Divorce works as feminist cred builder…

Feminist ideology permeates our culture in ways that filter down into even the most personal, often in ways that surprise me. Although being a teenager in the 1970s, where strident feminist ideology rose to dominate American culture, I should not be surprised how completely even many (perhaps most) conservative women have been indoctrinated too.

The girl power dogma rules and has been everywhere from cute pastel-colored stickers proclaiming “Girls Rule” for young girls to colleges brimming with “women’s studies” selections, while military history was frog-marched off of most college curriculums.

Feminists have worked to shame and marginalize women who choose to be stay-at-home mothers and make their family the center of their lives.  Women who do not define themselves in terms of “careers” are relegated to the bottom of the heap and as one of those “just a nobody homemaker” type of women ( I could fill a book with personal examples).  This attitude so dominates our culture, where women blazing trails into traditional male-dominated careers are hailed as role models, cultural icons and symbolic of what women should strive for in their lives, that anything other than blazing career trails is deemed being a failure or settling for less.

Women are defined by most men primarily on looks, to a degree that often, I think, it’s hardwired into the male DNA to assess women as potential mates, but most men publicly spout the feminist dogma too.  Women define themselves and other women based on feminist-indoctrinated standards of career and politics.  Motherhood and family, although still central to many women’s lives, get dissected and judged on strictly feminist terms.  Most women, who decide to stay home to care for their children, whom I’ve known feel a need to defend the choice, but among  stay-at-home mothers  with a college education, they feel shame or express the choice in terms of being a failure.

Homemakers often caveat their choice as “temporary”.  It’s a rare thing for a woman to unapologetically state she chose to be a homemaker and is happy being at home.

The cultural status of being a homemaker devolved from being a respected undertaking, where a mother was seen as the central figure in the home, keeping order and nurturing her family to now an undertaking in need of apology and excuses.  Homemaking used to be considered real work, but the feminist revolution redefined it in Betty Friedan terms, as drudgery, misery, endless boredom and a total waste of a woman’s life.

Most conservative women in the punditry and political circles, claim to be feminists too and how they square these two diametrically opposing ideologies into their personal and political viewpoint fascinates me.  These conservative women will raise a ruckus when Hillary Clinton makes a dismissive comment about traditional homemakers, spouting about how she didn’t want to stay at home baking cookies, but at the same time these conservative women are very much swimming in the same feminist ideological pond as liberal feminist women, believing most of the same things.  They define themselves on feminist terms.

A few “rebel” conservative women have rocked the feminist cart a bit by suggesting women take the time to rock the cradle and stay home with their young children, as a viable option, but even there, feminist dictates creep in, with advice often urging women that they can later pursue a career.  The truth is children especially from lower-income families, where affordable quality daycare options do not exist, would fare better with a family member at home caring for them. Despite relentless leftist social engineering in our culture, many women still feel mothering instincts and find satisfaction in caring for their children.

Among some deeply religious families, you will hear some value placed on stay-at-home mothers, but these views get cast as trying to keep women trapped at home by the mainstream cultural mouthpieces.  This traditional defense of women being happy and fulfilled taking care of their families, as the central goal in their life, gets less than zero respect in our culture.

Marriage has also been redefined and diluted in meaning and form, where it’s relevance is now more useful as a term held hostage by leftists, who work tirelessly to politicize, litigate and pressure Americans into bowing down and accepting their constantly evolving definition.  So, it shouldn’t have surprised me to read an op-ed from a conservative pundit weighing in that Hillary Clinton failed women, by staying married to Bill Clinton and urging Melania Trump to divorce President Trump, to make a political statement and become a worthy feminist icon.

A couple of days ago, conservative commentator, S.E. Cupp urged Melania Trump to divorce President Trump in an op-ed.  Cupp wrote:

“What she does next is no small thing. It might seem just like tabloid fodder to the gossip rags, or political chum for Hill watchers. But for a generation of young girls, Melania’s next move could be formative.

