Rosie’s off The View…….

Well – you can finally rest easy! Rosie O’Donnell is off The View. Is it just me, or do I hear a refrain of “Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead” each time a pseudo-news show comes on?

I imagine that the likes of:

Bill O’Reilly – more affectionately known lately as BO – current Fox News commentator, former anchor of the tabloid/gossip television program “Inside Edition”, and darling of the likes of Al Franken, Michael Savage, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Media Matters for America, David Letterman, Michael Kinsley, and especially Keith Olbermann;

Donald Trump – American business executive, former Reality TV star, arbiter of wholesome American values and the namesake of no less than 13 branded products;

Joe Scarborough – TV personality, a former US Congressman from Florida; and a 4-year member of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight;

Danny Bonaduce – former child star of The Partridge Family, on-air radio personality, celebrity boxer – both in the ring and out – commentator on other people’s behavior and lack of “manners”, and all-around up-standing citizen;

Sean Hannity – high school graduate, radio and television commentator, and creator of “Hannidate” – a free dating service matching “people of like conservative minds” ;

and various and sundry others who had their day in the sun by bashing Rosie and erecting (good word) petition sites to have her thrown off the air, are finally happy and resting comfortably. Sanity has been restored to the land and all is well.

All, that is, except that we still have the same questions we had when Rosie started to talk. Our problem now? NO ONE is asking them.

I honestly don’t care whether Bill, Donald, Joe, Danny, Sean, the folks at E!, ET, TMZ.com, Access Hollywood, eXtra, The Today Show, Good Morning America, whatever is on CBS in the morning, Chris Matthews, or any of the pundits and people searching for their 15 minutes of fame who will go on any show to pose as an expert on anything from The Secret to WMD’s likes Rosie or not. She’s a big girl who can take care of herself. (And don’t get me started about the conversation that somehow equates her weight with her intelligence! A word of advice – each and every time you use a woman’s weight in a conversation, you’re on a slippery slide to pissing off a lot of women – women who buy the products you’ve suggested we boycott because of Rosie. NONE of you are what most people would have fantasies about, so just shut up while you still can!) You all have been very vocal about Rosie’s asking tough questions. My question to you is:

“WHY AREN’T YOU ASKING THEM?!”

The answer, frankly, disturbs me. It seems to me there are four possibilities, not one of which appeals to me:

1. You really, honestly can’t see what’s going on;

2. The things you see don’t bother you;

3. You’ve sold your soul and are actually paid to ridicule anyone who dares to speak outside the party line;

or

4. You are afraid you’ll suffer the same fate as Rosie and others you’ve tried to humiliate and marginalize.

Take possibility number 1:

You are an idiot! It was difficult to watch Elizabeth Hasselbeck try to hold up her defense of the policies of the US government to Rory Kennedy after supposedly watching “The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib” more than once. She’s a 30-year old idealist who still hasn’t come down from the high of her visit to the White House for a State Dinner – what’s your excuse?!

Do you even know the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq just since “Mission Accomplished” was declared? What’s going on in Louisiana? Remember the debacle that was Hurricane Katrina Relief? Have you read about Scooter Libby taking the fall in the Plame case? Alberto Gonzales and the 5 million missing e-mails? Paul Wolfowitz giving a sweet job and a great paycheck to his mistress (that’s what they call a “girlfriend” when you’re still married, right?)? Vice President Cheney’s ties to Halliburton? The “professional military” company known as Blackwater? What about the executive order signed on May 9 that gives George W. Bush total power over all branches of government in the event of a loosely defined “catastrophic event?”

Possibility number 2:

That’s psychotic! Do you honestly believe that people other than Americans can be lumped into a category that makes them less than human?! That the mothers and fathers of dead Iraqi soldiers don’t mourn them as much as the mothers and fathers here mourn the children they will never see again? That the families of dead Iraqi civilians – whether it’s 655,000 or 1 – are scarred any less by the loss of their loved ones than the families of those killed in the towers on 9/11 or the families of the first responders who are dying because the government of the wealthiest nation in the world can’t seem to get off its ass and get them help?! We’re all people, for f*ck-sake – why can’t you see that and muster up compassion for everyone involved?

