And Open Letter to Fred Thompson et al

December 18, 2007 by susan
Fred Thompson's ugly mug

Barb and I are -- otherwise occupied. So today, a guest post from our favorite commenter, Perhansa.

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When the terrible, evil, scary, boogeyman, terrorists are plotting ways to kill Americans, Fred Thompson asked us to consider, “Who do you want sitting on our side representing you? That’s who you should elect President.” No Fred, IT’S NOT! This is the real world not a spaghetti western. You need to watch fewer Die Hard movies. If we listened to you we’d vote for Dirty Harry.

This is a problem with the entire Republican field. When did we become so afraid that and entire major party defines diplomacy as the barrel of a gun, a bunker busting bomb, or “shock and awe”? Wake up Fred. We ARE NOT on the verge of Armageddon. Military and might don’t define diplomacy. The campaign to reduce terrorism can only be won through cooperation and collaboration. That means having numerous friends and allies. That means talking to people not pointing a nuclear warhead in their face and snarling, “Make my day” It requires reaching out to countries in need not invading countries for their resources and strategic positioning. Think “Gandhi” Fred, not Bruce Willis.

When did the challenge of global warming become a problem that’s impossible to solve without ruining our economy? When did we become so worried about whether everybody else is doing their part and stop being leaders and creative thinkers? When did America become a CAN’T Do nation? Think “Apollo 13” Fred. If we’re so damn smart and the free market is SO DAMN PERFECT, don’t you think we could come up with plenty of solutions to help us and the rest of the developing world grow safely AND make some money to strengthen our economy and replace lost jobs at the same time? Or better yet, maybe we could get off our high horse and see what ideas are working out in the rest of the world?

When did we become so afraid of strangers that we have to have vigilantes patrol our borders and build hundred mile fences to keep people out? Remember the Berlin Wall Fred? Why do you Reagan sycophants sound so little like Ronnie? It’s no longer< morning in America, it’s the eve of destruction and only a bad ass President can save us? Joe McCarthy must be smiling in his grave at this crop of Republican candidates.

Then there’s the religion thing. Now that it has tainted the political arena to a point where it’s become a test for office, the bickering has begun about which sects are true and acceptable. Now it’s not just that you have to be a Christian, you have to be in one of the allowable sects. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t that one of the things the first immigrants to come here tried to escape? Wasn’t that why the Founders wanted no religious test for office and a wall of separation between church and state? I read somewhere there are over 20,000 different sects of Christianity. Which can run for office? What if you’re a Buddhist? What about someone who finds the whole thing a load of rubbish and sees no evidence to believe in gods? Forget it–don’t ask, don’t tell.

Listen to me Fred, and then share this with your mates. Americans are hopeful people with dreams, visions, big hearts and bigger ideas. You look and sound like your brains and hearts have irrevocably shrunken to the size of a raisin (with the exception of John McCain who still seems to have a shred of decency). We already know in advance as the election season moves forward you’ll get nasty and mean and raise the specter of doom more vociferously. I’m guessing a majority of Americans have become smart enough to see your guise, just as they eventually did with Joe McCarthy and others like him.

Next November you’ll be looking at a woman or a black President (or both President and Vice President) and wondering what happened. Turn off Die Hard Umpteen Fred. Put away the John Wayne movies. Get a bowl of popcorn and watch the wonderful French film, Joyoux Noel. The people have hearts.

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Anonymous (not verified) | December 18, 2007 - 3:17pm

(with the exception of John McCain who still seems to have a shred of decency)

That is the only thing that you said that made any sense,

Enough of the " Hate America Crowd"


barbara says (not verified) | December 18, 2007 - 6:18pm

Crawling out from under the spectre of toxic chemicals infused into David's body long enough to hang out for a bit at the Clothesline.

Perhansa!! Welcome back.

You're right, of course. The whole cowboy diplomacy thing is an unmitigated disaster. In your face, in your phone book, in your bedroom, in your church, in your voting booth, in your kids' schools, in your pharmacy.

They're everywhere, those evangelical hard asses. They do not have an ounce of human kindness among them. And they do not represent America. They're just noisier, nosier and more obnoxious than the rest.

When we were in Scotland and Ireland last spring, we were amazed at how many people seemed pleasantly surprised to discover that David and I were deep thinking and generally caring souls. With Bushie as the arguable poster-boy for this country (though surely the scales are off everyone's eyes by now -- aren't they?!), we have all been smeared with the same broad brush.

Saw a bumper sticker today that was smallish and tastefully displayed. It simply said, "The right is wrong."

