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Weiner, Palin, and Uncommon Sense

June 8, 2011

Maybe because it’s easier, or maybe because I’ve had some positive responses to it as a style, I’m going in rapid-fire fashion tonight, to try to help give some visible structure to what we are seeing and not seeing lately, what we’re loving and hating, what we want to say but can’t, or won’t (or, maybe, shouldn’t), my two cents tonight have deflated to the following suggestions…

To Weiner:

1. Get out

To Palin:

1. Stay out

2. Study

To Chris Matthews, Anderson Cooper, Bill O’Reilly, Jon Stewart, (gulp) Glenn Beck and most other media figures of today:

1. Stop interrupting guests. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. We don’t expect you to let them use your show as a platform, but for God’s sake, let them finish a FREAKIN’ sentence! You guys mentioned above are older and ought to know better than to follow this trendy interrupt-because-I-think-I’m-smarter-and-wish-to-show-less-respect phase that the younger ones have latched onto. STOP. Let people finish a sentence or two. For viewers and guests, MAKE THEM STOP!!! Say something (guests) on the spot or write e-mails, call or set up peaceful protests. 🙂

To guests of above hosts (or any hosts) including field/associate reporters:

1. Answer the gd question! Do not answer, “That’s an interesting question…” as it is offensive; a host tends to PRIDE themselves (hello? their, umm, JOB?) on asking interesting questions. They go get degrees and stay up late at night and rehearse and re-rehearse and get professional feedback on questions before posing them to you; they do NOT need to hear your opinion of the value of their question. Not only do they not need it, but it sounds condescending, like something a professional father/mother might say on bring-a-parent-to-school-day when a second-grader asks a “good” question. Keep your opinion of the value of the question to yourself; WE, the viewers get to decide that and if we don’t like it, we’ll tune out… The host does NOT need to hear that YOU think they have just asked a $64 mil.-dollar question: they DO need to hear the effin’ answer!

Mika from Morning Joe (and other designated giggle/nod dudes/chicks)

1. Stop nodding and smiling like a parrot on Joe’s shoulder when you have no idea what he or others are talking about. Joe, shame on you. Shame on you for bringing on somebody like her to make you look smarter. I consider that professional assault and abuse. Other designated prop. people: don’t like being professional ass-kissers and foot-rugs? Stop acting like it, then.

American voters who give a damn where this country actually goes:

1. Don’t vote for somebody because of their sex, religion or race.

2. Don’t vote against somebody because of their sex, religion or race.

3. You’re free to vote for anybody for any reason in America. But you’re also free to try to belly-flop on top of a hot-air balloon from a moving 747, while drunk (after all necessary permissions are granted, ahem).

4. Stop pretending. If you want Obama out because you dislike blacks, say it. Have courage. If you voted for Obama just because he was black and you don’t give a damn where America goes, say it. Have courage. If you insist on constantly defending Sarah Palin because she’s a woman (when you know, deep down, that she’s a functional vegetable), say it. Have courage. Why? It’ll tell us where we really stand as a nation. When we stop the posturing, we start the understanding.

5. If you vote for people regardless of “party lines,” because, in your heart, you honestly believe that those leaders would propel this country closer to a more perfect union… more toward freedom and security, both economically and otherwise… more toward a nation that has people in better health, in better circumstances… more toward a nation that leads not by bullying and back-alley politics but by examples through individual and group achievement… if you are not a slave to form, but to the best commonly-understood-and-agreed-upon meaning of the U.S. Constitution, based on what you honestly believe the forefathers and the many who have died in our defense wanted for this country, you have intense, sincere and ever-lasting respect from me and anybody else that I can manage to tell your story to.

Your comments are welcome and appreciated. (Forgive typos; very late, very tired…)


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  1. I agree. It has become commonplace to act oblivious to one's hypocriticisms. People hide behind the 'take me as I am' stance, when it really is just an excuse to not hold yourself to the same standards you require from others. It's a strange paradox to be sure. Regardless, I'm glad to see you write down so succintly what I (and probably many others) are thinking.

  2. I hear you, Kate. I have occasionally caught myself being a hypocrite about something and it literally makes me almost instantly nauseous. If I had a reputation to protect (or a glass house) I sure wouldn't be able to fling these particular stones, yet I give myself passes for two reasons; first, I believe in truth (all of it, ugly and pretty… even the stuff that implicates me) and secondly, I believe in making people think for themselves and hope to help them shake themselves free from the grips of the sheep machinery. I don't much care about affiliation, so much as consistency or at least accountability when you hold the public trust. OMG gotta go to sleep like right now! Anyway, here's to small towns, simpler rules and happier days!

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