The funny part:
This reminds me of the old George Carlin bit that goes something like…
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin mistook some of her own fans for hecklers Monday at a rally that drew thousands.
A massive crowd of at least 20,000 spread across the parking lot of Richmond International Raceway, and scores of people on the outer periphery more than 100 yards from the stage could not hear.
"Louder! Louder!" they began chanting, and the cry spread across the crowd to Palin's left. Some pointed skyward, urging that the volume be increased.
Audience: Louder, Louder!The not so funny part:
Carlin: What? The Louder family is here? They follow me everywhere and just shout out their name.
Palin stopped her remarks briefly and looked toward the commotion.[Slapping my forehead]. OK, everyone is entitled to a mistake (or a thousand) but mistaking the Louder family for protesters isn’t my main bitch with this. Rather, it’s the invoking the troops as a shield against protest, real or not. You hear this all the time from our friends on the right. “Our brave soldiers throughout the ages fought and died for your right to protest and you go and actually use that right! How Disrespectful!”
"I hope those protesters have the courage and honor to give veterans thanks for their right to protest," she said.
Some in the crowd tried to shout toward her what was really being said, but she couldn't hear them.
I think it would be more dishonorable NOT to voice your opinion in light of those same sacrifices. It’s like buying a flashlight and then yelling at your spouse when they use it during a power outage, “I paid good money for that flashlight and you’re wearing it out by using it!” That’s a bad analogy but a) it’s all I could think of at the moment, b) all blog posts making a point need an analogy and c) our troops fought and died so that I could make that analogy.
Oh and then there is this from the same story:
On a sunny day in which many had stood in place for more than three hours without shade, at least 25 people collapsed from heat-related illnesses and three were hospitalized, according to the Henrico County fire department.Remember when the right was practically calling Barack Obama a mass murderer for “allowing” people to pass out from the heat at a rally here in Springfield a couple of months ago? I wonder if they will hold Palin to the same standard. No, I don’t really wonder.