Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Can we all just take a deep breath?
Is it just me or has the world gone just a little mad lately?
We've been dealing with a string of minor dramas and emergencies at the office and I keep waiting for the end of the line. We're gearing up for our big holiday meal program in which we deliver a week's worth of kosher food to needy families for Passover. This year we have more families needing help than ever and have doubled our distribution efforts. However, a couple of last minute personal emergencies have ensured that the people coordinating the program are quite suddenly... gone. We sat in Management meeting today and discussed contingency plans and this was the best we came up with: reschedule Passover.
My friend Amy seems to be experiencing something similar. She posted a cryptic message on Facebook today saying that after the events of the last few days things seemed a little too dull at her office and they needed some excitement. I offered to run up and down the hallways covered in nothing but little adhesive arrow stickies yelling “sign here bitches!”
Surprisingly, after conferring with her office mates, they agreed to take me up on this. I told them to get their sharpies ready because they were going to have to sign on the fly.
Maybe we're all feeling the after effects of the country's seismic reaction to the passage, finally, of a comprehensive health care bill. The bill has stirred up the roiling political tensions that are always simmering just beneath our nation's surface. Some are hailing it as a watershed accomplishment, others as Armageddon, and the rest are scratching their heads wondering how its all really going to fall out in the end. I'm torn between camps one and three.
Those on the far right are terribly riled up. Some have made death threats on Obama. Racial epithets are being thrown. The stories that have been making the headlines are some of the more far out. At least, I hope that's the case. I hope these are the outliers.
There was this story which issues a rallying cry for conservatives to stop donating blood. The argument is that conservatives give more blood than liberals, seeing as they are more Christian, and if they stop giving blood they will really impact the healthcare system and liberals will have to relent and repeal the healthcare bill. Or something like that. I didn't quite follow the logic. Nor was I clear on the connection with Christian charity. But never mind.
Some are taking their aggressions out on the First Lady. Yesterday Teabaggers marched on the White House protesting Michelle Obama's campaign against obesity, carrying signs that read: “Hands Off Our Obesity!”
This is from the Borowitz Report: "Being obese is one of our American core values," said Carol Foyler, a Teabagger from Toledo, Ohio who showed up for the march. "It's guaranteed by the Constitution."
Ms. Foyler said that Mrs. Obama's campaign against obesity was yet another example of the White House interfering in ordinary people's lives: "They want us all to be skinny like they are in Europe."
The Teabagger said that she would fight the First Lady's obesity campaign "because you know what happens when you get too thin? Your husband runs off with a tattoo model."
Well. There you have it. Obesity = marital fidelity = constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of flabbiness. Or something like that.
About the only positive thing to come out of the mouths of conservatives lately was Rush Limbaugh's promise to move to Costa Rica if the health care bill passed.
Man up Costa Rica. You'll learn to live with the pain. At least you have ready access to mind-numbing drugs.