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Greer McVay is an emerging humorist, essayist, Blogger and prophet, clearly sent to earth to share opinions and wax poetic on myriad subjects. During the course of a 25 year career in communications, Greer has worked in the health care and oil & gas industries as well as for a number of non-profits. Opinions come from experience. You can talk. You can do. Or you can do both. I choose the latter. Stay tuned...

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AUGUST 20, 2010 2:37AM

Sarah Palin Shows Dr. Laura How to Quit

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Sarah Palin  Dr. Laura Schlessinger

 

Greer McVay’s Web Log (BLOG)

Volume 1, Issue 15

August 19, 2010

 

Quitters Unite

A few days ago, on my BLOG, I posted my opinion about radio host Dr. Laura’s “N-Word” rant. At the time I published that post, Dr. Laura had apologized for her statements as she felt they were inappropriate and hours later announced that she would stop broadcasting her radio show when her contract expires at the end of the year. Since all that occurred, the plot has thickened. Namely, Sarah Palin has joined the fray and publicly advised Schlessinger, via, Twitter “don’t retreat… reload.”  As my regular readers know there may be six degrees of separation between myself and Sarah Palin, but there is only one degree between her ignorance and my willingness to comment on it.

 

As I tried to organize my thoughts about this entire episode—the caller who started this debacle by asking for relationship advice because her husband allowed his family and friends to disrespect her; Dr. Laura’s unrelated mocking of the caller because she needed ‘thicker skin’ and should not have married outside of her race [caller is Black, husband is white]; and the outrage that followed [national dialogue, sponsors pulling out of the show]; and now the media circus that is Sarah Palin—my head has become so filled with far-reaching thoughts that I barely know where to start. So here goes…

 

Sarah Palin is a race-baiting, fear-monger. During the 2008 election campaign, Sarah Palin began instigating hatred by pouring fuel onto an open flame. Americans have never fully addressed its racist origins that were institutionalized through the US Constitution (you know, that whole 3/5 thing found in Article I, Section 2). Instead, we have brushed our fears and prejudices aside and try to move forward. Not necessarily wise, but fair enough.  Thus, we have a smoldering fire waiting for someone to come along and ignite that fire and Palin was just all too eager to fill that role.  “He’s not like the rest of us,” she screeched repeatedly at campaign rallies. “He thinks America is imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists,” she continued. Despite all evidence to the contrary, she and those on the political right insist on repeating this mantra ad nauseum. The flames of racial intolerance were fanned every single day that Palin was on the campaign trail and she continues to stoke the fear of ‘Real Americans’ every time she posts to her Twitter or Facebook accounts.

 

Quitters of the World Unite. I am convinced that Laura Schlessinger orchestrated this controversy as a way to launch some new media venture, most likely a role on Fox News. Her response to the caller was so far out of context that even using the faultiest logic, no reasonable connection can be found between question and answer. [As a matter of fact, one of the readers of my previous BLOG post suggested that the caller was planted, to provide an opportunity for Laura to inject her venom. I am not convinced of this because I hope they could have concocted a better question with a more logical segue, but I digress.] What we do know is that the series of events that unfolded took less than one week to go full circle. She made her crass statements; gave the obligatory apology that insincerely ignored the issues; made the talk show circuit with her victimized whining; martyred herself by invoking as many Constitutional Amendments as she could fathom. She could only get as far as the first one.

 

The student is learning from the master. Many mistakenly thought Dr. Laura was no longer on the air, but it turns out that she just is an old dog who needed to learn some new tricks. So she is taking a page out of Sarah Palin’s playbook. Sarah’s classic resignation statement, “I choose, for my State and my family, more "freedom" to progress, all the way around... so that Alaska may progress... I will not seek re-election as Governor,” still reverberates in my ears as if she said it yesterday. She ended her half term of Alaskan governorship with the words of General MacArthur. "We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction." She wanted freedom to advance. Yeah, financially.

