By now I'm sure most of you, even if you're not Nascar fans, have heard that an audible portion of the crowd at Miami/Homestead Speedway booed Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden yesterday.
They were there as Grand Marshals, which in Nascar speak means you get to say "Gentlemen, start your engines." The First and Second ladies were there to honor the troops and get out the word about their troop related causes, which is what First Ladies do.
Now, I know all about free speech and don't even try to sidetrack the discussion. If you can picket a soldier's funeral, you can certainly boo the First Lady. That doesn't mean that these "expressions" are not classless. Since when do we as a country boo the First Lady? Well, since Hilary Clinton was First Lady, that's when. When the right boos the First Lady, it's a free speech issue; but if the left were to boo a First Lady, which I have never heard happen, then it would be unAmerican, unpatriotic, disrespectful. Well, I submit to you that booing the First Lady is all of those things.
Now, let's be clear that I have nothing against Laura Bush. I'm just using her as an example. If it isn't alright to boo someone who negligently killed a young man in an auto accident as a teenager but wasn't punished due to her family's political influence, then it isn't alright to boo this First Lady just because she's a Democrat at best and, at worse, black. Can't we in this country at least show enough class to not boo the First Lady? President George W. Bush's policies, actions, lack of actions and words made the left in this country every bit as angry at him as the right is at President Obama but I never once heard his wife booed. Why? I can only mostly speak for myself but it's because we recognize who's The Decider and who isn't. And honestly, on the right there is no limit, no guideline, no civil restraint, no modulation. Name five of the nastiest, most hateful political pundits you can think of, and they're all on the right and have enormous followings.
Lastly, I want to challenge Nascar to come out publicly and denounce this as unAmerican. They won't because they'll claim to be apolitical but they're anything but apolitical. If the same sanctioning body that shoves the American flag, the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance down your throat at every race doesn't come out and call this unpatriotic, they'll be showing you just exactly where they stand. Again, these ladies were there to support the troops (supporting the troops, something the right claims to own exclusively) and yet they boo her. As someone said to me, "They might as well have pissed on the flag" because booing her in this instance is booing her cause, the troops.
And an added note to the right, now that I've searched the net in an effort to see whether Nascar had condemned this and seen the internet exploding with a disgusting display of the right, in typical fashion, lying about how if it's fair to boo George Bush or Sarah Palin, it's fair to boo Michelle Obama. Listen fucknucks, look at yourselves in the mirror and see what you've become -- how nasty, ugly, disgusting, trivial you are. You'll say anything to defend your ugliness. Booing someone who is running for public office is NOT the same thing. And I won't even begin to address and certainly not give examples of some of the name calling directed at the First Lady that I saw on some very high profile right wing blogs. Thank you for continuing to scratch a big ugly scar into what once was the most envied country on the planet. You should be ashamed of yourselves but I know it's not in your DNA. Good people have the capacity to look in the mirror and fairly judge their actions and feel remorse accordingly. All I see from the right these days is a never-ending capacity for ugliness and hate in response to being called out.
UPDATE: And now one of the ugliest Americans of them all has weighed in, saying the reason they booed the First Lady is because she's uppity and they don't like uppity. That's not very well disguised, Rush. I'm surprised you just didn't say the N word because that's exactly what you meant and exactly what your dittohead listeners heard.