Ask the Right Questions and Still Dare to Dream

Even though the material presented here on today’s post is not my original work, I feel compelled to put it up today. I may be breaking some sort of copyright law, but the fact that it’s “out there” on the internet already makes me feel the author would be happy to have it circulated.  It was sent to me in an email (how else?) and the questions are too good not to reach the largest audience possible. If anyone knows the origin, please let me know so that I can contact them directly. This exceptionally smart observer has this to say:

I’m a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight…..

* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.”

* Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, [you’re] a quintessential American story.

* If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.

*Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.

* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.

* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a Christian.

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

* If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you’re very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America’s.

* If your husband is nicknamed “First Dude”, with at least one DWI conviction and no education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.

And now, another discovery through a separate email, for those of you who need a little “pure pleasure,” or something that will take your mind of the election for a little while so your blood pressure can go down, there’s this video from YouTube and American Idol. I would say also it reminds us that in spite of the chaos around us in a country that’s becoming harder and harder to recognize from the one most of grew up in, we can still dream . . . and DARE to hope that this election turns out right after all the s**t making the rounds. I think you’ll find it very entertaining.

11 thoughts on “Ask the Right Questions and Still Dare to Dream

  1. I got that one in an email, also. I have to believe we just don’t like “smart,” we want our leaders rich, corrupt, and stupid. I get very depressed.

  2. Hi Ruthe, nice to see you here. I think too many of us don’t like smart because we don’t like to think there are people smarter than us. I’d rather have someone in the oval office who not only has a good education, but someone who won’t jump into anything with a knee jerk response and with only forced and false patriotism to back him up.

  3. I did not see the original email. How demeaning to Sarah Palin and her family (and to John McCain whose first wife, Carol, actually agreed to give him a divorce and remains his friend today)! Where are the feminists when this type of derogatory material against a woman floods the internet? According to what I’ve heard since the 60s, women can have it all. So why the vitriolic comments about a women who married, had children, worked her butt off to be successful, and is running for office on the national level? Where’s the praise? Or is she the “wrong kind of woman?” This reminds me of the persecution endured by Clarence Thomas, who, as it turns out, is a decent jurist. People should have cheered when he was nominated, but he was maligned in a shameless manner. I guess he’s the “wrong kind of black man” too.

  4. Regardless, Sarah Palin in my opinion is just NOT READY to serve the country in such a high office, just as George W wasn’t 8 years ago (Texas governors are figureheads, the Lt. Gov. does the real work) just a heartbeat from the presidency. After all McCain is 72 years old and though he’s beaten cancer twice, his father died when he was 70 and his grandfather died at 71, both reputedly of a heart attack. In spite of having a 90-something year old mother still going strong, thinking of Palin as President scares the shit out of me! Sure, maybe she’s smart enough to learn, but we gave George that chance and I don’t know how we can stand another four years of ineptness in the White House! The oval office isn’t a school for God’s sake!!!!!!!

  5. My point is, who would know anything about anyone’s qualifications for anything after reading the highly-emotional, unfocused, personal attack piece from a blogger? It reminds me of bullies in a playground. If the goal is to highlight Sarah’s lack of experience, that should be stated clearly. Slamming her family, the choice of names for her children, and her diet of mooseburgers accomplishes nothing. Haven’t we progressed beyond this pettiness? As for the feminists, why aren’t they pointing this out? If someone wants to compare Sarah’s record to Obama’s, then do so. Show me she’s unqualified in a rational way. This election is serious business, and I will not make my decision based upon mean-spirited commentary.

  6. Hmmm, have a new visitor here, Alice?
    Apparently she doesn’t watch much national media coverage, because they’ve covered it quite well as WHERE/HOW Palin is unqualified….and gee, they did it in a rational, and truthful way, no less.
    BUT anyway………loved the diversion here with the video and song. And really looking forward to MY diversion come this Monday evening.

  7. I got that email and had to laugh to keep from crying, Has our collective consciousness and IQ dropped so low that we no longer have critical thinking skills? This piece does give a body pause, doesn’t it?

    Ohhhhhhhhhh Godddddddd!!! I am so tired of the same people who, a year ago, were saying that John McCain is an idiot and would never get the nomination, and rallying behind him now. And worse. they’re rallying behind Sarah who, should McCain get elected, will be leaving a village (of which she was mayor) missing its idiot.

    P.S. You are tomorrow’s Friday Groaner!!!!

  8. I react very strongly to true sexist comments (and some have been levied against Palin, for example the man who asked how can she possibly look after her family if she’s on the road) but I really don’t see it in this case.

    Palin does not deserve praise simply for being a woman.

  9. I love this post and I agree 100%. Why should Sarah or her family be protected from public scrutiny when none of the other candidates are? The Republicans have played far dirtier than the Democrats. If she’s not a big enough girl to take it she shouldn’t have accepted the nomination. I definitely feel she isn’t ready for this nomination or responsibility. I do NOT want her representing the U.S. world wide. What were the Republicans thinking to put her a breath away from being president? I actually think that the more she opens her mouth the more people will decide to vote for Obama. It will be an interesting debate Thursday,

  10. Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit and comment. I appreciate all of them, and when my classes are done and I’m back from my trip back home to Florida in November, I’ll try to be more diligent in responding as often as possible on each comment made, many of which I find much more interesting than the original post.

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