GOP’s hands hardly clean
November 9, 2012
Wow, Shellie Roy, don’t have such a (sacred) cow. Until I read her letter to the editor (“Eggings expose liberal hypocrisy,” Nov. 7, The Aspen Times), I wasn’t aware that a group of adolescents egging a building was a sign of the impending apocalypse. Guess we should just go ahead and put all the middle and high school students in jail on Halloween to avoid the complete unraveling of the fabric of our society.
And you naughty, egg-tossing kids, here’s some free advice for the next election cycle: Making a sign out of cardboard and a stick is cheaper than a carton of eggs. Plus, you probably will get your photo in the papers if you spend a day or two walking back and forth in front of your least favorite political party’s local headquarters. Plus, this is legal. And apparently it’s legal to make up any kind of lie you want about any political candidate, so be creative!
Shellie wrote, “In America we have always fought the natural tribal instincts of the majority to blame and attack a minority or those with power to bully an unpopular group.” Uh, what? Is that sentence missing some commas, or was Roy trying to emulate James Joyce? Hunter S. Thompson wrote clearer sentences than that after drinking a gallon of mescaline. In any case, it looks like someone needed to pay more attention in English and history classes. Especially history classes. Next Roy will be telling us the aboriginal Americans invited the Europeans to take their land.
Shellie thinks conservatives and Christians are minority groups? Picture me slapping my forehead here. The only adjective I can come up with is “flabbergasted.” When I read this, I understand why Shelly thinks people are disparaging and demeaning her beliefs: She is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. (Oops, now I have disparaged and demeaned her beliefs, too.)
Sorry to burst your bubble, Shellie, but I think we all can find examples of “disparaging and slanderous remarks” from people who identify themselves with both sides of your limited liberal vs. conservative mindset. Although, in all honesty, there seems to be a lot more hateful, cruel and downright dishonest statements made from people who call themselves conservatives. Maybe the Republicans should start thinking about asking Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and all their ilk to stop trying to help them. I’m not sure they’re helping your case any.
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Right after I read Shellie’s letter, I saw a news story on the Internet titled “5 Signs at Pa. Polling Place: ‘NO PARKING FOR DEMOCRATS.'” Someone had put up signs by a polling station that said just that: “NO PARKING FOR DEMOCRATS – WALK THAT WILL BE THE MOST WORK YOU DO ALL DAY.” (You could tell they were created and installed by a Republican because of the lack of proper punctuation.)
Being about the most minor incident of attempted election fraud by the Republicans that I read about this year, it was almost laughable. It does enforce the idea, though, that perhaps people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Or in this case, eggs.