Let me first begin by saying that I'm not very much of a Hillary and Bill "fan". I am far more liberal than either of them will ever be, so I do disagree with them every now and again. That said, let me share with you what happened to me today with a dear friend of mine:
Okay, so I was talking with a girlfriend today on the telephone. She and her husband are VERY much of the Libertarian persuasion, but thanks to GWB and his WMD agenda, I've made great inroads with them regarding a more Liberal way of thought....
And then today, I don't know what happened....but we ended up yelling at each other over the phone.
We talk every day. We ALWAYS talk politics. And the majority of the time, we are very tolerant of one another and our differences. But today, I just didn't have the patience for what she was saying.
Basically, the topic came around to the Clintons. I think I brought it up, actually, cuz of Kos' front paged diary about Bill Keller and the whole "are Bill and Hill still doinking?" article, etc....and the 'glass houses' reference. I was so proud of Kos taking the initiative and exposing Bill Keller for the stone-thrower he is, given the fact that his OWN house is about 98% glass...f*cking hypocrite!
So our convo progressed to Bill and Hill....and my friend went NUTS! She is so incredibly anti-Hillary cuz she "took Bill back" after the Monica thing....and you know what? that's her opinion and I'm not gonna knock it.
But at the same time, her "reasons" for being so anti-Clinton were entirely unfounded, in my opinion. She said that during the time of the Monica scandal, all she saw on the TeeVee were stories about Bill and his "transgressions" and she got so sick of it, she came to "hate" the Clintons. She said that they became an "international embarrassment". Oh, and she's a Fox News watcher.
Well, this just set me off....
I said to her, "Dude, you are completely off base! If you're so pissed off about so much TeeVee coverage over something that was ENTIRELY a PRIVATE MATTER, then you should be pissed off at the MEDIA! Honestly, do you think that Bill ORDERED that the media cover so much of his 'moment'? Do you think that it was a GOOD THING for Bill and Hillary to have to deal with their PRIVATE matter in such a public light? If you're so fucking pissed off by how much you had to hear about it, you should be pissed off at the 5 families who happen to own our media and happen to loathe anybody that isn't a neo-con-artist! Face it, sweetie, you'd been duped. And the only way you can live with yourself is to blame Hillary for 'taking bill back'."
Well, we went around and around over this.
At the end, she said, "well, I can see your point, but I still can't vote for a woman who would take her husband back after such an ordeal....and for political reasons."
Again, I went off...
"How do YOU know it was for 'political reasons' that she took him back? Who are YOU to make such a judgement? Has YOUR husband ever betrayed you like that? How do YOU know how YOU would act if you were placed in such a situation? What if Hillary truly believes in the 'sanctity of marriage' and was willing to forgive him this one time? Does that make her WEAK? Sorry, but I'm not going to judge someone so strongly when I don't even know that I would do if I were in such a spot. Did you know that they went to INTENSE psychotherapy, like 8 hrs each day, for 5 days a week for a year? [truly, I could be wrong about those details, but I was pissed and knew enough to know for certain that they did undergo major therapy together and alone] I mean, if your husband was willing to commit to such a thing in order to save your marriage, woudn't you consider letting it happen?"
Obviously, it was a heated exchange, but in a nutshell, I said to her that she just has to stop watching Fox. Not only that, but if she gets so upset about what the media is portraying, then she shouldn't be upset at the SUBJECT of the ad nauseum coverage...she should be upset at the rumor mill that used to be our media.
I am SICK AND FUCKING TIRED that our so-called "media" has gotten to be no better than the "Heathers". They are nothing more than High-School rumor starters, and they seem to be "proud" of this!
I am insulted that my friend, who is a smart woman, soon to be 50 years old, can be manipulated by such filth that is transposed as "news"....and I'm really getting more and more pissed off about it.
The purveyors of propaganda....the Fascist Oppressive Xenophobes, aka FOX....and the rest of the wannabes, who used to be CNN, MSNBC, etc....are letting our entire country down...and leading us down a very dark road...
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you that "catipulting the propaganda" works, and it's most unfortunate. And it's something that we ALL must commit to constantly fighting.
Until our society realizes that (with few exceptions) all that our "media" does anymore is act as the lapdogs of the White House, we are in a whole heap of shit...and an uphill struggle to boot.
As for me and my friend, we're fine. We tend to get "heated" at times with each other and we seem to get a charge out of it....and in some primative sort of way, it felt cathartic. But I was quite disappointed with how she was so misguided over her "hate" for the Clintons instead of "hating" the media for shoving the BJ down our throats so much (pun intended, I suppose).
Keep a keen eye and a honed ear out there, folks. The best thing that we can do is make sure our "circle" of friends are on the "correct track"!!!