Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Double Standard of Red and Blue in America

The Double Standard of Red and Blue in America

Received part of this from a friend , Consider this collaboration...
If you're a minority and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates, you're a "token hire."
If you're a conservative and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates, you're a "game changer."
Black teen pregnancies? A "crisis."
White teen pregnancies? A "blessed event."
If you grow up in Hawaii, you're "exotic."
Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, you're the "quintessential American story."
Name you kid Barack you're "unpatriotic."
Name your kid Track, you're "colorful."
If you're a Democrat and you make a VP pick without fully vetting the individual, you're "reckless."
A Republican who doesn't fully vet is a "maverick."
If you spend three years as a community organizer growing your organization from a staff of 1 to a staff of 13 and your budget from $70,000 to $400,000, distinguish yourself as the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new African-American voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, then spend nearly eight more years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, becoming chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, then spend four years in the United States Senate representing a state of nearly 13 million people, sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment, Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you are woefully inexperienced.
If you spend four years on the town council and six years as the mayor of a town with apprx. 6,000 people, then spend 18 months as the governor of a state with 675,000 people, then you've got the most executive experience of anyone on either ticket. As the Commander in Chief of the Alaska military you are well qualified to lead the nation should you be called upon to do so because your state is the closest state to Russia.
If you are a popular Democratic male candidate, you are an "arrogant celebrity."
If you are a popular Republican female candidate, you are "energizing the base."
If you are a younger male candidate who thinks for himself and makes his own decisions, you are "presumptuous."
If you are an older male candidate who makes last-minute decisions you refuse to explain, you are a "shoot from the hip" maverick.
If you are a candidate who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard law School, you are an elitist, out of touch with the real America.
If you are a legacy admission(dad and granddad were admirals) graduate of Annapolis with multiple disciplinary infractions on your record,who graduated 5th from the bottom of your class (rank 894 out of 899)you are solidly educated, but one of the guys.
If you managed a multi-million dollar nationwide campaign, you are an "empty suit."
If you are a part time mayor of a town of apprx. 6,000 people with a town manager to assist you ,you are an "experienced executive."
If you go to a South Side Chicago church, your beliefs are "extremist."
If you believe in creationism, don't believe global warming is man-made, and stated the Iraq War "is from God" you are "strongly principled."
If you cheated on your disfigured wife and left her to marry a rich young heiress, you're the family values Christian candidate.
If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years and are raising two beautiful daughters, you're "risky."
If you teach abstinence only in sex education, you get teen parents.
If you teach responsible age-appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you're eroding the fiber of society.
If you believe separation of church and state is the cornerstone of our Constitution and will defend it, your against fundamental Christian values.
If you happily blur these lines, your God's Warrior - Wait, what country is this?
Your thoughts?
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

A re posting of Dick Cheney with Lipstick?!

One of the perks of long living is the ability to pick out toxic people pretty quickly. An acquired skill it serves me well and I am rarely wrong. I penned this post as I watched the Republican National convention 18 mos ago. This woman, who has has perfected sanctimonious self absorption has turned out to far more toxic than I could have imagined!
Dick Cheney with Lipstick
There is something very unseemly about this self described pit bull mom, but I have to give Sarah Palin props, she has redefined chutzpah! As the mother of three daughters and the aunt of a special needs child this woman is really making me angry. Will this woman stop at nothing,accusing her opponents of playing the gender card and and drawing her children into the campaign and than she turns and does it at every turn? You can't exhaust the gender/ mom card and than cry foul when your opponent brings it up. Is nothing off limits?
In her convention speech she referred to herself as a mother at least 5 times. She then opened with "As a mother of a special needs child you'll have an advocate in the White House". Well my sister, who has fought for 30 yrs to get her son the services and education he needed to become a functional adult, was not impressed, and in fact, thought her shout out was just the beginning of the evening's overall exploitation of her children to "excite the base" and found it disingenuous.
Next came her foreign policy position pitch which began and ended with, "I'm a Mom with a son in the national guard who leaves next week for Iraq...(cut away to camera closeup on the kid). Again the Mommy card played face up,her son used as a deflection, why? Because a month ago when asked to discuss foreign policy, she stated, "I really haven't focused much on the war in Iraq"-ouch! It should be noted here that Biden and McCain also have sons who have, are currently, or soon will be deployed to Iraq, and they have had the class to leave their son's out of the fray. In fact, taking his cue from Va. Sen. D. Jim Webb, John McCain when pressed on the subject in an interview recently stated "Id rather not discuss my sons military service if you don't mind". (Perhaps McCain and Palin need a sidebar)
But the coup de grace of the evening was yet to come. Talk about Brass Ovaries! All while demanding her daughter be left out of the campaign rhetoric, she flew the baby's daddy of her 17 yr old pregnant daughter in from Alaska, to the convention, and then pranced the gum chewing man child around on stage with the moose in the headlights suddenly very pregnant daughter! As a mother of three daughters ( I've got a mommy card of my own to play) I found this disturbing on so many levels it hurt my heart and my head.
The Inmates have taken over the Asylum!
Ms Palin, as I try to process what I saw and heard I have questions:

1.In light of recent events, do you revisit your decision to cut funding 20 percent earlier this year to Passages, a teenage crisis pregnancy center in Anchorage? According to Passage House's web site, its purpose is to provide "teen mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives" and help teen moms "become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families."

2. You oppose all funding to prevent teen pregnancies, "sex-ed programs will not find my support," you wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates but you cut funding for the teenage mothers who do not have the family or socioeconomic support your own daughter will have the privilege of- please explain how this connects you to the needs of everyday small town people?

3. Will this time missed out of high school classes qualify baby's daddy an excused absence? cool!

4. Social Conservatives decried the movie Juno,complaining it glorified teenage pregnancy (teen gives baby up for adoption),and indeed a spike in teenage pregnancy was dubbed the Juno effect. So I ask, with all this prancing about, can we expect a Bristol effect and what are you going to do about it if your the VP?

5. You decreased teen pregnancy services, but increased funds for aerial wolf shooting, please explain?

One more thing, being pro choice is not pro abortion, what part of that is hard to understand?
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