I apologize for the following post. I'm sailing another sea of unbloggableness, and the political slant is something that won't leave me alone, so I must purge. Like kidney stones and bad dreams, this too shall pass. Thank you for your patience...
There is a bit of conventional wisdom that goes something like this:
If the person you are having dinner with is nice to you but rude to the waiter, that person is not a nice person. Avoid that person.I think there is a corollary to that advice, and it goes something like this:
If a public figure emphatically claims something to be that which it never was, and their claim can easily be refuted, they are insulting the intelligence of the listener. And that figure is not a nice person.On January 8th, Rebecca Mansour, an official for the Sarah Palin PAC, appeared on the Tammy Bruce* radio show, claiming that the symbols on that infamous map of theirs were never intended to be gun sights. Laughably, at Tammy Bruce's suggestion, Ms. Mansour agreed that they weren't gun sights, they were "surveyor's marks".
Surveyor's marks. Really. And I suppose "Don't retreat, RELOAD!" really meant "Don't back up the minivan, just rearrange the luggage!"
I really cannot fathom why so many people seem to think that Sarah Palin and others of the same mindset are worthy of our votes for public office. Not only are they blind to their own shortcomings, they expect us to be blind as well.
These people aren't exhibiting much intelligence of their own, and they are blatantly insulting our collective intelligence. Would you really want them in positions of power?
They are not nice people. Don't have dinner with them.
*To be fair, I was only vaguely familiar with Tammy Bruce before this past weekend. The miracle of the Interwebs made it easy to rectify that, although now I'm ambivalent about the knowledge. Ms. Bruce has described herself as "a gay, pro-choice, gun owning, pro-death penalty, Tea Party Independent Conservative", with her show promoted as "a chick with a gun and a microphone." That kind of glib, moronic attempt at a 'ballsy' persona is just as unimpressive coming from a woman as it is coming from a man. Too bad she doesn't take that gun and shoot her microphone, thus sparing us all the irritation of another oxygen thief befouling the airwaves.
To those who left comments on my "Politics and Violence" post of January 9th, thank you. It's nice to know I was not alone.