We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We are ramping up to one heck of an angry political season - and it really pisses me off.
I don't mind a little emotion and enthusiasm in a national election. Silly and immature as it may be, it's the American way to idealize candidates and then to devalue them once they have to start making real decisions.
Gov. Palin has been a lightning rod for several reasons. 1. She's the new breed - the "new feminist" - who seems happy 2. She's prettier than Madeleine Albright or Hillary Clinton. 3. It's difficult to attack McCain himself. 4. She's not a representative of the "elite" 5. She's a serious political threat and the other side wants to damage her as fast as possible.
...hell hath no fury like a leftist who encounters a female or African-American who doesn't need him. Thus, the high-tech lowbrow lynching of Clarence Thomas and the current unseemly attacks on Sarah Palin. How else to account for the shroud of discreet silence over the John Edwards affair vs. the airing of every possible rumor and smear about Palin and her children?
Indeed, politics can become a playground for the acting out of our most immature and primitive selves if we aren't careful, or a stage on which we project our internal issues and dynamics. Perspective and reason fly out the window and are replaced by hatred or love or whatever. That's why it can get so sick. In the process, reality, dignity, and even relationships can be lost.
How right you are, phil. For some time now the Left have been quick to respond to any charge of un-Americanism leveled at them. Un-Americanism is precisely what they have been exhibiting, and in particular, our press is most guilty of it. The MSM seems to believe it their right to involve themselves in the news, to become the mentoring part of it, providing all of us with their enlightened services. Thank goodness! Where would we be without them? Their service to us is not unlike that of the mating of horses.
The Left's sense of fairness, justice, and social justice should be relegated to the dust bin along with so many of their pipe dreams.
Though it is hardly her intent, Palin illustrates a change in feminism. The Arts & Humanities crowd (as in gender studies, see Noonan, above) have been remarkably consistent in their beliefs since 1970. They have bent a little and moved with the times, but everything they say was on the syllabus in the right kind of sociology and history courses 30 years ago. The Science and Technology feminists, the Strong Woman feminists, and the Business feminists have split off from that group and go their own way. There is a considerable overlap with the A&H beliefs, and in ordinary conversation you might not see a lot of difference.
But those groups are now the ascendant power in practical feminism, and they don't respond in the same way. They tend strongly to be pro-choice, but it is not as universal, and it is not as angry. They don't automatically consider someone who is pro-life to be "anti-woman," for example.
As long as these New Wave feminists stayed under the thumb of the old guard, they were lauded. But these new groups learned the lessons they were taught - they don't like being told what to think. some of them like Sarah Palin just fine. Even among the majority of new feminists who will not defect from the Democratic Party, this newer group at least understands the appeal of Palin and approves of it - something the Boomer feminists Just. Don't. Get.
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