Chris at ‘The Unequivocal Notion’ SAYS IT about what bothers me the most about the Swindell Sideshow. Besides a degree in Biology, I have one in Religious Studies – along with that ‘almost one’ in History (Central American focus). I find anything to do with religion and people’s perceptions and beliefs just utterly fascinating. And now is the time I really want more time to mesh it out. [However – we are readying to take my 87 year-old Dad on a trip to the Oregon coast next week to see his sisters, and relax. We’re simply exhausted from dealing with family issues.]
As Chris points out, Brandi isn’t telling us anything we didn’t already know, and it’s captured pretty darned succinctly in Chris’s evaluation.
And why should anyone care what Brandi Swindell was up to? Religious persecution, police brutality and China’s surveillance society isn’t news to anyone who is paying attention. We all know it is there, we all know what happens, Brandi wasn’t enlightening anyone. Brandi went to China to get some free air time — and Idaho’s media happily obliged. And they aren’t done yet, I can only imagine how many cameras are going to greet Swindell at the Boise Airport when she returns to the valley.
And like I said here, when the Swindell Sideshow rolls back into town, those circus acts are really going to break out because they now have momentum. They can take what little exposure they had to China’s police tactics and system and turn it into a money-making train for their one issue: abortion. Brandi doesn’t see that she is a part of the flip side of that Chinese ‘coin.’
And how can she claim to care about free speech when the Conservative ideology she subscribes to is all for crushing dissent, locking up protesters, questioning patriotism? And if I had to guess, Brandi only cares about religious freedom if you’re a member of her religion.