You rant and rave about “patriotism” – and you could give a sh*t about what’s going on here?!

Possibility number 3:

“Integrity” apparently is not part of your vocabulary. All I can say is “I hope it’s worth it.”

Possibility number 4:

You are a coward.

I remember one of the main points my 12th Grade Civics teacher tried to get through our thick heads way back then – “You are not a participating citizen if you simply act like a sheep and follow along. It’s your right and your duty to ask questions – and if the people you elect to represent you don’t answer those questions to your satisfaction, it’s your job to remove them from their positions of ‘leadership.’”

Folks, we have no leadership – we have people who are in office but unwilling to stand up for those who put them there. An election was held months ago – and we supposedly spoke loudly and clearly. What has happened? NOTHING!

The people who made flowery speeches and told you what you wanted to hear – what they knew they needed to say to be elected – have done none of the things you hired them to do! Is that how you handle other people who work for you? You hire them to do a job, they don’t, and you pay them anyway – claiming there is nothing you can do?

Where is your outrage? Where is the outrage of the “experts” who have no problem telling you how to think? Start asking questions – and if you don’t understand something, look it up.

Start with looking up the definition of “terrorist.” That word was at the base of the initial argument on The View – the word that raised the loudest and vilest rhetoric from the people mentioned at the top of this post. According to “terrorism expert” Walter Laqueur, there are over 100 definitions and the “only general characteristic generally agreed upon is that terrorism involves violence and the threat of violence.” Watch the news. Read the ticker that goes below the talking heads on the screen. Count how many times in a day you are fed “the threat of violence.” Since we’re talking about Rosie, re-watch any of the YouTube segments of The View where Elizabeth becomes wild-eyed in her fear as she looks out at the audience and repeats “there are terrorists…there are terrorists…there ARE terrorists!” and ask yourself “Who put that fear into her and others like her?” And be honest – more brutally honest than you ever have been before and see what your answer is.

Yeah – Rosie’s loud. And each and every one of the people who belittled her was louder.

Rosie’s loud because she realized months ago that she’d been conned – and she didn’t like it one bit. But I’ll let you in on something – she’s no louder than the grandmother who “has seen the light” because her kids and grandkids constantly showed her the facts. She’s no louder than the guy who defended Bush to his buddies at work – and then heard Dr. Steven Jones of BYU speak. She’s no louder than any of the people who have begun thinking for themselves and found out they’ve been played for fools all these years.

You think Rosie’s too loud? Then you haven’t heard me.

 

Say “When.”

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  1. v_bee

    you said it Ethel!!!

  2. I want to comment on this and let you all know that your ENERGY spent on bashing our adminstration should be used in a much better way!!
    This is from a Marine wife!
    The Celebrities who think they are doing me a favor by saying my husband wants to come home…You think I know that? You think I don’t know that every day he’s gone is one more day he’s missing his daughter’s life? You think I don’t know that every day he’s gone is one more day he might be killed? “I’m not a president, but I play one on TV” doesn’t make you right. It only gives you a microphone that I don’t have! And even though I may not be on TV and I may not have a record deal and I may not be a movie star, I have an opinion too….STOP talking about your support for my husband. If you really want to support my husband, stop damaging his morale. Stop criticizing what he’s fighting for, stop making him feel like his friends have died for nothing! STOP going on TV and telling the wives and children of the men and women who are in harms way that our loved ones are killing innocent people and that their sacrifices have no meaning!! INSTEAD of trying to “support the troops” by criticizing the government, try sending a check to the military wife left behind who receives food stamps because her husband is a private and he doesn’t make enough money to feed his family. But still puts his life on the line because that’s his duty! I’m the last person to tell anyone not to express an opinion even if I don’t agree with it. If you’re against the war, fine, good for you-that’s your right. That’s the beauty of our country: Freedom of speach and expression, and than God for it. BUT can we please give just a bit of thought to the people who have to listen to our opinions? How can it possibly help our troops and their families to see people that they admire and respect going on TV and denigrating everything they’re going through? I don’t care if you’re opposed to the war, and I don’t care if you want to go on TV and engage in some thoughtful debate. BUT don’t use my husband as your excuse to go on TV and bash the president. My husband knows what he’s fighting for and so do I. If you really want to support my husband, send him a care package and shut up!!!”
    Again a quote from a Marine Wife….
    I am not an IDIOT….I DO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AS OUR THE MAJORITY OF THE TROOPS WANT US TOO!!

