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.
Well, so much for diversity and appreciating and embracing "the other." I think that thing only applies when "the other" is pathetic or damaged in some way, or manages to wiggle their way into some victim class.
Or perhaps some pomo reader, if we have one, could help me distinguish between the "good other" and the "bad other."
For once, the postmodern theories so many of them were taught at university are a help to the rest of us. As a Christian, conservative anti-abortionist who proved her support for the Iraq War by sending her son to fight in it, Sarah Palin was 'the other' - the threatening alien presence they defined themselves against. They might have soberly examined her reputation as an opponent of political corruption to see if she was truly the reformer she claimed to be. They might have gently mocked her idiotic creationism, while carefully avoiding all discussion of the racist conspiracy theories of Barack Obama's church.
But instead of following a measured strategy, they went berserk. On the one hand, the media treated her as a sex object. The New York Times led the way in painting Palin as a glamour-puss in go-go boots you were more likely to find in an Anchorage lap-dancing club than the Alaska governor's office.
Some animals are more other than others.
Addendum: Apparently those folks at the Guardian also view people like me as "the other" - and as a primitive, apeish ignorant "other" for whom they hold contempt. They have clearly never met me. I'm an Ivy guy, and I wear ties and like guns. Call me a knuckle-dragging redneck if you want to. Story at Jules.
Addendum: From our commenter "People on the left are breaking the teeth of reason on the irrefutable fact of Sarah Palin--the other--as they gnash the grinders in their dismay. They have attacked her strength and accomplishments with sexism; they have belittled her origins with classism; and they have mocked her beliefs, leaving only the shell of their multiculturalism. Thus the lie of identity politics and multiculturalism lay in ruins."
Most women work because they have to in order to make ends meet or give the family those vital little extras not to mention the fulfillment many women get from the feeling of independence and pride that having a job brings. Politicians have tried for years to address these women directly with varying degrees of success. Democrats have offered child care, family leave, job protections for pregnant women, and the child health insurance program S-CHIP among other programs. Republicans haven’t ignored these women but have not offered much government assistance, preferring tax credits to ease the financial burden on the family.
Palin is the first Republican politician with which these women can truly identify. She speaks their language. She sounds like them. Her family looks like their family. And when she speaks of the mixing of her career and family, she can look directly at the camera and give them a knowing smile of solidarity – as if they were neighbors casually talking over the backyard fence.
Photo is our refined, sophisticated, Euro-sensitive, metrosexual editor Bird Dog. Just your typical American voter...
In July I was reading The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz and I posted a quote I found in the book:
"The other does not exist: this is rational faith, the incurable belief of human reason. Identity = reality, as if, in the end, everything must necessarily and absolutely be one and the same. But the other refuses to disappear; it subsists, it persists; it is the hard bone on which reason breaks its teeth. Abel Martin, with a poetic faith as human as rational faith, believed in the other, in "the essential Heterogeneity of being," in what might be called the incurable otherness from which oneness must always suffer."
People on the left are breaking the teeth of reason on the irrefutable fact of Sarah Palin--the other--as they gnash the grinders in their dismay. They have attacked her strength and accomplishments with sexism; they have belittled her origins with classism; and they have mocked her beliefs, leaving only the shell of their multiculturalism. Thus the lie of identity politics and multicultralism lay in ruins.
IIRC [and I usually do] Sarah said the partial quote about wanting Creationism taught in schools during an interview, when the interviewer asked if she believed in Creationism. Her reply was to the effect that maybe both evolution and creationism could both be discussed in school and the young people could examine the two opposing points of view and decide for themselves what they chose to believe.
See how the hostile press can entirely change the point an interviewee makes by leaving out words? This is the difference between propaganda and responsible reporting. Which very few reporters do any more.
In the most recent gubernatorial race here in Maine (the Deep South of New England) there was an interesting turn of events involving Creationism.
During the GOP primary, one candidate, the lead RINO in the Maine Senate and then contender in the primary against a much more conservative opponent, asked at a town meeting up in Machias, without any media in the room, if he thought Creationism should be taught in school.
His more conservative opponent replied that this was completely a local issue, TBD by local school boards. But yes, he continued, he thought that all theories should be discussed in schools, including Creationism.
The following week, in a debate in the much more accessible city of Augusta, with full media coverage, the RINO stated rather matter-of-factly that his opponent recently said that he thought that Creationism should be taught in schools.
While the RINO lost the primary, the incident gave the eventual Democrat liberal progressive opponent the ammo needed to paint the conservative Republican candidate as a knuckle-draggin' Neanderthal who wants to force Creationist theory on the children of Maine. That the millstone was hung around his neck by a fellow-Republican went largely unnoticed. Such is the state of the GOP in Maine...
And Maine still struggles under one of the highest tax burdens in the nation... regardless of how we got here.