Do You Feel The Love?????

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Registered: 04-04-2001
Do You Feel The Love?????
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Tue, 07-31-2012 - 1:42pm

The Obamas like us. . .they really, really do!!  While Michelle wears $6,800 jackets to the Olympics, Democrats have provided a simple way for all of us to support their Presidential campaign:  just ask all guests to your wedding, your birthday party or similar events to donate to the President's campaign in lieu of gifts.  Now isn't that special???

Well, not so special after all.  Liberals are all too ready for OTHERS to sacrifice for their ideals, less willing to do so themselves.  Take Al Gore for instance, while flying in private jets & living in mansions, he wants all the rest of us to pay for energy credits ("coincidentally" his company would facilitate this ).  Or take the energy conscious Kennedys who are all for alternative energy sources, so long as they don't obscures the view from their compound.  Oh, and can we talk about the Senators who voted for Obamacare but excluded themselves from its requirements.

Perhaps the Constitutional amendment we REALLY need is one that requires politicians - of whatever party -  to abide by any law or  mandate they want to force on the rest of us.

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Wed, 08-01-2012 - 8:41am

I don't see a connection between your title and the topic being discussed.

If Michelle Obama wears an expensive jacket to a semi-formal Olympic reception at Buckingham Palace, it's wrong because.......? Are you implying that campaign donations pay for the jacket?

BTW, the cost seems a bit much to me, but I'm not a First Lady chit-chatting with Queen Elizabeth while representing the nation at a global event like the Olympics.

One wonders.  If Michelle had worn a less expensive and drabber ensemble (the jacket was embroidered in silver), might she have been accused of not respecting the position she now fills?  Damned if she did, damned if she didn't.......

Am all for expecting politicians to abide by the same standards they expect of us (that Constitutional amendment is sooooo not going to happen), but personally speaking, I'd probably stretch my wardrobe budget limits for the sake of a little swank at such a soiree!

BTW, did you happen to mention what the GOP presidential candidate's wife wore to the event at which her dressage horse  (http://www.buzzfeed.com/nycsouthpaw/romneys-olympic-dancing-horse-didnt-get-him-much) performed?

I have a clipping and picture from years ago of my mother as a little girl, during the Depression, cradling a piglet in her arms.  Cute as a button she was, but her family was so poor that at various points in their lives, her siblings were sent to live with other relatives who could better feed them.  On the reverse side of the clipping was a picture of a couple of English noble women, dripping with jewels worth a million dollars then.  Lord only knows what the value would be in today's dollars.  Made for quite a contrast.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 04-04-2001
Wed, 08-01-2012 - 1:57pm

I agree that the First Lady should be appropriately dressed; I don't think it costs thousands of dollars to be appropriately dressed.  

The point is that while Liberals lecture all the time about our responsiblity to make personal sacrifices to  "love/care for" others (usually a special interest group with some political clout that might prove useful in the next election), save the environment, pay more taxes, support public schools, etc. etc. etc., their private lives reflect a far different personal value system.  In other words, liberal Hollywood types are for gun control for everyone except their personal bodyguards; a liberal first lady wants everyone to make financial sacrifices - birthday, wedding gifts, etc. - but spends far, far more on one jacket than most voters would ever receive as a birhday or wedding gift, etc. 

In short, it is very easy to spout "ideals" so long as you are free to fund those "ideals" with Other Peoples' Money! and are personally able to live the lavish life style you criticize others about for political purposes.

I really don't care what Mrs. Romney wears - she and Mitt give very generously to their church and to charities -  she pays for the clothes herself AND she is not constantly  criticizing middle and upper middle class families for having the audacity to seek and live a nice lifestyle.  I wouldn't care what Michelle wore either, so long as tax money didn't pay for it, if she weren't exhorting others to make significant personal sacrifices to support her husband's campaign and the special interest groups who vote for him..

It's the hypocrisy that gets me!

But, it's not just Liberal hypocrisy - I'm also not fond of Conservative politicians who try to push their religious or moral code on others, often one they don't abide by in private either.

 

IMHO - If we could figure out how to keep the Democrats out of our pocket books and the Republicans out of our bedrooms, the country would be better off.

I think the Constitutional amendment would be a good one!  I agree, it is highly unlikely!