Political junkie
Wednesday August 29th 2012, 11:54 pm
Filed under: Family,Politics

A quote in the Washington Post today about the GOP: “ “The demographics race we’re losing badly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

Generating. Angry. Okay…  CNN itself did not report what happened at the convention today until other outlets started asking them why, since they certainly should have had photographic evidence; finally, Wolf Blitzer made a statement re his camerawoman: a couple of abusive, racist people had gone, literally, nuts. “This is how we feed the animals!” as they threw peanuts at her.

Do I need to mention she was black and female? Did they realize how much shame the whole country would feel that they would think of such a thing, much less do it before the watching world?

Well, there you go, Graham. But at least those two got thrown out. Who they were or whether they were banned completely or snuck back in later, nobody seems to know. And if they’re actual elected representatives (or future ones), their constituents need to know.

A little calm fact-checking and setting in order after the speeches.

Richard, horrified at what that woman had been put through, hoped hard that Blitzer had told her that she didn’t have to stay there, that she didn’t have to take that, telling me he once counseled a fellow employee to just get up and walk out on a harasser and not ever worry about her job for it. He would stand up for her: her job was the one that was safe.

Boy did that bring back memories.  In the year after my college graduation, I had a boss who harangued and demeaned everybody. The car she was in was stuck? It happened to need the one and only thing I knew how to fix, I totally won as it started right up, and right there as the others on our shift were cheering me on she dissed me for it: only stupid people were mechanics.

And so much more. I needed that job but I hit the point of no return and all I could do was quit. Unbeknownst to me, every single one of my fell0w co-workers under her (there were about eight of us) did the same thing the same week; I was just the first. Then, at last, she was sent packing.

Thank heavens for good bosses who stand by their employees. We moved across the country for a good boss. A good boss is worth everything.

And you know we’re the bosses in this election. Be good ones. Vote!

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Yay, Alison! I was horrified when I read about that incident and angry when it wasn’t reported. Graham’s quote is just beyond belief. We ARE the bosses. Who do these old white guys think they’re working for?

Obama-Biden 2012. We’re taking our country FORWARD!

Comment by Debbi 08.30.12 @ 3:31 am

We are going to vote this coming Tuesday, on the provincial level. I have yet to find the party I am very curious about the outcome…

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 08.30.12 @ 9:04 am

Good grief! Have these people no sense of decency? Of course I will vote! But California is not a swing state.

As for bosses, I’ve had good ones and bad ones. I prefer the good. They get more and better work out of their employees.

Comment by Don Meyer 08.30.12 @ 9:21 am

how sad that this “enough angry white guys” comment is the new face of the GOP — they seem to have been over run by the haters

I hope we survive it

Comment by Bev 08.30.12 @ 10:06 am

Oh gosh. Just the other day I’d told someone that I’m glad no one remembers what it was like to be a petite young woman in the fire service in 1989. I’m glad we were such good trail blazers that even the guys now take it for granted that women can do what they do… maybe even better.

This just makes me cry. Really.

Comment by Channon 08.30.12 @ 11:02 am

Oh. My. “Only stupid people are mechanics”–???? Well. I’ve heard my share of silly comments in the 22 years I’ve been a copier/fax/printer repair technician……yes that would be an office machine mechanic. But never quite that blatantly rude. Since I’m a field tech, and cover a wide territory, I still get an occasional “you sure you know how to put it back together?” and “we’ve never had a lady copier repairman!” Yes. True.

So. Yes! Vote! Vote for those that aren’t trying to find more angry white men. Nothing against men. Or white men. Or even angry white men. Our country just doesn’t need to be governed by a party of them.

Comment by DebbieR 08.30.12 @ 12:37 pm

I heard there was a rumor about the peanuts, but this is the first I’ve heard that it was verified. I wish it hadn’t happened, but I’m glad to know the truth of it. Thanks.

I have a good boss, and he’s also my brother. It feels too good to be true.

Comment by RobinM 08.30.12 @ 2:36 pm

Unfortunately there are idiots in both parties, a lot of democratic responses have been just as bad. Why can’t people be decent to each other? I dislike politics.

Comment by Kris 08.30.12 @ 3:46 pm

as a single mother in Idaho, i never had the luxury of leaving a miserable position. i was finally fired from several jobs because they wanted me OUT and i stubbornly wouldnt quit a job i desperately needed. now that i’m married, i still had that same mind-set and stayed too long in an abusive job in 2008. they finally fired me (and were found by the state to have done it illegally) and it was one of the happiest days of my life.

Comment by Tola 08.30.12 @ 4:13 pm

Such behavior makes me so sad. That we can not see all people as human beings, of value and worth being treated as such.
Oh yes, we will vote, and encourage others to do so. But the state of our society is so sad.
Glad for the bits of bright light that remain!

Comment by kmom 08.30.12 @ 5:25 pm

Mitt’s campaign said it themselves. “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” As reported on the ABC news website: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/president-obama-quotes-romney-pollster-dismissing-fact-checkers/

Not that the Democrats (or other minor parties) don’t cherry pick facts to support their positions, but I see so much more deliberate denial of fact and outright lying from the angry white men.

Comment by twinsetellen 08.31.12 @ 1:40 pm

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