A Request to the PUMA here (seriously) (update2x)
by CAchemist, Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 07:17:00 AM EDT
Writing this diary was a very tough decision and it may go very poorly. I prefer that we don't start a flame war here and if we do , I will simply delete the thread.
Okay, please read the whole thing before telling me to go f myself.
I know there are PUMA here, some are willing to talk and others are not, but you are here either way. I have a request, an honest and straightforward one:
When you visit the PUMA blogs, please ask them to stop attacking Michelle Obama.
After Hillary's amazing speech last night, I thought I would head to several PUMA blogs to see what the reaction was. I was not surprised to see that they are still not okay with Barack (not the point of the diary, please don't discuss it here), but I was surprised at the vitriol being thrown at Michelle. Frankly, I was appalled. Here is why:
The people were using the same frames, same attacks, and the same horrible words about Michelle that the Republicans have been using against Hillary since 1991. Hillary was a bitch, but now Michelle is one. The comments only got worse from there. Are you (like the Republicans) that frightened of a beautiful, intelligent, well spoken woman?
When the party was united under Bill and these attacks were constantly thrown Hillary's way, we stood up and said "bullshit". Why? Because attacking the wife is cold, callous, and completely inappropriate.
In conclusion, feel free to hate Barack and/or wish for his defeat that is not the point here. But please, PLEASE do not attack Michelle and please, PLEASE stop calling her a bitch. It is a low that you may not be able to recover from.
I would really appreciate if you could cross-post this at the usual haunts, but I doubt you will. At the very least, when your friends do this, ask them not to and remind them of the 90's. You can say something like, "we all know Barack is an empty suit, but Michelle is like Hillary: a beautiful intelligent woman. Please stop attacking her".
Thanks in advance.
Once again, if a flame war starts. I will delete the thread, which would be sad because I think the message is important.
UPDATE 2: Zmus had a really great comment that I wanted to make sure everyone here saw. It made me sad but also made me think and that is why we are here.
Here is Zmus:
I have a different take on this
We should see that behavior as a warning for ourselves. For years, we have looked on in horror at republican behavior on how they conduct themselves in the public discourse. And here we have people supposedly liberal who very quickly pick up many of the same horrible themes and messages that were so recently used on Bill Clinton and Hillary during the 90s. This is how easy it can happen. Good people going down those roads. Treating people with humanity needs to be a key aspect of liberalism, something that separates us from the win at all costs conservative ideology. The ends do not justify the means. And there really is something worse than losing. by zmus on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 01:37:44 PM EST