NOW’s insufferable insult

As we watched coverage of the Kennedys endorsing Obama, a colleague, black and female, turned to me and shook her head. “If my grandfather was alive to see a black man this close to becoming president …”

This FEMALE voter didn’t seem too bummed that a WOMAN might well be denied the presidency by a BLACK MAN. She shouldn’t have to choose sides, but if anyone can weigh the obstacles faced by African-Americans and women, it’s a black female. Her reaction to Obama — and indifference to Hillary — spoke volumes.

I’m guessing most blacks, regardless of gender, are similarly unmoved by the plight of a privileged white woman.

But if you listen to the privileged Caucasian president of one of the better-known indignation councils, no one has more to overcome than women, regardless of their background.

NOW accused Ted Kennedy of “abandoning” an entire gender by supporting “the new guy over us.” No mention of the bigotry faced by blacks. (No mention of following your conscience, either, but that’s another story.)

It brings to mind the regrettable sentiments of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, reflecting the patronizing attitudes of her time:

The representative women of the nation have done their uttermost for the last thirty years to secure freedom for the negro, and so long as he was lowest in the scale of being we were allowed to press his claims; but now, as the celestial gate to civil rights is slowly moving on its hinges, it becomes a serious question whether we had better stand aside and see “Sambo” walk into the kingdom first.

I’m not going to call NOW racist, but they’re certainly not much for inclusiveness, let alone history.

I belong to a minority group, but comparing the gay struggle to that faced by the civil rights generation is at best irresponsible. Plenty of people hate me because I like dick, but I’ve managed to navigate the system without much resistance.

I’m lucky. That fight has been waged, at least the bare knuckles part. Women of my generation are likewise fortunate. The glass ceiling may not be broken, but it’s riddled with cracks. Groups like NOW don’t like to acknowledge that progress because it mitigates their very existence (even though they could rightly claim a bit of credit).

Obama intrigues because he doesn’t view the presidency as an entitlement. America has been burdened by its past for too long, and Obama may well be the candidate who moves us forward, not by ignoring — or patronizing — the truly victimized, but by empowering them. His ascension alone brings hope.

It sure as hell beats the droning pessimism of the professionally aggrieved, led by you-know-who.

the hollowness of identity politics

People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of “race” or “gender” alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favor for the identical reason.

–Christopher Hitchens, making sense, as usual

the hollowness of identity politics

People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of “race” or “gender” alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favor for the identical reason.

–Christopher Hitchens, making sense, as usual

and now, a shrill screed from the professionally aggrieved

Hell hath no fury like an irrelevant woman’s organization (in this case, the National Organization for Women) snubbed:

“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. …

He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one).

This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation – to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”

NOW is correct about one thing: America doesn’t deserve Hillary. Ted Kennedy should thank them for illustrating his point:

“With Barack Obama we will close the book on the old politics of race against race, gender against gender, ethnic group against ethnic group, and straight against gay,” Kennedy said.

(You think John Lewis will get a similar letter from the NAACP lambasting his endorsement of Hillary? How dare he pick a white woman over a brother!)

*This same NOW chapter recently issued a press release that claimed Hillary has been subject to a “psychological gang bang”:

“We have waited a long time to see our first truly viable women presidential candidate. And what we see now during the debates is what women and girls have experienced from time immemorial. But it seems John’s recent alliance with Barak sent a clear message to women everywhere. The message is that if a woman gets too powerful, she can count on the good ole boys ganging up on her. Hillary is a powerful, strong and intelligent woman and she deserves our support. Let us remember what we as women’s rights supporters, are charged to do: SUPPORT WOMEN!”

I don’t recall NOW feeling this strongly about Elizabeth Dole, who was a viable candidate for the GOP nomination in 2000. She was the proper gender, no? And, according to NOW president Marcia Pappas, “women’s rights supporters are charged to support women.”

Expecting consistency from the identity-empowered is like expecting humility or candor from Hillbilly — ain’t going to happen.

**Ardent Hillbot supporter Taylor Marsh offers a tepid defense of NOW:

If Barack Obama was a woman he wouldn’t be getting the time of day. His young, new generational theme, if offered by a woman of similar age and inexperience, would be judged as almost cute. …

But by virtue of being a man, Barack Obama leeps across the experience threshold through his new generational change theme alone.

