Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, September 08, 2008

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Sarah Palin’s Future Grandchild Might Be African-American!

OK, first — AHEM! — a few disclaimers. Obviously I have no idea whether there's any truth whatsoever to this rumor. Check out the YouTube link at the bottom of this post and see what you think.

Second, I've always had nothing but contempt for those mindless tabloid journals and the people who read them. And now I'm stooping to their level. Oh My God, I've become what I hate!

But there's a war going on — a culture war. And War is Hell.

Until a week or two ago, the whole “culture wars” / “fire and brimstone” garbage had a lower profile than usual. Millions of Biblestains were threatening to stay home on Election Day because McCain isn't righteous or hateful enough. For awhile there, it looked like we might actually have an election where ISSUES would be discussed. You know — millions of people in danger of losing their homes; America being swallowed up by Iraqmire; the banking, oil and pharmaceutical industries (among others) running rampant with no oversight or accountability. That kind of thing.

But thanks to the Republican powerbrokers, a rightwing Biblespouting trophy-hunting “global-warming-is-a-myth” nutcase is on the ticket. (If you think this was McCain’s choice, I can get you a great deal on some oceanfront property in South Dakota.)

Whew! Now we don’t have to discuss the issues after all. That was close. McCain can't find Iraq and Pakistan on a map; can't even tell the difference between a middle school and a VA hospital. How can he possibly debate the issues with Obama?

Problem solved. Once again, all the Right has to do is spit out their favorite soundbites — Abortion! Gay Marriage! Drill For Oil Now! — and millions of knuckledraggers will slither out from under their rocks and go to the polls on Election Day.

But there's a risk to pounding the Bible and playing the God Card: you might get hoisted on your own petard. For instance — William Bennett, Newt Gingrich, Jon Livingston, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart (to name just a few). And now Sarah Palin.

She doesn’t appear to be quite the lily-white Bible Queen she’s pretending to be. Affairs. A daughter pregnant out of wedlock. Using her political influence as a billy club (is that what Jesus would do?). Trophy hunting and trying to derail every environmental and species-protection law that she possibly can. Didn’t the Bible mention something about Man having stewardship over the land and God’s creatures? Or maybe Jesus said “if it moves, shoot it!”

The Palin family has brought on all of these tabloid rumors by their own holier-than-though Bible spouting. When somebody preaches one thing and practices the opposite, it becomes an issue.

If the public found out that the president of Greenpeace likes to hunt endangered species when nobody’s looking, the anti-environment crowd would have a field day with it. And they'd be right.

And continuing with that zany comparison: environmentalists — unlike Biblehumpers — would NOT be circling the wagons and rallying around the president of Greenpeace and saying “uh, ahem [sputter] but this is different, it’s not the same thing…that F#$%&!# media…”

OK, on with the show! Here is the link to the video.

Yes these are vicious rumors and dirty tactics. Lee Atwater and Karl Rove don’t have a patent on the dirty tricks they invented. For the past two presidential elections, the Democrats showed up at a gunfight and brought a pocket knife. Not this time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the daughter will give birth before or after the election, because that's the only way to find out. Knowing the GOP they will cite privacy and then put a picture of the Gerber Baby saying it's Palin's Grandchild.

But if the right wingers can pass over Dick Cheney holding his grandchild from such a sinful union, then anything is possible.

Now before people get into a race bait talk as to why it's important who the alleged father is hear this:

In the 2004 primary it was Bush vs McCain. Bush had Rove circulate the rumor that McCain has fathered an illegitimate Black Child. Watch the language not CHILD which is sinful enough, but BLACK CHILD which Rove must have known that the the Miscegenation hating Conservatives would really react to this one. The fact that the McCain's adopted a dark Pakistani child didn't help!

And McCain started losing primaries and dropped out and we got 4 more tears.

So if this is a Democratic Conspiracy - remember they are just borrowing from the Republicans.


September 8, 2008 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger BaxtersMum said...

Keee-rye-st. You know how this is going to end up - a left wing conspiracy against conservative women. Lovely.