    Ask yourself this question!! There is NO DRAFT and these young men and woman asked themselves this question…before signing the papers….Think about dying, See if you can determine how you will face your final breath, and whether you’re willing to accept it with dignity and bravery, REGARDLESS of the circumstances or purpose!! AGAIN THESE MEN AND WOMAN WERE NOT DRAFTED….they knew we were at war when MOST of them signed…
    Now as a mother of someone in the Military I would be grateful if you took all this time and energy you have and go out and support the families left at home and stop bashing the administration, because when you bash it you bash our Troops!!

  3. Eva

    I watched the view or TIVOed it everyday, just to see what Rosie had to say. I think she does more to inform people about what is going on in our government, then any other woman on television has had the “guts” to do. She has taken a lot of heat, but still stands up for what she believes, and I am proud of her and support her. People need to decide if what she says is true. I for one, think it is. I don’t want to lose my grandchildren in an unending war, and I too, believe that all people are created equal. I say When.

  4. illa morales

    Paula, why do you take our frustration with the gov’t personally? This has nothing to do with the troops and our support of them. We realize they are brave and we only want them home. So bottom line, this has nothing to do with the troops it is the corrupt men who sent them there.

    This is our safe place to fall when we need to vent our frustration, without people being very sensitive about perceived jabs. Please know we mean no harm to military folk and most of us are or have veterans in our life, past or present. That’s why we are fighting tooth and nail to bring them home, safe and still breathing.

    May God Bless you and keep you.

  5. illa morales

    FYI
    Now you can text “IMPEACH” to 30644
    to vote to impeach cheney!!

  6. Paula

    Eva…it does have to do with the troops!!
    My son signed that paper work under our current administration…the CORRUPT MEN that sent him there, so you vent your frustration on that you are putting down my son!!
    I do not understand why no one can see that POINT???
    Half of the men and woman that are in the Military right now are the same as my son, signed the dotted line with knowing full well those corrupt men as you call were in charge and knew where they would be deployed….
    Bottom line is you bash the adminstration You bash the troops…why can’t anyone see that??

  7. illa morales

    Paula… why can’t anyone see that??
    because the idea that someone just doing their job and following orders does not make the soldiers corrupt, they are merely doing their job. But the lying administration has a few things to explain. Is your son responsible for the boss’s choices? No, he merely is responsible for doing his job to the best of his ability. Now, explain to me, how you feel your son is responsible for the lies and corruption of this administration.

  8. You are quite right Paula. We went into Iraq for 2 main reasons, 1. Catch Bin Ladden and 2. Capture weapons of mass destruction Sadam supposingly had for AQ’s use against the United States. Good reasons for patriotic inviduals to be inspired to fight. Well, Bin’s forgotten, and sorry, but what they have found, can not be considered weapons of mass danger to the United States. We actually supplied them with better weapons upon our arrival.

    This administration has had 5 years to accomplish the above. I do not know how long your son has been in, but yes, sadly, since you feel he is The Administration; he is a FAILURE. Neither were accomplishable, but if you chose we blame an individual within the troops, and your son in particular, I have no personal problem with it.

    My nephew and niece-in-law were recalled, and I hope you understand that their families, including me, claim they are completely blameless for this whole mess, they have just been following orders.




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