…in which I detail how I was called racist and stupid by my neighbors. Yes, really.
I am fortunate to live in a truly lovely neighborhood. It is unique, especially when compared to today’s “planned” neighborhoods. It has woods with walking paths, parks, a swimming lake, summer camp, parades, and special events found nowhere else. I thought it was a great place to raise kids. Although three of my children were already born when we moved here, *this* is the hometown they will always remember.
I’ve made it no secret that I thought the re-election of Obama would cause immense damage to our country, to our freedom, to our Constitutional system. And I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the VAST majority of my neighbors feel quite the opposite. They supported Obama both in 2008 AND 2012. I know this by our precinct results, by the signs in their yards, the bumper stickers on their cars.
And… by an email listserve that allows anyone in town to send an email that everyone else in town can read.
I was disappointed after the 2012 election. I know it seemed like a huge electoral college win for Obama, but just 500,000 votes in four key states (Ohio, Virginia, Florida, & Colorado) would have turned it the other way. That’s less than a half a percent of those who came out to vote.
Romney seemed to me to be a moderate, somewhat big-government Republican. He was not exactly my cup of tea, if you know what I’m saying. But, I came to like him more and more as a person, after I stopped believing the constant crap being spewed about him by the media. I STRONGLY supported him as the MUCH better option of the two. So, imagine how I felt in the days after the election when I read these little gems on our town listserve (no names are revealed).
Poster 1, entitled Breaking Silence, November 8, 2012 (excerpts): “…sigh of relief heard around town at 11:15 pm election night was short lived…Karl Rove blasted his own calling card: Fox News!…he was incensed that Fox News called Ohio for Obama!!!… the wind blowing from those well fleeced high rolling Republicans began almost immediately… sour grapes I’m sure…Karl Rove’s group spent $100 million: O elected; Donald Trump spent $10 million then tweeted this: his comb-over is still a comb-over; those brothers with a name that rhymes with coke spent another $20 million: O elected… the whining from the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh started as soon as they were on air… P.S. Good sports shake hands and say: good game!!!”
And gracious winners don’t GLOAT.
Also, I can’t stand Karl Rove.
Poster 1, entitled Sour Grapes, November 9, 2012 (excerpts): “… Hopefully too, angry old white men and their wives will have realized that there prejudices weren’t passed on to their siblings… Once realizing that, their disguising hatred will have subsided too…”
I think he meant to say children instead of siblings and disgusting instead of disguising. But, wow. I don’t know where to start. He reduced the entire election and difference between the parties to this:
1. White people who are angry and old don’t like Obama.
2. People who didn’t vote for Obama are haters.
I used to think this man was a nice and intelligent person. I USED TO THINK OF HIM AS A FRIEND. But to call people like me (and my FAMILY) angry, white, racist bigots??? And to imply that there are NO VALID REASONS to vote another way?
When you call someone a racist, people believe you. When you try to say you’re not a racist? Well… there’s really no defense that ever works. It’s just about the worst accusation you can make.
Poster 1, Sour Grapes II, November 13, 2012: “It’s been almost a week now since Obama soundly thumped Romney and the conspirators on Fox still continue with their ridiculous conspiracy theories… The American public just isn’t engaged in these stories… with this exception, has anyone seen or heard from Romney or his RNC chairman??? … now there’s a story folks!!!”
Hmmmm. Perhaps they were still licking their wounds. Like I explained above, the win wasn’t quite as decisive as the Democrat pundits wanted to make it out to be. It hurts to lose. It hurts to lose so publicly. And people do need time to feel better after something bad happens to them.
Interesting that this poster thinks he can speak for ALL the American public. NOT FOR ME YOU DON’T.
One thing that struck me immediately (like a sucker punch) about this email conversation was the COMPLETE lack of outrage that a group of people from ONE race had been maligned. From what I’ve observed in my neighborhood, I feel certain that had this poster said something disparaging about blacks, Asians, or Hispanics, there would have been MANY indignant and public complaints. But insult white people? No biggie. That’s cool.
He stereotyped old white men (the ones who didn’t vote for his idol, Obama). Who cares about them anyway? Who, indeed. My dad is one of the KINDEST and MOST HONEST people I’ve ever known. He’s old and he’s white. You throw a blanket insult on him like that? Call HIM hateful as you reveal your own shallowness and callous indifference??? And you wonder why I don’t want to chat in the grocery store.
And, seriously, Sour Grapes? Rather difficult not to notice that the poster’s tone is haughty, dismissive, and arrogant. Sure, that will help us all to get along. Along the lines of, “I’m a Democrat and I’m always right, and I ccaaaarrreeee about people and you don’t. I’m loving and you’re hateful. So just shut up and enjoy the wonderfulness that is Obama and the Democrat ideology.” In fact, the two parties, as portrayed by media, pop culture, political leaders, and government schools, can be summed up like this:
Democrats are nice and Republicans are mean.
