Friday, October 31, 2008

And a Happy Halloween to you

So, let's talk for a minute about that reprehensible ad Elizabeth Dole is running in North Carolina, accusing her (Christian) opponent of being a "godless American." I find it reprehensible on two fronts: a) she's flagrantly lying about her opponent, a lie she knows will carry particular weight in that part of the country, and b) so what if her opponent WERE an atheist? Is this not still America? Do we not have the right to believe or disbelieve as we choose? Are atheists not entitled to equal rights and representation under the law? Aarggh!

I say this as a church-going Christian--I have friends who are atheists! Even worse--I have dated Muslims! One of which was an Iranian! There now, I've probably ruined any chance I had of running for national office. (Well, any chance I had left after all the drugs I did in the 80s.) What a relief. Now the pressure is off. Heh.

Okay, let's move away from the political aspects of the ad, and on to what really caught my attention. Before I actually saw the ad, I heard it described on TV, blah blah blah, ending with a disembodied female voice declaring "There is no God." You're supposed to believe, of course, that it is the voice of Dole's opponent.

Any die-hard "Arrested Development" fans in the house? The rest of this is for you.

Remember the episode where the Bluths took part in the "living art" pageant (much like the one in Stars Hollow that featured our Gilmore girls)? George (on a one-day furlough from prison) portrayed God giving the spark of life to Adam (a denim cut-offs-clad George Michael, embarrassed by the size of his codpiece-hee) in Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam." Only George took the opportunity to try to escape and when the curtains were drawn back--God was missing. Remember the wonderful older character actress proclaiming, with just the perfect amount of horror and melodrama, "THERE IS NO GOD!"? (It may have been the best line delivery ever, in my opinion.)

How funny would it have been if they had simply lifted that little audio clip for the hateful Liddy Doenges ad? (Not funny enough to make up for the ad's very existence, mind you, but still.)

Sadly, I saw the actual ad last night, and they did not. Their "there is no God" actress had nowhere near the delivery of Wonderful Older Character Actress.

Great, now I'm missing "Arrested Development" AND pissed off at sleazy politicians. Thanks, Liddy.

I am ready for this election to be over. I might go to an election night watch party, though...with Obama Guy, who has resurfaced, to some extent. We'll see.

Happy Halloween, everyone! I'm thinking of curling up on the couch tonight and watching something maybe a Palin rally. Eeeeeeek!


Noelle said...

Those commercials offend me, that my chosen belief, or lack thereof, can be used as a slur.

It's true though, there are more of every minority in elected office except openly Atheist. It's the final frontier.

georgeious said...

my tivo dvr has saved me from watching political commercials, thank goodness. after the one i saw from inhofe about his opponent, i was so sickened that i never stopped in mid-fast-forward again.

can i, as an agnostic, get elected? oh wait - i did drugs in the 80's as well. whoops.

i went to go do early voting today, but the line was a BLOCK LONG, i kid you not! i'll try again tomorrow or monday.

The Coconut Diaries said...

What are the chances of going to sleep and waking up in January, when this election mess is O-VAH??

Mary said...

Token NC resident here. I saw the Elizabeth Dole ad on TV the other night and it set me off into a BLIND FURY!!!!! Rage like that could have easily given me a stroke if I were a few years older. As one of my on-line buddies said, "You're running for Senate, not Archbishop!"

Sounds like somebody needs to re-read the US Constitution. Especially the portion of Article VI which states, "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."


Remember that W used to be a cocaine addict. He got elected Pres, so there's still hope for you!

Stefanie said...

Just be glad you don't live in Minnesota. You don't even want to think about all the absurd ads Norm Coleman is running against Al Franken. Gah. SO ready for this to be OVER!

flurrious said...

The guy who's running against our current governor has a commercial in which he compares her to a dirty diaper. Meanwhile, he's being investigated for accepting 1.3 million dollars in illegal campaign contributions. It's all very classy.