Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Insult to injury, or how not to be a sore loser

Via wonkette, I saw the story on Sepia Mutiny (which is like a desi wonkette - this is a super-high compliment) about this crazy Christian woman who ran against Minnesota State Senator Satveer Chaudhary, who has a high position in the state legislature as Majority Whip and is a practicing Hindu (this gets relevant soon.) Anyway, not content with losing graciously (she got trounced with only 36% of the vote) and having a polite concession call, she sends him a wacko email:
I’ve enjoyed much of this race, especially the people I’ve met…even you! I see your deficits—not all of them, and your potential—but not all of it. Only your Creator knows the real potential He’s put in you. Get to know Him and know yourself…you’ll be more interesting even to you!

The race of your life is more important than this one—and it is my sincere wish that you’ll get to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He died for the sins of the world, yours and mine—and especially for those who accept His forgiveness. . .

Pay attention…this is very important, Satveer. Have you noticed Jesus for yourself…at some moment in time, yet??? [Editor: emphasis added]
I would have yelped and ran - actually, I couldn't believe my eyes upon reading the email earlier today, so I jumped up and told my friend from the land of a thousand lakes, and she said that it's par for the course. Anyway, I believe in freedom of speech, but it's frankly incredibly insulting and disrespectful to proselytize in your concession, and to lecture the winner on seeing their deficits, and their potential (but not all of it.) It's wrong in so many ways I'm not sure where to begin.

As if this losing candidate didn't flame out completely and lose any credibility for a second run by having her email broadcast on local TV, she further decides to join the ranks of the Felix Allen "Macacas" (they'll be playing Trent Lott's "Dixie Stroms" later this season in the Playa-hater showdown.) She spits out a nasty comment on the Sepia Mutiny blog, full of nonsense signifying nothing, in an act that the esteemable Wonkette Pareene calls "Cooking Omlettes with Jesus H. Christ himself":
Eggs are fragile creations, and a broken Humpty Dumpty hard to glue…but the Creator of all things takes an egg, and breaks it with superior life from the inside out…lets life form inside, and peck its way out and twin chicks set foot on earth with voices and purpose—with bodies and smallish minds that grasp little. Some fractured human ideas lead to more of life and more knowledge of the lack of knowledge, even in the talking heads found everywhere—that fragment into even less so easily.
I would be inclined to think that it was some joker except that the incoherent tone matches the first email. Also, it would be funny if it wasn't so sad - I have no friggin' clue what the woman is talking about!!! Satveer gets the last word in, however, as he emailed her original "concession" to WCCO-TV.

Maybe she also emailed newly elected Representative Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress, her "best wishes" on his victory here on earth, but not in heaven.


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