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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


The ultimate insult: Anti-american

John Edwards said in an email to his email list that a part of why the democrats caved on the war funding bill is that they simply were worn out by Bush and cronies' accusations that they were not patriots, were anti-american, etc., etc. It seems as though that may be the ultimate insult.

In a climate where 70% of us are not supportive of Bush and another whopping percent (too lazy to look up) don't support the war - why is the leveling of this insult so powerful? And why is criticizing any administration or any war (much less a wholly unpopular one) so bad anyway? Why are we not free to express our discontent without fear of reprisal? Isn't the ability to criticize the government supposed to be one of our rights? Isn't it a large part of why this country was founded in the first place (or at least one of the more Romantic reasons)?

I just saw a clip on the news where Bill O'Reilly said that if Rosie O'Donnell makes "another anti-American comment" that she will get it "right between the eyes." What? If she makes a comment that you think is anti-American, you'll kill her? Or she deserves to be dead? Women who speak out deserve to die?

Is it just women? Or do men who are critical of the war deserving of death too?

This is seriously misogynistic and, I would argue, truly anti-American. In this country, it is not okay to threaten murder when someone talks. I don't agree with much of what she says, but I believe she has the right to say things without death threats. Will Bill O'Reilly get any kind of punishment for this? Will it even get criticized? I'm sure many out there are laughing and thinking Rosie deserves it.

Honestly, I think Rosie's comments are being wildly misinterpreted. And "cute," petite, uberfeminine, heterosexual, mom, and pregnant mom Elizabeth Hasselback can continue to say the most idiotic things, and she is defended like crazy (and is seen as Rosie's victim). Rosie is vilified for being a lesbian, for being bigger, for being strong, and being out there. I guess you can't get much more anti-American than being a chubby, strong, lesbian, eh?


At 6:59 AM, Blogger Kate said...

Ugh. I couldn't agree more.


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