Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 1:38am

Too much to endure

Saturday, Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker at the “Tea Party Convention” held in Nashville. I would first like to state that I am very proud whenever Nashville is selected for any major venue, political or otherwise. But the very fact that Palin was selected as the keynote speaker shows that the Tea Party movement is not in danger of being taken over by the Conservative Republican movement, but that it already has been. Their true colors are being shown right from the beginning.

One of the first things that Sarah Palin did was to mention good southern barbeque and sweet tea. I found that interesting as I was left wondering whether she had actually had any since she and others had lobster at several hundred dollars per plate.

In fact, all of the attendees had to pay over $500 to attend. I seem to recall that several weeks ago a similar Democratic event was held in which both southern barbeque and sweet tea were served which was, incidentally, free of charge. We did not partake of any lobster, but we did have important keynote speakers.

As usual, Palin stated the expected platitudes toward those who serve our country in uniform. While that is always admirable, these conservatives always try to make it seem that only conservative Republican types serve in our military. Let me be clear, there are many liberal Democrats proudly serving their country in our military also. But Conservatives like Palin tend to forget that.

Soon after that she referred to “Alaska” as being a “beacon of hope” for the rest of the world. Well, at least that was her only gaff! But she went on to state that we need more than tough talk from the current administration while ignoring the fact that this administration has literally conducted more missile strikes against the terrorist threat than any administration before has done. 

And she invoked John F. Kennedy by stating that it should be recalled that “all of the world’s problems aren’t his [Obama’s] predecessor’s fault.” Of course, she forgets that during the previous administration everything was blamed on the Clinton administration. They can dish it out, but they can’t take it.

She mentioned TARP without recalling that this was a Bush administration “fix” for our economic problems, insinuating that it was all an Obama administration idea. And, of course, she was highly critical of TARP and stated that we are in the worst economic situation ever due to the consequences of Obama administration policies. Never mind Bush administration policies.

She mentioned annoyance with the national debt without acknowledging that it was the Bush administration that took us from a surplus back into greater national debt in the first place.  Republicans never made a single peep concerning the national debt while the Bush administration was in charge, but can’t shut up about it now as they insinuate that the Obama administration has somehow caused it all by itself. There is no thought to how bad this “great recession” might have been if the present administration had not taken measures to reign in the negative effects of the runaway conservative agenda.

Finally, she made reference to “liberal intolerance,” which is an oxymoron if I ever heard one. It is, in fact, conservatives who are intolerant of others, not liberals. And almost in the same breath she insinuated that liberals reject children with special needs, which I found particularly insulting since I happen to have two nephews with special needs, one of whom, I am very proud to say, is a Freemason and a Shriner and has been elected as chaplain for Hendersonville Lodge this year. 

If Palin wishes to insinuate that Democrats like myself reject those with special needs then she should come to understand that we accept people no matter who they are and believe in providing them with opportunities as they grow and develop in their lives. We are not solely focused on the yet to be born, but acknowledge and support those already born as well.

In the end, the chants encouraging Palin to run for President of the United States of America were just a bit too much to endure. I implore the American people to thoughtfully consider what it would be like for this nation and their families if she were to become the most powerful person on this planet. Do you really want that? Think about it.

John M. Browder, 37211

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293 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 5:05

John: You's is bigger than mine....and better than yesterday's.
Yes, America, the same Nation that voted Bush in for a 2nd term, even after he stole his 1st, can vote this woman in the White House.
If 38% of Americans still believe Hussein was behind 9/11, yes they can.
If Tenn. can abhor Al Gore the way they do, yes, they can vote this woman in.
If Tenn.'s biggest agenda is "Guns 'N Bars", and keeping wine out of groceries and never on Sunday, yes they can.
If the south cannot bring Obama down on his place of birth or the color of his skin, YES THEY CAN.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 6:59

Good morning

A very good letter and to the point, Palin is not a conservative. Palin is a reactionary turncoat to the American dream. Palin is riding on aspiration of those that would wish this country harm.

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 7:09

Yes a very good letter and sums the Palin followers up to a tee. Also, 2 very astute responses D7 & Capt. Morning starting good, even with the little dusting of snow we have.

Wonder where Dusty is and Slacker hasn't been around either.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 7:10

News from Bizzaro World

On her second day after being sworn into office, Palin order all defense missiles to be deployed to Alaska. “I want let any Russian missiles sneak across the border and strike this great country of ours,” she said touching up her lipstick.

