Dowd channels Bartlett: “Obama, get angry!”
Maureen Dowd’s column in the Times last Sunday was a wonderful bit of nostalgia. For a few minutes as I read her column, I got to relive what it was like to imagine that my President was Jed Bartlett, a Nobel prize-winning economist and eminently rational head of state, instead of the vicious half-witted sociopath we’re still stuck with. Her article had Barack Obama dreaming of an audience with the fictional President Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen on the West Wing TV series.
In the dream, Bartlett was mad at Obama. Actually he was mad at the Democrats in general for once again failing to fight back against the fat bully who took their lunch money and dared them to complain. The GOP is the fattest of fat bullies, as stupid and cowardly as a bully can be, so why isn’t Obama slapping them down? What is wrong with the Democrats? Obama is running against the party who pretty much personifies pure mindless thuggery, but the thugs are winning. Again.
My favorite part of Dowd’s column is where President Bartlett dresses Obama down for not standing up and calling the GOP out as the lying sacks of filth they are:
Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. It’s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? It’s not bad enough she’s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? It’s not enough that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapist’s baby too? I don’t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure she’s got the qualifications of one. And you’re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for!
I’m also with Bartlett about taking back “elite” and “patriot” from the sanctimonious scum in the right wing. Why do they fear the word “elite”? I don’t want a President Everyman. I want a President who is one of the world’s leading experts on public policy, who scored at the top of their class, who is hands down brilliant and who can read, write and think in complete sentences. If I wanted an idiot despot who lucked into power at the behest of ruthless oligarchs, and whose best source of philosophical inspiration is his imaginary friend in the sky, I’d move to… well, I’d not have to move anywhere, would I?
Call them liars, because that’s what they are. Sarah Palin didn’t say “thanks but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said “Thanks.” You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While you’re at it, I want the word “patriot” back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesn’t know the Bush doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he can’t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now.
Why not call them out? The GOP are liars, from top to bottom. They claim Obama wants to raise your taxes, when he actually plans to lower taxes for 95% of Americans. They claim Obama supports sex education for kindergarteners, when he actually supports age-appropriate education so little kids can avoid sexual predators. They claim Sarah Palin refused that Bridge to Nowhere earmark, when she actually couldn’t wait to get her fundamentalist harpy talons on that sweet Federal pork.
With one side of their mouths they claim Obama is a Muslim, and with the other side they complain about gaffes from the preacher of the Christian church he attends. They want to get government ‘out of our lives’, except when you choose to have sex in ways they think are icky, or have the audacity to believe you are in control of your own reproductive organs. They assert how wonderfully free America is, while keeping a concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay, and while claiming the President can make anyone, at any time, vanish forever into secret Federal torture chambers. Their VP candidate, an ignorant hick who failed even at running a small town, stands up in front of everybody and denounces Obama for inexperience. McCain has a quisling write Science Debate 2008 answers that claim he values discovery, technology and education, yet he picks a young-earth creationist as VP.
Yes, I am angry. I’m angry that the GOP is poised to slime their way back into the White House, on their usual trail of hate, greed and fear, and the Democrats once again sit back and play Good Kirk. Of course the GOP is monstrous, but that’s not new. For once, can we please stop being polite and start getting some backbone? Obama needs to call out the liars to their slimy, corpulent faces, and make no apologies for doing so.
~ by Planetologist on September 23, 2008.