A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pigs, Fish and Men

This man is running for President of the United States. "You know, you can put lipstick on a pig," he said, "but it’s still a pig." As the crowd roared, clearly understanding that he was referring to his opponent's running mate, This man continued. "You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it’s still gonna stink after eight years."

He has rejected a request for an apology. He, and his campaign see no reason why anyone should be offended. They say that the indignation felt by his opponents is just campaign grandstanding. He has been asked if he may have said these words in error, and he has in effect stated he did not. Very well, he owns them. There are some who will blindly follow this man. They will see no wrong in his words, saying (and rightly so) that his opponent used the same phrase in the past. These people can not be swayed any more from their trance like state than a stone can be made to sing.

What others, people who think for themselves must consider is this....... This man, who claims that there is no offense unless he sees it himself, is running for President of the United States. He wants to represent us abroad to foreign leaders and be the face of the United States all over the world. Do you want a man who panders to crowds with sexual slurs? Do you want a man who is so dull witted and inarticulate that he cannot understand that his speech writers set him up to personally insult his opponent's running mate with a sexist insult?

This is not politics as usual. Barak Hussien Obama uttered those words. He uttered them knowing that Sarah Palin has referred to herself as a hockey mom, saying the only difference between which and a pit bull is lipstick. Palin used the verbal imagery as a joke on herself. Barak Hussien Obama did not. He used the verbal imagery as an attack on his opponent's running mate. He used the imagery as an attack on women who strive in a misogynistic world to stay above the locker room comments, doing twice the work without complaint just so they "measure up." He is unapologetic, and avoids the idea that he might fail to be anything other than an enlightened beacon of hope for America.

So, to help Barak Hussien Obama understand what constitutes a man, I will tell him. A man treats women with respect, not as chattel. A man has the wisdom to back down and apologize if he is wrong. A man understands that offense is not only that which is defined by him. A man does not call women names. Period. End of story.

Barak Hussien Obama has shown himself over and over to have absolutely no respect for women. Barak Hussien Obama is a sexist pig. Barak Hussien Obama has shown himself over and over to have no respect, indeed contempt, for people he considers to be beneath him whether because of their upbringing, their geographic choice of residence, their education, or their fundamental beliefs. Barak Hussien Obama is an elitist pig.

These things he has demonstrated. He has slyly insulted and degraded those who do not subscribe to his brand of elitist and misogynistic crap time and again, with impunity. The question is whether or not you, the voter sees this, and whether or not you want someone in the oval office who will either personally stoop to these measures to get there, or someone who fails to see a major faux pas of an overzealous speech writer. Your choice. Of course, there is another choice....... Leave the real pig, Barak Hussien Obama in the Senate to flick his mud around, and vote for his opponent. Then get some religion to cling to, and go buy a gun.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you Xavier...you're right on this one...like always.

7:01 PM  
Blogger SpeakerTweaker said...

Funny thing, that. He doesn't see where he did anything wrong.

But if you call him elitist, or use his middle name, you are a racist.

I've got nothing more to add. You spoke nicely, as usual.


9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So those who highlight Obama's middle name for political advantage are some how differnt. Come on... It's the game we play.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Double Amen here.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait...... Barack Hussein Obama has just called Sarah Palin, Vice-Presidential nominee, governor of our largest state, hokey mom and mother of five, a pig? How nuanced.

I'm glad to see that BO is doing everything he can to win over Republicans, convervatives, independents, women, and other decent Americans for the Republican ticket. The democratic party can keep the sexists, bigots, racists, elitists, and doublthinkers. They deserve each other. Maybe they can all move to California, and we can kick California out of the union?

How this race is still this close is beyond me. Maybe America will start paying attention in October.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Yes, Anon, using somebody's full name is different from calling a woman a pig.

Not that I would expect some folks to see a difference, and not that I wouldn't expect the supporters of this man to try to obscure the differences.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right. The man has no class.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Barack Hussein Obama black or something? I guess that's why it's racist to speak the truth about him.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Compare Palin to Obama, lets get real. Palin, City Council leader, Mayor, Governor of the largest state in the union w/no neighboring US territories, fought corruption outing her own party chair, spent less on travel by over 3/4 that prev gov, helped start the largest construction proj. in N.Amer history working w/a foriegn nation to do so. Now Obama, community organizer, worked w/ACORN and Woods Found. w/domestic terrorist, state sen. famous for present votes, and US senate for 143 days, wow!

11:49 PM  
Blogger be603 said...

Sarah's probably taken worse hits. Somehow I don't think she much cares about this. Strikes me as a woman who's made of much sterner stuff.

Don't mess with a woman who's raised teenagers.

2:42 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Great post. I always liked that song.