Her mind was made up and she would not hear any arguments from the Joint Chief’s Of Staff that the Russian missiles would come across the North Pole or from submarines at sea.

By: oyharward on 2/9/10 at 7:11

It is becoming laughable as the liberal Democrats continue to blame Bush on all the continuing problems. As unemployment continues out of control, Americans are realizing President Obama and the Capitol Democrats’ plan of spending us out of a recession is not working. When will the liberal Democrats start to begin any of these economic problems? When will we really see any valid plan for factual jobs, will take effect? When? When? Are you to continue to say “save” jobs? Please define any of the “stimulus” legislation http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00064 on February 13, 2010 which has been saved! Any? Any?

The fear of liberal Democrats that Sarah Palin as being a candidate and elected as President is so fearful to these radical Democrats because middle America hears and understands what works fiscally and socially. Republicans, Independents, and some conservative to moderate Democrats will support Sarah Palin and/or any other conservative. God Bless America!

Oscar Y. Harward
oharward@carolina.rr.com
http://conservativechristianvoice.blogspot.com

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 7:12

There is snow on the ground!!!!!

Oh no I am cut off from the world. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 7:17

Speaking of jokes, hello Oscar Y. Harward how is that hatefell heart of your doing?

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 7:22

Harward sums up his own comments in the first 4 words of his comment "It is becoming laughable".

By: dnewton on 2/9/10 at 7:31

Liberals act like Vampires fearing the touch of the Palin Holy Water.

By: oyharward on 2/9/10 at 7:39

As I said before, in addition to Sarah Palin to represent the conservatives on the GOP ticket, there are so many who love (y)our America and (y)our God. Some to choose from include: Tom Coburn (R-OK), Sen. Jim DeMint(R-SC), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Rep. Frank James Sensenbrenner, Jr.(R-WI), Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), Former US Senate Majority Leader William H. "Bill" Frist (R-TN), Former US House Speaker Newton L. "Newt" Gingrich (R-GA), Former Governor W. Mitt Romney (R-MA), Former US Senator Richard J. "Rick" Santorum (R-PA).

What great choices for middle America! America is again arising and looking frontward for our nation. God Bless America!

By: dnewton on 2/9/10 at 7:42

Who knew that "Obama" is a Kenyan word for Bolshevik?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 7:45

Can you say hypocrite?

She (Palin) attacked President Barack Obama as a "charismatic guy with a teleprompter" -- though she might reconsider her aversion to those devices, because at one point, relying on notes, she proclaimed that people see "Alaska as a beacon of hope" (apparently muffing a line about America).

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/02/sarah-palin-on-eve-of-perry-ra.html

There’s one reason above all others that President Obama uses a teleprompter in delivering most of his speeches: he’s good at it.

Ronald Reagan was the same way. He was more at ease in reading his speech off the dual screens of a teleprompter than looking up and down at a speech text on his lectern

Not so, George W. Bush. He often got that nervous, deer-in-the-headlights look when giving an address from a teleprompter. He would seem stiff and ill-at-ease. He did not convey a sense of understanding.

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/03/06/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry4848259.shtml

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 7:50

Palin's views on sex ed. are unrealistic (& a little insane). Plus, she's a quitter.
She will not be President.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 7:52

By: dnewton on 2/9/10 at 7:31
Liberals act like Vampires fearing the touch of the Palin Holy Water.
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It is more like a bit from a malaria carrying mosquito that humans (liberals) fear, dnewton.

Try again.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 7:54

By: dnewton on 2/9/10 at 7:42
Who knew that "Obama" is a Kenyan word for Bolshevik?

Just like Palin, dnewton does not know world geography.

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 7:56

Note harward's email address. I don't trust anyone that has to advertise that they are a Christan. Then add what he says on top of that, never trust him or anyone he supports.

By: Loner on 2/9/10 at 7:59

Good morning, Nashville.

John Browder's LTE was so well written that I suspected that it was the work of a professional zealot. I Googled his name and zip; no obvious paymaster was revealed. Mr. Browder seems to be an articulate concerned citizen.

Though a bit longer than the usual LTE, this letter did not waste words or repeat itself. I would rate this LTE as an A+.

Of course, I agree with Mr. Browder's analysis, so that might cloud my judgment to some degree, but honest conservatives who would like to rebut this guy will have their work cut out for them.

