Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Those of us who love and follow the game of basketball have a special appreciation for this time of year. March Madness, baby! But the NCAA tournament hasn't even started, and madness is already running rampant--in the political world, that is. All around the country, March will work its magic, uniting teams and clarifying goals, bringing out the best in players and igniting fans. Meanwhile, the current political madness is working a whole different kind of magic.
March began with the sad news of the death of conservative warrior Andrew Breitbart who unexpectedly departed this life on the first day of the month. He was just about to share with the world some videos that further reveal President Obama's penchant for choosing some rather--shall we say?--questionable characters to run around with. Breitbart was just about to relaunch his website. In the blink of an eye, he was gone. That was the start of the unforeseen madness, a loss many are still struggling to wrap their brains around. He left behind a wife, four children, and an inspired army of patriots who are determined to take up the mantle. His work continues.
Then, just a couple days into March, the Sandra Fluke controversy grew wings and liberals grew outraged--selectively, of course--at comments Rush Limbaugh made concerning the law student's baffling desire to have others pay for her desires. Rush subsequently apologized, but of course that wasn't enough for liberals. As usual, they wanted to use the situation for political gain. Even the President got involved, invoking his daughters. Never mind the fact that people on his side of the aisle have said things so vile that his daughters wouldn't be able to attend a movie that includes language liberals use to describe conservatives. The hypocrisy of the left is maddening, and we've come to expect it. However, we should be able to expect more from the President of the United States. The fact that we do not have a President who will preside fairly over all people, but only over those who fall into his ideological bubble, speaks volumes about the insanity of the time in which we live, a time when partisanship trumps all, when politicians' mouths move in two different directions, or not at all--as in times that they choose to remain silent when they actually ought to speak.
For example, what we get from members of Congress is a refusal to condemn misogynist Bill Maher who repeatedly demeans Governor Palin, the man who has said things that even I'm not, as they say, a mature enough audience to listen to, and may I never be so mature. What we get from our President, too, is a refusal to answer a question a journalist poses about a million dollar donation Maher made to his campaign. The President--the concerned father that he is--has no problem accepting what Governor Palin has called "dirty money." And with all his talk about civility, he still has yet to call out the numerous vulgar, sexist comments made about Governor Palin and other conservative women. What does he do instead? He calls Sandra Fluke to demonstrate his support for her. Really?
Madness is definitely running rampant when the President's campaign puts out a video attacking Governor Palin, twisting her words to make her appear to be a dangerous racist. Their methods bring me back to a time in the not too distant past when Katie Couric and her team spliced and diced tape to create a false image of Governor Palin. But Couric has nothing on Obama's people; they're actually using their dishonest video as a fundraiser to make more dirty money. I call it such because it's being collected on a knowingly false premise. We could spend all day on the ridiculosity of a President targeting a private citizen--an irrelevant one at that, so he would have us believe. This irrelevant woman somehow manages to provoke the most powerful man in the free world to hold brainstorming sessions to figure out how to handle her influence. And for those who say it's Obama for America, not the President himself, who is responsible for this, let's be real. Does anyone really think he doesn't have his hands all up and through what gets circulated in the name of his re-election?
Let's not forget that in the spirit of intense competition affiliated with the madness of March, HBO strategically planned the release date of Game Change, which they hoped would be a game changer itself. They expected Governor Palin to be knee-deep in a presidential campaign now, and they had just the thing to cut her down--a movie composed of a plethora of both flagrant fouls and bad calls by officials on the take. They clearly hadn't imagined that she was being genuine when she repeatedly said she didn't need a title to make a difference. Now it's the fourth quarter in this game of politics President Obama and his surrogates have been playing, and they know the clock is winding down. Desperate times call for desperate measures, I suppose. However, their attempts to send Governor Palin limping to the bench, never to re-emerge, have fallen flat and will continue to fall flat. If they haven't figured that out yet, I recommend they take note of her high school championship basketball game in March of 1982 when, injured, the Wasilla Warrior nailed the shot that secured the state championship for her team. It's 2012, but she's still a warrior, and this is March after all.
HBO's sensationalism might appeal to those hungry for more of the same lame anti-Palin propaganda, but everyone with a modicum of common sense knows that the same person who turned her hometown into the fastest growing business city in Alaska, defeated a big-name incumbent in her run for governor of the largest state, possessed an approval rating of nearly 90 percent, exposed corruption, negotiated the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history, became the first woman on the Republican ticket, energized the Party, and carried Senator McCain farther than he could have possibly gone without her, all while raising a wide-ranging family, could not possibly be the same individual Julianne Moore portrays. Furthermore, why would anyone believe sources who are too afraid to reveal their identities when sources close to the Governor, people with real names and identifiable faces, have shot the movie down?
As smart as liberals purport to be, enveloped in their ivy league world of academia, they sure can't put two and two together, and they certainly don't think the rest of us can. I'm just one of those bitter clingers, so excuse me as I steal a line from Scripture to address them: "Much learning doth make thee mad."
March has always brought basketball enthusiasts a yearning for more and more madness. We make predictions, fill out brackets, and enjoy the ride. We experience the proverbial thrill of victory and the agony of defeat--and we love every minute of it. The political madness this March has been a horse of different color, however. And lest I be blamed for that old-fashioned Republican "racism" (Yes, even black conservatives get accused of being racist against the President), let me help ease liberals' race-card-playing minds: I'm speaking metaphorically, okay? It's that season, and folks have lost their minds, sure enough. It leaves rational people pondering what April might bring. Considering what liberals have done with the concept of March Madness, there's no telling what they might attempt with April Fools' Day.