 

Schlessinger sees clearly that Sarah Palin is onto something, recognizing that she can sit at home in her bunny slippers attacking people from the obscurity of her home and not be held accountable for the nonsense that comes out of her mouth. Dr. Laura wants to “reclaim” her First Amendment rights by quitting her show. These two women are apparently confused by the First Amendment so I will provide a quick primer on the matter.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

That’s it. That is the First Amendment in its entirety. The government won’t stop you from expressing yourself. Your sponsors can. I missed the part where is said that if a person exercises their right to free speech that those who are offended by said speech do not have an equal right to express themselves in opposition. And as the “free market” system works, sponsors just might elect to pull their sponsorship of the racist speech talk in deference to those who purchase their products. I’m just sayin’.

 

During a televised appearance on The Larry King Show, Dr. Laura announced her resignation by saying, "… I want to regain my first amendment rights. I want to be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is a time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, and attack sponsors.” What exactly is on Dr. Laura’s mind? Blacks shouldn’t marry Whites? Blacks shouldn’t have joined the 43% of whites who voted for Obama? That being NAACP’d is English?  When reminded by Larry King that she is free to say whatever she wants, Dr. Laura responded, "yes, but I don't have the right to say what I need to say. My first amendment rights have been usurped by angry, hateful groups who don't want to debate, they want to eliminate. So that's why I decided it was time to move on to other venues where I could say my peace and not have to live in fear anymore." What exactly is it that Laura Schlessinger so desperately needs to say? The word, “nigger?” Then say it already and let’s move on. And by the way, if you are so hot to say it over and over and over again, don’t apologize for it and claim you were wrong. Say it loud and proud and stand by it.

 

So now, we have these two women on the loose that are free to say and do anything they want; and they have both demonstrated that the type of speech they are itching to spew is hate-filled racist rhetoric. Sarah has had the luxury of right wing media protection since the day she was introduced to an unsuspecting national audience. She has not been asked a real question since she made a fool of herself with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric. Palin is a woman who claims media bias when asked a question as benign as what she reads, and now wants to offer strategic communication consulting to another woman who has a history of racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Islamic sentiment. This really isn’t funny anymore. The flame is now an inferno. Palin and Schlessinger have now crossed their money-hungry ambition into the realm of incitement. What’s next? Teaming up with Sharron Angle to actually purchase the guns for the “Second Amendment solutions?”

 

This whole social media revolution is amazing as much as it is dangerous. There is something fishy about the fact that the host of the Dr. Laura show, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio stations, would somehow prefer to get her message out using “other venues.” Who would prefer to pontificate tweet by tweet than to share their message on a nationally syndicated radio program that reaches millions; other than someone who wants to use racial epithets and then hide behind a firewall? Schlessinger is disingenuous at best, but more likely she is just lying.  You have to be able to stand behind the words you say, especially when you have a microphone as powerful as Dr. Laura’s.

 

Sarah Palin is a coward, not a Grizzly Mama or Hockey Mom with lipstick. She’s more of a pig with lipstick. Statements like the following Twitter post confirm how much of an oppressive bully Palin actually is. Her answer to being challenged seems always to be to “Reload” or to put people in the crosshairs.

“Dr.Laura:don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence”isn’t American,not fair”)

I continue to shudder at the thought of a Vice President Palin. Beyond the fact that policies would be moving in the wrong direction whenever she whispered her noxious sweet nothings into the ear of Old Man McCain, we would have her vitriolic tone driving the national dialogue, even more than we have now.

Palin followed her aforementioned ridiculous Twitter post with this gem:

“Dr.Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her voice, America!”-

Again, what voice is Laura sharing with America? We should be thankful for racial bigotry? Both women have an exaggerated sense of self-importance and think they are helping in some strange way. And I won’t even comment on her use of the word ‘shackles.’ My doing so would just be overkill. I think you all get the drift.

  

So the question remains, what is Dr. Laura’s motive? If she truly doesn’t have an agenda and is not in cahoots with Palin, Dr. Laura might have reiterated her lack of approval of the selection of Ms. Palin as John McCain’s running mate. She could have "refutiated" Sarah by saying “thanks but no thanks,” in the same shrill voice that Sarah used to distance herself from her ‘bridge to nowhere.’ Laura also might have let Ms. Palin know that she questioned her decision to return to work a mere three days after giving birth to a baby with Down Syndrome, indicating that she is not a fan of Sarah’s decision-making skills. But alas, money is at the root of this evil and within a few days it will all come to light. We can probably safely assume that Fox News will “benefit” from the presence of yet another presidential enemy combatant who will jump on the Marxist-Communist-Fascist-Muslim-terrorist-paller-arounder-Kenyan born-Imam-Obama bandwagon. Until then, solve your marital problems by talking with your spouse in the privacy of your own home.