It was for me. I was just 13 when word of Bill Clinton’s affairs hit the campaign trail and imperiled his 1992 presidential run. I had just “voted” for Clinton in my school’s mock primary, and I was paying close attention.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/melania-don-repeat-hillary-mistake-leave-donald-article-1.3899011

It’s fair to condemn Hillary for attacking Bill Clinton’s other women and being involved in trying to destroy their reputations, but it’s a whole other thing to read a conservative commentator equate marriage as some sort of political or feminist statement.  Marriage should be a private matter.  It feels very odd to find myself defending Hillary Clinton’s right to privacy on her marriage and any decisions she makes pertaining to it, but this is a first.  Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to explain her marriage to anyone.

Asserting that Melania Trump will inspire young women, if she divorces her husband, leaves me wondering what kind of women find inspiration in a broken marriage and another child dealing with a broken home?  Divorce is a painful experience for most people who go through it.  It’s especially painful to children in those families.  Suggesting a woman divorce to make a political statement or to bolster her “feminist cred” sounds nakedly ambitious, heartless and completely incongruent with conservative values.

This is where conservative values are at though.  Cupp isn’t an anomaly.   Most women, across the political spectrum are feminists first and their “conservative” values play second string to trying to appease the feminist sisterhood.  Feminist ideology rules, not only the American cultural and political landscape completely, sadly it rules the roost in most American homes.

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Rick Santorum was right

Yesterday, I began writing a blog post, but stopped after one paragraph.   I don’t want to write an angry diatribe or stridently partisan post about last weekend’s March for Life, even though the march was orchestrated and funded by big money on the Left and promoted by the mainstream media, which serves as the Left’s free advertising medium.

The mainstream media provided seamless messaging coordination with the Left’s orchestrated street spectacle this past weekend.  The mainstream media worked to give these teenage mouthpieces air time with plenty of cozy  interview settings to package and sell these teen victims, turned activists. It would be interesting to know how much time, money and effort went into grooming these teenage mouthpieces for the “March for Life” on Saturday, as really just stage props for the Left’s effort to take down the NRA.  It was a massive propaganda campaign spewing hatred of the NRA, gun owners, and of course all people on the Right, who don’t agree with them.

The march was largely about inciting anger and hatred toward anyone who disagrees with them.

Some mouthpieces and Twitter peeps on the right started taking jabs at the ardent teenage flamethrowers, who used their 15 minutes of fame on stage to hurl verbal grenades at Marco Rubio, the NRA, gun-owners and anyone who doesn’t agree with them.   Mouthpieces and Twitter peeps on the Left (including some unbiased journalists) took to Twitter to declare the high school speakers are pure and exempt from criticism, because they are “victims” who survived a shooting incident at their schools.  That experience gives them  carte blanche, according to their media and Leftist defenders, to spew anything that they want, on a national stage, no matter how vicious, untruthful or hate-filled.

What these media and defenders on the Left were doing was once again, trying to marginalize any dissenters as “hate-filled monsters” and attributing the moral high ground and legitimacy to the Left.  This is how the mainstream media openly colludes with the Left’s political agenda – promoting it, selling it, working to demonize and marginalize dissent.

There were some minor side issues that erupted on Twitter, like a debate among some “journalists” over what their role should be, with some declaring that “advocacy journalism” is what journalism is all about and others countering that journalism should be about reporting facts as objectively as possible.

Rick Santorum made some comments urging high schoolers to take CPR classes:

“How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that,” Santorum said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

He also said:

“They took action to ask someone to pass a law,” Santorum said. “They didn’t take action to say, ‘How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem? How am I going to do something about stopping bullying within my own community? What am I going to do to actually help respond to a shooter?’… Those are the kind of things where you can take it internally, and say, ‘Here’s how I’m going to deal with this. Here’s how I’m going to help the situation,’ instead of going and protesting and saying, ‘Oh, someone else needs to pass a law to protect me.'”

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/25/politics/rick-santorum-guns-cnntv/index.html

Santorum’s comments generated another media firestorm, even though what he is saying is true.  The real solutions to these social problems need to come from people within those communities (and high schools).   His words became another media feeding frenzy on the Left, but the truth is more gun laws would not have stopped these incidents.

Frankly, inciting and feeding teenage fear, anger and rage, which is what those adults on the Left orchestrating and funding this march did, is more antisocial and detrimental than a kid taking a CPR class ever could be.  Teaching kids to work together to help others will dramatically change the community culture for the better too.

Santorum may not have stated it as well as he could have, but this is what I think he was saying.

