I'm feeling the need to vent but life's getting in the way of googling lately so I apologize in advance for not having links to support the following rant:
The GOP and their assorted talking heads are apparently coopting one of the oldest tricks in the book to try to garner sympathy while their collective asses are in the fire... a woman's tears. First it was Mrs. Alito bursting into tears at the confirmation hearings when (it should be noted) a Republican started with a fairly tough line of questioning regarding her hubby's character... they all spun it that the DEM senators were making the poor woman cry. Today apparently the news is poor little Jack Abramoff's daughter burst into tears while watching the Golden Globes when George Clooney made a joke at her father's expense on national T.V. Grampa Abramoff is now publically attacking George for making her cry and screaming to the rafters that his son's good name (and hence his own) will be cleared eventually.
First - has not the man ALREADY BEEN CONVICTED of felonious activity?
Second, given the above, don't you think you should place the blame where it belongs - with the criminal, YOUR SON for willingly (and eagerly) committing such crimes and not on the messenger? But no. That would not be standard GOP operating procedure. Which clearly states, when one is confronted with a friend/family/colleage/speaker of the house/president/terrorist's wrongdoing, one should BLAME A LIBERAL for that wrongdoing. The criminal/perpetrator himself bears no responsibility. You can learn a lot by watching rape trials on TV. It's the victim's fault.
Third - I do have sympathy for these women. I do. I'm willing to shed a tear for their pain. But Mr. Abramoff should have thought of the consequences to his family when he chose the crooked path. And Mrs. Alito should be well used to having her husband's character scrutinized. If she can't handle the pressure of being espoused to a public figure then maybe Mr. Alito ought to consider withdrawing his name from consideration on her behalf. If she thinks it's tough now... wait until he starts to receive death threats from various whackjobs or does something that makees him the brunt of late night comedians. If he really loved her, he should consider that. Don't you think?
But Fourth - and most importantly. I'll shed a tear for them.. but that aint nothin' compared to the rivers I shall shed on behalf of the Cindy Sheehans.... the American mothers and fathers who have lost sons and daughters in Iraq. The widows. The orphans of those brave soldiers who won't be coming back. The babies who will only ever get to see their parent in dusty family albums. Or the shattered families when they DO come back with out a leg. Or an arm - with half a soul after being stop-gap drafted back into harm's way for a cause that many don't believe in.. and were nevertheless MORE patriotic than the most ardent Bush supporter because they did their duty, and gave the ultimate sacrife ANYWAY. For love of country and comrade. For love of the Constitution that this administration, and their associated Alitos and Abramoffs are so willing to discard like so much toilet paper. Then there are the Iraqi and Afghan families who live in the most primitive conditions and still run the risk every.single.day of losing someone they love to a suicide bomber or misguided American bomb.
For all of them the river of my sorrow runs deep.
Yet the GOP talking heads want me to shed a tear for the families of Alito and Abramoff? One. That's all you get. Join the military - put your life where your mouths are and I'll offer a few more.