I enjoyed a lovely evening last Thursday night. Company was charming over a lovely meal at a restaurant in central London…it had been a while since I dined up town and was good catching up with my companion, a wannabe Jewish Tony Soprano who was just as I remembered him, the last time I saw him in 2005. He’s the sweetest most generous person, not be confused with the HBO New Jersey gangster, but more a West London raised boy, who happens to be a bookie with several business interests here in the UK and overseas. He idolises Frank Sinatra, but best of all, hanging with him guarantees a helluva time and first class all the way. It’s a shame I don’t fancy him in that way and I try not to encourage him, especially after he once told me my mind gave him a hard on. No one else ever told me that, but I can live in hope right?
At almost midnight, my evening took a different turn. Since I’ve given myself a dead-line to complete my first draft of the book, that WILL be published next year come what may, as I am stepping up a lot of things, which includes contacting certain people from my past, some I’d rather forget. One of those people is someone who was part of my life for a long time, to be exact – eight years I’ll never get back, and my biggest mistake to date. He isn’t wired up, so there is no trace of him on the internet but I found his older sister in Texas, via Facebook.
Forget the caricatures of the insular, bible bashin’, homophobic, birthers, gun lovin’, flag wavin Obama haters you hear of or read about. I had a real live one talking to me on the on the phone. The surreal aspect? This was a woman who was like family to me at one time. After catching up on our respective lives over the years we’d been out of touch, we some how got on to the fiery topic of the state America was in. I think it began after she reminded me she was now in receipt of Social Security – what we call a state pension here in the UK. In between her coughing fits, brought on by years of smoking at least a pack a day (her husband died in June after years of ill health, his lungs were pretty shot by the time he passed away), she spewed out the type of rhetoric I often read on line in certain US forums from people whose ‘knowledge’ comes from millionaire demagogues employed by radio and tv stations.
In her words; there would be no social security for her grand kids, because of all the abortions being carried out in the US. The way she saw it, not only was there less money going into the social security coffers because fetuses were not allowed to be fully formed and delivered, but because Obama had spent trillions on god knows what. Gays got a mention too. According to her, birth rate in the USA had dropped not only because of abortions but also “homosexuals gettin’ together”.
I asked if it would make a difference, if gays adopting children that would have otherwise been aborted, help balance the figures. Maybe she knew I was pulling her leg, because she didn’t miss a beat and continued the same regurgitated paranoid rhetoric adding that homosexuality was wrong.
“God made man to be with a woman” she said.
“You believe homosexuality is wrong”? I asked,
“It’s an abomination against god” she replied, but added ”I don’t hate them because God wants us to love everyone, I just don’t agree with that way of life.” (thank heavens for small mercies). Did I mention she is southern baptist?
I’d always been aware of her religious convictions but had no idea of her extreme views on gays or abortions, Not that it came as a big surprise to me. I turned down quite a few invitations to spend Thanksgiving and other holidays with her and her husband because it meant spending time with his racist family, but since I left the US for UK, Obama was elected, it seems even people I thought I knew, have become raging lunatics. The paranoia, fear and overt racist views over a black man being their president is astounding even from some people I thought I knew, people who should know better.
Now I receive forwarded emails from her like the one below. Previously, they were just jokey and cute affirmations now it’s hate riddled emails that reflect on how an Obama led administration, has divided America. Obama as President seems to have brought out the kooks and freaks in otherwise sane people. Just like George Zimmerman was to his gated community in Sanford,Florida, they have become Americas vigilantes regurgitating while twisting the truth in the most macabre ways. His friendship with Bill Ayers demonstrated that he had the heart of a terrorist. His association with Jeremiah Wright confirmed that he hated America and his health-care plan is a plot to put all their civil liberties in the hands of a totalitarian government! He’s looking around at their institutions, at Americans individual freedoms, at their God-given right to be American!
As a black woman I’m not offended, I find it hard to resent her for her views. She really is a lovely woman whom I have seen display great warmth and humanity for people of all races, so why oh why is she this way about Obama?How do well meaning people like her get carried away with the rhetoric that has taken over swathes of America?
Your president is a muslim
This is only one more confirmation of what most of us already know.–MHWedding band in for repair?
Wanna bet????? What part of a wedding band needs to be repaired???? If true, SOMEone in press corps needs to ask the question!!!! Wedding ring is in for repair
Since when does a plain wedding band need repairs, along with your watch, for a whole month?
Another piece falls into place. In a press conference last week Obama was not wearing his wedding ring nor was he wearing his watch.
When noticed, his staff said his ring was out for repairs. No reason was given for the missing watch.
So it’s just a coincidence that Muslims are forbidden from wearing jewelry during the month of Ramadan? Can’t possibly be that, because although he hasn’t gone to a
Christian church service since entering the White House, we know he’s a committed Christian “cause he said so during his campaign!”
………..And I’ve got a bridge to nowhere to sell you also.
This is the same president that spent the Christmas holidays in Hawaii to avoid religious obligations as PRESIDENT at the White House. His children do not receive Christmas presents.
Let’s just face the facts and quit trying to distort the truth, we have a Muslim for president in the White House, and he has no knowledge of American history.
Please pass this on to believers of what is happening to our Great Nation and to those who are still in denial
As some have said, “The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.”
If you voted for obama in ’08 to prove you aren’t a rascist, you had better vote for somebody else in ’12 to prove you are not an Idiot!
Since this one, I have received others and sent a response telling her Barack Obama was not a Muslim, she insisted he was and apologised for sending me the email and upsetting me. I assured her I wasn’t upset, on the contrary I was amused and asked her to still include me in her email forwards.
oK, I will keep sending, don’t get near as many as I use too, he is not a American XXXX, his mother remarried a muslim, both parents were muslims, all his speaches & everything he says & does proves he loves only muslim people…he has got to go before we are completely destroyed… more later, I will send you some more facts & things he has done that proves it, as I get them…have a great day : )
A few minutes later the following arrived in my inbox:
XXXX, just got this one today…this is what I get, stuff like this everyday, no one likes him! Well the democrates do, only because they like all the free stuff they get from him…more later : )
Are you aware of this new law, signed by Obama in early March 2012?
What is next????
Hard to believe, even under this administration!
Read it and weep, folks.
Welcome to America.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHECK THIS OUT ON SNOPES – IT MADE FOX NEWS WHICH YOU CAN SEE THE VIDEO BY CLICKING ON BELOW!
This is really frightening.
They sneaked another one in on us.
New law makes it illegal to protest in Obama’s presence.
This means that, wherever Obama is at, you do not have a right to ask him anything you want to. His secret service can have you arrested, fined, and imprisoned for more than a YEAR if you ask him something he doesn’t like.
Sound like he’s more like Hitler than Lincoln to you?
This is probably the scariest thing this guy has done yet.
May the Lord have mercy on us!!!!
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