Friday, October 10, 2008

Absentee ballot

I was thinking yesterday about how much I wish Michelle Obama would just go off on Sarah Palin. I like to imagine that when she is in interviews she is using every bit of her strength to keep herself from unleashing a verbal firestorm against the folksy cheerleader that calls her husband a terrorist.

I'm going to stray into ridiculous stereotype territory here but the three most frightening words in my world are: angry black woman. Verbal devastation is the black woman's superpower. Somewhere deep in Michelle Obama's soul is the ability to unleash a storm of words that would lay cities to waste.

In Welsh mythology, the cry of the red dragon is so overwhelming that it forces women to miscarry and causes the crops to fail. That's what I envision a Michelle Obama tirade to be like. I picture a group of men delivering a box to a podium and then running away in fear as Michelle comes tearing out like the Tasmanian Devil in Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Unfortunately Michelle Obama is too good for that. As Annie says, she's reasonable. And has apparently learned to control her powers to such an extent that she claimed on Daily Show she watches reruns of the Dick VanDyke show.


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed that. I came across this take on the Republicans from BBC America website.......

We have been hearing since Reagan that "Government is the problem"; that government should get "out of the way"; that the private sector can always do it better and cheaper.

If one has this philosophy then it is natural to undermine government; to get it "out of the way". Conservatives since Reagan have systematically undermined the efficacy of the government by gutting any agency which it views as "standing in the way".

You appoint "your guys" no matter how incompetent; you oust the professionals; you gut their budgets. You oppose anything which might "impede" the private sector corporations - consumer protections; food inspections; road and bridge inspection; financial regulations.

You politicize the Justice Department, so that it finds nothing, even torture, objectionable. Anti-trust enforcement becomes non-existent.

You never lift a voice or use the bully pulpit against corporations shipping jobs wholesale overseas. Our retailers buy their inventory from China and you ship them our money, never insisting that China adjust its foreign exchange rate. Then you borrow the money back from China to plug our budget deficit, caused by corporate tax cuts and cuts for the top 1% of Americans. You ship the borrowed money to our oil suppliers and oppose any effort to reduce dependency by seeking alternative renewable sources of fuel. After all, you're an oil man.

You start an unnecessary war costing hundreds of billions of dollars much of it going to favored construction companies doing work shoddy enough to electrocute ten soldiers in their showers. Hired thugs masquerading as "security details" rake in more of the money, answering to no one. You "rebuild" Iraq (which we never had to destroy anyway) while the Iraqis have almost $80 billion in the bank.

You shred the Constitution, abridge habeas corpus. You get elected by selling your "values" while robbing the country blind. You never talk about economics. You always scare the voters with the next bogeyman around the corner. When the media disagrees with you, you attack it as "unfair" with "liberal bias". You start your own propaganda media outlets that parrot the party line.

You take the country into a permanent state of war with a volunteer army - a state so permanent no one even notices it anymore as they go to the mall. You ask nothing from them but their acquiescence. "Just go shopping folks!"

You want to spend a trillion dollars to rescue the financial sector, run up a half a trillion dollar budget deficit and still spew nonsense about "small government, deregulation and lower taxes".

We are witnessing the impoverishment of America. ....and this Grand Old Party (remember it?) wants four more years.

Get licking that envelope !!

Anonymous said...

I am suddenly reminded of the "Cleveland, Oahu" comment made by the silly girl on the bus in Cardiff when she was talking to my brother, and trying to figure out where Cleveland, was.

Lilly said...

I really like your video and using this medium is really effective becaue you put you rpoint across really well. I love Wales. And you have a great blog.

As for Michelle going off - well according to her old law partner who supervised her she definitely is very capable of doing just that. I think there are only two words that should frighten you - angry women. It would make great viewing there is no doubt until one of them pulled out a gun. So maybe Michelle jsut really understands she could blow it big time for her husband if she opens her mouth and let's loose. What self control she must have.

Banksy said...

Why would she want to attack Palin when Palin is doing such a great job in helping undecided voters decide that, on balance, they don't want to vote for man who, should his heart miss a beat or two, would put a mob-raising nutter like Palin in the White House?