Notice how NOW and Marsh completely overlook Obama’s race, as if it’s routine for a black man to seriously contend for the president. Most would argue — and history has our back — that race is a bigger hurdle than gender. Notice how Obama eschews that crutch; Hillbot and her supporters can’t stop waving it in everyone’s face.

the sincerity of a scientologist

Last night I posted about the banal similarities between Clinton-speak and Scientology propaganda. This mashup of the infamous Tom Cruise recruitment video and footage of Hillbot’s manufactured tears in New Hampshire demonstrates I may be on to something.

Actually, Hillbilly and the Cult of Scientology have shared more than talking points. Back in the late nineties, Bill went to great lengths to assist the pod people in their dispute with the German government: 

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John Travolta says President Clinton offered to help him with a pet project – getting Scientology accepted as a religion in Germany – just as he was about to play a character based on the president. …

Travolta told writer Josh Young that just before “Primary Colors” went before the cameras last April, the actor was in Washington to promote Scientology – a controversial belief Travolta and scores of other Hollywood types embrace.

“The next day, I met with Clinton,” Travolta told George.

“He told me: ‘”Your program sounds great. More than that, I’d really love to help you with your issue over in Germany with Scientology.'”

Clinton was referring to Germany’s refusal to register Scientology as a religion because the government considers it a radical cult that cheats members out of their life savings – an allegation that Scientologists vehemently deny.

“I was waiting for the seduction that I had heard so much about. I thought, “Well, how could he ever seduce me?'” Travolta recalled.

“And after we talked, I thought, “Bingo!’ He did it. Scientology is the one issue that really matters to me.”

For Travolta, Clinton reportedly went to the extraordinary length of assigning National Security Adviser Sandy Berger to be the administration’s Scientology point man.

Berger briefed Travolta in the same manner he would a senior senator, George reports.

So instead of, I don’t know, tracking bin Laden, Clinton’s top security adviser was busy running errands on behalf of Barbarino.

NOW’s insufferable insult

As we watched coverage of the Kennedys endorsing Obama, a colleague, black and female, turned to me and shook her head. "If my grandfather was alive to see a black man this close to becoming president …"

This FEMALE voter didn’t seem too bummed that a WOMAN might well be denied the presidency by a BLACK MAN. She shouldn’t have to choose sides, but if anyone can weigh the obstacles faced by African-Americans and women, it’s a black female. Her reaction to Obama — and indifference to Hillary — spoke volumes.

I’m guessing most blacks, regardless of gender, are similarly unmoved by the plight of a privileged white woman.

But if you listen to the privileged Caucasian president of one of the better-known indignation councils, no one has more to overcome than women, regardless of their background.

NOW accused Ted Kennedy of "abandoning" an entire gender by supporting "the new guy over us." No mention of the bigotry faced by blacks. (No mention of following your conscience, either, but that’s another story.)

It brings to mind the regrettable sentiments of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, reflecting the patronizing attitudes of her time:

The representative women of the nation have done their uttermost for the last thirty years to secure freedom for the negro, and so long as he was lowest in the scale of being we were allowed to press his claims; but now, as the celestial gate to civil rights is slowly moving on its hinges, it becomes a serious question whether we had better stand aside and see “Sambo” walk into the kingdom first.

I’m not going to call NOW racist, but they’re certainly not much for inclusiveness, let alone history.

I belong to a minority group, but comparing the gay struggle to that faced by the civil rights generation is at best irresponsible. Plenty of people hate me because I like dick, but I’ve managed to navigate the system without much resistance.

I’m lucky. That fight has been waged, at least the bare knuckles part. Women of my generation are likewise fortunate. The glass ceiling may not be broken, but it’s riddled with cracks. Groups like NOW don’t like to acknowledge that progress because it mitigates their very existence (even though they could rightly claim a bit of credit).

Obama intrigues because he doesn’t view the presidency as an entitlement. America has been burdened by its past for too long, and Obama may well be the candidate who moves us forward, not by ignoring — or patronizing — the truly victimized, but by empowering them. His ascension alone brings hope.

It sure as hell beats the droning pessimism of the professionally aggrieved, led by you-know-who.

where’s the maracas?

