“@amandacarpenter May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.”
“Busy blocking the tapeworms that have slithered out of hellspawn @amandacarpenter’s asshole. How’s your day so far?”
The above were supposedly tweeted by Allan Brauer, Communications Committee Chairperson for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC), to Ted Cruz speechwriter and senior communications advisor Amanda Carpenter early Friday afternoon, after Carpenter tweeted a gung-ho message in support of using the Congress’ power of the budget to defund the Affordable Care Act:
“GOP beat gun control, changed Obama’s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!”
I will admit, the above seems brazen, even cocky, arrogant. I’m sure it was deliberately meant to be such. While I deplore the inclusion of a person’s offsprings in a political fight, I also deplore the Republicans’ pervasive peacock posturing. Take for example, John Boehner’s statement:
“While the president is happy to negotiate with Vladimir Putin he won’t engage with the Congress on a plan that deals with the deficits that threaten our economy.”
Does the statement get results? No. Does it further clarify issues towards any resolutions? Nope. But it fills the internet, the airwaves, the TV because it’s sensational! Should his resignation be demanded too for these inflammatory comments? You think this is tame? I guess it is, huh? I’ve heard worse in the last 5 years.
This political divide is tearing us all apart, bringing out the worst in all of us. How can we cross party lines and work together? How can we get Middle America to accept a president who does not look like them? Didn’t Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky declare, in an interview with the National Journal in 2010:
“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
To be fair, Senator McConnell did add that he does:
“not want the president to fail” and cooperation was possible “if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues.”
But, it set the tone that Republicans have no intention of cooperating. That every “win” by the current administration would be taken as a defeat on the GOP camp, even it it’s for the common good.
My hubby and I visited Toronto last week to attend a friend’s memorial service. (We used to live there. Our daughter was born there.) It was well attended by the medical community and the University of Toronto’s finest. Our friend was a well-respected engineering prof and his wife is a pediatric anesthesiologist. At the reception, I was inundated with sympathetic words for our troubled government and dysfunctional society. Canadians just can’t understand why we Americans are the way we are.
We trivialize what is essential and we make mountains out of mole hills over fluff. We have dumbed-down our news, film, theater. See stellar ratings for reality shows and MTV. Even Sondheim, in his public radio interviews admits sadly to this, the imposed limitation of ensuring that media put out information and entertainment for say, grade level 3 only. We perpetually surround ourselves with guns to feel secure. We are the only first world country that can’t take care of our citizens’ health properly, adequately, and appropriately. If you look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we are only at the second level from bottom and we can’t even satisfy it consistently. How can we ever aspire for self-actualization? Does this mean Americans will forever be harassed, stressed and angry? Never happy?
What gives, America?
P.S. I can’t help but wonder if more than half of the country even understands the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts on their lives. How could people vote against something they may not even understand? I think information has not been properly disseminated. This puts the misinformants at a clear advantage.
P.S. II: I can’t imagine how someone with a viciously nefarious tongue (or fingers) could be let loose in the Democratic Party organization.
This post was inspired by the Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue. Do go see what other WordPress bloggers have come up with.
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