If I hear one more person pull the whole "You're being a sexist pig! Picking on her because she's a GIRL!"

Look, folks - I am a woman in a male field - we take shit (and dish it out) on a regular basis because of our gender. That's how we break glass ceilings. In order for the ceiling to truly be broken, like it has in many industries and fields, woman have got to prove that they can take it.

Its not fair. But no one said life was fair or easy.

Jeeze. You want to be a maverick? You want to blaze a trail, break a ceiling? Then you need to expect to take some crap for everything and anything - its how you survive and how you suceed IN SPITE OF IT that makes you a maverick. Not because you're a token party marionette.

Otherwise, all you're doing is getting a free pass. And you're proving nothing except that women can't take it.

So when the liberal (hate them, hate them) trash mongers bring up pregnancy, and other sordid implications and inuendos, I don't care. Because the rightwingers are going to cry "Foul! She's a girl! And you're being MEAN! Not Fair!"

In order to break those barriers, you have to overcome the unfairness. See MLK, See Ghandi, See Nelson Mandela. It doesn't mean its right, but it does mean it works.

(wow, how did that soap box get there??)

September 8, 2008 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I absolutely thought this post was a hit out of the park. I fully intend to link back to it. Awesome job on calling the issue for what it really is.

Republican's seem to have no problem throwing mud but they showed up for this game with no glove to catch it.

September 8, 2008 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I assume it'll be after the election that the baby is born. Who knows how they'll spin this if the baby is black. You've probably heard about Sarah Palin's famous quote "Sambo beat the bitch." She yelled that out in a crowded restaurant when she heard that Obama had clinched the nomination. I thought of doing a post on that, but quite a few bloggers already have. If you Google that phrase, a lot of links will come up.

Like you said, even if this is just a hoax, it's payback for Rove's rumor that McCain had an illegitimate black child. And with Palin's obvious racist attitude, this could make things just a little awkward.

Baxtersmum: That's exactly how the Right is trying to spin this. "Oh, these feminists want equal rights for women unless it's somebody they don't agree with" yada yada.

Sarah Palin is already talking about glass ceilings, without mentioning that if her ilk had their way, women would still be in the kitchen all day, with dinner prepared and the table already set when the husband walks in at 6:05 p.m. saying "honey I'm home."

Papamoka: Thanks. Good line -- "Republicans seem to have no problem throwing mud but they showed up for this game with no glove to catch it." As sleazy and below-the-belt as they get, they always act shocked and hurt that liberals can be so mean and hateful.

September 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

It's simple really. If Sarah Palin can't protect her daughter from those ho want to screw with her, how's she going to protect us from terrorists who want to screw with us?

September 8, 2008 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: That's easy. Jesus protected Bristol from getting knocked up, and he'll protect the rest of us from terrorism as well.

September 8, 2008 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Papa, instead of reaching out to catch the mud, they neatly step aside so it lands on the media. They engage in their classic projection... They know they are dirty and have nothing to offer, so they claim their opponents are dirty-playing empty suits. I could get into full rant mode here, but I need to go to bed soon and if I get too wound up I won't get enough beauty rest... which I need! 8-)> More of that projection, Tom... They know they are mean and hateful because it is what they have to do to win. So to distract us all from that, why not tar the media and/or the left with those labels? Arrrrgh.

Good one, Lew!

September 8, 2008 at 9:35 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

For the record, the black child rumor about McCain was spread in 2000, in North Carolina, ahead of that state's GOP primary. McCain's adopted child is a Bangla Deshi.

Regarding the rumor about Bristol Palin's child, let's not go there. You've got a post by an anonymous writer and a video where an anonymous guy, poorly lit, makes this claim. It holds about as much water as a marble.

I had a lot to say about the U.S. not torturing in part because doing so makes us no better than the terrorists. The same principle applies to giving this kind of thing any play or credence.

There's ample grounds for criticizing Sarah Palin herself, with more coming in daily. There's no need for this.

