Friday, 12 March 2010

"Real Americans": From Neal Horsley to Sarah Palin

Fox News show about "Real Americans" is making good progress. They have a lot of videos already, which you can watch online on the show's slick website. I explored the site carefully, went through every page looking for photos or footage of our very own Sarah Palin.

"Real Americans" from Dallas were very enthusiastic about Sarah's new gig:

Do you have a real life American story to share? Here's the scoop as per Fox News: Sarah Palin will host “Real American Stories,” a series exploring inspirational real-life tales of overcoming adversity throughout the American landscape that will debut in 2010.

Who better to shine a spotlight on the problems ordinary American's have than Sarah? The reach such a program would generate would be unequaled because Sarah Palin is the hottest media magnet to hit broadcast recently.

(Apostrophes are pesky little things, aren't they?)

The website is well advanced, as explained above, and there is no mention of Sarah Palin at all. Did Fox News insert Sarah into the whole thing because it fits in with her campaign rhetoric? She had to apologize for some of her remarks back then.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin apologized yesterday for implying that some parts of the country are more American than others, even as similar comments by two Republican congressmen were causing a backlash that threatened their chances for reelection.

Since losing the election, Sarah Palin has extended her divisiveness to all parts of the country, without much of a backlash. I hope she will have to apologize to all "unreal" Americans one day.

A fan of Sarah Palin attended the recording of her first appearance on the show.

But the highlight of my day was going to the taping of Sarah Palin’s brand new show called Real American Stories. And this was the debut show...we were the very first audience.

We haven't seen any footage of Sarah's performance, but considering her absence from the show's website, it can't amount to more than presenting the stories and doing voice overs.

But we have seen her animated performance on the Mystik ad (oops, Iditarod!). I wonder if Fox had a chance to watch it. They might wish to re-think Sarah's inclusion in this project...

Left to her own devices, her performance is far from polished. Fox would have to direct Sarah Palin with an iron fist and do some heavy cutting and splicing to achieve any results. We'll have to wait and see.

Meanwhile, down in Georgia, a "Real American" who's disillusioned with the state of the country wants to start a new "Real America", based on principles our Sarah holds dear: God and a fanatical anti-abortion stance. To achieve his dreams, he wouldn't hesitate to kill his own son. Like Sarah, Neal Horsley is fond of quoting the bible.

From Raw Story:

Asked again if he was willing to sacrifice his son, he was even more explicit, telling the interview to read the Bible’s Matthew 10.

“Your own family are going to be your greatest enemy because unless you love me more than you love your father, your son, your wife, your daughter, you’re not fit to be my disciple,” Horsley said. “That’s why there’s a real rift of estrangement in my family,” he says. “I contend this is really about people’s ability to believe in God. When it comes to that place, when your’re talking about God’s plan to protect himself, then the lives of people become, really, almost irrelevant… in the degree that they result in Him being glorified. That’s the nature of the truth.”

Mr Horsley was very fond of a mule in his youth and now he's in a spot of bother with the law:

A man who posted a video on YouTube of himself calling for Elton John's death has been arrested in the United States for allegedly making terror threats.

Atlanta Police Sergeant Curtis Davenport said Neal Horsley was arrested in Carrollton, Georgia, about 50 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia.

Elton John made a remark about Jesus Christ's sexuality and Mr Horsley didn't like it.

"I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems,” he told Parade. “On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don't know what makes people so cruel."

Neal Horsley had no choice but go a bit crazy over a statement like Elton John's, who's not even American, real or otherwise!

It's very sad to see a country divided between who's real who's not. The American electorate, far from being unreal, chose a man who, in the eyes of people like Neal Horsley, Sarah Palin and her followers, is not "Real American" enough to represent the whole country.

The majority of Americans decided to put their faith in a man who understands their very real worries over some life and death situations, such as heath care. Their worries and their hopes are real.

To the brand of "Real Americans" that relish the idea of a divided country, perhaps the solution lies in the words Sarah Palin paraded during her vacation in Hawaii:

"If you don't love America, then why don't you get the hell out"


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