by Robert Wilkinson
I found this to be high theater. From my days as a (fairly) nationally respected bipartisan political blogger - read: deals with real issues, i.e., environmental, social, global... - I learned there are things called "trolls." These are beings on the internet who watch for the chance to deny, denigrate, mock. or hector those who further any progressive agenda at all. Knee-jerk "libruls" are a different thang altogether. In a Washington Post comment stream I found an amazing piece of wisdom. It was written by someone who sounds like one or both of my elderly parents, both of whom do not like Bush, what's happening to our country, or any of the posturing bloviating windbags in government today with a few exceptions. This cuts to the core of what's up for America.
Background: this came after a bunch of Republicans had been mocking and denigrating Obama and insisting that McCain and Palin were the second coming for America. These trolls were getting very nasty and saying things that were at best stupid, at worst extraordinarily insulting, to anyone who had anything good to say about Obama. If you doubt how ugly things got, please go to the original stream if you want, but I find them tedious for the most part. Still, this brief response was one of the most direct things said in the entire thread.
From "Toritto," a piece of wisdom from the 30s generation via The Trail, A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008: This is a guy who got pushed by a few Republican trolls who didn't have the age, experience, or integrity to address ANYTHING this guy said before or after he posted this.
I'm an old retired guy who doesn’t have to work and I can honestly say it won't matter to me in the long run who wins this election. At my age any election I participate in could be my last. I do believe however that the current administration has been the worst in my lifetime (born during FDR). I don't think anyone can rationally deny that. We have had 8 years of corruption, unnecessary war and shredding of the Constitution. Over the weekend we reached we suffered the worst economic meltdown since 1929. Now this party wants us to give them 4 more years so that John the "maverick" and St. Sarah of the Snows can fix Washington. ...like I was born yesterday.
If "small town working class" rust-belt voters in Ohio, Pa., Michigan and Indiana help re-elect the GOP then I for one don't want to hear anymore whining from them about their disappearing jobs and livelihoods, the high cost of college and gas, lack of health care etc. Let Johnnie's "patriotism" put food on your table. Go flip burghers!
Screw 'ya. Cling to your guns and religion. Pray to Jesus when you go hunting for a meal. Stay with that church and keep your weapon. You will need both the soup kitchen and the rifle. You will deserve what you get.
I got mine already. I live comfortably in the sunny South on a golf course, got my steady income, my "socialist" medicare and prescription drug coverage that you younger people wish you had but will never get under the Republicans. I sent my girls to college and they are successfully out on their own. The world won't run out of gas before I go and the planet won't get too hot.
A McCain election ain't gonna hurt me! As Johnny Carson used to say - I upped my lifestyle - up yours!
God helps those who help themselves - if you're in deep doodoo economically and you vote Republican for their "values", you deserve it.
Posted by: toritto | September 24, 2008 10:16 AM
This is not a selfish being. This is someone who addresses the selfish in the only terms and concepts they'll ever understand. Go Toritto!
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