Monday, July 28, 2008
SNAKE OIL SALESMAN [SOS]
It’s official now, as it has been proclaimed from on high. We are now the United States of Omerica.
The following is excerpted from a hilarious posting by the Times of London:
“And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.
The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.
When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organization with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: “Verily, who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?”…
It ends with this paragraph as BO meets with the male leaders of Britain:
“…And suddenly, with the men appeared the archangel Gabriel and the whole host of the heavenly choir, ranks of cherubim and seraphim, all praising God and singing: “Yes, We Can.”
Sure, it’s a spoof but it has an eery tone of warning [SOS!], suggesting that if we looked beyond the hype of the BO campaign and the infatuation of the media we would see the snake oil salesman made famous in countless Westerns. With the oratorical, persuasive talents these guys had, they could sell ice boxes to Eskimos.
We can all imagine the image of the covered wagon with a banner touting “Dr. Whoever’s Magical Elixir that will cure everything from snake bite to warts; broken bones to the itch.”
The Doctor was a whiz bang orator; words flowed convincingly and powerfully from his tongue. Crowds gathered around his wagon to hear him spout the benefits of his magic potion. He had a cure for ever ill and nary a record backing up or proving that his cures would work
Dr. Whoever’s fraud was only unmasked when someone caught him filling his bottles from a spring and adding a ground-up plant residue for color. Then all his claims of omnipotence were hooted at by the citizens he had defrauded.
Poor old Dr. Whoever didn’t have a complicit team of enablers in a global media and the backing of a corporate entity dedicated to the advancement of fraud to drown out the truth. It was devoid of what BO has today - an utterly dedicated, misogynistic O’DNC blindly backing him just to prevent a woman from becoming president.
Hillary was loudly castigated when she presented the truth about BO. She said that both she and McCain had a record of accomplishments and BO had a speech he delivered a few years ago. So far there has been nothing brought forward that counters that truth and sexism flourishes in Omerica.
And it’s not only Democrats. Republicans also swing to the sexism beat. Just check out the examples of sexism in this man’s short response to a Massachusetts bill, introduced by a woman, to “ensure [that] laws written from now on contain gender neutral phrases such as ‘he/she’ and ‘his/her’".
“I think it’s (expletive),” said Rep. Robert Hargraves (R-Groton) of the law. “Everybody knows the word ‘he’ is generic. It’s generic in the Bible. It’s generic in the Constitution. There’s no intent to demean the fairer sex.”
Gee, does that mean he and others like him see women as the slaves they were in Biblical times and when the Constitution was written. Like, for example, not able to own property, hold office, vote??? And OMG! Certainly not become president of the United States of Omerica!
"[I]n the United States, many people who consider themselves progressives still view anything to do with women as secondary. They fail to recognize what regressives do: that the ranking of male over female is a basic model children learn early on for equating difference with superiority or inferiority, with dominating or being dominated -- a model that can then easily be generalized to different races, religions, ethnicities, and nations." --Riane Eisler
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