"This is a real neighbor against neighbor bloodletting!" Like Barack Obama, I'm from Illinois, but unlike the Senator I'm from the Chicago suburbs rather than the city. Still - I know about nasty neighborhood politics. My older brother is a former Illinois State Senator, who was there long before Obama served in that body. Like John McCain and Sarah Palin, one might say that my brother was once something of a maverick himself, when he voted against colleagues as they tried to give themselves a pay raise. I also recall that in those days of ardent campaigning for him, elections could get very personal, and unfortunately on occasion some friends became former friends. Those were the times when my brother quoted his secretary, as she had uttered that descriptive phrase, "Well, this is a real neighbor against neighbor bloodletting!"
And so that's what we have now, as Sarah Palin has become the Left's personal piñata! They are attempting to bring her down with all the subtlety of a battering ram. Too many do not understand the depth of their own bigotry and intolerance for conservative ideas that run counter to their fragile belief system. I pray that they will eventually get a grip, but in the past few days, it is hard for me not to be saddened as I see the viciousness in which Sarah Palin is being savaged!
Yet, it is even more upsetting to see this obnoxious behavior starting to be exhibited by people with whom I have exchanged birthday presents with! It is sickening when you realize that friends you have considered reasonably sane, have become so entrenched in their own biases that they hurl around terms of religious bigotry like "zealot" in attacking the Governor from Alaska. And although my older brother has also wisely always advised me to choose my battles - the battle lines have been drawn. I'm just too disgusted by the lies and the hysteria, especially expressed by some in my own circle! Yet, I realize there is a price to be paid. As far as one friendship - it looks like we are really ahead of schedule, as we usually don't stop speaking to each other until at least October during presidential election years. However, due to Sarah Palin's candidacy I think we may beat our previous personal best in the "neighbor against neighbor" Olympics. Oh well.
Cheryl Felicia Rhoads is a member of four entertainment unions and an actress, writer, director and producer in Hollywood. Rhoads has written for United Press International, Human Events and the American Enterprise Institute. She has appeared on MSNBC's Scarborough Country and C-SPAN's American Perspectives.