Reading, watching, and listening to the mainstream media lapdogs this morning, I guess I am the only person in America who thought Sarah Palin’s speech last night at the Republican National Convention was a complete and total failure. She destroyed her now and infected our future.
I don’t fear Palin. I do not respect Palin. I find her a pale imitation of a real person with standard values. Her cartoon catch phrases and read meat pandering are not noteworthy, and when she had the gall to blame the media for her troubles, I laughed as I changed the channel on her to dismiss her righteous fantasy.
It’s dishearteningly unfunny how Republicans so successfully claim the media is against them when the media has done nothing but licked their feet and suckled their every whim and ninny for the past eight years:
The media’s contempt for both John Kerry and Al Gore was matched only by their reverence for George Bush’s swagger. The first several months of media coverage this year was dominated by Jerimiah Wright, lapel pins, bowling scores, Bittergate and elitism. And it is highly unlikely that there has even been a time in American history when the media was as subservient to Government as they were during the Bush era. It’s literally hard to imagine a claim that ought to be more discredited in general than the notion of the “liberal media” and its “anti-Republican bias.”
The “liberal media” could not line up fast enough behind G. W. Bush and his War Co. to get the invasion fires lighted in Iraq and then train their video cameras on the wounded suffering.
Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson are the ultimate unholy trinity of war profiteers and it is to their total dishonor that none of them stood up against the party line and dared to cross their insider connections in exchange for the higher calling of truth — an impending truth that will stab the rest of us in the heart and betray our pocketbooks in the years to come.
I don’t like politicians or television analysts that claim the moral high road and then turn around and preach the low ground that they alone know the best way to reach the top of the mountaintop while the values and morals in their own work life and families curdle into degeneration and crumble with irresponsibility.
No matter what the Christian Fundamentalists claim, the pregnancy of Palin’s daughter is a failure of mothering and the firestorm created by that public, political, hypocrisy is no longer a private matter when Palin claims her superior backwoods mommying is just what this country needs after eight years of Republican ruination.
We don’t need another mother. We need a brutal truth-teller.
When there is a failure of self-control in the home where Palin is the parent for modeling — and abstinence erupts and a teenage pregnancy happens — Sarah must be smited with the same coil she has whipped at others and she must not be celebrated as a new star on the Republican platform unless duplicity and irresponsibility are the fresh covenants of the day.
Sarah Palin had a great opportunity last night to make her name in a positive light and to persuade independent minds that she just might be something new and noteworthy.
Instead of offering a new way of thinking, she relied on the old Republican chestnuts of name calling, mocking, denigrating and insulting those she felt were not as patriotic as she.
When I watched her contemptuous preening, her look-at-me smirkiness, and her smarmy personality that relished the applause celebrating her hatred, I was surprised by the false shout outs of admiration from the audience for her barely concealed boiling hatred for science and community cohesion and social responsibility — and I could only wonder what punishing world created, and then crushed, her humanity — and then I tried to figure out in which universe she spun where a preening morality was excused by a fallow God, febrile, gun toting, hunters and pregnant teens.
I’ve had my fill of fundamentalist, self-righteous politicos — they have shoved us far enough down the craven path of death and war paved with the loss of economic stability — and I’m not interested in ever repeating the sins of those conservatives that claim intellectualism and thought and education are fodder for mocking and cruelty.
If folks like Sarah Palin are the future of the Republican Party, then I am quite comfortable in knowing the whole of them will implode and begin to eat their bile-filled young and roast them over a fire of burning books — but not the unborn young, and never a burning Bible… they’ll use Mark Twain to spark their paginated celebration of the hatred of the foreign and the dispossessed and they’ll wait until the foetuses are fully viable before they start chowing down on toes.
I am also quite certain the reasonable-minded among the rest of us that are offended by a sarcasm pretending to be policy and by a joking Ole Boy management style that fails to create an international reality that isn’t covered in the blood of our soldiers and wrapped in the tattered flags of the fallen – will refuse to laugh off the ruse of applauding lies as truth and they will not accept the belief that death is the only salvation from the ferocity of a fundamentalist lifestyle.
It is from the rational middle where the rest of us hope to find protection from those that prey to pray to condemn us — and it is up to that mainstream core to see through the viperous Palin and shun her failed prophecy of forcing us all to live her private purgatory in public.