(3 posts today, don't forget to check out the other two :)
Last Friday I decided to take advantage of a day off and get my nails manicured and pedicured for my brother's then upcoming wedding taking place on the weekend. It was on this day that John McCain decided to announce his VP pick of Sarah Palin.
I had heard speculation that morning and decided to blog my feelings before the announcement so that it would be clear where my opinions were before information on her broke.
As I am sitting in the chair getting my pedicure the news cuts in with breaking news confirming that Ms. Palin has been officially chosen by McCain for his running mate.
I have gone to this salon for at least 13 years and so I felt comfortable talking with the woman who does my nails and owns the salon. In some settings I just would be quiet. Sitting next to me is a woman in her late 40's or maybe early 50's. As I am talking with Mimi, my manicurist, saying things directly related to Palin and much to the sentiment I mentioned in my post that day, I hear GROAN, MMMM, UH with a large let out of air from the woman next to me.
I didn't say a word about my support for McCain YET. Just that I didn't care if he chose a woman or not, I wanted to know more about her.
But I surely heard the groans. Now mind you, I never included this woman in my conversation and clearly I was having a conversation with Mimi and no one else although to be fair I was in a public salon and people could hear us/me.
Then I said, "Well I will be voting for McCain no matter what" and I was rudely intrurrupted by this woman next to me. "How could you vote for him?! You're voting for McCain! WHY?"
Stupid me, I thought she wanted an answer. She didn't. Because as I spoke my words again I was rudely and arrogantly inturrupted. What I started to say was : "Obama is a racist and I can't vote for someone like that."
So what did she say to me?
She said and I quote, "SO WHAT, AMERICA IS RACIST!"
Where's the logic in this statement?
OK warning, a snarky comment is coming from me on this post now.
Logic from a liberal, what was I thinking?????
OK look before you make your angry comments about my snarkiness, let's get back to the issue at hand. I mention my reason for not being able to vote for Obama, which is a very good, noble and valid reason...racism is BAD. No?
So here's the typical way an Obama supporter gets the direction of a "conversation" going. Ready? Ask a question but not really meaning to want an answer. Hear a few words and harp on a detail of the answer rather than the point, hence this sentence harp on the word racist, rather than the actual meaning of my sentence. Take that word and choose another issue regarding that word, this case racist and apply it something unrelated to try to get me to defend something else and get off topic. "America is racist"
Are you exhausted yet? YES -- that is their point. Get you exhausted and to get you so tangled in another web of a conversation that you forget what the topic really was.
So now we aren't talking about Palin or why I can't vote for Obama which was the original question, we are on her topic now which is her hate for America.
Now before I forget, let me tell you this woman has a strong accent. So I assume she is a naturalized citizen. But as I start to address this she then goes after me and starts her inquiry into my background rather than addressing hers.
In a very raised voice she says to me:
Angry Liberal: "Where are your parents from!"
Angry Liberal:"No one is originally from here. Where are your grandparents from?"
Me: "Here." (BIG CHEESY SMILE)
Angry Liberal: "Where are their parents from?"
And so I say where are YOU from, obviously not here. Why did you come here if you don't like it and think it is racist?
Then I learn that she isn't a citizen. She won't mention her country of course, she is European. As if that is a country. DUH BIATCH!
Then I put my hand up to her and said, you're not from here you don't get a say and I am done.
Well the gloves came off now. This is what I had to hear next:
Even louder voice to me:
"You just want to have a conversation by yourself? No one else is allowed to talk?"
"YOU probably don't even know where Europe is!"
"Where'd you go to school? You're probably just uneducated."
"You're white trash!"
Now remember all I said was you're not from here so you don't get a say and I am done.
I didn't call anyone names. I didn't attack her for her education and I certainly didn't attack her country with name calling like she did.
But now I am done. This woman called my country racist and she isn't from here. It's bad-enough when this is from your own people, but an outsider, here enjoying the comforts and pleasures of my country as a guest and you come and basically spit on us. NOPE. I'm done being nice.
So I told her that she was Eurotrash who should know more about being a racist than anyone here seeing that they let Hitler march in and kill millions of Jews and millions of gays and Gypsys and Stalin come rolling in to Europe next throwing another batch of innocent people in Gulags. But yes yes America is racist. Then yes I really went off on her.
You see I am completely intolerant of intolerance. You'll see no nice me at this point.
Then I told her in basically this way: How dare you come visit here and shit upon me and my country. You can just shut the fuck up now because I don't give a rats ass what you have to say anymore. You're visiting here on vacation enjoying the amazing things we have to offer. If you feel we are racist then do us all a favor and stay the fuck home. You accused me of not letting you speak when you cut me off when I tried to answer your question. You don't even know who I am or who you are calling white trash. You are just so ignorant!
I said not one word more.
As she left she wished me luck and I said "you too" and that was the end of anything to do with her.
BTW my nails looked fantastic and my toes did too.