It is great good fun to watch the conservatives smack each other around. To wake up each morning, wondering which of the appalling right-wing crowd has tippy-toed to the top for the day. Remember the old kids' game, "King of the hill"? Rushing the hill alone only lasted for as long as you could maintain your toe-hold, which wasn't very long, since every other kid was determined to knock you off. They became unified in that, even though they/we didn't get the unity part of it. And they always succeeded.

It's all a game, you see. Everyone has anted and called each other's bluff and still they play. Ugliness abounds.

Back to my bunker.


perhansa (not verified) | December 18, 2007 - 6:30pm

"Enough of the Hate America crowd...oooh and during the season of peace, goodwill and kindness! That's Christian of you (What Would Jesus Say?)

It's not America we hate, it's the behavior of certain Americans who claim to be acting on our behalf and for our own good and making us look like obnoxious antagonists that we don't like. The Zero Sum, I WIn-You Lose crowd.

II'm not sure what perverse pleasure people get from reading things that boil their blood and then striking out at the people who write it. Too many folks find it difficult when anyone thinks different than they do. Either their ego or their beliefs are so fragile they can't withstand other people's perspectives.

The current slew of candidates don't seem to understand that WE ARE NOT THE WORLD. What part of that don't they (you?) get? We are a small fragment of humanity that consumes far more than it deserves and exerts far more influence than it has a right to and preaches moral practices for others far more than it practices moral behavior itself.

Try the Powerline blog. I'm sure they think like you do.


barbara says (not verified) | December 18, 2007 - 9:02pm

Clotheslineblog is the antidote to the Powerline blog. See how nicely that works?


susan | December 19, 2007 - 1:39am

No power, clean linen, that's us.
As for being part of the Hate America crowd, Anon, you just don't get it.
Let's say your beloved daughter, who you've always known to be bright, sensible and caring, gets wooed by a guy you just don't care for. Let's say he seems cocky, incurious, and lacking a world view. Let's say she's blinded by LUV and marries him while you bite your tongue. Le't say your worst fears are realized -- he threatens and bullies her, lies about his actions, beats her and isolates her until the entire neighborhood doesn't want anything to do with either of them.
Do you now hate your daughter? No. You may wonder how she fell for him in the first place, but you do all you can to get her out of this dangerous and heartbreaking situation
That's all we're saying here. Some crooks ran off with the America we love. We want them gone; we want America back.


barbara says (not verified) | December 19, 2007 - 8:32am

Hey, Soo, Bush as abuse perpetrator is a perfect metaphor. Well, not so much a metaphor as a spot-on description. Our country has been bullied, beaten and raped for seven years. Our brethren and sistern in Congress pat us on our little heads and tell us not to trouble ourselves with matters we just don't understand. And to that, I proclaim the following hearty holiday sentiment: Bullshit! We understand completely, and we want our country back. We want Bushie and his merry men + Condi out job-hunting in this fabulous economy. And we want them brought to justice. Real justice, not the faux BushCo kind.


paul miller (not verified) | December 19, 2007 - 9:38am

I second the call for a war crimes tribunal for Bush et al! Here is the current list of 291 scandals and growing - it's bush's greatest growth industry, if only there was a way to invest in these scandals


susan | December 19, 2007 - 10:14am

Can we do this by popular acclaim? I'm in. But, wait, where are all the other voices? Oh, listening to Fox news, never mind.
I like to jawbone at a local market with a clerk named Ruby, mid-fifties, Native American. We carry on about the horrors of Bush et co, sotto voce so her colleagues can't hear, as it's a tough-talkin' hard-scrambling crowd. Ruby's of that stripe as well. We've always been in agreement.
Yesterday I asked her who she was supporting for president. She wouldn't say, looked around nervously. So I made my pitch for Obama. She straightened up like I'd put a tack under her derriere. "I don't trust him," she said. "He's not for America." What? How can you say that? "He lived in those Muslim countries, and I saw him on the news, meeting Bush in the White House with a whole bunch of others and they were all pledging the flag, but on the news they showed that he was the only one who didn't have his hand over his heart. I'd never vote for him."
When pushed she said she was going for Hillary, "because it's going to take a woman to balance the budget." Hmm. Clearly she's never been to my house.
Anyway, this is the sort of insidious stuff the media, but primarily Fox, plants in people's heads. And it sticks in the brain like gum in cat fur. So I guess I won't be expecting that popular acclaim thing any time soon.


Anonymous (not verified) | December 19, 2007 - 10:15am

Ahh screw that. Let's make a large circle and sing Kum Ba Yah together. Much more productive !


susan | December 19, 2007 - 10:13pm

Funny, I feel the same way about most Christian hymns. Yep, put your faith in Jesus and click your heels three times . . .