folks. You tell someone to shut up and sit the hell down and what you are really saying is that you don’t want to hear their nonsense anymore. You are tired of their ripping the country apart all in the name of rating wars and advertising dollars. But when you tell someone that they have no soul… well that ‘s just downright mean. Don’t cha think? By golly. You betcha!
Thanks for stopping by everyone. Sorry you had to see all that mess along the way. I think some of you deserve a piece of pie for how you handled it all. Thank goodess Margaret was out of town. I hope you still want to come back again. Really. I mean it.