Crabby Old Lady has a few things on her mind she’s been meaning to say. They each don’t warrant a complete post or, more likely, she can’t work up the steam for a full post, so here’s a list:
ITEM: One of the pleasures of writing primarily for elders is they understand historical references or know how to look them up. A young reader emailed about yesterday’s post asking who Joe McCarthy is and why Crabby hadn’t explained.
ITEM: Years ago, Crabby stopped listening to President Bush’s speeches (she reads the texts online) because his vocal sneer along with his generally scornful attitude toward the citizenry - as though he thinks we are all idiots who can’t understand all the important things he knows - enrages her. Now she is beginning to feel similarly about Hillary Clinton. The senator’s condescending tone toward Senator Obama when she speaks of him, and her schoolmarm lecture style of speechmaking are becoming as irritating as Bush’s sneer.
ITEM: Some of the elitism charges against Senator Obama from the punditry seem to be directed at the fact that he speaks in complete sentences and paragraphs, and allows his intelligence to show. Maybe the punditry believes that after eight years of Bushisms, we the public have lost our ability to think.
ITEM: The digs and “jokes” about Senator McCain’s age will only become more frequent and poisonous when the general election campaign gets underway. Although they are unfair to McCain, Crabby is thinking now that in the long run this will be good for elders’ place in the culture as it will provide a reason for a wider discussion of aging, ageism and age discrimination.
ITEM: How could our government believe democracy could be exported to other countries when they can’t even run our own elections fairly and, in the past eight years, keep ignoring or undermining the Constitution? Is Crabby the only one who, as an American citizen, finds this embarrassing?
ITEM: Food riots around the world. Unaffordable gasoline. A war that never ends. A global water shortage. Trillions owed by the U.S. to China. Arab countries buying up American businesses and real estate. Maybe Tim LaHaye is right – it’s the end times. The only good thing Crabby’s heard lately is that Alberto Gonzales can’t find a job.
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Nancy Leitz explains the circumstances behind Why I Can’t Go to the Library Anymore.]