Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
The question is not whether something can be done about it, but more like whether this is productive thinking at all. The conclusion doesn’t allow for the observations to be translated into any kind of useful advice, even if every single fact is verified and every single realization is validated. I mean, seriously, how could it?
What t’heck can you do with this? Where can you go with it?
Ann Romney took pains to present her marriage as a real marriage, not a storybook authored by rich Mormons who like to weave ribbons into their horse’s tails. She mentioned the basement apartment, and her illnesses, and lonely afternoons at home with squabbling boys. But it’s not her particular marriage that gets in the way of reaching certain women, it’s her entire worldview. In Ann Romney’s world, high-school sweethearts are to be trusted, and women should give in and trust them. They do not fail women and they do not let women down, as she said of Mitt. It’s a little bit like Paul Ryan’s imaginary world where men trek off to the tire plant every day and come home and fix the screen door.
But this is not a world that Obama negated with his economic policies; it’s a world that has been slowly disappearing for decades. Most children born to women under 30 now are born to single mothers and in their world, the men are not really to be trusted and they do let people down.
I suppose, what we would be looking at is a lifestyle dedicated to doing things for oneself. The single mother squishes the spider herself, or opens her own jar, or approaches a kindly male neighbor to do such things. Women are people and people can be smart; they adapt. But, question: How does that adaptation translate into an attitude taken into the voting booth? Once such an attitude does emerge, is it a positive one? How could it be?
I’m sure there is polling data to back up Ms. Rosin’s uh…concerns. That’s a real shame. Are none of these women, who’ve been let down by men, ready to welcome the idea that other women are more fortunate? No? They aren’t capable of it, or they don’t want to allow for it? Do they have any idea how catty that makes them look? They wish to represent their entire gender with this acrimonious sentiment…do they understand how much that would discredit the female sex? “I can’t depend on men so I don’t want anyone else to be able to”?
We come here to an unpleasant truth about America: Due to the country’s history, and its unique record of economic success, it is home to a broad range of lifestyles and backgrounds. Our impulse has been to mutter some bromide about “Well, that’s what makes us stronger” and think on it no more. We-ell, not so fast there…it takes a certain level of maturity to say to oneself “There are lots of people in the country who don’t live life the way I do, and that is just fine.” Many among our fellow citizens lack this level of maturity. And it is an unfortunate reality that it will always be the people who can’t make things work, or won’t, who are missing the maturity. That matters because it is an act of acquiescence…
Where I’m going with it is: If we have a pattern in which the dysfunctional people enjoy this luxury of standing rigid, with an attitude of “everyone living in this country must live the way I do,” and it is the functional people who must yield, then ultimately the entire country has to become dysfunctional. The mass communication is killing us. It’s making the dysfunctional people aware that there are others who are doing better, succeeding where they have failed, and giving those dysfunctional people the tools needed to cut everyone else down to size.
So Ann Romney is alienating the crazy cat ladies. Eh, I shouldn’t say that…the problem applies to single women who were stuck with a kid, through no fault of their own, and the spinsters who simply might not have found the right fella. And the widows and the rape victims who got pregnant and the — well, let’s face it, this is part of the crowd too — the girls who never were taught any of the good things about having or being a man, and have made a lifestyle out of dating vegan ferret-faced trench coat wearing skinny losers, who can’t change oil and can’t tie knots, but who, scare quotes intentional, “makes me laugh.”
Every demographic listed above offers an entirely valid claim to our sympathies, even the ones that can’t think straight. But it does not necessarily follow that Ms. Romney, or the Republican party for that matter, should do anything for them. Even if that means losing elections; it’s not a matter of winning elections, it’s a matter of “you aren’t saying anything if you aren’t rejecting anything.” And the message is a simple one. The message is that people are good. People are worthy. Women are people…so are men.
Your observations are all entirely valid, Ms. Rosin; I’ve met the very people you are describing and what you have said about them, and their reactions, is spot-on.
But, swing-and-a-miss, nevertheless. The problem isn’t what you’ve been noticing, it’s what you haven’t been noticing.
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