Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Oh Really?

I've made my decision in regard to who I'll vote for this November. I'm a pretty moderate person. I work, I pay my taxes, I abide by the laws in my community (well, occasionally, I've been accused of having a lead foot). I've listened to both sides speak, but the republican party just doesn't speak to me. Theirs is indeed the party of the intolerant far right wing. I know that the religious right does not represent the majority of Americans, but I'm completely perplexed why this is the card that is always played. One either agrees with them or is unpatriotic and Godless.

I get about 10 right wing, intolerant and questionably factual emails per day from various people (mostly my delusional brother) who try to sway my opinion. To them I say, please go back to the top and reread my first sentence. These missives are full of divisive hatred the likes of which I thought were gone, but aren't. I'm quite certain this type of shameful politics won't go until we see the backside of Karl Rove. Will this hateful mans legacy ever go away? Can our country take another four years of Bush's Brain Karl?

Here are some samples of my recent emails:

  • O'bama is shamefully unpatriotic. Really? I don't perceive this in him. This was in response to the fact that he had a plane detailed with his slogan for change instead of an American flag (this was only partly true-they detailed the plane to get rid of the previous company's logo). So? I don't know about anyone else here, but I am all over the idea of change. These past 8 years have been brutal from both a national/international aspect and a personal one. Remember, I live in Detroit where we have taken the brunt of the economic downturn. My home has lost close to $100,000 in value and our income has suffered as well. I've gone from part time to full time in an effort to make up what just one of us earned 8 years ago. As a nurse, I routinely care for people who can't afford their rent, their health care and medications. They delay care until it can't be ignored and many times by then, it's too late (it's also by then a medicaid case and your problem too). Am I bitter? You bet your ass I am.

  • O'bama, again, is unpatriotic for not putting his hand on his heart during The Pledge of Allegiance.   Really?  Oh, this one is so not true, it was the National Anthem during which he did not have his hand on his heart-nor was he required to. What is the purpose of a lie like this? Who exactly does it appeal to? Statements like this only cement for me the belief that the republican party is the party of intolerance and hate. Abraham Lincoln must be rolling in his grave. To my brother, specifically, have you looked up the definition of fascism recently?

  • Oh, I love the emails regarding Sarah Barracuda's creds. Ones that like to say she was in government while Barack was a community organizer. Really? Or was she a sports reporter at that time?  I'm sure, whichever, she took time to reapply her lipstick. To the men in my family who have blinders on and can't get past this woman's shapely ass, I ask you, where is her law degree? What is her understanding of constitutional law? What has she done to people who have pissed her off? It's a google search away. Lastly, when will the republicans finish with her tutoring so we can hear what she has to say? Never in my life did I think a campaign would resort to tits and ass to woo the masses. Never say never.

Where exactly are the discussions of issues? I don't care about Sarah's lipstick and sound bites. I want to hear solutions to the problems I see as pressing: education, health care, the mortgage debacle, an end to these wars and the energy problems facing this country.

By the way, to the senders of these emails, I just love my delete button.  Your political missives go the same way as the ones asking about the length a certain body part, counterfeit Viagra, what stocks I should buy, how someone should be pleasured, Brad and Jen gossip and MSNBC breaking news reports: the spam box.

12 comments:

Mrs. G. said...

Geez, quit being so hard on her. Don't you know she's just a little old Alaskan mom who drinks beer with the common folk and knows how to skin a moose? She's just a little spitfire hockey mom with a Jesus loving heart of gold.

(sound of me throwing up)

Betty Flocken said...

I keep switching sides. I think they both go negative. We have an opportunity in this country, this election to decide.. this way? or that way? Wish they'd both stand up and tell us which way they think.. I had a good laugh at my husband's astonishment that they'd picked "some from the PTA??!!!" We're a mixed marriage this year - I keep going to Obama..I'm a life long Republican. I just wish they'd all stop with half truths and lies. Enjoyed your post.

The Crusty Crone said...

Thank you!! Thank you for speaking out.

I noticed your link on Sandy's site (aka Dusty Duck) and part of your entry displayed. You said you had made up your mind as to who you were going to vote for so I was curious and came here to see. I am so with you!! I am not a particularly political person but this coming election has me very concerned. And I'm also very concerned about how apparently deaf, dumb, and blind people can be.

I haven't heard any substance from McCain about the issues. He didn't come out as a person for change, but he certainly switched his rhetoric when he saw the response it got. About the only thing I hear from the GOP is mud slinging. (I hear Palin is very good at that, too, but maybe that's what vice presidents are for.)

I didn't mean to go on and on (and I had to stop myself)... I just wanted to say a sincere thank you for standing up and speaking up.

Anonymous said...

For several years our country has been in a tail spin. Thanks to NAFTA our Jobs have leftthis country. Hear that slow sucking sound It was a high powered vacuum. People lose there jobs each day. In my company alone 900 people will lose there jobs in less then a month.
As the country has fallen O'bama and McCain point fingers at each other(I'M sure Thomas Jefferson saw this coming). What have these Putz's done in the last 18 months to solve these issues? Campaigning!!!! Pointing fingers at each others party!

Our Presidents approval rating is 18%. Our congress is 7%......
My personal opinion. Fire them all! Where is Ross Perot when you need him!

Rose said...

Right there with you! Love your post! BTW, our computer is finally back, I found my camera cord and plan to post tomorrow. Now I'm collapsing into bed.

Sandy said...

I totally totally agree with what you said Rudee, (although I'm not keen on Obama either)...but definitely no more right wing extreme Neocons running this country....

Personally I've had it with the politicans of either party, who promise this and that and we get more violence, war, aggression, and sadly if people are actually going to vote McCain/Palin, I guess that speaks what the mass consciousness wants....

That is sad...

We have HORRIBLE choices this election year.

Rudee said...

Amen to you all. And FTM, you know you are not the brother I reference here. I would never mark your emails as spam ;-).

Crusty Crone (great name) welcome! I'm glad I speak your language!

Betty: welcome to the dark side. Before you know it, you'll be a bleeding heart liberal like me! Did you read JFK's definition of liberal?

Rose said...

I just read your Kennedy quote: LOVE it! I'm really tired of everyone acting like the word liberal is a dirty one or an insult. I, too, am proud to be called a liberal. Much like the way the word feminist is used too, now that I think of it.

Rositta said...

We too have an election coming up before yours (Oct 14). Our system allows the Prime Minister to call it when he wishes. Unfortunately, as much as I want to vote I won't be able to from Greece. Our choices aren't so great either...hello from sunny Greece...ciao

laurie said...

well said, rudee.

what sarah palin is doing very well right now is changing the subject. we are not talking about the terrible sinking economy, the quagmire of war, or our position in the world.

we are talking about whether or not a cute woman who claims to know how to field dress a moose (and i question if she really does know this) is qualified to be vice president.

and as long as we continue to talk about that, the republicans can skate by without having to answer for the last eight years.

Anonymous said...

For those who think its just the republicans. Who has had control of the congress for the last 6 years. The Democrats...No one is without blame. As for the economy. Michigan has always been the barometer for this country. As Michigan goes within two years the rest of the country follows!!!

Watch out!

Rudee said...

Damn Anon. I hadn't thought about George and his ability to veto a bill in a lonnnnnng time. Thanks for the reminder.