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Obama’s Not Evil, Stop Marketing Him As Such

Posted in current events, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by Kyle Fleming

I was wondering to myself today why I continue to watch Fox News when I know it upsets me. For everything else I’ve experienced in life, when I’m upset or frustrated with something, I remove myself from the equation. But for some reason, the torture I subject myself to when I watch Fox News makes me want to watch more. Secretly, I think it’s because I’m finally proud to be smarter or have more common sense than someone, but really, I’m not exactly sure what it is.

This was blatantly obvious when I was watching Fox last week, and the ticker across the bottom mentioned that Obama’s BP speech was the first time he addressed the nation from the Oval Office. It read, “Obama is the first President to not address the nation from the Oval Office within his first year.” W. Bush did it twice in his first year, including after 9/11. Clinton had also done it a couple of times in his first year.

Maybe it was because I was completely ready to be offended by something, or maybe it was because I was absolutely wiped from six hours of working with day camp kids, but to me, that read like Obama was a terrible President by not addressing the nation from the Oval Office. I mean, seriously, Bush did it twice. Why couldn’t Obama even do it once?

Probably because it doesn’t really matter where the President addresses the nation? The Oval Office is just as good of a backdrop as the Lincoln Memorial, or the Washington Monument, or the Gulf Coast. In fact, any backdrop that is at least relevant to the subject matter of the speech is a good back drop. Sarah Palin announced her resignation outside, next to a hydroplane, and not in her governor’s office. But no problem with that, because Palin is an outdoorsy sort of gal, so it made sense.

But it wasn’t just the location of the speech that got Fox News uptight, but the language used. Obama mentioned that we are “waging a battle” on containing the oil spill, and introduced a “battle plan” to fight it. “We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got,” said Obama. “And sadly, no matter how effective our response is, there will be more oil and more damage before this siege is done.”

Leave it to Fox News to call out Obama on his choice of words. “It’s too militaristic,” said Glenn Beck. All of the war metaphors were upsetting him. We’re declaring war on an Oil Spill? Isn’t that a little bit silly?

I’ve got three words for Glenn Beck: “Don’t Retreat, Reload.”

The “battle plan” from Obama is nowhere near the literal call to arms that was given to the Tea Party. Don’t retreat, reload. As in, don’t give up when people call you crazy; in fact, counter it with more crazy and violence. Bricks through windows not working? Try death threats and profanity. Not being noticed with your misspelled and grammatically incorrect (and factually untrue) picket signs? Feel free to spit on anyone you disagree with. And throw in a racial epithet while you’re at it.

Obama is not evil. He’s not trying to destroy America. That was Dubya’s job. Whatever crazy pills people at Fox News are inhaling, we better take them away, and hopefully the withdrawal symptoms are enough to knock some sense into them.

A Retarded Double Standard

Posted in current events, politics with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2010 by Kyle Fleming

Many times something comes up in the news that seems almost comical in a sense. Usually they aren’t pointed out unless you’re watching the Daily Show or the Colbert Report, but sometimes they simply just play out in perfect timing, and you wonder if it was scripted or just a wild dream you were having.

Such an event played out between Sarah Palin, Rahm Emanuel, and Rush Limbaugh over the weekend, and all of it over the dreaded “R-word”. In a closed-door meeting, Rahm Emanuel was all hyped up over dissident Democrats as “F—ing retarded.” Granted, even behind closed doors, that sort of language isn’t acceptable, and Emanuel rightly apologized for the comment.

Sarah Palin later chimed in on her blogs, claiming that Emanuel committed “a slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities,” and called for his immediate dismissal from his position as White House Chief of Staff. While I’ve never agreed with anything Sarah Palin ever did during her Vice Presidential run, I have to admit that she makes a great point. I agree that it was wildly inappropriate for Emanuel to toss such a word around, and while I wouldn’t call for his immediate dismissal, I feel that some sort of repercussion should be felt, such as a fine or something similar.

I’m kind of surprised I agreed with Palin on something. It actually feels sort of good. Why don’t I do it more often?

Later, Rush Limbaugh, famous for being a “giant blowhard,” went on his own rant about what Emanuel said, saying, “Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards.” He went on to say, “I think their big news is he’s out there calling Obama’s number one supporters f’ing retards. So now there’s going to be a meeting. There’s going to be a retard summit at the White House. Much like the beer summit between Obama and Gates and that cop in Cambridge.”

“Retard summit”? Oh, Rush, I hope you’re ready to feel the wrath of Sarah Palin, ’cause here it comes!

…. where is it? Where is the unholy wrath of Sarah Palin? Where are the calls for Rush Limbaugh to be fired? To have a hefty fine slapped on him?

There is nothing. This is probably why I don’t agree with Sarah Palin.

While she did make a blanket statement of “crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful,” by not specifically addressing Limbaugh like she addressed Emanuel, she’s is showing her true colors: Republicans occasionally have slips of the tongue, and Democrats are retarded.

This isn’t the first time Palin has said something ridiculous: on the campaign trail, she claimed that being in close proximity to Russia is foreign policy experience (I don’t have the direct quote, so that’s all I’ll say on the matter); in a recent interview, she said that the only way Obama can guaranteed re-election is to declare war on Iran. So much wrong with most of these statements.

I’m not a fan of improper use of words, just as much as I’m not a fan of political correctness. I’m not a fan of double standards, either. And overall, this sort of political bogusness is the worst of all. It’s unacceptable for anyone to toss out the word “retard” so loosely, but it’s even more of an abomination to hold a double standard based on politics.

But, that sort of rant will be saved for another day. For now, I leave you with the wise words of Stephen Colbert. Enjoy.