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Hoekstra

So by now I'm sure everyone's heard about the ad for Republican Hoekstra attacking his opponent, Debbie Stabenow. It has an Asian woman riding a bicycle past a rice paddy and saying to the camera something like, "Thanks for spending so much you have to borrow from my country! Your country get weak while my country get strong. Tee hee!" Yeah, an Asian-looking woman speaking broken English yet with an American accent.

My head was just hot with rage when I saw this commercial. And I know, like Chris Hayes said, you kind of hate to talk about it because you just know it's trolling. They WANT this attention for this horrible, racist ad. But it's just been weighing on my mind all day and I can't get over it.

The very first thing that came to my mind watching this commercial was being reminded of the day after 9/11. I was walking to or from school, and a car drove past me. Someone threw a soda can at me and yelled, "Go home!!" I was just in utter shock because that was the first time in my life I ever felt unwelcome in my own home.

Maybe a lot of it was luck. I grew up in Hawaii, where just about everybody is Asian of some sort. I lived in upstate New York for a while, where you might expect to feel unwelcome, but I was treated as more of a curiosity than anything else. Like, hey, it's the one person in the school with black hair! And at the time of 9/11, I was living in Northern California, which not only felt pretty diverse but was also very chill in general.

But yeah. Go home! I had never experienced anything like that before. I'll never shake that feeling. And that's exactly what I felt when I saw that ad.

That's why I got so mad at Glenn Beck for his whole "let's go back to 9/12" thing. 9/12 was a crap day. I want to go back to 9/10. 9/12 was a great day for selling American flags, but not so much togetherness like Beck believed. Maybe togetherness against foreigners, yeah... But I felt like America was more together the day before 9/11. I feel like I could actually feel happy back then, but afterwards nothing was ever safe again. Like stepping from the rainbow land of Oz to the black and white world of Kansas. It always depresses me that we can never, ever go back to that time again. Something truly died on 9/11.

These are all the feelings that get mixed up in me as I think about that ad. I just can't settle myself down. There's just something boiling inside and I don't know how to direct it. I just have to hope it fades away.


This is why I feel like the modern Republican party just needs to disappear. It's just deteriorated to the point it's no longer a real political party. They've whittled away their own platform so much that they no longer have anything solid to stand on, so they're left with nothing else to cling to but stuff like this. I'm sorry, there's just no more of this "Well both sides are equally bad" nonsense. Democrats aren't always saints but they don't even compare.

Republicans like to look back fondly on Reagan and Lincoln but they share so little in common with TODAY'S Republican party that you cannot call them Republican by today's standards.

It's just... They so consistently run on President Obama being "different" from the rest of us. He's black. He's Kenyan! He's... Hawaiian? He's muslim! Latino people are scary to them. LGBT people are scary to them. Unions and poor people and even women are a threat to them. What the heck do they have left?? And now, just to top it off, they have to throw the Asians under the bus as well.

To me it feels like... Is this really what the Republican party was supposed to be about? I feel like they let their own creation get out of control and they didn't mean to be this way. It's like, you can be feeling really happy, but if you force yourself to wear a scowl all day, eventually you end up actually getting angry. They just went along with their own play for too long until it consumed them and there was no turning back.


I thought maybe typing this all up would make me feel better, but no, I'm still fuming inside. I'm about to break down into laughter at how ridiculous this is. It's so sad. Civility, logic, rationality, and honor are crumbling all around us. No game can be worth winning so much that it's worth sinking to these levels.

I'm just waiting for the ad that says, "Me tax and spend you long time."

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winterlady
Feb. 7th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
I started a response to this six different times this morning. I haven't looked at LJ in a long while and this is the first thing I saw when I came back.

Everything I would say you probably already know.

People are idiots. The New Republicans (i.e. Tea Party) are idiots x10. Their whole Nostalgia for a Past is all about fear. Because the "Good old days" were only good for white males - and this country has come a long way toward making things a little more equal for everyone. But that fear is starting to leak out and show itself a little more explicitly. Have you seen the new Doctor Pepper X ad? the one that's "JUST FOR MEN"? A lot of guys probably look at that and pay no attention. As a woman? I saw that and went "What the Fuck?!". I did. Out loud so my 18 year old son popped his head around and then I backed it up on the TV and we watched it again. And I went, "What the fuck is THAT?!?!?!"

I watched the Debbie Spenditnow ad. And I had the same damn reaction. What. The. Fuck.

Because Debbie Stabenow is my representative here in Michigan. That whole ad is an abomination.

And boy howdy - you want to talk about republicans fucking over a state. We have 3 counties now with "Emergency Financial Managers". Do you know that they have the power to dismiss the elected government of a city or a town? Our Governor is setting up little fiefdoms of his own. I don't live in a town where this is happening directly, but it's starting to become more common.

The upshot of this whole thing is: You're not alone. Not alone is seeing the prejudice leaching out into the mainstream message. Not alone in thinking "what the fuck"?!. Not alone in recognizing what a lot of these underlying messages are doing. And certainly not alone in standing with an American president of color who, I personally think, has gone through this kind of bullshit his entire life/career and still manages to live with grace and good spirit.

If you haven't already - start watching Rachel Maddow. She's one of the people who SEES these types of things for what they are. It might help to know that this crap isn't passing with no light being shed on it. And here's one other thing that might help... Meet Pete Hoekstra compliments of Ms. Maddow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKI2j1zezCw
shinkuu
Feb. 8th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comments. It does make me feel better that I'm not alone in this. Thinking about it, more and more people in my life are speaking out about things like this, whereas in the past they'd usually say nothing about politics that wasn't already part of a Leno monologue.

Family, friends, acquaintances, and even coworkers... I know people who've worked for the Post Office, people who are working or have worked retail and in unions, LGBT people, government employees, students, teachers, and of course everyone has at least one woman in their lives. Everybody's being touched in some way by their policies and they are speaking out about it.

I did hear about those Emergency Managers! And of course it was through Rachel Maddow, haha. Her show is really one of my favorite things on TV. She's smart, confronts any conservatives that agree to be on her show, and she really does pick up these stories that no other show seems to be talking about. Those Emergency Managers are really terrifying in how they simply VOID OUT the democratic process by arbitrarily declaring an "emergency."

There's a lot in politics that makes me shake my head these days, but there does seem to be a lot of hope out there as well. Thanks.
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