 

The real travesty behind all of this Dr. Laura fervor, the non-Ground Zero non-Mosque non-issue, and Michelle Obama’s Spanish vacation, is that they have all eclipsed real news like the end of combat in Iraq. If we are going to take our country back, then let’s take it back to a time when the issues of the day weren’t reduced to 140 character incoherent sound bites. If you want to talk, then just talk.

 

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-politics/20100820/082010.palintwitter.dailybeast/

http://www.comcast.net/articles/entertainment/20100818/ENTERTAINMENT-US-DRLAURA/

http://www.drlaurablog.com/2008/09/02/sarah-palin-and-motherhood/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/18/sarah-palin-supports-dr-laura_n_687148.html

 

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I usually don't read the Palin stuff anymore, hoping to discourage any more attention to her. But your piece is excellent. I'm still astonished and confused by the orgasmic following of both of these two twits...or twitterers.
If Sarah Palin is the answer then I'd hate to know what the question is.
I knew from day one that Dr Laura was seeking fame..
Just like Sp.
Don't get me started haha.
How awful for her son to have a mother like that.
Rated with hugs
A commenter on Salon (big Salon) yesterday referred to Palin as a demonic loon. I think that's a good term for Dr. Laura too. Demonic loons - with a crude nose for $.
I just had a waking nightmare of a Palin / Dr. Laura ticket...

ARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!
Great piece. I am evermore stunned at how the general public has been "dumbed-down" to accept either of these nit-wits. Seriously.

r~
I think you may be onto something there. Fortunately I don't have to pay attention to either one of them, so I don't.
There have always been demagogues and always will be. That is how I console myself when I hear about more of Palin's antics.
exceptional read...Thank you for this!!!
Soulless whores such as Palin and Dr. Laura are mouthpieces for the wealthy ruling class sowing division, an old, old Repub tactic.
Dr. Laura and Palin and others like them are each like Side-Show Bob. They are clowns and cannot be taken seriously. [I realize some scary people out there do take the Laura's and Palins seriously.]
N-word rants? Even Bozo would have been embarassed. They've out-clowned him, except they're not funny. They're the kind of clowns we hide under the bed from as children.
Greer:

You're absolutely right about Palin's race-baiting. Hats off to the media (I believe it was Frank Rich of the Times citing a WSJ columnist) for pointing out that her "Real America" quote had originally come from Westbrook Pegler, a John Birch propagndist who was also a frothing anti-Semite and avowed enemy of the Civil Rights movement.

But I disagree that this was all part of a plan. I don't give Dr. Laura enough credit. Like Imus before her, she was an obnoxious radio personality who -- against all odds -- managed to overestimate the public's threshold for rudeness. In order to keep her comfy gig, she tried to apologize; someone told her it wasn't good enough. Her line about reclaiming her First Amendment rights against the liberal media may have been her idea of a bridge to Fox, but it looks to me like a bridge that was built on the fly.
Rated. God, I loathe this pair.
Enough of the quack and the hokey(no c) bitch.

"Greer" is lecherspeak for,
"Damn, you're hot! Can we flirt?"

The two in the article are so very rude and crude as to not be whatever type of lifeform I would allow in my house or immediate area.
They give my country a bad name.
Excellent post. The older I get, the more it becomes clear that massive tragedies like the Holocaust continue to be possible because as the cacophony of injustice rises, heads continue to turn away, and the hands get pressed harder to the ears. As much as I would hate it, maybe a Palin Presidency is exactly what the doctor would prescribe.

I remember talk of the "peace dividend" when the U.S.S.R. collapsed. Many dreamed about a world free of tension between two super powers. The most prescient analysis came from some person that I do not remember. That person said that the United States needs an enemy, and it will create one. It always has. William Carlos Williams has a poem that goes, "so much depends on the red wheel barrow by the white chickens..." Forgive my haphazard recollection. The poem was one of the favorites of one of my favorite professors, but I always had to have it explained to me. Unfortunately, I am getting our American culture so much more easily these days. So much depends on the creation of an enemy. Like much of our American history, the enemy is us.
She prefers to tweet, because she doesn't have to answer to anything that way, just rant and run.

