Hey, Red AND Blue States, Listen Up!

This is a response to the internet letters from the Blue States to the Red States, and vice versa. The letters, meant to be humorous, are raising hackles and petty arguments in the current political atmosphere.

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Hey Red States and Blue States,

Hold it right there. I have something to say before you start breaking up this country. My name is Unknown and my remains are in a marble tomb near the center of Arlington National Cemetery. There are four of us in this tomb. We died in two World Wars, in Korea, and in Vietnam. We gave our lives for the land we loved and we each came home in a casket draped with the flag of this nation.

Our tomb is in Virginia. The marble for our memorial comes from Colorado, from the same mine that produced the marble for the Lincoln Memorial. We’re in good company here. This is the final resting place for more than 300,000 Americans including soldiers from the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the Civil War and just about every war since.  An eternal flame marks the final resting place of our 35th president John F. Kennedy.  Two astronauts who perished aboard the space shuttle Challenger, Richard Scobee (Washington) and Michael Smith (North Carolina), were laid to rest here. You’ll find the grave of Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, the American writer and activist who was born on a Yankton Sioux reservation. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes is buried here. He was born in Boston and he taught at Harvard. We share this place with innocents who died at the Pentagon and on American Flight 77 on 9/11. You’ll also find a memorial to the 259 American men, women and children from many states who died aboard PanAm flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

If you guys split up…who gets Arlington?

Blue States, are you really so ready to give up Ole Miss? That’s a 160 year-old institution. It was one of the South’s first universities to admit women, and the first to hire a female faculty member. James Meredith, a native of Mississippi, courageously endured a great deal of hateful treatment to become the university’s first black student. And what’s wrong with Alabama? It’s the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harper Lee, Hank Aaron, Mia Hamm and Hank Williams. The folks down in Huntsville built the first rocket that put humans on the Moon.

Red States, what have you got against Rhode Island? If it wasn’t for that tiny state you might be having tea and crumpets every afternoon. It was the first of the thirteen original American colonies to declare independence from British rule. Providence is home to the First Baptist Church in America and the first NFL night game! It’s also the home state of George M. Cohan, H. P. Lovecraft, Eileen Farrell and Nelson Eddy.

Let’s be fair about big cities. They have some tough issues, but they are also famous for museums and parks, music, the arts and great sports teams. Miami is home to the Adrienne Arsht Center (the second-largest performing arts center in the nation) and Dolphin Stadium. Atlanta boasts Zoo Atlanta (which is helping to save some of the world’s most endangered species). Don’t forget that St Louis is the home of Anheuser-Busch Breweries (for that frosty mug of brew you talked about Red States). You’ll also find one of those elitist universities in St. Louis. The Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital operate the Siteman Cancer Center and the Genome Sequencing Center. In fact, universities in cities around the nation do cutting edge research in cancer, diabetes, heart disease, birth defects, nerve disorders and much more. And yes, stem cell research is incredibly promising in many of these areas. Think of how you might feel if your doctor were to say, “It’s malignant…but don’t worry. There’s an excellent new treatment from Stanford that can triple your chances of survival.” And for Blue Staters with rheumatoid arthritis…it was a guy from Alabama who first synthesized cortisone.

Why the rush to divvy up this land that includes Big Sur, Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Channel Islands, the Grand Canyon and so much more? Why can’t we all share and enjoy the country that gave us B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Marian Anderson, Motown, Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and yes, Streisand? Who wouldn’t want a Philly cheese steak, a Maryland boiled crab dinner, Tex-Mex, gumbo or a slice of Boston cream pie?

In dark times we have always come through as a nation. Remember that after 9/11 Americans gathered from every corner of this land to help New York City. Firefighters from as far away as Montana trekked to California to fight huge blazes that threatened lives and property there. Rescue dog teams from California have mobilized in hours to help Midwestern victims of tornadoes and floods. After Katrina, as the government dropped the ball, trucks loaded with emergency supplies, and cars loaded with volunteers rolled out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and yes, Detroit. We are a nation of heroes ready to help our neighbors. We are a nation of liberal, conservative, and moderate soccer moms, doctors and chefs. Dedicated teachers, caring police officers, honest city officials and schools that achieve academic miracles are not unique to small towns or to big cities. And that volunteer military? The men and women who march into harm’s way to defend this country are from every corner of every state.

So before you start carving up these United States, remember that the spoils will have to include Arlington, and Lexington, Yorktown, Gettysburg, Wounded Knee, Pearl Harbor and every other inch of soil upon which American blood has been shed in our shared history. You’ll have to explain to the spirits of those who died why we can’t seem to muster the courage, the commitment and the respect for our fellow citizens to make this nation work.

Or can we?

Sincerely,

Unknown

The original  internet letters:

Dear Red States

Dear Blue States

Exclusive/original to Political Bunko

Please pass along or repost.

Debase and Degrade


“The most dangerous element of our political future in this country is candidates who debase and degrade the political process by straight-out lies and misleading spots on television. It’s a cancer to our system.”

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel

Uh, Sarah the Socialist?

Socialism in Our Society

We’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.”

Governor Sarah Palin

My Daily Rant – October 29, 2008

Promises Promises

by The Tall Twin

On CNN on Tuesday, Campbell Brown said on her new show, No Bias, No Bull, that Senator Barack Obama has broken a promise. On the face of it, she is correct, but with all due respect, so what?

