Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 1:38am

Too much to endure

Saturday, Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker at the “Tea Party Convention” held in Nashville. I would first like to state that I am very proud whenever Nashville is selected for any major venue, political or otherwise. But the very fact that Palin was selected as the keynote speaker shows that the Tea Party movement is not in danger of being taken over by the Conservative Republican movement, but that it already has been. Their true colors are being shown right from the beginning.

One of the first things that Sarah Palin did was to mention good southern barbeque and sweet tea. I found that interesting as I was left wondering whether she had actually had any since she and others had lobster at several hundred dollars per plate.

In fact, all of the attendees had to pay over $500 to attend. I seem to recall that several weeks ago a similar Democratic event was held in which both southern barbeque and sweet tea were served which was, incidentally, free of charge. We did not partake of any lobster, but we did have important keynote speakers.

As usual, Palin stated the expected platitudes toward those who serve our country in uniform. While that is always admirable, these conservatives always try to make it seem that only conservative Republican types serve in our military. Let me be clear, there are many liberal Democrats proudly serving their country in our military also. But Conservatives like Palin tend to forget that.

Soon after that she referred to “Alaska” as being a “beacon of hope” for the rest of the world. Well, at least that was her only gaff! But she went on to state that we need more than tough talk from the current administration while ignoring the fact that this administration has literally conducted more missile strikes against the terrorist threat than any administration before has done. 

And she invoked John F. Kennedy by stating that it should be recalled that “all of the world’s problems aren’t his [Obama’s] predecessor’s fault.” Of course, she forgets that during the previous administration everything was blamed on the Clinton administration. They can dish it out, but they can’t take it.

She mentioned TARP without recalling that this was a Bush administration “fix” for our economic problems, insinuating that it was all an Obama administration idea. And, of course, she was highly critical of TARP and stated that we are in the worst economic situation ever due to the consequences of Obama administration policies. Never mind Bush administration policies.

She mentioned annoyance with the national debt without acknowledging that it was the Bush administration that took us from a surplus back into greater national debt in the first place.  Republicans never made a single peep concerning the national debt while the Bush administration was in charge, but can’t shut up about it now as they insinuate that the Obama administration has somehow caused it all by itself. There is no thought to how bad this “great recession” might have been if the present administration had not taken measures to reign in the negative effects of the runaway conservative agenda.

Finally, she made reference to “liberal intolerance,” which is an oxymoron if I ever heard one. It is, in fact, conservatives who are intolerant of others, not liberals. And almost in the same breath she insinuated that liberals reject children with special needs, which I found particularly insulting since I happen to have two nephews with special needs, one of whom, I am very proud to say, is a Freemason and a Shriner and has been elected as chaplain for Hendersonville Lodge this year. 

If Palin wishes to insinuate that Democrats like myself reject those with special needs then she should come to understand that we accept people no matter who they are and believe in providing them with opportunities as they grow and develop in their lives. We are not solely focused on the yet to be born, but acknowledge and support those already born as well.

In the end, the chants encouraging Palin to run for President of the United States of America were just a bit too much to endure. I implore the American people to thoughtfully consider what it would be like for this nation and their families if she were to become the most powerful person on this planet. Do you really want that? Think about it.

John M. Browder, 37211

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293 Comments on this post:

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 12:19

...with John Fourcade's anger management skills...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 12:19

watch it you two or you'll get accused of "protecting the princess!" LOL

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 12:24

The menu labeling debate is going again. Look, I don't go into these restaurants to do math...just give me my chocolate-covered bacon & let me be on my way...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 12:26

maybe they should have Apolo Ohno do a commercial in the shower, you know, with the Winter Olympics and all......

8~)

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 12:30

G, I don't think comparing people to "downs syndrome" look alikes is "light hearted" at all. It's ugly and down right mean.

At least you all can look at FB and see my photo. I'm real. You are an "initial". How can I look you up to see if you are pretty, handsome, or an Attila the Hun look alike?

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 12:33

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 12:24
The menu labeling debate is going again. Look, I don't go into these restaurants to do math...just give me my chocolate-covered bacon & let me be on my way...

House, the First Lady is weighing in on the "fat" game now, so please, a little RESPECT. Count your fat grams. Oh, sort of like "count your blessings".

What about that guy that was the ground hog in the commercial on super bowl day? Pauxany Palamaro (spelled wrong). That was funny!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 12:37

house, i hear that Patterson House serves a bacon infused Sidecar.