These two women frighten me because they are giving anti-women fodder for their own discriminatory behavior by using them as examples of irrational women.

Free market capitalism means that people willing to pay to watch women behave badly is why they are doing everything they are doing, just like Phyllis Schlafely, just like every Desperate Housewife, just like every stripper on a pole for $5.

We deserve better as a gender.
I hate it when a famous (infamous?) gun owner says something so stupid: "Reload". The implication is that the gun should be used on another person. I'm a gun owner and it offends me that she could say something that careless and irresponsible.

Also, why are all the Republican spokeswomen gorgeous? There's somethin' fishy goin' on there....
Also, NO ONE EXPECTS the Spanish Inquisition!

it was a vacation, for God's sake. The President didn't even go.

Another example of people using women to bash others, which is what the right is doing with Laura and Sarah. They don't care that they are being used, as they are cashing in, and I can almost respect that attitude, but the ass-holery of it all has just gone far past the point of ironic feminist retribution.
"Also, NO ONE EXPECTS the Spanish Inquisition!"
Love this!
I was all set to blog about this very thing. Everyone's so on top of everything here.
Happy Blogging,
Heather
Oooh I get it, finally you have illumined me. This site is open season on Sarah Palin, regardless of the subject discussed it harks back to her and provides a forum to viciously attack her, her mothering and her personhood. She is designated the coward when she goes into the public arena and states her positions, and those here who malign her every move, real or imagined, do it from behind their computer screens and their screen names. Then groupies rush in and agree telling the writer how intelligent and clear their discussion is when it is neither. Sarah is depersonalized as a "soulless whore...twit...nitwit" and summarily dismissed. Chances are high that such writing will become the editor's pick. Who knew? And I thought this was a writer's forum. My bad.
Yawn.

More hot air about hot air.
What's been bugging me is that no one has yet to bring up Lenny Bruce's famous nightclub routine wherein he says the word "Nigger" over and over until the word becomes meaningless gibberish. His point being that it isn't the mere word that hurts but the intention behind it. Palin & Schleshinger aren't smart enough to have the right to use use words in the first place. These are the same kinds of people that would censor the Dictionary (re: the infamous Texas School board). They've turned the word "retard" into the new N-word while remaining complete idiots and pawns. If I can't call a retard a retard, all is indeed lost. Palin is a retard. So I guess there's still some hope.
Love this: "As my regular readers know there may be six degrees of separation between myself and Sarah Palin, but there is only one degree between her ignorance and my willingness to comment on it. "
Lezlie
Dr. Laura v. Sarah Say-Say: here is a real battle of wits. But I prefer listening to the gaggle of blackbirds that often visit my yard this time of year. (Is that the right word---gaggle?)

rated.
Stellar essay. Exquisite writing. You delineated the parallel between the two "resignations" beautifully.
Excellent piece, well deserving an EP. ~R~

@ BOKO: I don't know about agaggle of blackbirds but I'd compare those two crows. Good comment.
BOKO - if they are geese its a gaggle, and if they are blackbirds its a murder - really, next you will tell us you saw a pack of sheep.
http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2010/08/21/bromo-seltzer-bromo-seltzer-bromo-seltzer/
Sarah Palin is hypocritical, supports racist, misinterprets Constitution and is clinically diagnosed as retarded...this surprising anyone yet?

Read this article and enjoy a completely fresh interpretation of the First Amendment, Palin-style!

VERY FUNNY

http://www.dailygoat.com/?p=2826
You're "just sayin'" very well! Oppressed beauty queen media star dropouts unite!
very good if a bit long.......in fact yet again a lot of exposure for palin with dr laura in tow...blogs like the media!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN67KJdd6Mw
@McVay
Hmmmmm! Why does no one mention the derogatory remarks made by black organizations against white Americans? What are your thoughts on the new black panthers calling white women whores and telling blacks to kill white cracker babies? Does your ideology, in fact, line right up with this racial hatred spewing out of the cesspool opening of a mouth from these organizations? The race card is the last ditch effort by progressives to stop a landslide of loss in the political arena and you call Sarah Palin race baiting? Obama has been the worst president in the history of the United States and has set race relations back decades. On the other hand, Obama has actually been the best thing to happen to America in a long, long time. He has caused an awakening of Americans, due to his evil agenda, to the Truth of moral decay and arrogant policy makers infecting our Great Nation. The feces and sludge is floating to the top for eradication from the progressive party and the Republican Party.

