American Elephants


Before the Vice-Presidential Debate Tonight. by The Elephant's Child

Tonight we have the vice-presidential debate.  I have never seen anything like the Democrat attack on Sarah Palin.  She really terrifies them.  Imagine sending a crowd of 30 lawyers to Alaska to investigate every aspect of her life, pockets full of cash, to find something, anything to discredit her.  They obviously didn’t find much of anything since they have stretched credulity so far in their attacks. And one of the leading media outlets — Washington Post? Newsweek? — has 4 people in Alaska going through dumpsters, and another 4 in Arizona doing the same thing.

The hard, lacquered women with their designer shoes and their foul mouths hate Sarah Palin. Mary Graber, writing at Pajamas Media claims that what the feminists hate is:

That Palin thinks like a man, or logically, is what has made the left livid.  As appropriate to their modes, they respond emotionally….

While anti-reason theories circulate and were repeated in academic discourse, in politics the new ethic of “caring” was promoted by Bill Clinton and in the media by women’s talk shows like Oprah, Ellen, and The View, where politics was wedged into teary discussions about makeovers in fashion and self-esteem.  Barack Obama, with his “community organizer” experience, recalls the efforts of women with settlement houses, as proto-social workers.

Women — and men who think like women — rule the liberal media and grant such emotion-based politics legitimacy.  But the other side of the “caring” coin is the personality-based “critical” side — a nasty, catty one, indeed.

The confusion of the two spheres, the application of “caring” that is appropriately reserved for the domestic sphere where all fetuses are allowed to be birthed and nurtured, is illustrated by Palin, who does not make such confusions.  She does not infuse public policy with those notions suited for the home by promoting increased welfare, negotiation with terrorists, and efforts to “understand’ the root causes of terrorism, as Obama said we should do in his post-9/11 speech.

It’s an interesting discussion, and food for thought.  Do read the whole thing, linked above.

We’ll see how Sarah Palin does tonight.  In the flood of media attacks belittling her family, her hometown, her moose-hunting, do remember that she has governed the largest state in the union so  successfully that she has approval ratings beyond the wildest dreams of most politicians. And those approval ratings came from executive accomplishments in a state where more responsibility falls on the governors shoulders than any other except New York and Massachusetts.




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