Hoo boy! Rahm Emanuel makes the stupid mistake of saying something politically incorrect where people could hear him, and Sarah Palin calls in the liberal mainstream media to seize an opportunity to play outraged offended victim.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Emanuel, exasperated upon learning that liberal special-interest groups were planning to run ads against conservative Democrats not supportive of health care reform, blasted the plan as “f—— retarded” over the summer. Naturally, some outrage ensued after Emanuel’s words came to light, with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin taking to her Facebook page to call on President Obama to fire him for what she saw as the equivalent of a racial slur.
In a post titled “Are You Capable of Decency, Rahm Emanuel?,” Palin wrote, “Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the ‘N-word’ or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities — and the people who love them — is unacceptable,” adding, “it’s heartbreaking.” — Yahoo News
I have a few questions, including, “How do you pronounce “f—“?
Personally, having worked with lots of mentally retarded people (in Special Olympics, among other places), I’m not happy about using “retarded” as a synonym for “politically conservative,” but I understand the rationale. There are uncanny resemblances. Examining my own immediate family, I’m not sure if they’re Republicans, Orthodox Jews, or mentally retarded — or all simultaneously. But still, I don’t use that expression.
Emanuel owes an apology, which by now he’s offered. Of course, he grovels for strictly professional reasons. On a personal level, I suspect the arrogant asshole is utterly incapable of sincerity, let alone apology. As for Palin, I sincerely doubt she would have given a ripe shit until (a) she dropped herself a Down Syndrome baby, and (b) spotted an opportunity for scoring political points, but that’s the rules of the game. Nicely played, Sarah! Are you sure consumption of tea doesn’t cause brain damage?
Some of this might matter were we not at war in two or three countries, dealing with 10% unemployment (or worse), losing control of the economy, and standing by idly while the world burns itself to a crisp. But it doesn’t. It’s all fucking political chatter and manipulation for the next round of greed heads to battle for the human spoils we call our system of government.
Words are important. Yeah yeah yeah. Actions are importanter. Raise your paw if you know what His Rahmnesty was talking about when he uttered that epithet. No, I didn’t think so. See the problem?
Thank god we have an all-important SuperBowl to distract us.