I hope that Mr. Browder joins our posting community, if he has not already done so.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 8:02

By: oyharward on 2/9/10 at 7:39
As I said before, in addition to Sarah Palin to represent the conservatives on the GOP
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Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck Top Tea-Party Picks
February 08, 2010 11:59 AM ET | Paul Bedard | Permanent Link | Print
By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Sarah Palin might have been the pick of those attending the weekend Tea Party Convention in Nashville, but a new Washington Whispers poll puts Fox's Glenn Beck on top of those Americans would like to see as the movement's leader. But Beck edges Palin out by just a hair, 15 percent to 14 percent.

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2010/02/08/sarah-palin-glenn-beck-top-tea-party-picks.html

By: oyharward on 2/9/10 at 8:16

Glenn Beck is becoming one of America’s number one professor educating so many of us on historical issues that the NEA is failing to teach. Watch Glenn Beck at 4:00 PM Central Time, weekdays on Fox News Channel.

By the way, I provide my blog as http://conservativechristianvoice.blogspot.com because I read and write on “Motivational-Inspirational-Historical-Educational-Political-Enjoyable” issues. I enjoy each to read and enjoy.

Oscar Y. Harward
oharward@carolina.rr.com
http://conservativechristianvoice.blogspot.com

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 8:18

Wow...I'm agreeing with Dargent7.... "Guns in bars" was never a new nor novel idea, we just didn't announce to everyone in the bar that we were "packing heat'..LOL Secondly, the fact that the TN consumer cannot even purchase NY wines here proves that there are some major crime-syndicate-wannabes running the alcohol trade here. I've been struggling for more than 2 decades to purchase NY wines here to no avail.

By: Loner on 2/9/10 at 8:19

Boys and girls, I felt inspired to string together some lyrics. Whaddya think?

Sarah Palin's got glitter; but Sarah Palin's a Quitter.
Family values bullshitter; you know Trig's with a sitter.
She's on Facebook and Twitter. She's a FOX News heavy hitter.
Her base is so bitter, they don't know kitty from litter.

Jim Knight 14559 - all rights reserved - 2/9/10

Let's set up some studio time and strike while the iron is hot...I need the dough.

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 8:21

Hey Oyhaward, you're right! Beck is absolutely the best thing on TV at 4pm each day! Not just because he's entertaining, but he's truly inspiring and loaded with educational tidbits that mainstream media avoid at all costs.

By: Loner on 2/9/10 at 8:22

Girliegirl, are you kidding, no New York state wines in Tennessee?

I suppose that I could send you a care package from up here in the Finger Lakes. See me after the show.

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 8:24

Loner, your insight might be appreciated at
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-02-08-marijuana-school_N.htm?loc=
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By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 8:35

By: oyharward on 2/9/10 at 8:16
Glenn Beck is becoming one of America’s number one professor educating so many of us on historical issues that the NEA is failing to teach. Watch Glenn Beck at 4:00 PM Central Time, weekdays on Fox News Channel.
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So then this is what we should be learning from Beck?

“So while she's considering it ... I just want her to know, I'm ruling it out. A Palin-Beck ticket, I'm absolutely ruling it out," Beck said. "I’m just saying, Beck-Palin, I’ll consider. But Palin-Beck -- can you imagine what an administration with the two of us would be like? She'd be yapping or something, I'd say, 'I'm sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I'm not in the kitchen.' I mean, you'd have to live up to the evil conservative stereotypes, you'd have no choice but to do so."

“ A woman’s appropriate place on a presidential ticket, according to Beck, is in the number two spot," writes Alex Seitz-Wald at ThinkProgress. "Otherwise, she should just 'yap' away in a kitchen somewhere. Apparently, being a vice presidential running mate behind a woman is a serious challenge to Beck’s manhood."

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 8:37

Sorry, I forgot to prove the link.

http://rawstory.com/2009/2009/11/beck-yapping-palin-kitchen/

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 8:43

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 8:18
Wow...I'm agreeing with Dargent7.... "Guns in bars" was never a new nor novel idea, we just didn't announce to everyone in the bar that we were "packing heat'..LOL Secondly, the fact that the TN consumer cannot even purchase NY wines here proves that there are some major crime-syndicate-wannabes running the alcohol trade here. I've been struggling for more than 2 decades to purchase NY wines here to no avail.
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It is Elderberry Wine growers that are the major crime-syndicate-wannabes running the alcohol trade in Tennessee, that want let NY wine be sold here.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 8:43

i think i know the LTE writer. well, know who he is. i think his name is John Mark and if it's who i think it is, he is a good guy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 8:45

nice lyrics, Loner! how is everyone this a.m.?

