For those of you who actually read more than one article deep, you know that I was all ready to leave Sarah Palin behind a couple of weeks ago. But sometimes I don’t always do what I say - kind of the way Sarah said she was going back to do her job as governor. Wishful thinking on both our parts, I guess.
It seems that a lot of people are upset with me because I am being unfair to the Governor of Oil Land. They claim that I really don’t know her… that I only know the biased view of her as portrayed by the evil liberal media. Folks, I’ve got news for you. Katie Couric stuck a microphone in front of your favorite moose hunter and when she opened her mouth a whole lot of stupid came falling out. Seriously. Defend “You can see Russia from Alaska” when asked about national defense. It doesn’t matter on what channel or to what reporter you say that. It’s stupid on CBS and CNN and it’s stupid on Fox News. Of course “stupid on Fox News” is kind of redundant.
While there are many comments left here, some of you actually take the time to send letters to the email set up by my grandson. I do try to respond when I can. However, the email I have copied below needed a bit more than a response. I felt it needed a little dissecting for all to see. So here we go again…
RE: Sarah Palin Sit Down and Shut the Hell Up
This is a load of crap, and you have the nerve to call Gov. Palin a bitch, well look in the mirror.
Oh, by the way, Max Cleland, former head of the Veterans Administration, did not lose his limbs in battle, he was dumb enough to drop a grenade, then reach down to pick it up. Any basic trainee knows that you don’t do that. His own stupidity resulted in the loss of his limbs, and also put the men around him in danger.
As for Gov. Palin, why don’t you tell us your life’s accomplishments, so that we can stack them up against hers? She went from being a member of the town council, to mayor, to Governor of her state, and she did it all on her own, no help from a rich, politically connected family, and she did not ride her husbands coattails like Hillary did. She did it herself with hard work, grit and determination.
Yes, Georgia will get their first look at her, and the 4 rallies that she is taking part in will draw maximum capacity crowds at each venue, probably closs to 100,000 Georgians will be attending these events. She will be instrumental in handing obama his his defeat, and he hasn’t even taken office yet. Come 2010 when she campaigns nationwide on behalf of Republican candidates, she will be key to defeating a lot of democrats.
You are going to see and hear a lot from her over the next 4 years, probably longer, a lot longer, so you may as well get used to it. If you’re still around in 2012, you may even see her defeat obama for the presidency.
I believe the bitterness and hatred that spews forth from people such as yourself is due to the fact that you known your candidate didn’t do so well. With $700 million, and thousands of media cheerleaders, and millions of bloggers on his side, it still took a financial meltdown to pull him across the finish line. You also know that anger over the economy is what made people vote for him, not that they liked him, and anger is easily redirected once he and his Clinton era retreads can’t deliver on all the fancy promises he made.
Greg in Minnesota
Greg Dear, thanks for writing. When I looked in the mirror today I saw an old woman who needs to make an appointment at the beauty parlour. Thanks for reminding me to look. I sometimes forget. When Sarah Palin looked in the mirror I imagine she see saw a bitch. But that is just a guess on my part. She might not have looked.
As for Cleland’s service to his country. He lost three limbs while on combat duty in Vietnam. A little research will show you that Ann Coulter thinks he is just an idiot who blew himself up whilst on his way to have a beer with the boys. Now, if you ask me, the limbs Cleland lost were as important to him as any other limbs left on the battlefield by valiant soldiers. The exact details of how they were lost are probably only really important to someone who still has all his or her limbs. I am assuming, of course, that you, Dear Greg, have all of your limbs. I know Ann Coulter does because I often wish she would cross them when she sits.
But you have decided to provide only parts of the information. Cherry picking through information to support your cause seems to be a habit within the Republican party these days. When you and Ann Coulter do it, a brave soldier’s reputation is tarnished. When George Bush and Dick Cheney do it, thousands more soldiers are put in harms way, including my beautiful nephew. So Greg, here are some more of the details about Max Cleland’s time in Vietnam:
First of all, Cleland was wounded during the siege of Khe Sanh. Can you say that with me? Keee-Son.
