Rashida Tlaib, the Melon Patch, and ‘That Motherf*cker’

by Glenn R. Geist

There’s an old Chinese saying—really, there is, that translates something like: “when you’re in a melon patch, you don’t bend down to tie your shoes.”

It’s so common you need only to repeat the first few words and give a knowing look and it will be understood to mean you should avoid the appearance of impropriety—in this case stealing melons.

In the case of Ms. Rashida Tlaib: being a hooligan.

As to a newly elected Congresswoman or any other groundbreaking member of the legislature who has finally overcome a stereotype, a barrier, a glass ceiling or the metaphor of your choice, I should think it advisable to honor the office and the dignity thereof.  I think it advisable to make it easier for the next woman by falsifying the stereotypes.  She represents her entire constituency after all and not just her “base.” That’s a concept we seem to have lost in these two years of hell.

So, on day one, the first day of a noteworthy achievement, to blast out to the world and some of its children that “we’re going to impeach that motherfucker” just doesn’t serve to assure us that we made a good choice here—that we now have someone adult in government. It gives the appearance of a pugnacious and vulgar juvenile with no respect. Just what those not on the radical Left feared most.

I don’t recall Jimmy Carter doing the Funky Chicken and calling Gerald Ford a motherfucker when the Democrats took back the White House. Can I suggest that what we need more than an anti-Trump, is someone not like him at all?

We are as divided as we  have been since the Civil war and I see the task as being to build a nation of respect between people who don’t agree on everything rather than to continue the stupid insults between irreconcilable deplorables of all sorts.  I’m tired of politicians I wouldn’t let my grandchildren listen to!  We’ve had too much of that already.

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6 Responses to Rashida Tlaib, the Melon Patch, and ‘That Motherf*cker’

  1. Joe Hagstrom Reply

    January 6, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Every day a politician says something that other politicians or pundits or strategists respond by saying they wish the offender hadn’t said that. They say it harms the cause or whatever. It is in bad taste or children shouldn’t hear this kind of thing. They say it gives the opponents ammunition.
    I say fuck those mother fuckers. They aren’t going to vote for our people anyway. Trumps approval among people that are going to vote for this mother fucker are still close to 100% despite all the lies and idiocies he’s done.
    While my go to slam has always been “shithead” of which Trump and his sycophants are, I am open to the new Congresswoman’s calling Trump a mother fucker. I think it’s an honest assessment of Trump and we could use a good dose of honesty to fight this mother fucker’s lies.
    I saw on the news a TSA working being interviewwd about not gettign paid. He said he wasn’t political and didn’t vote. I had little sympathy for him but the only way to get this guy and others like him to vote is to focus their outrage and misery to those that caused it. As you said the country is divided. The Dems only chance to fix things is to win more elections that republicans and since republicans aren’t going to cross over in any significant numbers to sway elections, Dems have to get the apathetic and occasional voter to fucking vote. And more often that not people vote against rather than for. I’ll take the chance that if they do vote they’ll vote against the mother fucker rather than vote against the person that called the mother fucker a mother fucker.

  2. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    January 6, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Yes, the difference between parties, on the extreme ends anyway, is deeper than the childish language – but I’m tired of cheap vulgarity and those who try to gain favor by talking down to us in what they assume is our dialect.

    I long for leadership. This is not the language of leadership, IMO. The stupidest most deranged and irrational person can call you a motherfucker – and they regularly do.

    I’m trying to think of any great statesman we still bother to remember who used motherfucker in a public pronouncement.

    “We will fight them on the beaches.” “all we have to fear is fear itself.” “Ask not what your country can do for you, etc.” Not a motherfucker in the lot.

    We’ll be fighting in the streets
    With our children at our feet
    And the morals that they worship will be gone
    And the men who spurred us on
    Sit in judgement of all wrong
    They decide and the shotgun sings the song

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      January 6, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      Cheney told a congressman, maybe a senator, to go fuck himself on the floor of the Congress.

  3. Holte Ender Reply

    January 6, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Samuel L. Jackson for Congress.


  4. Caroline Taylor Reply

    January 6, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Well, he is a motherfucker, so what’s wrong with truth?

  5. Neil Bamforth Reply

    January 7, 2019 at 8:45 am

    I wish someone represented me like that!!!

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