Friday, November 13, 2009

Two "P's" In Search of a Pod


Carrie and Sarah are the darlings of the Republican party faithfuls, because they see them as the epitome of conservative values.

They are the poster children of a party desperate to validate its conservative ideology with a base that has in recent months seen many of its champions fall from grace--the victims of one sex scandal after another.

Carrie and Sarah are the antithesis of the Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton "Simple Life" exploits--sure of themselves, and assured that God is on their side, both wearing their conservatism as though it will never go out of fashion, enjoying the distinction that comes with knowing that the world's finest fashion designers had a hand in the design.

What no one will dare tell the two empress is that they have no clothes, and that their crown is constructed of tin foil.

Prejean has sex tapes in her recent past, and Palin a possible scandal, accused of using her considerable power as governor of Alaska in a failed attempt to effectuate the firing of her brother-in-law. One Walter Monegan, Public Safety Commissioner, claimed that he was fired because "he resisted pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce and custody battle with the governor's sister."

Party faithfuls have either been forgiving, or in denial, so eager are they to find someone, anyone, who can carry a conservative standard high enough to show it off to a world increasingly edging toward liberalism, and progressivism, and away from the conservative precepts upon which this country was built, as they would have us believe.

According to these conservatives, small government and laissez faire capitalism should be the backbone on our economy.

Even George Bush has begun to distance himself from the act that might have kept our economy out of the jaws of a recession when he authorized the first "bail-out," saying it went beyond his nature as a "free-market" advocate, and has established a center in his home state of Texas as a way to repudiate his act, and expiate his sin.

Yet, socialism has crept into our economy, spearheaded by social security and medicare. And what is more socialist than bankruptcy that allows others to potentially shoulder some of your entrepreneurial failure, or your failure as head of a household?

Rush Limbaugh, ever the "true believer" in Sarah Palin's credentials to lead this country, lauds her new book, by saying, "This woman, Governor Palin, clearly is jazzed by policy, particularly environmental policy and energy policy, as well as taxes and so forth."

Most critics of the book agree that Rush's remarks lack substance, and is so much puffery. Not the political stalwart she would have us believe, Palin quit the job of Alaska's governor. Some say because of the heat that was coming her way, enough to defrost Alaska, by overstepping her gubernatorial power, and some say to pursue money beyond the Klondike, just east of Alaska, in the lower 48, while her popularity is still red hot.

Rush's willingness to prop up Palin is little more than an attempt to put a "pretty face" on conservatism. He suggests: Palin success in life and in politics is owning to her adherence to conservative principles. If you wish to have a similar "good life," you owe it to yourself to emulate Palin.

Palin's book is not about a winner but a whiner. She blames every one but herself for the distortion of her image as a vice presidential candidate. It was the fault of McCain's staffers or the news media. She knows that she can go "rogue" as long as she has the unfailing backing of Rush Limbaugh, and his considerable blessing.

Prejean clock, on the other hand, may be losing time, rather than gaining. Her appearance on the venerable, avuncular, Larry King show, which turned sour, may be her undoing. She doesn't seem to have political ambitions, which is a good thing, and is clearly more intellectually shallow than Palin. She has a conservative fan base, but recent revelations about her sex-capades may erode a part of that base, making her a has-been, at least among her conservative fans, but, like Richie, and Hilton, she may find new ones among the progressives she loathe, if the sex tapes are released to the public.

22 comments:

Ernesto said...

Sarah Palin will be kicking off her book tour about 5 miles from where I reside. I am tempted to go over there and have her sign the satire version of her book ("Going Rouge: An American Nightmare"). She probably wouldn't know the difference between the two, since reading books obviously isn't her thing.

kathy said...

@Ernesto, lol, that is funny, please try it and let us know!

Black Diaspora,
Both like to blame liberals and the media for their own lack of intelligence and failings. Prejean has the nerve to mention Michelle Obama and Sotomayor?

It would be interesting and not surprising to me if some of those fake progressives who are motivated by self-intersest, rather than a community spirit, are now fans of poor Miss Prejean.

Hmm, I have been thinking about self-interest and progressives a lot lately, thanks for this post.

Black Diaspora said...

@Ernesto: "She probably wouldn't know the difference between the two, since reading books obviously isn't her thing."

Katie Couric gave Palin an opportunity to shine by throwing out softball questions--and, rather than using the opportunity, she dove for cover.

She admits that it was a bad interview, but she doesn't admit that she made it bad.

You're running to be a heartbeat away from the presidency and you can't answer a simple question: "What newspapers do you read?"

It wasn't a trick question or a "gotcha moment."

I agree Ernesto, she probably can't read: Many adults are functionally alliterated. Not something to be ashamed of, but something to own up to, if that's the case, and overcome.

