I certainly hope that by the time I’m 90 years old, I won’t be fired for opening my mouth and saying something bat-shit crazy as old folks tend to do. Better yet, I hope my ass ain’t still working by then. I’d prefer to spend my last days visiting with folk and saying whatever the hell I want out my mouth without any compunction whatsoever. Oh, wait…that’s what I already do!
Look, I don’t agree with Helen Thomas’ perspective on Israel. Neither do I disagree with it. Quite frankly I’m not informed enough about the truth of what’s going on in the Middle East to have an opinion one way or the other. But I defend Helen Thomas’ right, as a private citizen, to give her opinion about something without having to lose her job, unless, of course, she’s expatriated and is now living in China. Truth is, weren’t there a whole gang of better reasons to fire someone so damn ancient than simply voicing her personal opinion. I mean if she was really a problem, couldn’t we have force retired this crotchety old babe years and years and years….and years ago? For crying out loud, she’s 114 years old. At this point, she’s not even leaving fingerprints anymore.
Let’s just thank her for her 50 years of service, recognize that she can’t control her mouth, probably can’t control her bladder and let her retire peacefully with a storied, accomplished career as a bastion of journalism and a force to be reckoned with?
And lemme say one more thing about this bastion of American journalism…I hope someone has rescinded this nutty broad’s drivers license now that she ain’t got no job. She just plain looks like someone who’d make us think she’s driving around the world to the left at 20 miles an hour in the fast lane of the freeway, blinker on full throttle the ENTIRE trip, straining to see over the dashboard and refusing to look out the rear view mirror at the parade of cars, piled up behind her like they’re following the white Bronco.