Have you somehow escaped subjecting yourself to the buzz about the White House Correspondents Dinner?
Like a good girl I scrolled past article after article knowing that political posts trigger me. But somehow while I was waiting for the towels in the dryer to finish I had three free minutes and I’d already watched a video of a military mom who surprises her son in the cafeteria. After reading another article on migraines I decided I couldn't help myself. (I'm a glutton for punishment.) I had to know what comedian Michelle Wolf said about White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
One click was enough. Wolf, in a manner foreign to humor, described Sanders as a liar, an "Uncle Tom" and a "disappointment to women" while comparing her to Aunt Lydia on The Handmaid's Tale. I haven't watched it but here's Sarah Sanders (on the left) and then Aunt Lydia on the right. Aunt Lydia might not be happy at the comparison either, but then again she didn't have to sit in front of a crowd and a camera while everything from her appearance to her character was horribly insulted.
Sanders isn't the only one who was criticized. So was President Trump, Kellyanne Conway and Megan Kelly, amongst others. I've only seen clips of a few of these dinners and I cringe every single time. We cross the line a little farther at each dinner. For the record, I have never liked it when any leader has been unnecessarily berated.
Wolf's comments weren't funny. In the clips I watched she was vile. I was embarrassed.
Then she had to make light of abortion. Then I was disgusted. Speaking of Mike Pence she joked,
"He thinks abortion is murder which, first of all, don't knock it 'til you try it — and when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you've got to get that baby out of there."
Please tell me we all agree that joking about "knocking babies out of wombs" is crossing a line.
So who am I talking to? I'm mostly venting so that Jason and the kids don't have to listen to me. You are the captive audience (unless you decide to "x" out of this post.) I'd hardly blame you.
If I had an audience with Ms Wolf, telling her that her comments are despicable would be about as effective as scolding a gentleman I catch torturing a cat. It would likely have little effect.
Michelle Wolf is acting like Michelle Wolf. She's crass.
Here's where my disappointment lies. Why in the world are so many defending such regrettable behavior? Why the need to bring up inappropriate comments that conservative leaders in the public eye have made? (Has our President made terrible remarks? Yes! Did it bother me? Absolutely!)
Would we excuse our kid's poor behavior because another kid their age did something similar first and received little reprimand -as far as we're concerned-? ("Well you know the Johnson's kid exhibited bad behavior and got away with it, so it's only fair that we overlook our Rylie doing something equally reprehensible.") Hopefully we wouldn't. I pray each of us will be ready to condemn wrongdoing when it comes from our own side (especially when it comes from our "own side".)
We, conservatives and liberals alike, can be so loyal to our political party that we condone anything and everything that is said or done by those we support. The divide has become so deep that we want to make sure we don't approach it. Rather we defend our party or else yell insults from our political corner.
Can we recognize wrong for wrong no matter who is practicing it? Could we get out of the bleachers and stop watching the game one sided? Could we approach the truth, whichever position of the divide that may lie?
Here's a litmus test. Would you want the thing thing that is being said (or done) aimed at your sister? Your daughter? If not, it shouldn't be said to anybody.
I pray we'll better speak the truth, consistently.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer. Proverbs 15:28