October 10, 2008

It Used To Be Spelled 'Paling', But She Dropped The 'G' On That Too....

I'm sure this will come out all wrong and I'll piss off someone or offend somebody else. But something finally crystalized for me this morning while talking with a fellow American political junkie.

No deaf Americans will vote for Sarah Palin.

How do I know this? We were talking about the VP debate, which I caught in San Francisco. In the bathroom. On a TV that I didn't really know how to use, and so had to have the closed captioning on the whole time, because I couldn't figure out how to get rid of it.

And it was through reading the CC that I realized just how stupid this woman is as a speaker. If my only method of learning what she had to say was through CC, I would think someone was playing a prank. Truly. Not only has she destroyed the syntax and grammar our children fight to learn, like a Magic 8 ball, she really only has 4 answers, and she waits for the appropriate break in the conversation to watch one of them loom into view. And she doesn't listen - she waits to talk. Bad trait, that. For anyone, but especially a politican who should be able to spin on a dime and handle anything from any direction - with an answer that fits the damned question. "I'm not gonna answer that question. I'm gonna answer a different one..." Really? Really?????? What kind of petulant, rude brat says that in a Vice Presidential debate?

Furthermore (you knew there would be a furthermore), if I was watching and reading my TV and couldn't hear her, when she winked and flirted with me, I would throw a banana at the TV. Surely this cutesy-pie crap doesn't play. Surely winking has to be the most inappropriate thing a politician can do. Surely women have fought long and hard to NOT be that winking, flirting coquette. I feel like in the midst of a huge country falling to pieces, its citizens are being asked to choose a Prom Queen.

I'm sick of politicians pulling that swill that they're just like us. I don't care that you're different - just don't lie about it. When Stephen Harper hauls out his mother's status to explain that he is worried about the stock market, the only thing I can think is "well, at least he's uniformly cold - he'll let his own mother suffer in her retirement, too".

Let's be blunt: Don't tell people who are terminally ill you know how it feels to have no medical coverage, unless you have been terminally ill with no medical coverage.

Don't tell someone who has been out of work for years you know how they feel, unless you've been out of work and lost your home and fear for your future.

Don't pretend you know an immigrant's struggles unless you got here and had the same uphill battle.

Don't tell me you appreciate that post-secondary education is too expensive for many families, unless your own kids are struggling to get through knowing they can't afford not to have an education they also can't afford to get.

Don't tell the parent of a special needs kid you can imagine their life, because unless you have a marginalized, dropped-through-the-cracks kid, you have no clue.

I detest all this folksy, I-feel-your-pain campaigning, because it is a lie. What do I ask of a politician? Be aware of these struggles. Commit to listening to people who actually live these difficulties, but don't pretend you wear their mantle.

I don't begrudge anyone a comfortable life, and quite frankly, I have no trouble with someone who does not live in difficulty speaking for those who do, as long as they speak with them first. Is that not the role of a politican?

Now, back to our regularly scheduled wink-wink nudge-nudge campaign running south of the border, and the Sweater Vest Elite up here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine: Home run. You hit that one out of the park. Palin has the same look as deer does in the glare of the headlights..DUH!!! Yes, you covered all the bases and touched ever one. It counts. I can't wait till the crap is all over on both sides of the border. If is not on the tube upsetting my stomach, it is on this damn thing, popping up, like the unwanted phone call at supper time. Can you see Palin in crisis situation as President? She'll make old Bush look good on a bad day. This McCain campaign reminds me of Dion and her husband/father. Oh boy...Not good...


October 10, 2008 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only your 'requests' were more than just pure fantasy. Liars and thieves. Nothing more. Nothing less.

October 10, 2008 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the GOP wouldn't dare schedule any more unscripted air time for Palin, this would give people more time to realize that she's totally clueless... the prospect of her becoming the Commander in Chief is frightening

October 10, 2008 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Lorraine, I'm taking it support for Jack Layton is out then? Layton built his whole campaign around the "we, the wretched people" shtick.
I love these two quotes
It's easy to tell when politicians lie, their lips move.

"Hello, he lied." Max BeerBhom
So we get to eat Turkey this weekend, then vote one in Tuesday!

October 10, 2008 11:00 PM  

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