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Being a Good American Can Get You Labeleled as Anti-American. Do it Anyway.

In America, we have a fundamental right to liberty. That includes criticizing decisions made by our government. That includes protesting a war we don’t believe in. That also includes playing watchdog to the preservation of our Constitution.

However, in recent times (and other darker areas of our history) exercising such rights can get us labeled as being anti-American by certain groups of people in this country. Do it anyway. Do it because our constitution is considered to be one of the greatest in the world for a reason. Do it because it is not only a fundamental right, but a fundamental responsibility. Do it because our ancestors did it, and many of them died so that their children and grandchildren would have these rights throughout eternity. Do it because citizens remaining silent have led to the downfall of many otherwise honorable nations. Do it because there is nothing more American than policing our leaders.

Protect our constitution. Speak out for what you believe in. Protest unjust laws and corrupt officials. Take a direct approach to preserving the fundamental freedoms of this country. Show no intimidation. Just do it, and don’t let hysterical cries of “Anti-American” sway you.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.



Sarah Palin in Asheville: A Redneck Woman, Spin, and the Same Old Thing All Over Again

Sarah Palin appeared in the Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina tonight–my hometown–for a rally with a crowd of 11,000 people (less than half the attendance of Obama’s rally in Asheville earlier this month, which attracted 28,000 supporters). There were a couple hundred protesters outside the event, carrying signs and exchanging shouts with the crowd, but no violence, although reports are that a couple of isolated shoving matches did occur. No word as to who started what or why. A few protesters were also escorted from the inside of the Civic Center shortly after the doors opened. Some protesters said they were enraged by a “KKK for Palin” sign displayed in a window near the venue.

Palin entered the event wearing jeans and a blouse, singing along with Gretchen Wilson to the song “Redneck Woman”, which she has apparently adopted as ‘her’ song. The irony of this is a mind blowing thing, especially if you consider the lyrics:

“Victoria’s Secret, well their stuff’s real nice
Oh, But I can buy the same damn thing on a Wal-Mart shelf half price
And still look sexy, just as sexy as those models on TV
No I don’t need no designer tag to make my man want me”

Maybe not your man, Sarah, but I guess you think you need those designer tags to court the American people. Lovely. And how nice of you to condescend to us hillbilly folk by ‘dressing down’, because, of course, a pair of jeans is all it takes to convince us that you’re just like us.

The crowd inside appeared festive, occasionally breaking out into the expected chants of “Sarah!” and “USA!”

Palin’s speech was nothing new–basically the same tired stump speech, complete with the usual negative attacks aimed at Obama. No surprises, really. However, I will share a few of Palin’s words with you, along with my thoughts on what she had to say.

“And that means harvesting alternative sources, like wind, and solar, and biomass…geothermal…those sources that God has so richly blessed this land with…and we will develop clean coal technology…and we will drill for the billions of barrels of oil we have underground–we’ll drill here, and drill now!” –Sarah Palin

I don’t know about anyone else, but it sickens me a little bit to hear the ‘drill baby drill’ chant. It’s as if focus is not really on alternative fuel sources that might truly help us along to energy independence–as if she’s just giving those things a quick lip service on her way to her true obective: big (American) oil, and our best interests (and the environment) be damned. It also bugs me that she seems to think that Good is rooting for us to process crude. WTF? Surely He has purer things to support than whether or not we get to rape wildlife preserves to make the next big magnate a billionaire.

“We will drill, baby, drill and mine, baby, mine.” –Sarah Palin

Excuse me while I vomit. Are people really buying into this crap?

