“I do think that there is a tone and tenor that needs to change, where we can disagree without being disagreeable or making wild accusations about the other side. And I think that’s what most Americans would like to see, as well.”
That was President Obama’s response to Harry Smith’s “vitriol” question during CBS’ Early Show yesterday. Those on the Right heard Obama was taking away their Right to Free Speech. I don’t get it.
When the Labor Department released March’s job numbers – the best numbers in three years – those on the Right criticized the President’s economic policies. The current Administration is a failure. As opposed to the previous Administration?
I don’t get it.
After all the recent violence directed at democrats who passed health-care reform, after the FBI broke up a terrorist plot by a Christian militia group, after President Obama offered an olive-branch to the Tea Party movement, guess what we’re hearing from the Right?
More of the same.
Praise for Sarah Palin, and her “reload” rhetoric. Anger at the FBI for targeting Conservative Christians. And a big fat “No thanks.” to the President’s call for peace.
Now, Palin can say whatever the hell she wants to. But calling out the news media for reporting acts of violence? If she had any balls, she’d tell her rabid followers to ratchet it back a little. That’s what McCain did in 2008, and he deserves credit for that.
The FBI wasn’t “targeting Christian Conservatives”. They stopped a plot to kill cops. Isn’t that their job? No one is lumping these lunatics together with the larger, somewhat normal group. Well, except many on the right, claiming the FBI is guilty of political profiling.
The moment the President finished speaking on the Today Show, incensed Tea-Partiers started banging away on their keyboards. Obama’s a commie. Obama’s a Kenyan. A Muslim. The anti-Christ. We want our America Back. Et cetera, et cetera, ad-nauseum.
As to the title of this post. For better or worse, we live in the Digital Age. The foundation of which is that all reality can be broken down into ones and zeros. Everything is either black or white. Good or evil. The switch is either on or off. Period. In politics, that means you’re either on the Left or the Right. You side with Palin or Obama. There is no middle ground.
We can’t sustain this self-destructive mentality. The world isn’t black or white. In the real world, there are a million shades of gray.
A newcomer to this blog left an interesting comment on my post thank you, which was about the House’s passage of the health-care reform bill. Hoot Gibson writes: In the words of our Assclown VP…”I’ve just found a fucking idiot’s blog”. You Marxist freaks really do exist….
You can read it yourself, I don’t delete comments. That First Amendment thingy, ya know…
Now, I’ve always considered myself a moderate progressive. Sure, I almost always vote democratic, but I thought Bush 41 was decent enough. Anyone who listened to Obama’s campaign rhetoric must have known that he’s not the most progressive guy in Washington, by a long shot. The health-care reform bill he signed looks more like the proposals set forth by republicans in 1993, in opposition to HillaryCare.
Point is this: There are a growing number of far-right folks who see everything as either good or evil. Right or wrong. Godly or Godless. That’s not the way the real world works. Especially in politics, where compromise is an essential aspect of the game.
These far-right folks spit on people, use racist and homophobic epithets, and threaten – sometimes even commit – acts of violence. All in the name of patriotism. All in the name of God. How the hell can they get away with that?
“God is not mocked.” – Galatians 6:7
Bullied, battered, and bruised, America shines on. She’s weathered too many storms to simply give in to the persistent negativity of a screaming minority whose only wish is to tear her down. She put her career on the line when she marched alongside the writers three years ago. She was excoriated by political pundits on both sides of the aisle over her strong support for Hillary. She took a big hit by social conservatives for tackling racism, homophobia, and the issue of illegal immigration on a show they had to create a brand new category for. She’s received critical acclaim for everything she’s done on both the small and the big screen. And she’s only twenty-five.
Tonight, the trademark braces come off, and we see Betty in a new light. While Ugly Betty winds down its run, I hope viewers will savor these last few moments. The show that brought dramedy, and frenemy into the living rooms of millions of ardent fans has been cancelled by the geniuses at ABC, after finally finding an appropriate time-slot, on the third try.
Ratings were always problem with the show. Most American hits make tons of money overseas. But when Betty la Fea hit American TV, many countries already had their own versions of the show. And after her extremely uncomfortable interview with David Letterman, when he ogled her like some creepy old pervert, America never felt at ease doing the late night shows.
So one of the best shows in recent memory is on its farewell tour. The laughs and tears will end. But America’s future is brighter than ever.