7:11 AM  
Blogger the pawnbroker said...

like his other attacks on palin, this has backfired, bringing even more attention and respect for her...

of more concern is what this p.o.s. said in his nomination speech:

"the essence of America's promise is individual responsibility and mutual responsibility...the promise of America is the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper."

as steve chapman (writer and blogger at the chicago tribune no less) said:

no, mr. obama...in reality that "fundamental belief" is what you might call socialism.

btw, there ain't enough lipstick in the warehouses of every cosmetics company in America combined to help that nasty thing called "obamamama"


8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa anon numero tres, don't send 'em all here. People like me hardly have enough guns and ammunition to take care of the NATIVES.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Vinnie said...

"You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it’s still gonna stink after eight years."

eight years?
Did he just concede the next TWO elections?

12:00 PM  
Blogger TOTWTYTR said...

John McCain should go on television and read this post word for word and dare Obama to do anything about it.

Alas, that will not happen, nor will the ass kicking from Todd Palin that BHO so richly earned.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

I like Gov. Palin quite a bit, I think she's a breath of fresh air.

Just wish my two boys wouldn't call her "Gov. Hot Chick."

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this somehow different than McCain's saying "Excellent question," to the question about Clinton: "How do we beat this bitch?"

Sorry, but elitism and sexism is just as rampant on the other side of the fence.

And using Obama's middle name is a pretty obvious ploy. Maybe I'll believe it isn't when people start saying all the other candidates full names too. And then there is the whole "Obama/Osama" thing. You really can't say being called a pig is somehow worse than being associated with one of the most evil men in recent history.

Sorry, I love your blog and generally see eye to eye with you on most political issues, but to put Palin on a pedestal when her party uses the same dirty tactics as the other just doesn't jive with me.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Is this somehow different than McCain's saying "Excellent question," to the question about Clinton: "How do we beat this bitch?"

So, did John mcCain say that in a speech?

Sarah Louise Heath Palin.
Sarah Louise Heath Palin.Sarah Louise Heath Palin.Sarah Louise Heath Palin.Sarah Louise Heath Palin.Sarah Louise Heath Palin.Sarah Louise Heath Palin.Sarah Louise Heath Palin.Sarah Louise Heath Palin.
There. Now we're even, right?

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xav, using the middle name is a not so subtle reminder to those who believe that Obama is a muslim, or connected to Sadam, or to 911 or what ever else they want to believe. Just like the the idea that you can figuratively put lip stick on the politicts of the last 8 years of either McCain , Palin or the Dems for that matter, and call that pig "change". Both parties are playing us for dimwitted suckers who are ready to pounce on the gotcha of the day,

6:21 PM  
Blogger nature223 said...

ok...a PROPOSED Non Muslim IS the pig in this equasion..problem solved.
Obama MUST lose,he has no filter for his disgusting assertions,you cannot allow that person to then insert those views into the most powerful seat in the world.
well that,and if were doing third grade attacks..he's a poo poo head

7:14 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Anon, it's a free country. A man can change his name if he wants, or he may keep it. A man can also use a phrase supplied by his speechwriters that would be interpreted as a sexist slur on his opponent's running mate, or he can show good judgement and refrain.

This man has made his choices. When asked about his decision to use this phrase, he has stood by it, claiming innocence. Either he is naive in the extreme, stupid, doesn't give a damn, or he thinks the American people are naive or stupid. He used the phrase, he stood by it, he owns it.

Take from it what you will. His opponents have shown better judgement, and a great deal more civility. They have attacked his record, what they can find of it, and the absence of a record or experience in it's absence. He has chosen to do otherwise in a sly, coy way that allows him the option of claiming there was no attack at all. Some will believe him because they want to hold on to his ideals, others will see through his manipulations.

His platform is change. Real change you can believe in. What the hell is that? If it's the real change that I believe he is willing to supply, I am not voting for him, and I will work to keep him out of office. Of course he has the option of laying out his plan for change so people know what he stands for. He refuses. I will not vote for a change when I do not know what the change is.

To some people, any change is better than no change. Others want to preserve the good and change the corrupt. They recognize that some change is for the worse. If this man would simply state what he believes in, instead of "change you can believe in" then people would have the option of following substance rather than image. Instead, he systematically refuses, and his platform is only "Hey look at me, a suave guy with a great smile and education." There is no substance, only glitz.

Because he has not laid out his plan for change, I'll tell you the change I believe he stands for.....Gun control and socialized medicine. I am against both. Firmly against both. He offers small reassurances that pander and condescend rather than addressing these issues. He choses a running mate with a demonstrated history and voting record for advocacy of both of these issues. That tells me where he stands. Meanwhile, he sputters out one liners that can be interpreted two ways, as a sexist attack by his opponents, and as naive innocent phrases by his followers who understand their true meaning as demonstrated by their applause and laughter. I do not want a comedian as president, nor do I want a GQ model. I want a man with principles and integrity.

Obama needs votes. He will say anything to get them. The gun owners in this country and the medical professionals in this country are not stupid, and we will cast our votes based on what he has demonstrated as his platform.

You are free to disagree.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's his change you can believe in

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama Ain't Jesus

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quote: "I am not in favor of concealed weapons. I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations."