“We need a leader with experience and good judgment, and truthfulness and courage. North Carolina, we need that leader who is ready on day one because we are a nation at war, and we need someone who talks about the wars that America is fighting and isn’t afraid to use the word ‘victory’.” –Sarah Palin

  • Good judgment? I don’t think so, Sarah. After all, our faith in McCain’s good judgment was destroyed the day he picked you to become his running mate.
  • Truthfulness? Hardly. One only has to look at the lies, half-truths, and spin produced on this campaign to know better. Then there is also the fact that we are dealing with a womanizer, an adulterer, a man who misrepresents his own record, and, of course, a man who has dealings such as the Keating 5 and the Libby fiasco to discredit him. Barring that, how about his lies calling Obama’s market run health plan a socialist government-run health system? How about his claims that Obama opposes offshore oil-drilling and building new nuclear-power plants, when 38,000,000 Americans clearly heard Obama say he was open to both? Or even the smears, innuendo, and less than truthful dirty politics he has used against his opponent? Should we simply overlook those things and call McCain an honest man just because you said so in your perky, country ensemble?
  • Oh hell. Here comes the drumming up of the pseudo-patriotic fervor by invoking the war–a war, I might add, that was built on lies. Notice that Sarah mentions ‘wars’ in the plural sense. Yes, Sarah–we are spending billions on fighting wars while our own people hover on the brink of financial ruin. Nice of you to imply that McCain and yourself intend to continue the fighting until the bitter end, while many of us wind up on the street. Lets ignore the fact that the majority of the people you claim to represent are opposed to this war. That just wouldn’t fit into your handy-dandy rhetoric, would it? And one of your own children are fighting that war–what the hell are you thinking? Or maybe you don’t think of that so much,–and forgive me for saying so, as I believe the child is simply an unfortunate victim of his upbringing–since the child in question is a potential embarrassment to the wholesome, down-home super-mom image you’ve worked so hard to maintain.

“It’s a close race, and it’s gonna come down to what we believe in, and what John McCain and I believe in is what Ronald Reagan believed in.” –Sarah Palin

And what is that, Sarah? Iran-Contra? Creating another Taliban? Leaving us with an even larger deficit? Trickle Down Economics? Medicaid cuts? Withdrawing funding from federal education programs? Reducing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency? Helping create a new Savings and Loan Crisis? Helping create another stock market crash? Raising the national debt by billions? Recreating the Cold War? Having another ‘agressive, imperialistic, and warmongering’ foreign policy? Sounds like more of the same to me–and more of the same that began this mess in the first place, even before Papa Bush came along and asked us to read his lips, then lied to us about no new taxes.

But at least she finally had the sense to admit that it is, indeed, a ‘close’ race.

“Those of you who run our factories, and grow our food, and teach our children, and who fight our wars–this is where the courage and the goodness, the best of America is. It’s in these areas where you love…you have never been not proud to be an American. You are proud to be an American.” –Sarah Palin

  • Here we go again. Trying to single out who is a proud American and who is not, based on whether or not you support her ticket, I suppose. She came dangerously close to implying that many of us hate America, but managed to catch herself at the last moment. Very telling of your mindset, Sarah. Very telling about what we might face if your ticket is elected to office–perhaps a few McCarthy-esque witch hunts to ferret out which ones of us you don’t deem patriotic enough? Is Asheville ‘real’ America, Sarah? If you lose this state, will you deem us to be ‘fake’ America, and punish us accordingly? How hypocritical of you, as if that were something new, considering that your ‘real America’ consists of ties to a party that wants to wash its hands of America, by whatever means necessary.
  • If the blue collar workers, the farmers, the teachers are the best of America, why are you opposed to the pittance tax cuts that Obama has offered us? Could it be that you are just preaching to the crowd what the crowd wants to hear, or are you so ignorant that you don’t understand the issues, either?

“I do thank God that we have a man who is ready and worthy to lead, a man who inspires us with heroic and trustworthy deeds, not just words.” –Sarah Palin

Again, like Libby? Like Keating? Like the way he treated his first wife in his hurry to run off with his heiress? Those kinds of trustworthy deeds?

Yeah, you probably guessed it. It was just another evening of the same old, tired, hackneyed lines that the republican candidates have been feeding us for the last 20 years. No more of the same. Bring us change, and save our country. No to McCain/Palin 2008.