Seriously, outside of the Hollywood tabloids, she problem doesn't read substantive magazines, such as Times, and Newsweek, or any newspapers of record.

Black Diaspora said...

@kathy: "Hmm, I have been thinking about self-interest and progressives a lot lately, thanks for this post."

You're welcome. I'm think of all those who claim they're for health care reform, but the cost is too prohibitive.

Actually, it's the cost to their war chest they're worried about, if they vote against those who've been paying the bills.

When will Americans wake up and realize that our democracy has been hijacked by wealthy corporations who buy the votes and silence of those that we send to Washington to represent us, and not them?

Blinders Off said...

Two peas in a pod!

What amazes me about the people that fallen in love with the two peas are their ignorant acceptance of the two peas in the pod.

These two women are fame h@&%$ who are using their 15 minutes to make as much money as they can from the people they have con into believing they are the true faces of Christian Conservative women values.

They have tapped into the Republican base that is full of hatred and the true Christian Conservative Women are not followers of theirs.

It is just a matter of time when they Republican Party will realize that the two peas in the pod including Michelle Batcrazy are leading them astray.

Let's not forget Palin quit as Governer because she realized the money she can make off her 15 minutes. I am disappointed Oprah is giving Sarah the stage to hoodwink more women with her lies.

Black Diaspora said...

@Blinders Off: "I am disappointed Oprah is giving Sarah the stage to hoodwink more women with her lies."

As Granny would say, "Great minds think alike."

Oprah disappoints me, and Sarah disappoints me, but, then, most conservatives disappoint me.

Oprah's audience is mostly liberal to progressive, by virtue of her being more liberal than conservative (She supported Obama didn't she?)

What does Sarah have to offer these liberals? McCain's people, and Levi Johnston, himself, have already condemned her book as a pack of lies and distortions.

Does anyone care about the truth anymore?

msladydeborah said...

I just finished firing on the author of an article over on The Grio on how Sarah Palin has a lot in common with Black women. I was beyond insulted by the attempted connection.

There are far more qualified women within the ranks of the GOP to run on a political ticket. Sarah Palin was a pawn that was used to try and divide the vote. Apparently the GOP thinks that the voting public at large is as shallow as she is. I find it scary to think that anyone believes she is qualified to lead the nation. I question if she really grasps the magnitude of the job that they were trying to place her in.

Carrie's credibility is shot as far as I am concerned. If she had been honest and admitted that she posed for the pictures she would of come across as honest. But instead of owning up to her actions, she opted to lie. That is not a positive value. She was going to use the controversy around her to make money. Such is life in a capitalist nation.

Black Diaspora said...

@msladydeborah: "I just finished firing on the author of an article over on The Grio on how Sarah Palin has a lot in common with Black women."

That seems a stretch. Other than Sarah and black women being women, I don't see the connection.

I'm not familiar with Grio. But I do question why a certain thing is done, especially when it is used to draw connections between the black plight and the plight of others, the black condition, and the condition of others, and the black experience and the experience of others.

Oftentimes the connection is tenuous at best, and is used to draw parallels for political or social empathy.

Some things should stand and fall on their own. For example, to connect President Obama with Hitler, and the holocaust, is way beyond the pale.

"Sarah Palin was a pawn that was used to try and divide the vote."

It was such an obvious ploy (catering to those women who supported Hillary Clinton) as to make it a nonviable choice.

But that didn't stop McCain's people from going forward with it. Although the American people wasn't bamboozled in this instance, I still not that sanguine about our collective commonsense.

I pray I'm wrong.

"I find it scary to think that anyone believes she is qualified to lead the nation. I question if she really grasps the magnitude of the job that they were trying to place her in."

My feelings exactly. I'd like to think we've seen the last of Sarah, but 'bad pennies' always have a way of showing up.

"She was going to use the controversy around her to make money. Such is life in a capitalist nation."

Strike while the iron is hot. Joe 'the Plumber' seems to have used up his fifteen minutes. We can only hope!

kathy said...

Black Diaspora, you write: I'm not familiar with Grio. But I do question why a certain thing is done, especially when it is used to draw connections between the black plight and the plight of others, the black condition, and the condition of others, and the black experience and the experience of others.

Oftentimes the connection is tenuous at best, and is used to draw parallels for political or social empathy."

______________
That is an excellent point, in fact, I really wish you would write a blog post on this subject, I agree with you so much, but find it difficult to put it into just those words. Thank you.

Black Diaspora said...

Thank you Kathy. Perhaps I will.

Constructive Feedback said...

BLACK - as in Africans, Negros, A "Black Consciousness"

DIASPORA - as in connecting the people together because of some common level of consciousness about them.


The woman who goes by the name "Black Disaspora" WHAT about the content of your blog suggests that your consciousness and focus is upon anything other than left wing/Democratic/Progressive protection and projection of power?

