I love people watching. Not the kind you do at the mall or a sporting event. But, observing human behavior like talking with people on Facebook. I notice that when I criticize certain things like Glenn Beck, the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin, I get a predictable and usually vicious defense of them. I mean it's like I talked bad about somebody's mama. OK, that's to be expected. If you rag on President Obama or (well I can't think of anyone else to put in here) and I'm likely to jump to his defense, too. I get that. We identify with people we admire and when are attacked, we feel attacked. So far nothing interesting there. But, what I have also noticed is when my friends start to lose the battle they come back with some criticism of an almost totally unrelated person on the left and expect me to react in the same way they have. For example, I'm talking about the Tea Party and the underlying current of racism in it, its rallies and its slogans. I'm talking about the underlying violent tones in its very name and the implications of our government being some imperialistic foreign power and I get "Well, the New Black Panthers are racists too and they want to kill white babies.". My initial response is always the same "Huh?". Then, after I've picked up that the discussion has jumped the tracks into whole new territory I think "What does the New Black Panther Party (whoever they are) have to do with the Tea Party?" I had to Google them to even find out who they are. Or, I'll be critcizing Glenn Beck for being a demagoguing, messiah-wanna-be who spreads fear and hatred. And he just happens to also be able to sell you the cure to all the ills and fears he's telling you exist out there. And I'll get "Well, Al Sharpton plays the race card.". Again, huh? Why don't you just tell me that Tiger Woods hits golf balls. Of course Al Sharpton plays the race card. That's what Al Sharpton does. That's his profession.
For my friends who want to continue to use this tactic, I'm going to help you out. I'm going to rank all the people you can throw at me that I care and don't care about. Mostly they're on this list because they've been used against me before. The Republican/Right Wing "equivalents" doesn't mean I think they're equivalent. They are the initial subjects that prompted the mention of the name I was supposed to react to. This should make it easier for you to choose a irrelevant person to attack whenever I'm getting to close too a cause or person dear to you. I'm going to rank them on a scale of 1-100 and tell you why they got the ranking they got. The closer they get to 100 the more likely you're likely to get a reaction out of me and derail the conversation.
or Organization For You to Throw At Me
for their score
|New Black Panther Party||0||The Tea Party||I never heard of these people until my Tea Party friends started telling me what threats and racists they are. They're probably racists. But, I don't know how much of a threat they are and they're certainly not politically relevant.|
|Old Black Panther Party||1||The Tea Party||I give them a point more than the New Black Party just because I have actually heard of them. Never met one. Never wanted to be one. No association with them.|
|Nancy Pelosi||2||John Boehner/Mitch McConnell||Don't expect me to defend Nancy Pelosi for a second. If I could vote her out, I would. The woman is an embarrassment to the Democratic Party. Every time she opens her mouth it's only to stick her foot in.|
|MSNBC||2||FOX News||MSNBC is, IMHO, better than Fox News because I think Olbermann and Matthew, as bad as they are, are better than the bozos on Fox. I do watch MSNBC for political |
spin. But, I know it's spin.
|Reverend Jessie Jackson||5||Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh/Sarah |
|OK. I'll give him a few points because he did know Martin Luther King. But, it's been all downhill for him since then. He's never represented me and as far as I know never |
been elected to anything- least of all as spokeperson for all things black.
|Reverend Al Sharpton||10||Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh/Sarah |
|Reverend Sharpton started off as just a big old blowhard who ran around shouting "Race, race, race." at every opportunity. I did notice him maturing during the 2008 elections and he actually said some very respectable things. So, I'll rank him above Jessie Jackson. But, again, never been elected as spokeperson for all things black and certainly not a spokesperson for me. If he ever changes his hairstyle, I'll give him a couple of more points.|
|Keith Olbermann||15||Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh||Olbermann is one that gets thrown at me quite a bit. Guys, we lefties know this guy isn't a serious journalist. I didn't even know his show existed until the 2008 elections. Yes I watched it some. But, I don't think I've watched a complete program of his since then. Some of his rants are spot on (very few). But, for the most part he's almost as over-the-top as Limbaugh.|
|Chris Matthews||16||Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh||I'll give him a point more than Olbermann. Occasionally, he does act like a serious journalist.|
|The Coffee Party||20||The Tea Party||I had to think of a real equivalent to the Tea Party, not just the Black Panthers or New Black Panthers or even the NAACP. I like what the Coffee Party seems to stand for- common sense and reasonable respective dialog. I'm following them on Facebook. But, it took me 30 years to join the Democratic Party. So, I may not be getting my membership badge anytime soon. If I continue to like what I see, they could quickly move up the list though.|
|NAACP||25||The Tea Party||The NAACP is a legitimate organization, IMO. There once was a great need for them. Maybe not so much now. But, I still think there is a need. I will respond when people try to point out that there is some sort of equivalence between the Tea Party's racial makeup and the NAACP's make racial makeup as if one justifies the other.|
|Rachel Maddow||50||Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh||Hey, I like Rachel. She's smart and make some really good points.|
|Democratic Party||50||Republican Party||Now we're getting to the interesting stuff. Yes, I am a Democrat. But, not like you might think. I didn't register as a Democrat until 2008 and that was only so I could vote in the primaries. I've voted Democratic all my life. But, I'm not partisan in the sense I will defend "my party" right or wrong. I think the Democratics are dysfunctional and largely stupid. My old joke is "The Democrats are stupid. But, the Republicans are evil."|
|Stephen Colbert||75||Can't think of any||Love Stephen Colbert. Don't mess with him.|
|Jon Stewart||80||Can't think of any||I think Jon Stewart is brilliant. Sorry I can't think of any Republican/Right Wing equivalents. Rush and Glenn Beck are almost as funny. But, they're not trying to be. So, it doesn't count. So far, no has used an attack on Jon to sidetrack a conversation. But, when I post his brilliance on Facebook, he does get criticized for not being a serious journalist. At least he doesn't pretend to be and he's still better than most.|
|Barack Obama||90||Sarah Palin||I put Sarah Palin in there as the equivalent because when I go after her, the response I get most often is some insult about Barack Obama (Barry, or BO or "that POS President" ). You might think he gets such a high rating on my scale because I am unthinkingly uncritical of him. That would be wrong. Primarily he ranks so high because he is the only person on this list I have voted for or worked for. I do feel a bond with him because our stories are similar in many ways. I read his book "The Audacity of Hope" and I was extremely impressed. I think he's doing a fine job. And, anyone who would make the sacrifices it takes to be President at least deserves the respect of giving him credit for wanting the best for our country. I will agree with you if you criticize him on an issue where I think he's wrong (and he has been wrong). But, for the most part, if you want to really side track me, this is your go-to player.|