Got it? That’s really all anyone ever needs to know.
Poster 2, response to Breaking Silence, November 9, 2012 (excerpts): “the suggestion that the US is (or is becoming) a socialist country is completely laughable... The current Republican party scares me. Some of the candidates they fielded scare me. I know not all Republicans are the same but you’re going to be tarred with the same brush if you tolerate or support the crazies in your party. The Romney/Ryan ticket was a joke. Romney shifted his position on many issues to get the nomination and then shifted back again in order to get elected… If Ryan is the nominee next time, the Republicans will lose again. How any woman with any sense of self worth could vote for the Republicans is simply beyond me. Their stance on the rights of women (e.g. equality of pay, the right to choose, planned parenthood, comments about rape and incest, etc) was simply shocking to me. I can only think the women who voted for the Republicans did so because their husbands told them to! … My hope now is that moderate, reasonable politicians on both sides can come together to get things done on behalf of the people who elected them. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?”
Poster 2 reduced me to this:
1. I have no sense of self-worth.
2. I am so cowed by my husband that I vote the way he tells me to.
Poster 2 received high marks from those who chose to reply.
“WELL STATED (Name of Poster 2)!!!”
“Well said (Name of Poster 2)!”
“Second that! thank you (Name of Poster 2).”
“I wish you would run for office (Name of Poster 2)!”
Poster 1 did receive a little pushback from neighbors who chose to reply. Perhaps that is because his posts were more passionate and more numerous. One woman, an obvious Republican voter, took great issue with his statements. Another, not a Republican voter, did opine that all the people in either party cannot really be fairly painted with so broad a brush. Another person suggested that some humility might be in order. I didn’t see even ONE reply to Poster 2 questioning ANY of his assertions. Of course, Poster 2 sounds so REASONABLE and SENSIBLE. How could anyone disagree?!
Okay, let’s see. Socialism. It will not shout its name from the rooftops. It will creep in on little cat feet. The mayor of the largest city in America is a self-avowed Socialist. The Congressional Progressive Caucus boasts approximately 70 members. According to Western Journalism, “there is a clear tie between the Democratic Party’s Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Communist Party USA (CPUSA), and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).” Of course, they don’t want to be called Communists! Remember — little cat feet. And now we have Bernie Sanders, running proudly as a Socialist as he racks up promise after promise that we can’t pay for.
News flash. Women make less money ON AVERAGE because of their own choices. And they hardly ever die on the job. Not true for men. For women, the “right to choose” means the right to choose to kill one’s own offspring. Funny how the Left never remembers THAT part of it. And, as everyone knows, killing pre-born babies by ripping them to pieces is COMPASSIONATE and LOVING. Even as they thrash about, trying in vain to avoid the abortionists’ tools. But, hey, *I’M* the stupid, intolerant one who hates WOMEN. And, do Republicans ever make dumb statements? Yes, they do, and they play on a loop on every news outlet. When Democrats make dumb statements, the media jumps in to explain what they REALLY meant, and paints them with pretty colors.
Reviewing these posts a couple years later makes me surprised there is so much of it I didn’t remember. Perhaps I blocked it out because it was just too painful. But I was determined to dig in and give voice to my feelings. I wrote this to express my disbelief and dismay at what passes for civil discourse in my neighborhood. As long as you’re on board with the only acceptable ideology, you’ll be applauded and defended for whatever you say, or in extreme cases, gently and politely chided.
“How can she still care about this?”
It was a gut punch like I’ve never felt before. Not merely what the original posters said, but the positive reactions of agreement and praise. This was a public attack on me and my family and everything we hold dear.
NOT ONE OBAMA VOTER SCREAMED – THIS IS A HORRIBLE WAY TO TRY TO GET ALONG IN A NEIGHBORHOOD. Nope, just pretty much meh. Or cheering. There was that.
I looked around and thought, “What IS this place? Who ARE these people?” I lost my sense of home. This is no longer my home.
So I read this piece by Dr. Tim Daughtry entitled “Calling for a true Conservative strategy” from Feb 4. 2013 today, and thought, “What would our country look like if we simply capitulated to the far-left and let them win?”
Daughtry has a line in the piece which is tragically accurate:
“The strategy (of the far-left) was one of immersion more than conversion. It was not necessary to convert students or consumers of news to leftist thinking; it was only necessary to surround them with liberalism as if there were no other respectable way of thinking.”
Back to me now:
So, it’s people all around you — your neighbors, friends, colleagues, people on TV, in the movies, on the news, in Washington — who are doing this. Surrounding you with liberalism as if there is no other respectable way of thinking, and YOU’RE on the wrong side.