NO DOUBT as the administrator of your blog you can post anything you damned well please.

I am simply attempting to link your antics with your name.

I am not getting it.

Black Diaspora said...

@CF: "I am simply attempting to link your antics with your name.

"I am not getting it."

And you won't. The real question is: Why would you want to?

CF, you can't pin me down. When you think you have, I will, in that moment, be something else.

If you truly knew and understood me, you wouldn't spend another moment posting on my blog.

I am an enigma inside an enigma. I don't mean to be mysterious, but I do try to be honest, and that was me being honest.

Constructive Feedback said...

[quote]These two women are fame h@&%$ who are using their 15 minutes to make as much money as they can from the people they have con into believing they are the true faces of Christian Conservative women values. [/quote]

Blinders Off - I would love for you to write down the RULE by which you evaluate Sarah Palin specifically. I am not understanding why you and others believe that Prejean is some type of Republican operative. She made a statement about her views of traditional marriage and this is what the conservatives have locked on to as she was attacked for stating her opinion.

Again Blinders Off - detail the RULE.

I strongly suspect that you are less interested in ENFORCING THE RULE across all women who are public figures because this would cause you to attack many women that you favor who also carry themselves in such a manner.

Instead you want to PUNISH those who purport to live up to this rule yet fall short.

Let's talk about this rule Blinders Off. I wonder if YOU PERSONALLY see value in this particular rule and view it as worthy?

[quote]
They have tapped into the Republican base that is full of hatred and the true Christian Conservative Women are not followers of theirs.
[/quote]

Is it only the Republican base that is "full of hatred", Blinders Off? What spirit are YOU writing this upon? LOVE for these two women? In my assessment the only difference between the antics of Democrats and Republicans is that the Democrats have more Black people in their party that can call the antics of the GOP as RACIST.

Go to "democraticunderground.com" or "democrats.org" if you want to see out and out HATRED that matches anything that you might see among the evil, hate-filled Republican.

It is curious to me how you, Black Diaspora and so many others take this time in which our Black community is in a cultural disarray to invest so much time fighting within the American Political Domain.

All the while the very things that you seek to attack these two women who have little impact upon the "black diaspora" (lower case) are keyed upon as the needed work inside of the "Black Community Cultural Consciousness" remains understaffed because the fight on behalf of the Democrats and Progressives is more compelling per your present consciousness.


Blinders Off - can you imagine that in 2 or 4 years you and B.D. will be attacking yet another Conservative woman who has not even been identified. She might be in high school right now.

Now what about the young Black female who is also in high school who's potential will not be tapped because of the community abandonment that she will suffer from?

Constructive Feedback said...

[quote]Oprah disappoints me, and Sarah disappoints me, but, then, most conservatives disappoint me. [/quote]

Black Diaspora - WHO SATISFIES YOU now? WHY? Let's talk about YOU and the RULES that govern you.

[quote]There are far more qualified women within the ranks of the GOP to run on a political ticket. Sarah Palin was a pawn that was used to try and divide the vote.[/quote]

Lady Deborah:

Could you LIST the Republican women who YOU THINK are qualified? What attributes do they have that make them qualified?

WHAT MUST THEY DO to earn your vote?

Now tell me this one. Of the Democrats that already run every single district in America with a 35%+ Black voting base - WHAT MORE must they do in violation of the standard by which you hold the Republicans to for you to stop voting for them?

What amazes me - We are told as Black people how the GOP is against our interests. YET when you look around to see where we live in our highest concentrations, the conditions that result and WHO IS IN CONTROL OVER THESE AREAS......the THREAT from the GOP is more powerful than the DAMAGE from the people who are in power already.

I am of the opinion that NEITHER of these forces are the solution. The only thing that the American Political system is doing is having our mental CPU time spent playing the football game that Malcolm X spoke of where the Black person is the football.

It is clear that the solution resides in the "Cultural Consciousness Domain" rather than the political domain.

Blinders Off said...

CF

Obviously you have strong opinions and views...you also ASSUME to know my political position and blackness.

To ASSUME can make an ASS out of you and me.

That is why I respect the opinions of others and do not expect them to EXPLAIN themselves if their opinions are not like minded.

I stated my opinion of Sarah and that is my RIGHT, if you do not understand that and want to ASSUME you know my position about MARRIAGE, POLITICS, and BLACKNESS than that is your right.

I do not engage in forcing or explaining my opinions in the blogosphere, you have plenty of people to give you that, I am not one of them.

Black Diaspora said...

CF, no matter how great you think your message, if you can't deliver it without alienating those you're trying to reach, what good is it?

I'm sure you'd get a better reception here and elsewhere if you give as much attention to packaging your message as you give to espousing it.