And he’s right. Community service activities, like learning CPR at your local American Red Cross (or learning disaster relief), assuredly will serve kids better than promoting kids carrying profanity-laced signs or signs libeling Marco Rubio as a #KidKiller.

It’s time to focus more on community service than on rabid partisan politics.

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Awaiting full-blown “Trump being Trump”attack

Many of the smartest political pundits spent yesterday churning out analyses of John Bolton’s policy positions and how he will steer policy.  The truth is Bolton won’t matter.  The idea that Donald J. Trump cares about policy in any way other than how it impacts his image should have been extinguished by now.

John Bolton won’t matter.  In fact, watching his “presidential behavior pattern” it seems very likely that President Trump will now work quickly to “free” himself of more of what both Republican and Democrat politicians in Washington deluded themselves into thinking was a safeguard to keep Trump’s worst impulses in check.  It seems a safe bet to predict the president will ditch more of the so-called “adults” among his staff, so that he can “go rogue” and truly use the powers of the office to the fullest extent, to take down his enemies.

I expect him to fire John Kelly and to aggressively start eliminating the restraining influences from his circle of advisers, so that he can begin to do whatever he wants, or at least, whatever he can get away with.

The test will be to see whether Congress will check him, if he goes too far, which seems a foregone conclusion for a man who has no respect for The Constitution, no respect for rules and no respect for anyone who shows “signs of weakness”.   Trump now speaks like he believes he understands the job of president better than any of his advisers, a man who feels emboldened and empowered.   When he goes too far, for any Republicans in Congress to act surprised will speak to their moral weakness, cowardice and willful blindness.  Congress is filled with a lot of weak, cowardly people, who collapse and fold at the first hint of unfavorable polling data, so it will be interesting to see how many Republicans now prattling about “red lines”, will truly stand up to Trump.  Trump’s “GOP Insurgency”,  where the GOP surrendered their party to this amoral fraud stands as a moral cowardice gauge.

Trump and his information war stormtroopers are banking on GOP cowardice and trashing Mueller enough to cast doubt on Mueller’s character and quell impeachment rumblings.  The Democrats are banking on some big gains in the midterm election to bolster their impeachment efforts.

So much “winning” ahead…

 

 

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Bad vibes growing

The azaleas along the side of my house have started blooming and here in coastal GA it is beginning to look like Spring.  Most days lately, I try to focus on my everyday hobbies, but I read some news online, here and there throughout my day.  Lately, I’ve been wondering how long this 2016 scorched earth SPIN war can rage before we reach a serious constitutional crisis.  There are a lot of bad vibes growing.

The mainstream media, colluding with the Democratic Party machine, replete with their hit squad pundits in the media have escalated their attacks on all the same fronts as during the election – the Trump women are a constant hysterical fixture these days, the “Russian collusion” spin still gets spewed non-stop and the “Trump is unfit for office” spin gets ramped up constantly, through mainstream media, breathless reporting based on innuendo and 2nd and 3rd hand reports of “Trump’s thinking”.

Trump aids his enemies by responding to the media’s baiting by lashing out.  Trump feeds their spin always.  There’s a SPIN effort being pushed to attack FOX News as nothing more than a Trump propaganda network, which completely belies the fact that CNN and MSNBC, along with several of the largest print news media outlets are nothing more than platforms for the Democratic machine to attack Trump and spew relentless anti-Trump SPIN.   Ralph Peters, who relished FOX giving him a platform to attack President Obama,  jumped into that “FOX News is just a propaganda channel” spin effort with both barrels blazing, which made me wonder if he has signed a new contract with CNN or MSNBC.  Call me a cynic…

Yes, FOX News is filled with massive agitation propaganda to incite Trump supporters, but CNN and MSNBC do the same thing to incite the #Resist crowd and Left.  Andrea Mitchell at NBC sounds like Hillary Clinton’s biggest cheerleader and on it goes with the news media partisanship.

Trump is always being Trump, which is reacting emotionally to every taunt the Dem spinmeisters lob at him.   They have mastered baiting him.  Trump’s circle of enablers and fixers are now launching an offensive to feed enough spin aimed at trashing Mueller and his investigation, to bolster support among Trump supporters and FOX news watchers (large overlap in these groups), to set the stage for Trump to fire Mueller (or order Rosenstein to fire him).

