re: i don’t get it…

re:  dixie chicks
re:  i don’t get it…

this has been bugging me since…well last week when the daughter popped in her new dixie chicks cd while we were on the road…

you might like them, you might not…and for the most part i do, but they pretty much disappeard from the airwaves in 2003 following natalie maines’ remarks about then president george w. bush…you can get the whole scoop here basically, she said she was ashamed to share the state of texas with dubya as part of the group’s anti-iraq war stance…much flaming of the ensued…boycotts were organized and the chicks were forced to issue an apology which landed on the deaf ears of the warmongers and dubya fans while pissing off  a majority of their still loyal fan base…

moving along to the late 2000s and barack obama…

the only thing i can figure is that some people really, really (and i do mean REALLY) have a problem with a black man in the oval office because, damn…the butthurt and the vitriol duke it out daily in some quarters.  one of the recurring memes of the right is that the liberals are SO MEAN!!! and now they are picking on mittens because he and his posse tackled a classmate (what?  he was a homosexual?  what’s that?) and forcibly cut his hair because it sooooooo offended mitt and his moral compass…an  incident mitt doesn’t even remember…except he remembers enough to deny that it was an act borne out of homophobia…but it didn’t happen…but anyway, he’s afraid he has to apologize if he might have offended someone along the way with his youthful highjinks and shenanigans…and we all know how much mitt likes fun!  and hey, even seamus the dog knows how much fun hanging out with mitt!  that wasn’t diahrrea coming out of his butt…it was zipideedoodah, he was having so much fun!

gosh…how could we? how could we be SO MEAN to dubya and mitt?  why can’t we emulate the gop’ers?  after all, they are all good christian folk…always with a kind word and helping hand the their fellow american…stalwart follwers of the founding fathers and their ideals…

aren’t they?

what?  they aren’t?  they call obama what?  and michelle?  what did she ever do to them?  oh, right…she was born and married barack…who also committed the sin of being born black…gotcha…and what?  they think that we should look out for our fellow man and have an at least adequate safety net?  really?  they want better health care for all americans?  wth?  what kind of evil socialists ARE these obamas?!?!

even so, the folks on the right wouldn’t be…MEAN to them, would they? here’s the results of a quick google search…there’s also been the birth certificate inquisition, the obama is a islamofascistnazisocialist lizardmanaliendevil…and of course, the gop’s vow to make him fail…this is just the tip of the iceberg…and michelle is not immune either…she’s commonly referred to as ‘the wookie’ and her campaign against child obesity, which is a problem whether whitebread-fatass-redneck america wants to admit it or not, has been ridiculed beyond anything i’ve seen in my lifetime…every bite of food she takes is scrutinized and some online ‘journalists’ are reaching scary stalkerish levels of following her in their quest to prove what an evil, evil woman she is (and her butt’s big amirite?!)…

so….it’s the lefty liberals that are mean?  and we’re the bullies?  mitt & co. are just nice ordinary folks who wouldn’t dream of stooping to twitter wars and trolling?  john hinderaker, in a show of…i don’t know…proving the right’s superiority? wrote an entire piece about about how the right dominates the twitterverse…woo hoo!  now there’s some proof for ya!  and of course, they use the twittervers for good, right?

here’s a sampling of the comments by conservatives for #AskMichelle:

When you vacation in Hawaii, can you see the rise of the oceans beginning to slow?
What’s up this week for the @BarackObama campaign and “Operation Change the Subject” (to anything except the economy)?
Do you still exchange May Day cards with Bill and Bernadette?
Do you think your daughters should request affirmative actions preferences?
Do you still get Christmas cards from the Rezkos and Blagojeviches?
So who succeeded you at that critical, highly important $300k/year community outreach job at UC hospital?
I have several friends who specialize in relocation. Shall I give them your number so they can help you relocate in January?

nice, huh?  i won’t even mention the factual errors hinder got wrong in his post in which he again dominates the left with his prowess except to point out (h/t mark f at sadly, no) that the ‘left’ he’s refudiating is NOT a lefty, but a conservative and he can’t even link to the correct publication the article he’s attacking was published in…not that that’s indicative of just what an incompetent you can be while still collecting gobs of wingnut welfare…so much for hardwork and skill earning that dollar, eh?

yeah, i don’t get it either…i heard on mpr today that mittens has the edge on obama when it comes to america’s perception of who would handle ‘the business’ of running this country better…i don’t know about that, but it’s central to my point in that you can apparently be a bit of a sociopath, an inept bungler who never really succeeded at anything but by golly could start a kick-ass war once he was elected president or a ‘journalist’ without really ever having to prove yourself…you don’t have to when you are a white male xtian (sorry, mitt…your mormonism is going to be a cross to bear)…or at least a man of some kind of faith to be able to succeed…that you’re a bully, either by your actions or your words, doesn’t matter…you are the chosen few and god will reward you…

back to the dixie chicks…maines was forced to issue this statement:

“As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect. We are currently in Europe and witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war. While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers’ lives are lost. I love my country. I am a proud American.”

we can easily compare and contrast (thanks to teh almight gazoogle) the hatred against dubya…really wasn’t that bad…i would say that while a great many americans (and even a few furriners) did. not. like. dubs at all or at the very least were just creeped out and annoyed by him, all in all, the respect for the office of the presidency was still intact…of course, it had taken a shitter earlier when bill was in office, but then again, he and his cigar started it…

so…who started it this time?  and why is the left blamed for the uncivil state of politics?  what’s that?  oh yeah…it’s ALWAYS PROJECTION…