There's a methodology for understanding interpersonal interactions. It's called Transactional Analysis. I'm sure you've heard of it.

Well, you sound a great deal like a "Little Professor," one of the transactional mindsets coupled with another, that is discussed among many.

Your professorial attempt to elicit information from those of us here amounts to badgering, and is highly condescending, and, at times, offensive.

That's my nice way of saying it. This is an opinion-driven blog. I don't expect people to support their positions with facts, data, or the latest poll, to agree with me, or receive a thrashing for stating their position as categorically as they choose.

Now, you write:

"Black Diaspora - WHO SATISFIES YOU now? WHY? Let's talk about YOU and the RULES that govern you."

CF, I have no rules. I realize, unlike you, that we're making all this stuff up, and doing it for our various reasons, to justify what we believe, or to convince others of the validity and truthfulness of our stance.

I satisfy myself. Who else can? You wouldn't ask these probing questions, if you weren't yourself govern by some "rules" or another.

So let's talk about you: Who or what pulls your strings? To whom or what do you answer?

And don't make me sorry that I ask these questions. Brevity is as much a Godly trait as is goodness.

Constructive Feedback said...

[quote]That is why I respect the opinions of others and do not expect them to EXPLAIN themselves if their opinions are not like minded. [/quote]

My new found friends Blinders Off and Black Diaspora:

CAN WE AGREE together that the Ultimate purpose of BLACK POLITICAL ACTIVISM is to advance the PERMANENT INTERESTS of the Black Community?

Blinders Off - imagine of you, Black Disapora and I are all in a row boat race. Would you agree that it would be important for the 3 of us to agree upon the:

* Starting Line
* Finished Line
* The Boat Lanes within which we will agree to travel within during the race?

We can all DISAGREE on METHODOLOGY. B.O. a progressive might choose to make use of 2 oars that are affixed to the boat. B.D. - a feminist progressive may choose to use one oar - flipping back and forth from side to side to propel the boat forward.

I an evil conservative might choose to break the handle off of the oar, tape the paddle to both hands, lay on my stomach and use my hands to propel my boat forward.

All of us have the RIGHT to adopt our own unique METHODOLOGY to move the VESSEL forward toward the FINISHED LINE.

Now B.D. and B.O. - can we further agree that there needs to be some OBJECTIVE THIRD PARTY that appraises the EFFECTIVENESS of each of our individual METHODS and then reports this to those people who are depending upon us to deliver for them?

The key point that disturbs me about both of you, Field-Negro and many, many other Afro-Spear affiliated web sites is that many of you who PURPORT to be advancing the KEY INTERESTS OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY end up spending more time wallowing in the American Political Party domain.

It appears that you believe that there is a "one off" relationship in regards to the attainment of the BLACK PERMANENT INTERESTS. Our fortunes go as the Democratic Party goes. Yet when I highlight a clean Democratic sweep such as Chicago/Illinois and now the Federal Government, making note that this favorable array on paper HAS NOT translated into benefits in the Southside of Chicago that are distinguishable from a Black enclave surrounded by a Republican sea in the South - this does not seem to trigger any introspection within you all.

I AM NOT TRYING TO CONVINCE YOU OF ANYTHING.
I am ONLY attempting to bind you all to some RULE that can be written down and enforced, regardless of whom is in violation of this rule.

The only people who are inclined to have issues which such transparency are those who have gained power and thus benefit from the present subjectivity and selectivity.

Constructive Feedback said...

[quote]CF, no matter how great you think your message, if you can't deliver it without alienating those you're trying to reach, what good is it?[/quote]

I have been told this for years. Many of those who tell me to "speak nicer" are also some of the biggest attack merchants themselves.

Help me out on this one - WHY is it that on the one hand I can lurk upon a conversation with Black Progressive-Fundamentalist and read about a certain level of discontentment about the present conditions. YET these same people attempt to make their willingness to listen to my observations/analysis/ and then DELIVERY as a condition of the "pleasantries" that I communicate with.

Black Diaspora - simply put - there are an abundance of BIGOTS within the Black community. They are disinclined to change WITHIN.

What if the White Bigots who have historically worked against our interests as Black people told Civil Rights workers - "We understand your concerns about our treatment of you BUT since you all don't know how to communicate with due deference to us - WE are not going to change"?

B.D. would you work to acquiesce to their demands OR would you make sure that you are clear on what YOU BELIEVE and remain resolute knowing that those who have shown themselves to be bigoted cannot be allowed to be the standard bearers by which YOU judge the righteousness of what you are saying?

Constructive Feedback said...

(Hit the Publish button too quickly)

This is why I am asking for TRANSPARENCY - were I can be judged upon the merits of my ideas rather than cast aside because I did not kiss the rings of the prevailing powers.

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