Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Republican Double Standard

This email was in my inbox today. I don't know who wrote it or where it came from. (If you do, please send me the info. so that I can give proper credit.) I had to share it. I just had this same conversation with a group of people. It doesn't make sense. Read it and see what I mean.

The Republicans have made it all about the spin.

*I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight*.....

If you grow up in Hawaii (isn't that our 5oth state?) raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.' Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, and shooting/murdering wildlife for sport from an airplane, you are a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you couldn't be a regular American. Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

If you graduate from Harvard law School then you are unstable but if you attend 5 different small colleges -including the University of Hawaii! - 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 advocate the teaching of responsible, age appropriate sex education, including how to help little children escape from sex offenders and child molestors, 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 you're husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction and no college 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.

If you devote your life to making our country a better place for all Americans, not just a privileged few, then you are not for change. But if you are under investigation for getting people fired because they can't get along with your family, then you are a candidate with 'integrity.'

OK, much clearer now.

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