Barak Obama

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to capitalize "Elitist". Hell, capitalize all of the letters. That man really is.

'scuse me. I have to get back to my guns and religion.


8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xavier, I'm no O supporter, but you didn't do your research before you blogged away on this one. The phrase has been used by many politicians, including McCain himself. Google is your friend. Try using it.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Anon, I understand that. I saw the video of McCain using the same phrase. Read the post. I actually mentioned that he would respond (and rightly so) that McCain had used the phrase in the past.

My point is that Obama had a judgement call to make when deciding whether to use the phrase. His decision shows his judgement. His supoporter's applause and laughter shows they understood the intent. Perhaps I give him too much credit. Perhaps he is so thick that he can't see the implications, or maybe he just wants to stir the pot to obscure the real issues of experience and competency and get people talking about silly phrases.

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Xavier,
As a new gun owner, I enjoy and learn from your blog, but this really seems to me to be a wilful misinterpretation of what Obama said.

The actual context:

“John McCain says he’s about change, too — except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics. That’s just calling the same thing something different.”

“You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change; it’s still going to stink after eight years."

Meanwhile, by your definition, McCain's not too much of a real man himself:

""Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?" he asked guests at a Senate Republican fundraiser. "Because her father is Janet Reno."
McCain: "Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, 'Where is that marvelous ape?'"

"In introducing his wife, McCain noted the ongoing beauty pageant at the event and said that he had "encouraged Cindy to compete. I told her, with a little luck, she could be the only person ever to serve as first lady and Miss Buffalo Chip."

Only, Miss Buffalo Chip is no "beauty pageant": "During a drenching rain Wednesday night, the contest broke up into smaller groups and one woman wound up dancing naked on a bar top. Her boyfriend/husband saw her and angrily dragged her away as she struggled to put her pants back on and muttered something about how, "It's only this one week a year."

And treating his wife in an ungentlemanly manner is not rare: "At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain's hair and said, "You're getting a little thin up there." McCain's face reddened, and he responded, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt."

Meanwhile, here is a video of the "how do we beat the bitch" exchange. There is also a balanced discussion on that page of his reaction, which I confess has me rethinking how egregious a moment it was.

On the other hand, while it is of course hard to contest your claim that Obama was hoping his supporters would hear a reference to Palin in what he said -- we can't know what was in his head -- I think that, if you can claim that Obama was purposefully evoking Palin with this remark, one that he himself has used before to describe current Republican policies, I think it's just as fair to say that McCain didn't slap down the question asker in that situation because he didn't want any of his supporters to think that he DISagreed that Hillary is a "bitch" and that it's okay to talk about an elected U.S. senator this way.

Can you really argue, based on these examples, that John McCain "treats women with respect, not as chattel"? In this context, it's interesting that it's Obama that has the solid history where family is concerned, while McCain has an admitted history of cheating on the wife who waited for him while he was a POW... I know s*** happens, and marriages end, but they don't always end because one person couldn't wait to make it official before running around...

As for Obama's policies, wouldn't "socialized medicine" be health care provided by the government? If you're genuinely curious, you could read about his proposals here and let me know if you can find the part where he says the government should provide health care. His other plans for "change" are laid out in mind-numbing detail elsewhere on his site, as they have been all year, so this whole meme that he hasn't explained what he means by change isn't clear to me. His plans for change are a lot clearer to me, in fact, than the change we are supposed to get from a Republican asking for another chance for the Republican Party. (What would that party have to do, in your mind, to deserve an accountability moment, anyway?)

As for guns, I believe Obama when he says he has changed his mind on this one, just like you -- I assume -- believe McCain when he says he has changed his mind on Roe v. Wade, which he was for before he was against, the Bush tax cuts, which he was for before he was against, the difficulty of the Iraq War, which he said would be easy before he said he'd always known it would be hard, etc.

Anyway, keep up the great blog. As I say, I enjoy it.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sutton, He's a Chicago Democrat. He's as full of it as his puppet master Dick(head) Daley.

Enjoy your handgun! (Especially when the Messiah takes it from you.)

8:34 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

Sorry, but even Bill O'Reilly defends Obama on this one:


The analogy is McCain's Policies (which Obama is saying are the same as Bush's) can't be dressed up by adding a pretty face.

In the analogy, the policies are the pig and Palin is the lipstick. Basic SAT-type analogy ("This is to that as as something is to ______").

It's your blog, so it's your business, but I find your blog enjoyable because you're one of the few gun bloggers that takes it easy on politics (with the exception of topic that need attention like the New Orleans gun grab). Take a deep breath and relax.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can put a thug in a suit, but he's still a thug.

You can put a thug in a suit, but he's still a thug.You can put a thug in a suit, but he's still a thug.You can put a thug in a suit, but he's still a thug.You can put a thug in a suit, but he's still a thug.You can put a thug in a suit, but he's still a thug.You can put a thug in a suit, but he's still a thug.

Oh, darn. I was really talking about Tookie Williams and generalities.

5:37 AM  

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