How Dare She

Michelle Obama proclaimed yesterday that for “the first time” in her adult life,” she was proud of America, as she spoke during a rally to support her husband’s presidential bid.

Well, isn’t THAT special. *facepalm* *headdesk* *revolvertemple*

Gosh golly gee. Always before, she couldn’t find any reason to be really proud of the USA? Really? We’ve all disappointed her before now, awful nasty us? *boggle* But suddenly now that SHE is within sight of the White House, she is proud. Gimme a break!

Well . . . I’ve been proud all along. Even when I didn’t agree with the leaders and at times I thought we were taking the down-u-lator, I was still proud. Ask anyone . . . maybe it’s because I’m an ol’ redneck, but anytime I ever heard Lee Greenwood’s song (“God Bless the USA”) or the national anthem, I have stood up and saluted the flag. I’ve always supported the troops, even when I didn’t agree with the leadership about where to send them. I was never one to dishonor the flag by badmouthing the entire nation like that, even when I was upset with and angry at George W.

Hers is an astoundingly unpatriotic admission. It just shows how self-centered and selfish some people can be. It’s disgusting. I always made fun of people with bumper stickers that read, “Love it or leave it,” but. I can’t keep quiet about this any longer. The Republicans and Democrats both ought to call her out on this.

You might say, “Well, she didn’t mean it that way,” as have many apologists today, but hey. If a Clinton had said that, they’d have pounced on it like a hawk on a bunnyrabbit. ALL the candidates and their spouses or representatives have to be held to the SAME standard of Never Saying Something Revealing Like That, or it’s blatantly unfair. This is politics. They surely know this by now.

I’m pretty tired of the way the media has tried to apologize for ANYTHING that their new media darling has done. I don’t trust anything that the media is this eager to sell to us. What’s under the hood? Who’s the kingmaker here who is so eager? It makes me suspicious. I’m a natural cynic anyway, but when you give me REASON to be cynical, watch out.

They’re always giving him a lot of slack compared to how much they give McCain, Clinton, Huckabee, or anyone else. If **I** had plagiarized and parroted someone else’s speech word-for-word–or, for that matter, had one of the other candidates done it–that other candidate and I woulda been hung out on the clothesline with the squirrels. Even if the author of the speech came along later and said, “Oh, it’s OK! I said it was fine!” It’s still just Not Done. It’s like . . . well, if you don’t know, then you’re not gonna understand. Whatever.



“If life were fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.”–Johnny Carson


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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