Recently, Bill O’Reilly commented on the gaffe by Vice President Biden who told an audience in Virginia that the Republicans want to put “y’all back in chains” and the ad which showed a Paul Ryan look-alike throwing a grandma off a cliff. In both cases, Bill concluded that no one, regardless of their extreme ideology, could believe Republicans want to enslave people or throw old people off a cliff.
I looked at my husband and said, “I’m sure there are people who believe just that.”
Well, the following day, I was going through my Facebook newsfeed (if that’s what it’s actually called) and came across an entry from one of my “friends.” Now, this gal is a young woman, whom I’ve known for many years; she’s very well educated and a therapist. She probably considers herself a liberal. I know she’s not a Republican.
On her FB page, she ranted about Mrs. Romney and how stupid she was and that she could be the First Lady of the United States and look what she’s saying and look at the way she thinks, blah, blah, blah, and she included a link to a speech purportedly made by Mrs. Romney. So, I was very curious to know exactly what Mrs. Romney said that could raise the ire of an otherwise bright, thoughtful young lady.
So I went on the website and went right to the quote:
“At a meeting with the ‘Moms For Mitt’ group yesterday outside Philadelphia, PA, Ann Romney was asked her opinion on Lilly Ledbetter and equal pay for equal work regarding women’s employment. Without hesitation she responded with another question that seemed to shock even the most staunch conservatives in the room.
‘Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?’”
Before I go on, there’s something you have to know about me. I’m probably one of the most literal people you’ll ever meet. I’ve been like this since I was a kid. When I was 6 years old, I heard my mother tell her sister on the phone (numerous times), “I’ll give you a ring next week,” I honestly didn’t know why my mother was always giving my aunt jewelry. Seriously.
But, even being as literal as I am, I read this “quote” by Mrs. Romney and said to myself, “This is ridiculous; this isn’t real.” So, I scrolled up to the name of the website and here’s what it says: “News That’s Almost Reliable.” Obviously it’s a satiric website and it would be obvious to anyone who read the titles of its recent posts. Just to be sure (because I always check and double-check my facts), it took me another 30 seconds to “snopes” it to confirm that the whole thing was false.
So, not only did my “friend” think this was real (she removed the rant after I wrote and told her the story was false), but if you have any doubt how incredibly gullible some people are, please read the comments on thewebsite. It’s mind-boggling how people will believe just about anything.
So that’s why I disagree wholeheartedly with Bill O’Reilly on this one. There are people who will believe just about anything if it fits their ideological make-up. Clearly, those who don’t like Mitt Romney or his wife will believe that he wants to enslave people and keep women out of the workplace and that his Vice Presidential running mate will be very happy to push old ladies in wheelchairs off of cliffs if they’re elected.
I don’t get it but if you do, God bless you.