Palin left to the tune of, “Rock This Town”. Hopefully she wont rock us anymore than we already have been–I don’t think we can handle it. We’re rocked enough already, thanks to the policies of politicians just like her.

Michele Bachmann and her Anti-American Paranoia

Oh yeah, she’s crazy. Moreover, she may just be a threat to America, herself. I certainly can’t find any benefits to having her in any sort of leadership position. Of course, common sense tells me that she’s such an obvious idiot that no one would listen to her, but then reality kicks me in the face and reminds me that, for some inexplicable reason, a bunch of people actually voted for her. WTF were they thinking?

In case you don’t know why I’m ranting about this woman that you’ve probably never heard of before today, check out this video:

To summarize: “Palin is great…blah blah blah…Obama is a terrorist…blah blah blah…Democrats and Liberals are anti-American…blah blah blah…Congress should be investigated to find the secret anti-Americans…blah blah blah…Long live McCarthy…blah blah blah…Where is my tinfoil hat…something…something…something…Dark Side.”

A lot of us think that the country is in trouble. A lot of us aren’t pleased with the job that the government has been doing. A lot of us think that radical change needs to take place. So I guess you think that a lot of us are anti-American, don’t you Michele? Was Martin Luther King, Jr. anti-American, Michele? For that matter, were you anti-American when you were leading protests in order to foster change in this country that you felt strongly about? I know what my answer would be when asked any of those questions–“No”. However, ask me if I think that your ignorance, your partisanship, your fearmongering, your resistance to recognizing the very principles that make this country great (one of which is our right to think that the country is not-so-great) make you the actual definition of anti-American.

But enough of that. I’m pretty sure that most thinking people (and I mean people that actually think–not blindly spew the repetitive bile that is fed to them by others with no real understanding) know that the very act of going around calling people anti-American is, well (no way to avoid the hypocrisy here, unfortunately) anti-American. However, this whole surreal episode has led me to the question, “Who is this strange and ignorant person?” A quick web search gave me a few answers.

First, lets take a quick look at her voting record.

  • No to expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • Yes to warrantless wiretapping.
  • No to repealing tax breaks for big oil companies to fund renewable energy sources.
  • No to lowering interest rates on student loans.
  • No to lower pharmaceutical prices for medicare recipients.
  • No to increasing the minimum wage.

Darn it, I’m about to sound like a political ad and I hate it, but it begs to be said. Do we really need to listen to the views of a woman that seems to be against any kind of common sense, against freedom, against the majority of America, on what is or is not anti-American?

Okay, time for a little more research, this time to Wikipedia. First thing I notice is that she used to be a democrat, and that she once campaigned for Jimmy Carter. She also came from a democratic family. I wonder if she disowned them for being anti-American? Hmmm…

I also enjoyed the appropriateness of a direct quote from Michele, “I must be a nutcase.” I think she hit the nail on the head with that one.

Reading further, I learned that she is former political activist. More anti-American activity, by her definition, from Ms. Bachmann. Mmmm…I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

I was then enlightened as to her problems separating church and state, as well as stumbling across more evidence of her paranoia (and a spectacular case of flip-flopping):

From Wikipedia:

During an interview with St. Cloud Times reporter Lawrence Schumacher on February 10, 2007, Bachmann claimed to know of a plan, already worked out with a line drawn on the map, for the partition of Iraq in which Iran will control half of the country and set it up as a “a terrorist safe haven zone” and a staging area for attacks around the Middle East and on the United States, to be called “the Iraq State of Islam, something like that”.[50] In a subsequent interview with the Associated Press, Bachmann retracted and said that she knew of no actual plan to divide Iraq with Iran to create a new “terrorist safe haven” state.

Uh-huh. Okay, Michele.