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Most politicians are phonies, but The Anchorman is beyond transparent. Check out the guayabera shirt he wore while trolling for votes in Little Havana. Afterwards, Romney headed to South Beach, where he was spotted roller blading along Ocean Drive wearing nothing but a Speedo. The dark tan, he insisted, was real, just like his pledge to turn around the economy.

the hollowness of identity politics

People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of “race” or “gender” alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favor for the identical reason.

–Christopher Hitchens, making sense, as usual

the hollowness of identity politics

People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of “race” or “gender” alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favor for the identical reason.

–Christopher Hitchens, making sense, as usual

and now, a shrill screed from the professionally aggrieved

Hell hath no fury like an irrelevant woman’s organization (in this case, the National Organization for Women) snubbed:

“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. …

He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one).

This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation – to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”

NOW is correct about one thing: America doesn’t deserve Hillary. Ted Kennedy should thank them for illustrating his point:

"With Barack Obama we will close the book on the old politics of race against race, gender against gender, ethnic group against ethnic group, and straight against gay," Kennedy said.

(You think John Lewis will get a similar letter from the NAACP lambasting his endorsement of Hillary? How dare he pick a white woman over a brother!)

*This same NOW chapter recently issued a press release that claimed Hillary has been subject to a "psychological gang bang":

"We have waited a long time to see our first truly viable women presidential candidate. And what we see now during the debates is what women and girls have experienced from time immemorial. But it seems John’s recent alliance with Barak sent a clear message to women everywhere. The message is that if a woman gets too powerful, she can count on the good ole boys ganging up on her. Hillary is a powerful, strong and intelligent woman and she deserves our support. Let us remember what we as women’s rights supporters, are charged to do: SUPPORT WOMEN!"

I don’t recall NOW feeling this strongly about Elizabeth Dole, who was a viable candidate for the GOP nomination in 2000. She was the proper gender, no? And, according to NOW president Marcia Pappas, "women’s rights supporters are charged to support women."

Expecting consistency from the identity-empowered is like expecting humility or candor from Hillbilly — ain’t going to happen.

**Ardent Hillbot supporter Taylor Marsh offers a tepid defense of NOW:

If Barack Obama was a woman he wouldn’t be getting the time of day. His young, new generational theme, if offered by a woman of similar age and inexperience, would be judged as almost cute. …

But by virtue of being a man, Barack Obama leeps across the experience threshold through his new generational change theme alone.

Notice how NOW and Marsh completely overlook Obama’s race, as if it’s routine for a black man to seriously contend for the president. Most would argue — and history has our back — that race is a bigger hurdle than gender. Notice how Obama eschews that crutch; Hillbot and her supporters can’t stop waving it in everyone’s face.

the sincerity of a scientologist

Last night I posted about the banal similarities between Clinton-speak and Scientology propaganda. This mashup of the infamous Tom Cruise recruitment video and footage of Hillbot’s manufactured tears in New Hampshire demonstrates I may be on to something.

Actually, Hillbilly and the Cult of Scientology have shared more than talking points. Back in the late nineties, Bill went to great lengths to assist the pod people in their dispute with the German government: 

TravJohn Travolta says President Clinton offered to help him with a pet project – getting Scientology accepted as a religion in Germany – just as he was about to play a character based on the president. …

Travolta told writer Josh Young that just before "Primary Colors" went before the cameras last April, the actor was in Washington to promote Scientology – a controversial belief Travolta and scores of other Hollywood types embrace.

"The next day, I met with Clinton," Travolta told George.

"He told me: ‘"Your program sounds great. More than that, I’d really love to help you with your issue over in Germany with Scientology.’"

Clinton was referring to Germany’s refusal to register Scientology as a religion because the government considers it a radical cult that cheats members out of their life savings – an allegation that Scientologists vehemently deny.

"I was waiting for the seduction that I had heard so much about. I thought, "Well, how could he ever seduce me?’" Travolta recalled.

"And after we talked, I thought, "Bingo!’ He did it. Scientology is the one issue that really matters to me."

For Travolta, Clinton reportedly went to the extraordinary length of assigning National Security Adviser Sandy Berger to be the administration’s Scientology point man.

Berger briefed Travolta in the same manner he would a senior senator, George reports.

So instead of, I don’t know, tracking bin Laden, Clinton’s top security adviser was busy running errands on behalf of Barbarino.