What do you do with young people these days? I am not a mother, unfortunately but one thing I am thankful for is a mother that let me make mistakes. There were times when she would warn me, “Afrocity, don’t do this…”. Of course I did not listen to her and she did not listen to me either. Parents hate to admit that sometimes, in some situations their children speak with more wisdom than they do. Father or Mother does not always know best.
I believe that this is the give and take of any relationship. I was more often “the right” one than my mother was which is hard for me to admit.
While we were both emotional on some issues, quick to anger, I am a lot more logical and cautious than she was. As written previously, after growing up on public assistance, I made myself the promise that it would never happen again. She was not as strong in that conviction, if she had one to begin with. She died with $35 in her bank account. After her death, as I was going through her possessions, I found a receipt with her monthly expenditures scribbled on the back. She had budgeted that $35 for the rest of the month, June 2007, that she would never live to see the end of. She had just purchased groceries with the food stamps given to her by Social Security Dept and most of them were still in the fridge uneaten. 3 half gallons of Tropicana Orange Juice (no pulp), one half of a watermelon, one whole watermelon. She loved watermelon in the summer and orange juice was an obsession for her. I don’t know why exactly, perhaps it was some World War II trauma, orange juice or sugar rations. I had told her it would end this way.
“Some night I will get a call saying you are dead,” I warned her.
She never listened and sometimes loved ones don’t listen. You try the best you can to convince them to take the right course of action.
With the death of Michael Jackson looming over our weekend, one can’t help but wonder if there were attempts at family intervention, especially if this turns out to be caused by the abuse of prescription drugs. I suspect this is the case. The entire situation smacks of an Anna Nicole Smith dejavu. As I watched an obviously emotional and distraught Jermaine Jackson announce that his brother had passed away. I saw a familiar pain in his eyes that reminded me of mom and the anguish of trying to help someone that does not want to be helped.
Having said that let’s turn to the subject of someone that could use a little bit of motherly advice from a fellow Republican. I like Meghan McCain. I feel that she is a great champion for her father, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). I see an enthusiastic young woman with a lot of promise. I also see a train wreck waiting to happen which could possibly damage the integrity of her entire family.
Take a look at this clip of Meghan McCain’s recent guest visit on Real Time with Bill Maher where she gets “schooled” by Paul Begala
The Washington Independent
By David Weigel 6/22/09 2:26 PM
Via Nick Sabloff, this is the sort of media moment that would slow down the schedule of an ordinary pundit. But Meghan McCain’s, err, “expertise,” has never been ordinary.
McCain makes the fairly standard argument that the president “blames” the previous administration too much; Paul Begala says the president doesn’t do it enough, and cites Ronald Reagan’s attacks on Jimmy Carter “for eight years.”
MCCAIN: You know, I wasn’t born yet, so I don’t know.
BEGALA: I wasn’t born during the French Revolution but I know about it.
MCCAIN: You clearly know everything, and I’m just the blonde sitting here!
Pretty embarrassing. McCain’s success as a pundit is not too mysterious — she did lots of media during the campaign, and befriended journalists, and she doesn’t apparently have much else to do.
Meghan I like you but I agree with Mr. Weigel. This needs to stop. Ms. McCain’s publicity platform has run a gamut of several memes,- I am a compassionate conservative, I denounce right wing commentators like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’reilly, and the Republicans need to become more like the Democrats in order to survive.
Because you consider yourself to be a “moderate Republican”, the sort that is pro-choice, and pro gay marriage, you mistakenly believe that the liberals who invite you on their talk shows are your friends. They are not. They are simply using you as a weapon against your own party. For them you serve as an example that Republicans, especially conservative Republicans need to become more liberal. As you can see from the Bill Maher episode, these people are not “like” your friends. Media tradition and the Republicans do not often marry well.
Similarly, I have been invited to a number a liberal events where I have been asked to speak as a Republican who turned my back on the Democrats. At first I was flattered but them I began to see that the events offered no conservative dialogue except the one I was providing. Ah, I am the token GOP member. Fuck that. For the most part, I stick with my own kind. Do you know how many people have liked me until they realized I was a Republican. There are some blogs I comment on frequently, if I said that the sky was blue, they immediately come with an attack just because they know that Afrocity “is with righty”.
I am also pro-choice and not in opposition to gay unions. Does this matter to my liberal acquaintances and family?
Not one damn bit.
Liberals claim that in their hearts their is no bias or bitterness. They are open minded. Some are, but many only have one standard and that is a double standard. They see red whenever a conservative is on the scene. Having been both a Democrat and a Republican, I cannot say enough that I never realized how narrow minded the left was until I…left. The most insulting is when a relative or friend attempts to goad me into a discussion about politics. I can feel them itching to ask my opinion on something political.
“So Afrocity, would you like a soda? Gee speaking of over consumption of carbonated beverages…how about that Obamacare plan?”
Total bullshit. Now I am the most requested guest at barbecues, except I am the one they want on the spit. No doubt things are turning in my favor because Obama and his administration are fucking up enough that those barbecues have found me chasing the liberals down to do a little steak rubbing of my own.
These are just musings on my own experiences as an expat Democrat. It is however another matter when it is the daughter of a very former GOP presidential candidate. I am not advocating that Meghan keep her mouth shut but I am cautioning her to get better handlers. Bristol Palin is doing a much better job of marketing herself than Meghan is. The best approach includes choosing the proper venue to get your message out. Stay away from liberal moonbats like Bill Maher, Keith Olberman, Chris Matthews. These people hate Republicans simply for the fact that they are Republicans. Their hatred does not wan with your pro-choice , pro gay marriage declarations. It does not diminish if you are a woman or a minority or young. It is their purpose to make Republicans look stupid and you are playing right into their leftist hands.
Autographed Letter Signed,