Down a few paragraphs, I caught an instance of Michele telling a bald-faced lie to protect her own interests (a lying politician–le gasp!):

In February 2008, Bachmann voted against an extension of the Protect America Act.[56] Later in March, she submitted an op-ed to the Star Tribune arguing that the PAA ought to have been passed and faulting House Democrats for its failure to do so.[57] The extension had been proposed and overwhelmingly supported by Democrats.

Of course, to her credit, she did fight the good and honorable fight to save the incandescent light bulb. Maybe she’s mavericky like Palin, too. </sarcasm>

Next stop, YouTube, because I love good video as much as the next guy, and there’s nothing like getting it direct from the horse’s mouth (or at least the horse’s mouth caught on tape).

First, I enjoyed Michele’s views on global warming (I also enjoyed her big, Mod Squad hair, but that’s a story for another blog):

Okay, I understand that she doesn’t believe in global warming. Many people don’t, and aren’t ready to make up their minds either way. However, she should at least get her facts straight, or, at the very least, try a little harder to not sound so foolish. (To summarize the above link, I’ll post the very excellent graphic found therein):

Next up, a lovely little vid in which Bachmann hems and haws, backpedals and contradicts herself, and makes no sense whatsoever, in the end coming across as an opportunistic liar and mild schizophrenic:

Go on over to YouTube and do a search for Michele Bachmann videos yourself. You should be mildly entertained. She’s a strange woman. The most notable thing I noticed, aside from what I’ve posted here, is that she seems to get laughed at by her co-workers and peers quite often, presumably for constantly saying such stupid things (or for hiding in the bushes at gay rallies). I feel sorry for her constituents.

“Literally, if we took away the minimum wage—if conceivably it was gone—we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” —Michele Bachmann

“Many teenagers that come in should be paying the employer because of broken dishes or whatever occurs during that period of time. But you know what? After six months, that teenager is going to be a fabulous employee and is going to go on a trajectory where he’s going to be making so much money, we’ll be borrowing money from him.” —Michele Bachmann, 1/26/05, explaining why teenagers should pay employers for the privilege of working instead of receiving minimum wage.

“If raising the minimum wage to $7.00 an hour is a good idea, that why dont we just raise it to $20.00 an hour, that must be even better.” —Michele Bachmann

“It isn’t that some gay will get some rights. It’s that everyone else in our state will lose rights. For instance, parents will lose the right to protect and direct the upbringing of their children. Because our K-12 public school system, of which ninety per cent of all youth are in the public school system, they will be required to learn that homosexuality is normal, equal and perhaps you should try it. And that will occur immediately, that all schools will begin teaching homosexuality.”Michele Bachmann

(On gay marriage) “This is a very serious matter, because it is our children who are the prize for this community, they are specifically targeting our children.”Michele Bachmann

“The sex curriculum will be essentially by taught by the local gay community.” Michele Bachmann

“If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.” Michele Bachmann

“They aren’t just kind of gay-friendly, they are gay advocates at Proctor and Gamble… Here’s just a few other companies that support the pro-homosexual agenda. They include Levi-Strauss, American Airlines, Sarah Lee Bakery, Jaguar and LandRover.”Michele Bachmann

“You have a teacher talking about his gayness. (The elementary school student) goes home then and says “Mom! What’s gayness? We had a teacher talking about this today.” The mother says “Well, that’s when a man likes other men, and they don’t like girls.” The boy’s eight. He’s thinking, “Hmm. I don’t like girls. I like boys. Maybe I’m gay.” And you think, “Oh, that’s, that’s way out there. The kid isn’t gonna think that.” Are you kidding? That happens all the time. You don’t think that this is intentional, the message that’s being given to these kids? That’s child abuse.” Michele Bachmann

“I am so proud to be from the state of Minnesota. We’re the workingest state in the country, and the reason why we are, we have more people that are working longer hours, we have people that are working two jobs.”Michele Bachmann

God help us all if anyone ever actually listens to her.