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07 February 2010

How's That Dopey Broady Thing Workin' For Ya?

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Last night, I watched Sarah Palin’s entire $100,000 speech before a room (half?) filled with titillated Tea Party Patriots. You have to give this woman credit. She knows how to wink and blink and pageant walk her way into the hearts and minds of the misguided self proclaimed second American revolutionaries. Gettin’ down to the level of the “workin’ Joes” in America’s political right wing is her strength, and she flexes her political muscle to the rapt delight of the teabaggers and pundits alike. In order to understand Sarah Palin, and gain some insight into the Tea Party “movement” you have to set aside everything you thought you knew about subjects like the Constitution and American democracy.
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The truth is like Kryptonite to Superman when it comes to the Tea Party and Ms. Palin. Their strength lies in the lies. It doesn’t matter whether Sarah Palin is talking about fishing or economic recovery, her actual words are less important than the sound of her voice. Add to that folksy “you can trust me ‘cause I’m just like you” way of talkin’, a few well timed winks and a slightly crooked smile, and you have a right wing recipe for political success. I knew she would be a big hit with her audience last night; no surprise there.
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Sarah Palin has become an expert at dropping buzz words at just the right time and emphasizing them with cute facial gestures. I can imagine that her mental notes about giving a good speech would look something like this:
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Pageant walk to podium;
Smile;
Give beauty queen runner up wave to crowd;
wink
Say, “How are ya!”;
wink
Say “Constitution” a lot;
smile
Say “Terrorism” a lot;
wink and smile
Say “Freedom” a lot;
smile and wink
Say “God” a lot;
smile
Say “Taxed enough” a lot;
wink, smile, wink
Say “change” a lot, but make it sound like a bad thing;
smile, smile, wink
Say “elitist” a few times;
smile, wink
Mention the kids;
smile
Mention Todd (ain’t he handsome?);
wink, wink, smile, wink
Say “God Bless America”;
smile
Pageant walk off stage while beauty queen runner up waving to crowd.
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And the crowd goes wild, chanting “Run, Sarah. Run.”
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The worst thing that could happen to women in this Country is for Sarah Palin to run for President. Her “I’m just a girl from Wasilla” act embarrasses me. As a matter of fact, all educated women who are independent and able to think for themselves, regardless of political party affiliation, should be embarrassed that the likes of Sarah Palin is a popular potential candidate to lead this Country. She plays the role of the pretty airhead to woo people and earn money. That governor thingy didn’t work out to well for her. It was too much like a real job.
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When she attacked President Obama and his supporters with the line, “How’s that hopey changey thing workin’ for ya?” I literally fell out of my chair, completely stunned that this woman is what the right wing considers the best and brightest they have to offer. It is appalling that a woman in 21st Century America acts like such a little girly girl and expects to be taken seriously. The left wing and Democrats in general, had better start taking notice of Sarah Palin’s appeal to the right wing as well as most members of the Republican Party.
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Sarah Palin reminds me of those women (and we all know who you are) who undermine more than a hundred years of struggle for equality by sleeping with the boss for a promotion. They wink and blink and pageant walk their way to salary increases that the rest of have to fight tooth and nail (and sometimes file a law suit) to get. Equal pay for equal work has finally become the law of the land, and still that “dopey broady thing” seems to work better than being able to spell the word “constitution.” Sarah Palin can’t be the role model that the champions of women’s rights had in mind for women in America.
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The fact that the “dopey broady thing” is working well for Sarah Palin should give all women cause for concern.
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Two words that scare the hell out of the whole world:
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President Palin










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