December 13th, 2017
"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." Abraham Lincoln
December 13, 2017
By: Linda Case Gibbons
It must be exhausting to be a Liberal. To be angry all the time.
But if you are a Liberal, you have to be angry. It's in the Rule Book.
It can be free-floating anger, like Hillary's. Aimed at everyone. That's allowed.
Or you can aim it at Trump. That's what most everyone's doing.
And there are some that are better at it than others.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has the face for it.
This former pre-school teacher has a permanent scowl parked below her bangs and above the glasses resting on her pudgy face. Murray is an unrelenting, partisan toughie in a Senate confirmation hearing.
Did you see her grilling Betsy DeVos at her confirmation hearing for secretary of education? Oof.
As for Hillary, she was born angry, and being mentored by Saul Alinsky certainly helped.
Special and blameless, Liberals never blame themselves for anything, and no one blames them. Hillary spreads the blame around, from blaming a "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" for her and Bill's problems, to, after losing the election, the Macedonians.
But it's Al Franken (D-Minn.) who gives anger and chutzpah a whole new meaning. Especially last week.
After the "Trump Russian Collusion" conspiracy fell apart, Democrats decided Franken had to resign. He was to be the Sacrificial Lamb so that a new, bi-partisan, sexual-based initiative could be carried out against Trump, "Harrassment-Gate."
Franken resigned, but he wasn't gracious about it. And he wasn't sorry, his beady eyes flashing with disdain as he delivered his resignation.
"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving," Al said, "while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls, campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his Party."
No, he was not referring to Bill or Sen. Ted Kennedy.
He said he'd be leaving the Senate. It would be soon...maybe in a few weeks...or next year...Or maybe he meant until they learned what happened in the Alabama special election.
If there was no "Republican Sen. Moore," there would be no need for an Ethics Committee investigation, and no need for Democrats to say, "We got rid of our perverts, now it's time for Republicans to do the same."
Now, with Doug Jones' win in Alabama, Franken may not have to give up his seat. Dollars to donuts, you'll be seeing Franken's face...and hands, around the Senate for a while.
Liberals never admit it when they're wrong, and people with manners are always embarrassed for them.
CNN embarrassed themselves last week, spending hours covering the old New York Times news that the president drinks 12 cans of diet soda a day and watches too much TV, while a terrorist bombing was being committed in New York City, in real time.
The CNN hosts didn't say it in so many words, but I think they were wishing Trump was a drinker like Ted Kennedy, instead of being a teetotaler. They were simply worried about their president's health. The soda. That's all.
And last week another angry Liberal, a self-appointed U.S. Olympic standard bearer, Lindsey Vonn, decided we wanted to hear her opinion of our president.
"I hope to represent the people of the United States at the Winter Olympics," Vonn said. "Not the president." And, she added, if she won at PyeongChang, South Korea, and was invited to the White House, she would not go. "Absolutely not. No," Vonn said, "but I have to win to be invited."
Yeah, you do.
Heck. Maybe Vonn has something to be angry about. Having to slide down a hill on two pieces of wood isn't an easy life. It may be a pampered life, lived in an Olympic bubble, but not an easy one.
And being 122 on The Tiger's list of "Women I've Known and Loved," wasn't a walk in the park, either.
Some people go through life and learn a thing or two. Others just embarrass themselves. And there are consequences.
Karma. You never see it coming, but one day, there it is.
Just when you think you skied through without the Fickle Finger of Fate pointing at you, suddenly, on a Saturday in December, there it is.
Or on a Tuesday in November.
What goes around really does come around.
Of course, no one can adequately express the despair people across our nation felt when Lindsey Vonn injured herself on Saturday.
When she hurt her back in St. Moritz, competing in the World Cup Super G.
When she placed 24th.
Or when Hillary lost the election.
It's possible Vonn won't be able to compete. And with the performance-enhancing Russians out of the running, she could have won the gold.
But for athlete role models like Vonn and the sticky-fingered UCLA basketball player, LiAngelo Ball, the kid our president saved from going to jail in China, there's always Lithuania.
Word is LiAngelo's father is sending both his sons to play for a team -- you guessed it, in Lithuania.
Maybe Vonn ought to see if that country has a ski team. I betcha' she'll like Lithuania's president. She will, just as long as the president isn't Donald Trump.
Hold the line, America.