Hypocrisy for $500 Please

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee and current Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s 17 y.o. unmarried daughter Bristol has been revealed to be pregnant. Shotgun wedding anyone? How often do those marriages work out in the long run? This isn’t about a teenager getting pregnant. Life throws us many curveballs and unexpected events do not have to derail our purpose in life. Bristol is one of the luckier teens in this situation in that her family has enough money to not be financially burdened by this and adequate health insurance and emotional support. At least in public. So why do I care? Because according to Mama Palin having an abortion is out of the question – under any circumstance including rape. Let’s not forget that Fake News had the gall to refer to Mrs. Michelle Obama as a baby mama less than 3 months ago.

So who’s the baby mama now!

Remember when a member of the Obama VP vetting team had to get rid of one of the vetters due to a favorable loan rate he’d received? This was the response from the McCain campaign:

“Jim Johnson’s resignation raises serious questions about Barack Obama’s judgment. Selecting the vice presidential nominee is the most important decision a presidential candidate can make and one even Barack Obama has said will ‘signal how I want to operate my presidency.’ By entrusting this process to a man who has now been forced to step down because of questionable loans, the American people have reason to question the judgment of a candidate who has shown he will only make the right call when under pressure from the news media. America can’t afford a president who flip-flops on key questions in the course of 24 hours. That’s not change we can believe in.” —McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds

Remember Bill O’Reilly trashing the Spears family when Britney’s little sis announced her pregnancy? He referred to it as a morality failure on the mother’s part for not teaching some to her daughter AND she was setting a poor example. So what’s good for one mom applies to the other then, heh?

Why are people of color held to a completely different set of standards and are automatically thought to be loose and lacking morality? If this had been one of the Obama daughters would there be this public call for ‘family privacy’? Nooooooooo.

Obama told his supporters to stand down in attacking Palin and her children. I agree on personal attacks, but when you as a candidate put yourself smack dab in the middle of the culture wars and claim to be SUPERIOR then you have the right to be evaluated. I recall a verse from the Bible – you know that religious text these spiritual perpetrators who wouldn’t know Jesus if he walked up and smacked them on the head claim to be intimately acquainted with:

John 8:1-11 New Living Translation

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

“No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Then there’s all those Republicans that say being gay is an abomination, enact legislation opposing gay marriage and get busted for having sex with male prostitutes or trolling public spaces for sex.

NOLA residents dodged a bullet as Hurricane Gustav passed through and was reclassified as a much less deadly tropical storm. Yet those levees are barely holding. Have the Republicans learned anything in the three years since Katrina? NOPE! Bush and McCain were enjoying cake on a landing strip and Condi Rice was shoe shopping and saw Spamalot while people were dying.

In order to deflect attention at the funeral, er Republican National Convention and the lack of attendance by, well Republicans, Bush & Cheney claim they wanted to stay close to the White House in case they needed to react quickly to a crisis. Yeah….right. There won’t be any kudos for the lame duck unqualified appointee of FEMA this time!

If there is one reason why the Republicans should be relegated to a fringe element of politics FOREVER it is the lack of response and total disdain from the Federal Government to its poorest citizens during and after Katrina. I know Republicans have such disdain for it they’d prefer to abolish the Federal Gov’t and replace it with their own policies. Except…isn’t that pretty much what they’ve done…and FAILED MISERABLY AT IT!!!!??

Innocent people were targeted in masse and jailed without charge or legal counsel for months and years. People have been tortured and murdered. How many said, “It wasn’t me that did it”. As horrible an administration it has been it’s the people in this country who really need to make a long, hard and detailed examination of themselves, their thoughts and motivations for putting this administration within reach to steal the election in the first place. Then once Bush got in office and started messing it up where was the outcry? And by the way we’ll be seeing more bank failures and bailouts in the coming months once Bush’s reign of terror ends. Is stopping gay marriage more important than your company shipping your job to China?

Zen philosophy has us all interconnected. We are the sum of many parts. If half of our body is diseased we will not survive. When will we take equal responsibility for each other? If children don’t have drinking water in another country you must look into the policies of your own much wealthier country to question why. It isn’t about throwing money at a problem – it’s about getting to the real source and fixing it. I may have many questions about the validity of religious texts in the way they were interpreted to follow the social mores of the time but I come back to this verse time and again to remind me of what’s most important:

Mark 12:28-31 New Living Translation

One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

So here we have this election. It’s so much more than choosing a political party. If we are to believe the polls this race is very close. How can that be? Certainly it isn’t due to the belief in the superiority of McCain’s candidacy that is fueling this closeness. Funny I don’t remember the country being in such dire straits a few terms ago. This is about those who wish to maintain white male patriarchy and they’re gonna take us all down with them if we let them.

Do you see the forest for the trees?

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Update: Democracy Now reporter Amy Goodman and several other producers and journalists have been strong-armed and jailed trying to report from the RNC. She was accused of being a rioter and has since been released. When white women get attacked you know the ish has hit the fan! Now I don’t know if people realize all the Rethugs doing recon at the DNC last week, fanning the PUMA flames and taking notes and they weren’t arrested. Do we really want 4-8 more years of this?

It’s already up on YouTube.