Hope I haven't offended. I think enough of you and your blog to be straight with my comments.

September 8, 2008 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: That projection is one of the Right's main tactics. Most of the rightwing blogs I've seen (and I try not to look at too many of them) have two main themes: 1) those @#$%^%&*@#! moonbats and America-hating troop-derailing commies, and 2) oh, the Left is so hateful and mean. Oh woe is me, I've never heard such awful awful things in my life. Oh dear...

And of course that celebrity-obsessed "media" is the culprit. Riiight.

SW: Don't worry, no offense taken. I had to think long and hard before I used that video for a post. As I acknowledged early in the post, I've now turned myself into one of those @#$%$^% paparazzi or a National Enquirer "writer." But the Rove/Atwater approach of the Republicans keeps working for them and the Democrats' "high road" keeps not working.

I wholeheartedly agree that stooping to their tactics makes us "no better than them," just as torturing "terrorists" brings America down to the level of al Qaeda. But like I said toward the end of the post, we keep coming to a gunfight with a knife (I didn't make that up; I've read and heard that other places).

So, what to do. I agree that the issues are on our side and we don't need to crawl in the gutter, and at the same time I don't want us to be the nice guy who finishes last (again!)

September 8, 2008 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger Jolly Roger said...

I fully expect poor Bristol to have a "miscarriage" soon, which will happen after the election is over and the "pregnant" story has served its purpose.

Being a father 5 times over, I have never, ever heard of someone just continuing on about their business for countless HOURS after their "water broke." It doesn't happen, and even the wingtards have to know this.

September 9, 2008 at 3:06 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I've got no problem with mudslinging, but I like the obvious stuff: don't endlessly prattle on about family values, whore your kids at every photo op, talk about them constantly, then say they're offlimits.

"Bristol made a good choice." No, she made the only choice you would legally allow.

September 9, 2008 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: That's my prediction too.

Randal: I don't know where the Palins get off, using their kids as nothing but stage props and photo ops. And then if anybody asks a personal question: "hey, leave my kids out of this!"

September 9, 2008 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

So, what to do. I agree that the issues are on our side and we don't need to crawl in the gutter, and at the same time I don't want us to be the nice guy who finishes last (again!)

Ain't that the truth. I saw Keith Olbermann interviewing Obama last night. Olbermann gave a wide opening for Obama to just flat-out say:

"They are lying; there's no other way to describe it. And people should ask themselves, if McCain and Palin are so willing to tell obvious, blatant lies now, why would they suddenly stick to the truth if they get elected?"

But no, in his typical polite, gentlemanly way, Obama tapped danced all over the place NOT saying "lie" or "lying" or "liars."

And I just cringed. Somewhere between becoming a snarling, lying, name-calling guttersnipe and this there's a happy medium where Obama gets his fight on, with simple, direct, hard-hitting, truthful talk.

What I'm seeing isn't someone bringing a knife to a gunfight. It's someone bringing a pocket comb.

September 9, 2008 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: That's exactly what Obama needs to do -- "get his fight on." Finding the right balance is difficult. He needs to start swinging, but without making personal attacks.

September 9, 2008 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I saw this earlier Tom and could not believe it!

September 9, 2008 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Let's Talk: It isn't really very believable. But since they're playing dirty, we need to fight fire with fire.

September 9, 2008 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger The Robbins Nest said...

I'm amused at non-believers like you who make weak attempts at assuming what Jesus would do and quote parts of scripture that you may have heard some time in your life. It's funny as crap.If you want to know what Jesus would do, read Revelation. Jesus is not the wimp you want to make Him out to be. He is coming back as a lion and is going to destroy non-believers. Good Luck!!

September 21, 2008 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I don't usually waste my time arguing with nitwits, but here goes:

So the person who preached the Sermon on the Mount, and said "judge not lest ye be judged" has now turned into a lion who will come back and destroy all non-believers? OK, got it.

Oh, before you go -- after the Rapture comes, can I have your stuff?

September 21, 2008 at 11:18 AM  

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