Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In Hot Water

I have an old friend from high school. Truth to be told, he had a bit of a crush on me back then - no accounting for taste, is there? - and if I'd had a brain stronger than my hormones, I might have entertained the notion. He's a wonderful, caring person who is raising three sons, the eldest with Downs Syndrome. We re-connected a few years ago, and mostly stay in touch, as many of us do, with jokes we email back and forth, and occasional "What's up with you?" emails.

The catch in this friendship is that we are politically opposites. Now, I don't bring politics up much in this blog. They matter to me a fair bit, but I don't like to defend myself and my beliefs or attack anyone else's. Usually. Mostly because I don't care to indulge in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent, if you get my not-too-subtle drift. I have several friends who are WAY right of center; even my one daughter was indoctrinated that way by her dad. I get along with them because, once I know their politics, I suggest we agree to disagree and just drop it. Life is too short, I'm not out to convert anyone, and they sure as hell won't convert me.

I've also asked not to be forwarded right-wing propaganda pieces. I'm an extremely rational person, I am not moved by propaganda except to get ticked off at the idiots who think everyone out there is dumb enough to swallow it whole. I should say I mean this for ALL propaganda. Distortions hurt everyone. But today, my dear friend sent me this piece of crap...

"Are you fed up with the spending, and planned spending, in Washington?

Do you want to make a statement?

April 15th is tax day in America. So try this one: send 1 tea bag to Washington D.C. from April 1st through April 15th. The idea is to give our elected officials an overwhelming signal, something that they can't ignore. You don't have to say anything at all - just send an envelope with a tea bag in it. Or you can add something like “Remember the Boston Tea Party”.

Please send this to your local representatives and also to:

Nancy Pelosi

Senator Harry Reid

Barack Hussein Obama"

I stripped the attached addresses for space, and because I don't want any of you doing anything so bloody asinine! These people are trying to fix the most devastating economic jam this country has been in in most of our lifetimes, and this is how we're going to repay them? If there was ever a time to drop the partisan bull, I'd have to say this is surely it. People are actively suffering in this country. Even if we don't agree with every plan or piece of legislation to get us out of it, we ought to be hitting our knees every night asking God to grant that it works in spite of our fears. And Raunch Limpballs (thanks, Sara!) should be horsewhipped for hoping otherwise, the drugged-up pig.

I also can't help but notice the cheap campaign tactic you see Speaker Pelosi's middle name? No? How about Sen. Reid's? Uh-uh. Wonder why we see the President's? You don't think they're trying to imply anything, do you?

No, I don't think we should rubber stamp every move; that too would be asinine. But let's try to give them space to make it work, and not find it necessary to tie up their staff in pulling Lipton's and Bigelow's out of envelopes. We're in enough hot water. If we want to make tea, let's do it for comfort, not dissension.

I take mine with Splenda and cream. Thanks for asking.


Romi said...

You wouldn't believe some of the stuff I get. The last one enraged me so much that I bounced it. Who needs a stroke? ;)

Pinko Knitter said...

Well said, Diana. Back when Pres. Bush decided to invade Iraq, I opposed his policy, and I didn't believe for one second that it would be quick, or easy, or cheap. But once it was done, I hoped for the best. I certainly didn't hope for failure. Hoping for the president's policies to fail is hoping for the country to fail. Period. The nutters of the right wing ought to be ashamed of themselves.

cutbank said...

I think suspicious lumpy envelopes tend to go to the FBI, so if you plan on making your statement be sure to put your name on the envelope.

Better yet, take the dollar you are going to waste and drop it off at the Red Cross, your local animal shelter or halfway house. Protest by giving blood. Go in and tell them "I want to donate but you have to take it out of my right wing."

Hussein means "beloved." Pretty effin' sinister if you ask me.

Wonder if it was Hidden Dick (i.e. Undisclosed Location Cheney) or Karl who came up with this one.

Grannie said...

Following your American politics over the past few months I rejoiced with the majority of you at the historical election of President Obama.
Being Canadian, I fervently hope and pray that your new president will fulfill his promise and lead your nation into a totally new era!
His detractors are misguided and fatally flawed and should instead put their energy into making his policies work for all Americans.

Just my 2 cents!