"It must be nice, to ignore all that while insulting those of us who still live in our own purgatory hoping one day to the same access as everyone else in this country…"
That quote from findyourinnerrockstar, referencing her own struggles with the 'mentality' of Birthers and today's VJ news glut, inspired me to write again.
Van Jones, Van Jones, Van Jones. That's all we seem to hear today. I am listening to Fox News - sigh - and I finally hear the end of the statement that has gotten so much play: "...Republicans are assholes..."
Okay, 10 or 15 years ago, that would have required censorship, and for a highly educated public servant with far reaching responsibilities , and who presumably possesses a vocabulary that reflects his status as graduate of a top tier law school - Yale - Van Jones should not have said that.
Moreover, he should have been able to more skillfully avoid doing so. It offends my sensibilities - and I was raised on a steady diet of crude TV shows: Married With Children, The Simpsons etc. I also grew up in Berkeley (where the YouTube vid was shot) and Oakland, CA and seriously doubt that the people there are as unsophisticated or laissez faire as his poorly chosen words indicate.
Yet, in this day and age, the word ass**** is said on cable of course, and less frequently, on network television as well. For those who care, which despite all appearances to the contrary, does NOT include Fox, the rest of that quote follows.
"...Republicans are assholes...AND Barack Obama is not an asshole."
I found that important piece of the puzzle conspicuously absent in the earlier broadcast, at 2 this afternoon EST. Are we so overloaded with information that we can't include a full sentence not requiring context, but rather the completion of the sentence itself?
OMG, WTF, CMEO4USA (cry my eyes out.)
Actually, I kind of hope that Barack Obama is capable of being one. If, as VJ suggested, he is not - then he is in for a rude awakening if he intends to play the game with the Big Boys on Capitol Hill while remaining the gentleman he was on the campaign trail (90% of the time.) It's time to break out the big stick, even if it requires not walking so softly.
I really want to see him use some of the slick attorney strategies I hope he knows, and is certain to need, in order to circumvent the assholes who would stand in the way of the reform 1.0 that our country needs, and much of the world may and perhaps must follow.
By that, I mean how can we at once be 'a shining light of democracy' and a world leader if we cannot even stand up to our own leaders when they represent an affront to the Constitution we charge them to both affirm and uphold, and the Constituency that depends upon them for a voice, and frankly, for protection from the interests they are lobbied by? Our country is one large constituency, as divided as we are - because we do all decide what our future is, and because it must be that way. From energy, food and water needs, and as top tier consumers, we must lead since the world cannot afford that we wait to follow.
Selective civic participation and compartmentalized intelligence are the ugly side of modern uber-connectivity and more pointedly, the stress placed on the importance of uninterrupted communication, without effectively self/social-monitoring the quality thereof. Not everyone has to be an Einstein, Hemingway or Vidal, but we must do our part. Contrary to what current trends suggest, an oft overlooked hallmark of our current level of civilization, is that the hyper-valuation of communication sans content yields what it will always yield - nil.
Truncated sentences are called phrases, expressions or idioms (or as my grammar teacher reminded me so often, sentence fragments) - but only if they have meaning. Speaking in truncated sentences begins with the goal of efficiency, but ends up being lazy and sounding plain stupid.
At the end of the day, the fringe of the left is not the fringe of the right; read, the two poles play by different rules GENERALLY. On the other hand, the left has people who play dirty, just as the right does. The difference is in the extremism employed by the right and in my view, the fanciful claims that pass for arguments and in some cases for some audiences, even pass for facts. Truncated thinking serves no one.
Had Van Jones said that Barack Obama is a gentleman or person of integrity, while the Republicans historically would kick a man when he's down, he would be more likely to still have his job.
Thanks, apachsavage - I agree. Van Jones is/