It’s like, gag me

It’s the smell of skunk spray immediately after ejection – sickly sweet.

What is that word?

Smarmy. “Revealing or marked by a smug, ingratiating, or false earnestness….”

Yay, that’s it.

The videos at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions are just plain smarmy. Obama’s was OK, but Clinton’s? Lord. I didn’t see Palin’s, but McCain’s was out of control. That irritating movie-announcer-guy narrator. I can’t take it seriously. And the background music! Bleck.

It’s all so… so… American. A pep rally. A tribe of too-earnest cheerleaders yanking on your heart strings. An after-school special (remember those?) – all cheery, cheesy, sappy, and oh-soserious. Just like that skunk spray; so sweet it’s nauseating.

I don’t know why they bother me so much. The word that springs to mind is propaganda: “Ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause.” Put some patriotic music behind some touching pictures, tell the story as if it’s a 1940’s news film and it all becomes more important, more emotional, more convincing.

Call me a cynic, but I’m sorry, it doesn’t work for me. Bring on the hype and I run the other way.

Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts…

Stop the hatred… PLEASE!

Warning: This post contains sarcasm, cynicism and downright anger.

“The answer is: ‘If [she] were a __________, she would have aborted the baby.'”

“What is a dying 12-year old who was raped by her father?”

“Incorrect.”

“What is a Democrat?”

“That is correct.”

According to a lovely lady called Phyllis Schlafly, if Sara Palin, the Republican V.P. nominee, was a Democrat she would have aborted her Down Syndrome baby boy.

WHAT?! That has to be one of the most hateful, offensive, and ludicrous things I have ever heard. I have been fuming ever since I heard this comment yesterday on NPR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook. His website is flooded with comments all expressing a similar rage. Some have criticized Mr. Ashbrook for not immediately challenging this horrendous generalization. My guess is that he was actually unable to due to blacking out momentarily when he fell off his chair in disbelief.

Because Democrats are pro-choice, apparently (according to the religious right) they are pro-abortion, just killing their unborn babies willy-nilly. I heard an interview recently where a man was asked why he was voting for McCain: Because I’m pro-family, he said. Yes, obviously Democrats hate family, which is why they would rather abort than have brats running around who might constitute a family.

This ignorance and pigeon-holing just floors me.

And would someone, please, explain to me how some pro-lifers justify being pro-war? Death is death, is it not? Someone’s baby is being killed, just 18, 19, 45 years after leaving the womb.

Let me just say for the record, I’m not a Democrat (or a Republican) because I’m not a citizen of the U.S. But I am a family-loving, compassionate, intelligent human who believes people who judge others and spread hatred in the name of God (hmm, isn’t that what the terrorists do?) are only damaging their cause and hurting those to whom Jesus (the one I learned about, anyway) would have shown love.

I will say no more…