Now that is all I really need to know, but because I too have all my limbs I feel the need to copy some more from the research I did:
He [Cleland] had less than a week earlier already earned commendations for heroism during some of the bloodiest combat of the whole Khe Sanh siege — combat missions for which he had volunteered, so as to relieve stranded Marines and Army infantry. The order in which the President awarded him the Silver Star reads:
“Captain Cleland distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 4 April 1968, while serving as communications officer of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Calvary during an enemy attack near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam. When the battalion command post came under a heavy enemy rocket and mortar attack, Capt. Cleland, disregarding his own safety, exposed himself to the rocket barrage as he left his covered position to administer first aid to his wounded comrades. He then assisted in moving the injured personnel to covered positions. Continuing to expose himself, Capt. Cleland organized his men into a work party to repair the battalion communications equipment, which had been damaged by enemy fire. His gallant action is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
But don’t worry Greg. I really can’t criticize you for making fun of a handicapped veteran. Afterall, I’ve written a blog making fun of a mentally handicapped governor of Alaska. By the way, I just looked in the mirror again…. Now I am beginning to see just a little bit of a bitch behind that messy hair of mine.
But let’s move on to your comments about Hillary Clinton. While I am indeed a fan of her husband, I actually think Hilary’s accomplishments are far greater. She, like many women, succeeded despite her husband’s coattails and not because of them.
But you do make a point about Governor Palin’s accomplishments. All on her own, she went from being a member of a town council, to mayor to governor of Alaska. In total, less than 200,000 Alaskans pulled a lever to get her all the way from the PTA to Governor. By comparison over 200,000 people have visited this blog of mine and I’m pretty sure my shit still stinks.
But Greg, I must say that I am particularly impressed with your ability to read the minds of millions of Americans who voted for Obama. That’s guite a talent. I wonder if you can read my mind right now. Wait a minute, I need to take off my glasses for a second to wipe away the tears…. Sorry about that folks, I was haivng one of those laughs… one of those hard laughs that brings tears to your eyes because that last part of Greg’s letter is just such a hoot - the part about Obama not really having done a good job getting elected.
A half black, half white man with the name Barack Hussein Obama just became President of the United States. He wasn’t even legally a United States citizen and doesn’t have any documentation whatsoever to prove that he was baptized or that he ever attended a single day in school. We are not sure he was actually ever born at all. He beat a war hero whose running mate was an amazing woman who went all of the way from the PTA in Wasilla to the Governor’s mansion in Juneau. And she has documentation proving that she attended five colleges before finally getting a BA in journalism. And on her baptismal record it actually states that she was chosen by God to drill in the area that is arguably one of God’s most beautiful creations to bring oil to the rest of the free world. You are so right Greg. What a lame accomplishment. Clearly that idiot from Alaska can do better. After all, Obama has all four limbs while Palin only has half a brain.
Now, I really hope to leave Palin behind with this article. But I think you all need to know why this is so important to me. Why, if I could, I would try to respond to all 58 million Americans who wanted to put her one heartbeat away from the greatest office in the land. Get ready because I think this soapbox just might be big even for someone of my size:
When you are a mother and a grandmother you take little things like war (or world peace), the environment and education seriously. Why? Because when you leave this world you want to know that you did everything possible to leave it a better place for your children and their children.
Eight years ago, we were preparing to enter the 21st Century stonger and more prosperous than ever before. The national debt was coming down along with the national crime rate and the unemlpoyment rate, while the rates of home ownership and college admissions were on the rise. There was even talk that maybe, just maybe peace in the Middle East might happen one day. We were finally beginning to understand the harm we were inflicting on the environment, but we knew what needed to be done to reverse that trend. Technological advances in medicine, communication, energy consumption… the future was bright. Our children’s future was bright. The greatest generation was preparing to leave this world a better place…
And then we screwed up. We elected an idiot to be President because we wanted to have a beer with him. Funny how we wanted to have a beer with someone who admitted to abusing alcohol until the age of 40. But hey, nothing about that election makes much sense. The popular vote went to the guy who wanted to end our dependency on fossil fuels, but the courts gave the election to the other guy – the guy who campaigned on restoring honor to the White House. If ever there was a time when we needed someone to govern to the middle – well that would have been the time.
But you all know how this played out. And if you have children and grandchildren… well damn it. We can’t make that mistake again. The cost is too high. And in my most humble of opinions, when you put a microphone in front of someone who wants to be President and a whole lot of stupid falls out of their mouth… Well, I no longer take that lightly because I now know that a whole lot of stupid can still be elected President if you’re not paying attention.
Thanks everyone. I promise to try and move off the Palin topic soon. I’ve just never been good at ignoring idiots. You see, in a country that offers you a free public education and free public libraries there is just no excuse for ignorance… except ignorance itself.
Please stop by again soon. I mean it.