Shabazz says,"I hate white people – all of them! Every last iota of a cracker, I hate 'em," Shabazz shouts into a megaphone on a crowded sidewalk. "Through South Street with white, dirty, cracker whore [expletive] on our arms. And we call ourselves black men with African garb on." Then Shabazz spotted a black man embracing a white woman. "What the hell is wrong with you, black man?" he shouted into his megaphone. "You [inaudible] with a white girl on your damn arm! "You want freedom? You're gonna have to kill some crackers! You're gonna have to kill some of their babies!"
In a 2008 interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Shabazz said, "I'm about the total destruction of white people. I'm about the total liberation of black people. I hate white people. I hate my enemy. ..."

McVay, have you ever publicly denounced the new black panthers or any other black organization for their derogatory remarks against whites? Hypocrisy by progressive bloggers is causing blindness into the core of their souls. Their hearts are blinded to the Truth and have become so degenerated that they are now deluded by a progressive leader’s agenda. The progressive party could care less about you. They are using you people as pawns for their own agenda and if they ever reach their goal, they will chew you up and spit you out. Just like Satan could care less about the people who follow him, progressive leaders could care less about you.

You have the progressive party side and the Republican Party side, and then there is the Truth. The Democrat party no longer exists due to being consumed by an evil progressive party. Americans are arising, so prepare yourselves for a fight that you never thought possible. Patriots will not stop and we will fight to the death to defend America from radical pawns of the progressives in this government. BTW, yes, there are Black American Patriots as well as White American Patriots and it is a total shame the progressive party has turned everything into a race thing. Your progressive arrogance is your downfall. You think you are the only people that can organize and protest. That is a very big mistake made by progressives. The difference between Patriots and your evil progressive organizations is that, so far, we are trying to be peaceful and your progressive organizations are hating, violent thugs. Considering that the majority of Americans are not with the progressive ideology any longer, let’s pray things on the Patriot’s side remains peaceful. Sooner or later, when push comes to shove, we WILL shove back.
As someone who continues to think that Palin's beauty pageant past had a lot to do with McCain's selection of her as a running mate, I prefer not to comment about her until the swimsuit section of the show has fully concluded and I can consider all the contestants equally.

But I like your last statement: "If we are going to take our country back, then let’s take it back to a time when the issues of the day weren’t reduced to 140 character incoherent sound bites. If you want to talk, then just talk."

I once called a radio talk show that had one of these female psychologists (not Dr. Laura, thankfully) and an odd thing happened: I found myself agreeing with the very simplistic answer offered me by the host simply because I realized it made for better radio, while actually discussing the issue in depth would have been boring and not easily resolvable.

I'm not sure what this says about radio talk-shows, but I learned not to take seriously any advice I might get that needs to fit into that narrow space before the next commercial or the top of the hour news.
so dr laura picked a poor way to make a point. but blacks do use the "N" word all the time, well sorta. they say nigga. the question still remains, why the differance when a black uses it ? oh well, as for the 3/5 th clause it did not refer to 3/5 of a human, as in that blacks were less then human, though they were considerd property. even then that is not the whole country that believed in slavery. the constitution was written in a way to rid this nation of slavery. there will always be rasist in our country, as in every country. they are a small part though, try to focus on the good people here. oh and yes rasist come in every color, whites are not alone, there are black rasist too.
if you research history, the real history, you will find that the rasist for the largest part were in the democrate party. with segregation and the infamous KKK. those that blocked the civil rights movement were southern members of congress and governors from the democrat party. gotta go now.
"Also, why are all the Republican spokeswomen gorgeous? There's somethin' fishy goin' on there...."
It is a scientifically documented fact that a rise in a man's testosterone level will make corned beef hash of his mental functions. It's a basic psy-ops principle.