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 12:37

Nazix2: Apollo is 5'2" in skates, and/ or heels. Too short. That midget snowboarder, Shaun White is short too. Makes $20 million a year, but short. Madison Ave. likes tall men.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 12:42

i wasn't talking about Madison Ave. 5'2" doesn't bother me!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 12:43

hey, he's actually 5'8".

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 12:46

"G, I don't think comparing people to "downs syndrome" look alikes is "light hearted" at all. It's ugly and down right mean."

Like I give a **** what you think, nutjob. Go plant some flowers or something.

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 12:49

Sid: If you can curb you're horrid wretchness for a brief moment, you could actually blend into this group. We're actually not that smart.
You seem to thrive on signaling people out, chastising them, and ridicule.
You're so predictable. We know you're coming as soon as we hit, "SEND".
If I said, oh, Nemo, your full of sh**t, you'd be the 1st to say, "Chron's" disease is a major issue and an issue not fully understood in America....
You make a silly point one into a gigantic, far reaching, societal issue.
When all the poster was doing was having fun.

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 12:51

Nazix2: Well, either way, Sunday is Valentine's Day and I'm planning on wearing my skates when I find that "gay piano bar" K-3 frequents. I should be a stand out in the crowd.

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 12:55

How come there are no winter sports for the Special Olympics?

By: Dragon on 2/9/10 at 12:56

"Like I give a **** what you think, nutjob. Go plant some flowers or something."

Why would anyone want to "blend into this group"

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 1:00

House: I don't think the 'tards like the cold.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:01

dargent, i hope you have sparkly skates! or at least a unitard.

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 1:01

"Is he really going to stand up in that bobsled? Does he know there's a tunnel?
Why today, of all days, is he not wearing his helmet?"

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:02

when i was in high school and lived up in Chicago i volunteered for Special Olympics during the winter. but then again, up there it IS mostly winter during the school year.....

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 1:04

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 12:49
Sid: If you can curb you're horrid wretchness for a brief moment, you could actually blend into this group. We're actually not that smart.
You seem to thrive on signaling people out, chastising them, and ridicule.
You're so predictable. We know you're coming as soon as we hit, "SEND".
If I said, oh, Nemo, your full of sh**t, you'd be the 1st to say, "Chron's" disease is a major issue and an issue not fully understood in America....
You make a silly point one into a gigantic, far reaching, societal issue.
When all the poster was doing was having fun.

D7, I didn't intend to "blend" into anything. And your admittance of "we're actually not that smart" is not the impression I get.

I mean, people call me "stupid"; they call me nuts; they call me everything in the book.

Having fun? Making fun of birth defects is "having fun"? That's sick? That is cruel and demented.

Is it Funditto who has someone she has cared for for 17 years? Did I read into that the possibility that she is caring for a "normal' child or a "handicapped" child? Do we want to make fun of her child. Hell no.

So stop making fun of Sarah Palin's child and other handicapped children.

It's not nice.

AND this quote: " You seem to thrive on signaling people out, chastising them, and ridicule." could easily be describing you because you do that to everyone who does not agree with you.

So, keep in mind today, YOU have outposted ME. YOu always bring it to my attentioin.

Just saying . . . . ..!

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 1:06

We know you can't blend, Dragon. First, you have to have a sense of humor. Second, you have to stop wearing diapers.

Sorry, Bud.

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 1:07

I second that, house. I for one would love to see a special olympic ice hockey team.

Oh wait, we already have that, it's called the Detroit Red Wings.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:08

oh, snap!

By: DustyU on 2/9/10 at 1:15

Hello - This is Dusty's grandson - is this the right place to talk to his posting friends?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:16

yes, is Dusty OK?

By: DustyU on 2/9/10 at 1:19

Still alive - was medivacced to DC & had emergency open heart surgery to repair his heart wall - plz keep him in your prayers

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:20

so they did allow him to have the surgery. we will definitely keep him in our thoughts. tell him Blanketnazi sends him warm wishes and a big *hug*

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 1:20

My thoughts are with Dusty and your family.

By: DustyU on 2/9/10 at 1:20

gotta go but will try to keep you informed

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:20

please keep in touch and let us know how he is doing!

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 1:23

Yes, please do...we have been worried about him!