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 8:58

Well, Blanket, if gd was right, and the snowstorm missed us...
I've got a major dandruff issue to deal with.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 9:03

lol, McNasty!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 9:05

Right-wing fringe confliction

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-september-3-2008/sarah-palin-gender-card

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 9:09

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 8:58
Well, Blanket, if gd was right, and the snowstorm missed us...
I've got a major dandruff issue to deal with.
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I've got an inch at my house. Northern Davidson County

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 9:15

Good morning blanket, everyone. Looks like the snow is tapering off here right now. I'm just grateful that we aren't swallowed up in it like the NE is. If we had 30" of snow, Nashville would be closed down for a month! LOL

Blanket, I heard about a place in Maury Co. called Papa Boudreaux's--you may have seen it on TN Crossroads? Supposed to be great, authentic, cajun/creole cooking. If I ever get down that way I'm definitely going to check it out!

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 9:16

House: The USA has voted into the highest office of President some of the worst scoundrels, and some just liars, ever walking the face of the earth:
1) Nixon,.... "I am not a crook"...just have enemies lists....
2) G HW Bush,.."It's not about the oil, it's about naked aggression"...start of "Desert Storm" in 1991 and the "Highway of Death" in Iraq. And, "I wasn't in the loop" on the Iran-Contra investigation. "I was in Paris"...which he wasn't.
3) G W Bush,....."we need to free the Iraqi people"....because there's oil there is of no concern. "I'm keeping America safe". "Bring it on".
4) Bill Clinton,..."I did not have sexual relations with that woman", and, "it depends on what is, is". (I'll give him a pass, it was consentual, and just sex, plus Monica was chubby).
.....Palin could actually win this office, the USA voter IS that dumb!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 9:23

hiya, Mama. thanks for the tip!

oh, i talked to my friend. this is the hypnotist he went to see:

Nancy Hajek at Dream Lodge Hypnotherapy:
http://nashville.citysearch.com/profile/45095171/nashville_tn/dream_lodge_hypnotherapy.html

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 9:26

Mr. Oscar - you are wrong. Us liberals are hoping and praying Palin is the nominee in 2012 - it would guarantee us a win. So in the words of what's-his-name: Bring it On!

And if she won, then America would get exactly what she deserves.

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 9:27

Mama - have you been to the cajun place at Farmers Market? How dat?

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 9:31

@Loner.... Are you serious? Could you really manage to acquire Widmer? My deceased husband's parents were part owners back in the 80s and got me hooked on Niagra products. It's a totally different grape, IMO, and I've never found anything else like it.

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 9:32

d7, she is not "Bushwood material". I have spoken.

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 9:34

@Dargent7.... Jeff Sessions is the only Rep to show up for the currently-on-TV CSPAN coverage: ...live hearing on the Economic Outlook of the Fed Debt.... and I repeat, Sen. Jeff Sessions is the only Rep to stick around DC in lieu of the snowstorm. Hmmmm..... Sessions for Prez in 2012? Palin who? LOL

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 9:40

I tend to think of a snowstorm as when the snow actually sticks to the road...and we get more than an inch...lol

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 9:42

LOL, Fun! No I haven't been there yet but I heard it was really good and very authentic. I'm going to try that soon, too! Do you know what the name of it is? Does anyone here? thks

Blanket, thanks for that link/info. I'll keep you posted on what I decide. 8-}

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 9:44

gd, you must attend weather reeducation classes...sponsored by Kroger.

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 9:44

I really hope Dusty is okay.
I picture Slacker stuck in the northeast somewhere...with a beer...lol

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 9:47

Would you guys stop referring to the snow as an "inch or two"? It reminds me of my wedding night.

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 9:49

Gdia, the streets are clean but wet out here in Hermitage. Wonder how much tax $$$ this is costing us by "not" attending school.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 9:50

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 9:40
I tend to think of a snowstorm as when the snow actually sticks to the road...and we get more than an inch...lol

In Atlanta a dusting is consider a snow storm.

In Memphis when it starts to snow, the drivers come to a sudden stop and plow into each other.
In Nashville when it starts to snows, the driver speed up and plow into each other.

What is your point gdia? lol

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 9:51

lol, dargent!

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 9:52

Dargent, that's a riot! LMBO