We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans. Those who are running our factories and teaching our kids and growing our food and are fighting our wars for us. Those who are protecting us in uniform. Those who are protecting the virtues of freedom.
This statement by Prudence Palin today in Greensboring, North Carolina, smacks so obviously of Danny Quayle’s “Murphy Brown” comments that it is uncanny. I know, the subject matter is different, but the idiotic, naive tone just shimmers right off of it. When Quayle made his comments, I was a teenage boy in a single-parent household. (And you wonder why I vote how I do.) Now, a vice presidential candidate suggests that there are “pro-America areas” of America. A close relative of a presidential candidate in fact suggested that the very area of America where I live is “communist.” I know he was quipping, but it was a shitty quip. I was born registered Democrat, and I’ll die that way, still pushing hard for instant runoff voting all the way.
This is where the McWeirdsmile/Prudence campaign lives, tho, trying to suggest today and in its Hail Plumber Joe deal the other day that somehow, they’re just folkie, friendly, corn-fed folks. You know, folks. Just like folks. Next she’ll be using applying her skills as a flautist to a spent whiskey crock and saying “howdy ya’ll.” It is idiocy. But there is a real danger in what her statement suggests, that some areas of the nation are made up of decent, God-fearin’ Americans, implictly suggesting that those elitist city-slickers just ain’t to be trusted.
Which leads me to wonder. Nine years ago, I moved from Cary, N.C. (40 minutes or so from where she spoke) to live in Arlington, Va. Does Palin think I was a “pro-America” folk before, and that, when I moved to the D.C. Metro area, I lost said status? How does that work?
And who made these assholes the arbiters of adequate levels of patriotism? This is the same political ideology that has just about nearly now gotten finished curb-jobbing America. They’ve been wrong about everything, everything, everything, from the efficacy of invading Iraq to how to steer the economy, and you reckon they know shite about patriotism? Actual patriotism? “Terrorist fist-jab?” WTF?
Look. Which message sets better with ya? What Prudence Palin said today? Or what Joe the Senator said today?
It’s disappointing, and I hope it’s a slip of the tongue and she doesn’t mean it, but she said it. It was reported she said that she likes to visit quote “pro American” parts of the country. Ladies and gentlemen, I, like your senator and governor, have been all over this great land. I’ve never been to a state, I’ve never been to a state that hasn’t sent its sons and daughters to serve and die for this country. One of the reasons why Barack and I are running is that we know how damaging the politics of division that continues to be practiced by the McCain, how damaging this policy of division has been. It’s time to put this behind us. Folks, it is not a corny thing. It’s real. We are one nation, under God, indivisible. We are all patriotic. We all love our country in every part of this country. And I’m tired. I am tired, tired, tired, tired of the implications about patriotism.