By: DustyU on 2/9/10 at 1:24

wasn't the experimental surgery they evaluated him for - the one wall just started slowly disintegrating so they had to operate anyway

By: DustyU on 2/9/10 at 1:25

bye

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:26

tell him to get well soon because we miss him!

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 1:28

By Darge: If I said, oh, Nemo, your full of sh**t, you'd be the 1st to say, "Chron's" disease is a major issue and an issue not fully understood in America....
You make a silly point one into a gigantic, far reaching, societal issue.
When all the poster was doing was having fun.

Darge, I could not agree more with you! You are spot on in your analogy with this one!

Sidney, you take offense to EVERYTHING we say and don't consider sarcasm, "inside" jokes (some of us have been here for years), or anything like that. You simply decide you are the defender of any and all topics we touch on. It's one thing to share your opinions and ideas. It's another thing to come across as an arrogant know-it-all-I'm better than you---and mean it--which you so often do.

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 1:29

Prayers to DustyU and family. Hope he gets well soon. He's such a gentleman.

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 1:30

And while I'm on a rant, let me add this:
After you jump on "us" for whatever reason you pick at the time, you then whine and growl when we retailate.

If you can't run, stay on the porch.

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 1:31

You go Mama!!

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 1:31

Good luck, Dusty. Hope to "see" you soon.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:32

go Mama, go Mama!

By: brrrrk on 2/9/10 at 1:36

"To understand what the state of society ought to be, it is necessary to have some idea of the natural and primitive state of man; such as it is at this day among the Indians of North America. There is not, in that state, any of those spectacles of human misery which poverty and want present to our eyes in all the towns and streets in Europe.

Poverty, therefore, is a thing created by that which is called civilized life. It exists not in the natural state.

Civilization, therefore, or that which is so-called, has operated two ways: to make one part of society more affluent, and the other more wretched, than would have been the lot of either in a natural state.

In taking the matter upon this ground, the first principle of civilization ought to have been, and ought still to be, that the condition of every person born into the world, after a state of civilization commences, ought not to be worse than if he had been born before that period."

Thomas Paine

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 1:37

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 12:18
Lighten up Sid.

Actually, when I think of Sid I think of Archie Manning in drag.
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That's a keeper!

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 1:40

Nice, brrrrk.

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 1:42

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 1:28
By Darge: If I said, oh, Nemo, your full of sh**t, you'd be the 1st to say, "Chron's" disease is a major issue and an issue not fully understood in America....
You make a silly point one into a gigantic, far reaching, societal issue.
When all the poster was doing was having fun.

Darge, I could not agree more with you! You are spot on in your analogy with this one!

Sidney, you take offense to EVERYTHING we say and don't consider sarcasm, "inside" jokes (some of us have been here for years), or anything like that. You simply decide you are the defender of any and all topics we touch on. It's one thing to share your opinions and ideas. It's another thing to come across as an arrogant know-it-all-I'm better than you---and mean it--which you so often do.

So making fun of Downs Syndrome babies and comparing Manning to a DS child is "fun" and it's an "inside joke".

Shame on me for not getting it. I guess D7 was right. I've never said I was "better than anyone". You all just Assumed I said it. Pardon me for being human.

Being on the CP for "years" does give one a license for anything and everything. Nothing is off limits to hurtful slinging of hate.

By: brrrrk on 2/9/10 at 1:45

MamaG said

"Nice, brrrrk."

I hate it when Glenn "Beckerhead" Beck quotes Thomas Paine. He totally misrepresents his views....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:49

yes, he does. Paine is so correct about Native American culture. the europeans were so amazed that the "Indians" had no sense of land ownership, shared with each other and had no need for poor houses. they couldn't wrap their greedy little heads around it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:50

and you know how that registered with the europeans? "these guys will be easy to enslave." pathetic.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:51

no wonder so many cultures view the white man as the "devil." it's not hard to understand why.

By: brrrrk on 2/9/10 at 1:51

On the topic of health care we have to ask ourselves this essential question.... What is more important, the life of a wealthy man who's wealth may only buy him a few more years, or the life of a poor child who has their whole life in front of them?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:52

brrrrk, i have an acquaintance who just came back from living in a small town in Mexico for the last 3.5 years. better access to healthcare and the ability to get away from the capitalistic, greedy mindset. she can't wait to go back. she said she'd much rather be poor in Mexico than poor in the U.S.