All About Us. (But mostly me)

October 10, 2008 by susan
blue flower against blue sky

The sun is shining, the sky is a perfect October blue, I'm healthy, our daughter is about to give birth to twins, so why am I bluer than that sky?

Well, where to begin.

First off, you may have noticed that Barb hasn't been around much of late. The crushing sadness in her life is that her man, David, who put up a valiant year-long fight against esophageal cancer, has lost that fight. After a very rough week, he has come home to the tender care of Barb and hospice. There ain't no justice in this one folks. Please keep them both in your thoughts, or drop her a note at the contact-us address above.
Political blues ahead.

Then there's the fear and hatred in this campaign that's being whipped up by Sarah Palin. Even when Obama wins, (and yes, I have to believe that or I'll leap off my roof) we are likely to be irrevocably divided, thanks in no small part to her demagoguery. Governor Pitbull puts to rest once and for all the notion that women are somehow better suited to run the world than men because they'll seek compromise and LUV, blah blah blah. While she stands back smugly posing with a slight up-tilt of her truth-tellin' chin, having just called Barack a terrorist, people in her audience are yelling "kill him" and "treason". This woman should be arrested, not elected. And yet, even more scary than the Palin/McCain ticket -- and lets face it, she's clearly now the head of that ticket -- is that this race is even close.

So like everyone I know (I don't know any Republicans anymore) I worry for his life. And if that worst thing happens, I cannot imagine the raging in the streets of our cities, and the reaction of our now free-to-be police force. If you thought the St. Paul police over-reacted at the Republican convention, wait 'til you see them when those in the streets are young, black and male.

And then there's the stuff about Bill Ayers that she's using to fire up her crowds. It is so ridiculous as to be laughable, but it's all over the airwaves. Leonore Annenberg, President of the Annenberg foundation that Obama and Ayers both served on, has endorsed John McCain. She's the one who asked Ayers to join their board. Is she now a terrorist too?

I watched a little CNN last night (I know) and it was astonishing to hear the pund-nitwits carry on about this -- while our country collapses around us. That and whether or not the picture of Palin on the cover of Newsweek intentionally makes her look ugly. They showed, gasp, black heads and, it turns out the sexy smarmy one has a bit of a 'stache. Cry my beloved country.

Lots of people say they'll leave their beloved country if McCain wins, but for most of us, that's not really an option. Besides, who'll have us? They can only tolerate so much of our stupidity, and we won't have any money to buy our way in. So I'm a short hop skip and a jump away from wanting to simply check out. That's not a cry for help, but I can't stand this. I try to blast my brain free of images like Cindy Saphire McCain holding the bible while President McNasty raises his crabbed hand and takes the solemn oath. But meditation and alcohol can only do so much.

It feels like everything we've worked for in our lives (and I don't mean money, although that's going away too) -- an end to racism, sexism and homophobia, world piece, religious tolerance, the environment -- is all spiraling drastically in the wrong direction.

It's the perfect storm -- the collapse of the economy, the war, fear, and racism. We are so fucked.

Sorry, I usually stay away from that over-used word, but early in the campaign there was a parody of the star-studded "Yes we can" video made by in support of Barack Obama. The parody, "No we can't" was "in support" of John McCain, complete with similar musicians and a signer for the hearing impaired. And at one point the signer earnestly mouths the words, "We are so fucked." It struck me funny then. Now, not so much.

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lilalia (not verified) | October 10, 2008 - 3:36pm

Please give David and Barbara my heart-felt wishes. I don't quite know what I hope for them; a miracle perhaps, or the strength and courage they need. Perhaps you can just say that they are in my prayers.

Your are probably right that no one in the international world would really want to take on your problems with McCain and Palin sitting across them from across the table. You can well imagine how heavy we are paying for our banks and companies association with the American banks. We are all in the same boat, but it's hard to think that we are all on same footing.


MLS (not verified) | October 11, 2008 - 6:31pm

First of all, thank you, Susan, for updating us about David.
To hear this news is heartbreaking.
Regarding the presidential contest and all events that happened just in this past week is also heartbreaking. However, despite all the negativities I am remaining in positive belief that Obama/Biden will be the winning ticket. I was at the DFL office in Rochester today and the DFL office was buzzing with activity including preparation for Michelle Obama who will be in Rochester at the Mayo Civic Center at noon on Monday. On my way home I drove through different neighborhoods and was ecstatic to see many Obama/Biden lawn signs in comparison to only a few McCain/Palin lawn signs. This was encouraging coming from a once very conservative city. I have to believe that there are other cities across the nation that are thinking the same way - that we need CHANGE. Yes, change will happen and I'm ready to celebrate despite the comments of Annonymous. YAHOO!!


Peggy (not verified) | October 11, 2008 - 10:24pm

Barb...sending you strength, love and the blessing of peaceful days .
Susan..... yes, I think we are all on shaky ground, but I hope that most of us, regardless of our political views, would never tolerate violence under any circumstances. To repeat our sad history of racial unrest would be devastating. It pains me to see the frenzy of hatred being fanned on the far right. Lets hope that calmer days are ahead for us all.


Poet (not verified) | October 11, 2008 - 11:46pm

Blessings and favor upon David and Barbara for lives well lived. As for the rest, fevers are their worst before they break--let us hope that such is true for the body politic.


Poet (not verified) | October 12, 2008 - 12:05am

Oh yeah, in the crucial swing state of "Floriduhhhh" where I will be serving as a poll worker on November 4th, we have been cautioned by our supervisor of elections to expect an 85% turnout.

Me and Mrs. Poet will be voting early and everybody is being urged to do likewise in order to avoid what are expected to be very long lines. All of which makes me feel great because tjhe longer the lines the less likely McPalin will be able to win.