What about the white man
Just another white man ignored by
We're Here, We're Square, Get Used to It
Why the Democratic Party is losing the housewife vote
By CAITLIN FLANAGAN
Most of the 60 million people who voted against George W. Bush have lifestyles more like mine than the Democratic Party would like to admit. Most of us aren't the Hollywood elite or the nontraditional family. Many of us do what I do, which is go to church on Sunday, work hard and value my marriage. Again, it's not so much my party's platform that rejects the family; God help us all if Bush's brutality to the poor continues much longer. It's a small but very vocal minority, the Democratic pundits, who abhor what I represent because it doesn't fit the stereotypical image of the modern woman who has escaped from domestic prison. Fifty years ago, a stay-at-home mom who loved her husband would not automatically be assumed to be a Republican. The image of the Democratic Party that used to come to mind was of a workingman and his wife sitting at the kitchen table worrying about how they were going to pay the bills and voting for Adlai Stevenson because he was going to help them squeak by every month and maybe even afford to send their kids to college.
The Democrats made a huge tactical error a few decades ago. In the middle of doing the great work of the '60s--civil rights, women's liberation, gay inclusion--we decided to stigmatize the white male. The union dues--paying, churchgoing, beer-drinking family man got nothing but ridicule and venom from us. So he dumped us. And he took the wife and kids with him.
And now here we are, living in a country with a political and economic agenda we deplore, losing election after election and wondering why.
It's the contempt, stupid.
Anyone call her on her racism yet?
Because she's full of shit. White males voted Republican on race, not because of All in the Family. The GOP's appeal was on race, not because of a few college professors and TV shows. Flannigan lives in a fantasy world of white victimization, where white people are ignored and denigrated and "someone else" gets preference.
Her use of "great things" belies her statement of the denigration of the white male, an argument usually made by people with shiny heads and stars and bars on the walls.
Sounds like an upscale version of a Johnny Rebel song.
Flannigan is a "liberal" in the sense that she finds the Republicans goofy. But it's kind of logic which has made the GOP the white people's party, to their detriment. The same issues she describes affects ALL Americans, equally. But to her, the Dems have placed the "other" ahead of her man. She just hints around what she really means.
posted by Steve @ 12:01:00 AM