I suspect that I'm the only one here who is a true Independent. I've written about this before. I take pride in the fact that I am quite capable of weighing issues and thinking for myself. Right now we're in the middle of a political campaign that may or may not reshape America. As a taxpayer, as a citizen, as a human being, I care. I've been watching this carefully and I will confess that I'm worried. Very worried. I want to scream, "DO OVER!!!" Go back, get new cadidates and let's start again. I'm tired of going to the polls and voting for the lesser of the two evils. Maybe evil isn't the right word but I'm certainly inevitably disappointed.
Part of my disappointment comes from the years I spent in and out of Hollyweird interviewing celebrities, dealing with press agents, and all in all getting a darned good education in professional b.s. from the best. I know it when I see it and I can certainly smell it. That familiar stench has reappeared.
On the one hand we have the Vietnam Veteran, John McCain, who refused to take early release as a prisoner of war because he wouldn't leave his men. I can respect that. Who can't? Who among us would have that much courage? Who would have the guts to stay when offered release? Especially when torture is an everyday occurrence. But he's known to have a temper. Who doesn't? It just depends upon which buttons are pushed. It's not necessarily always a bad thing. We have the media looking at his wife and her money but they had a contractual agreement before they married and her money is hers. Period. There are the usual comedians joking about his age. What's so funny about age discrimination? Personally, I'm not amused. It's just one more form of bigotry.
And on the other hand we have our alleged Red Room member (well, his name is here but he's not exactly active so he's more of a ghost member), Barack Hussein Obama. This is the man who wouldn't put his hand over his heart during the playing of the National Anthem. Not only is that proper form for any citizen but a man who wants to lead this country should be loyal enough to it to place his hand over his heart. What's so hard about that? His wife said she wasn't proud of this country until he ran and then there was a lot of p.r. back-pedalling to try to put spin on it. Uh, nice try but no dice. I know p.r. and I can, as I said, recognize it and smell it. Oh, there are the wonderful rallies where he revs up a crowd. I haven't seen a crowd revved up like that since I watched old films of Adolph Hitler who struck a chord with his countrymen. But there are two things about Obama that bother me even more. Let me tell you about them, if you're still reading and not planning to picket my house. LOL
First, the man talks about how he was raised by his white grandparents. Okay. They were his grandparents, of course they'd love him and help raise him. Nice that he acknowledges that. However, he just couldn't leave it there. He has to go on and say, time and time again, this his grandmother is a "typical white person." So, I need to know: WHAT is a "typical white person?" What's a typical Asian person? And if I said someone was a "typical black person" how much do you want to bet that his Rev. Wright, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would have me nailed to a cross? I don't like bigots of any color and that, to me, is a bigoted remark. "Typical white person?" I'm white. I'm also Jewish. I've spent enough years being called Jew Bastard to know bigotry when I hear it. That comes from experience.
And then there was his trip to Middle East and Europe which the networks and newspapers covered extensively. That is nothing short of biased reporting and makes me ashamed to call myself a journalist. What happeed to "equal time" for candidates?
While he was there, Obama supposedly refused to visit wounded troops because he couldn't take cameras in with him. No cameras, no photo ops. Well, there is never a time when it isn't appropriate to visit those who have been injured in the line of duty. If he wants to be Commander in Chief then he damned well should have visited them come hell or high water. He was right there. No, he opted for a game of basketball. Big whoop.
I'm about to age myself but back when the Vietnam War was being fought, there were plenty of injured military. I was a kid back then. A kid who used to sing and dance. I drove quite a distance, with costume, to sing in the wards at Fort Devens. I was told I didn't have to get dressed up for them. I didn't have to. I wanted to. They had risked their lives, lost friends on the battlefield, and the condition they were in broke my then-young heart. But I got into an evening gown, and I went from ward to ward to sing for them. It was all that I could do. I could talk to them, sing, take them away from themselves, even for a moment. I saw in their eyes what it meant. I've never talked about it until now. If I could do that as a kid, why the hell couldn't he have walked in to say hello? No photo op, huh? Well, they vote and I wonder how they'll vote. It's up to them. Each is an individual just as we are.
Obama's congressional experience is so limited that I know kids who've spent more time in the Girl Scouts than he's spent on Capital Hill.
I've seen all of the support for Obama here in the Red Room. I know that I'm likely to be excoriated for this blog but frankly, I don't care. I still have freedom of speech. At least for awhile. This country has changed so much, and not for the better, that I wonder how long I'll have that. What happened to the melting pot? That's a question for another day.
Meanwhile, people can get as revved up as they want by rhetoric. Actions speak louder than words. Always. And we are people who are experts with words.
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