The promise in question was actually a response to a questionnaire sent to all of the primary candidates last November. It came from the Midwest Democracy Network, which is made up of nonpartisan government oversight groups. Apparently only two candidates (Obama and McCain) bothered to fill out and return the form. At the time Senator Obama said that if he were the Democratic nominee he would, “aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”

That was then and this is now. One thing about Obama is that he’s a fast learner. The tough primary campaign taught him many lessons. By the time he became the Democratic nominee he could see what he was up against and what tactics might be used against him. Think about it this way. While planning a trip to Europe you sign up to swim the English Channel wearing a bikini. When you get there you see that the water is freezing and full of sharks. Would you go ahead with the plan or would you rethink your strategy?

Palin unmasked

Palin unmasked

Once he became the nominee it was obvious to Senator Obama that millions of mostly small donations would be better than funds from a broken public financing system. It was a leap of faith and a good economic choice. He decided not to “aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee.” He did, however, keep his promise to the American people to refuse money from registered lobbyists. His supporters have responded by donating an astounding amount of money,* while taxpayers who do not support him haven’t had to help pay for his campaign.

And by the way, Senator McCain pledged to run an honorable campaign. So much for promises!!

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*WORD SPY

micro-donor n. A person who donates a small amount of money to a political campaign or other cause. Also: microdonor.
micro-donation n.

Example Citation:
Meanwhile in Chicago, Obama’s elite high-end fund-raisers, his National Finance Committee, met Thursday for strategy sessions.Obama has developed an army of micro-donors during his campaign.
—Lynn Sweet, “Obama passes on public money,” Chicago Sun Times, June 20, 2008
Posted on October 28, 2008

Say What?

A few years ago there was a television commercial in which a young man made a phone call to his mother. She complained that he never called and he responded, “But I am calling you!”

There’s just no pleasing some people.

To help to ease the sting of the mortgage crisis, Senator Obama introduced a plan to give tax relief to ten million homeowners who don’t itemize their taxes.

The McCain campaign said that the plan was essentially “welfare” because some of the homeowners that would be included are unemployed.

Although very few homeowners fell into that category, Obama addressed the issue by adding a work requirement for those who would receive the $500 credit.

The McCain campaign then criticized the plan for offering no help to the unemployed.

There’s just no pleasing some people.

The McCain criticism is off base anyway. Obama’s website lists several credible plans to create millions of new jobs and so decrease unemployment.

My Daily Rant – October 22

Joe’s Right

By The Tall Twin

Don’t knock Joe Biden for speaking the truth. He recently pointed out that in the first six months in office, the next president will likely have to face a crisis that will test his mettle.

Duh!

What he’s saying isn’t new. It’s already been presented in the form of a White House phone ringing at 3 am.

The man who next assumes the presidency will have to hit the ground running. The financial crisis that has put our nation at risk is already global. It’s no secret that when the current administration full of mavericks gallops away it will be leaving the massive economic mess to the next guy.

As has been noted, the new president will have to be able to handle many issues at once without imploding. We have already seen how both candidates deal with crisis. One is calm and steady. The other is not. One chose a vice president who could unquestionably step up and handle the presidency. The other did not. By first getting a clear understanding of a situation, Senator Obama acts from a position of strength. Senator McCain appears to act immediately and with his gut. Getting all mavericky, he rushes into action as he did when he responded to the bailout. We all know how well that turned out.

To understand the governing style of both men, one only needs to look at the two campaigns. Senator

Not mavericky

Not mavericky

Obama has built his support from the ground up. He stays on message and on the issues. He surrounds himself with competent advisors. He skillfully uses 21st century tools, such as the internet. He has shown that he is willing to listen but will not be bullied and he is definitely in charge.

On the other hand, McCain’s campaign appears scattered and angry. It seems adrift in the currents. The candidate and his VP pick toss out endless character attacks to see what will stick, and continue to do so even when the charges have been discredited. Their message is primarily divisive and is filled with stops, starts, and missteps. Word has it that Senator McCain is not happy with some of the decisions he’s had to make. Who’s

Mavericky

Mavericky

really in charge? Is the man leading this campaign the right man to lead our nation in a crisis?

Joe Biden speaks the truth. That phone will ring. There will be crisis. It may come from the economy, or Mother Nature, or from another land. Personally I would feel much better knowing that there is calm, clear-headed President Obama in the White House to handle it.

Palin’s $150,000 Makeover, Obama’s Resoled Shoes

It’s been reported that Professor Higgins, er, the RNC has spent $150,000 on clothes and other items in their continued attempt to turn Sarah Palin into a socially acceptable Eliza Doolittle. Meanwhile, this photo of Obama was discovered in a great collection of campaign shots from Callie Shell).

Since taking to the campaign trail a year ago, Obama admits he’s already had them resoled once.  It’s a little thing, but it says volumes about the man.

Meanwhile, $150,000 can’t make a silk purse out of a polar bear’s ear.*

Obama's stumping shoes need a second resoling.

Obama's stumping shoes need a second resoling


*In an ironic twist, Defender’s is trying to raise $150,000 so they can show the ad in battleground states. Does that amount of money ring a bell?!