That’s what these stories rehashing Mueller’s history in Boston, being spun by reporters like, Sara Carter, in recent days are really about.  They are part of the Trump SPIN effort.

There’s also the problem of former FBI and intelligence officials, Comey, Brennan and Clapper, being the largest offenders, who have now become large political players in the takedown Trump effort and they are using their supposedly apolitical experience and access to intelligence for purely political purposes in their efforts to destroy President Trump.  Tom Rogan wrote a good piece about Brennan’s partisan antics and how his endless media appearances attacking Trump and spewing innuendo are a disservice to the CIA and to his CIA career, while at the same time feeding the Trump “deep state” spin.  Rogan suggests: “But while I, and you, should thank Brennan for his service, we should also ask him to jump off his partisan war horse.”

Brennan, Clapper, and Comey were instrumental to fomenting the Trump/Russian collusion SPIN and they have helped feed the Democratic machine SPIN effort from the beginning, so they aren’t going to slow down. In fact, they will probably escalate their attacks on Trump.   They chose a side in this SPIN war when they fell in line with the Trump/Russian collusion SPIN effort before Trump was even inaugurated.

Trump is not going to cave and despite assurances from his inner-circle, I expect him to fire Mueller.

Congress has had plenty of mealy-mouthed members urge Trump not to create a constitutional crisis, but this crisis isn’t being created by Trump alone and it won’t be just about Robert Mueller’s investigation.  All the movers and shakers who created this Trump/Russian collusion SPIN are equally as culpable, perhaps maybe more than Trump is, for this impending constitutional crisis.  They created the Trump/Russian collusion SPIN (LIE) and they have fed it and propelled it using their willing accomplices in the mainstream media to hype it constantly.

The constitutional crisis, if it comes, won’t be just Trump’s fault.   The vast, wholesale public corruption in 2016 was very much a bipartisan thing.

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A week of wild news loops

The DC news loops twirled into so many tangled knots this past week, that Tuesday’s bombshell firing of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, by today feels like ancient news.  The era of Trump increased the speed of the 24/7 news cycle dramatically, with the news media spinning out of control, often reporting hours of poorly vetted and unvetted information via tweets and retweets on Twitter, which the cable and print media then circulate.  It leaves many Americans consuming incomplete or false information sold as “news”, but even more than that it creates such a large volume of information piled up, that it becomes a daunting task to even sift for facts.

A very disturbing effort at character assassination took place this week too.  With the announcement of Mike Pompeo as President Trump’s choice to replace Rex Tillerson, came the announcement that Gina Haspel, a Deputy Director of the CIA was nominated to become the CIA Director.  Haspel became the target of a concerted media effort to destroy her reputation and tar her as a war criminal, who oversaw torture of prisoners at a CIA black site.

Once Haspel’s good name and reputation were completely sullied, ProPublica, which ran the damning report, which sent the mainstream media into its full-throated smear effort, issued a correction.  They admitted they got the story wrong and Haspel wasn’t in charge of that CIA black site during the alleged interrogations (the ones the media dubs torture).  Then in the most amazing feat of hypocrisy and self-delusion, these very same “journalists” began tweeting praise for ProPublica’s transparency and how wonderful it was that they corrected the story.  There seemed to be no awareness that they and ProPublica deliberately spent days destroying the good name and reputation of Gina Haspel and NONE of these other journalists bothered to get off their butts and independently investigate the FACTS in ProPublica’s story.  They all ran with ProPublica’s story.

Once Tillerson was fired many big name reporters also began a high-pitched, non-stop whispering campaign, about which other cabinet officials President Trump was going to fire next, citing unnamed sources naturally.   Reporting like this, from ace Trump whisperer, NY Times journalist, Maggie Haberman highlights this type of reporting:

Your head will literally be spinning with some of her breathless innuendo, always presented as “facts” and always cited as having numerous WH sources close to the matter.  When her innuendo doesn’t pan out, she excuses it as Trump changed course, because of their reporting…  It’s really risky to report as “fact” things people have NOT done yet.  It’s also risky to report on the “thinking of one person” based on second and third hand sources, but this SPIN effort to deliberately paint the White House in chaos was a full-court mainstream media effort from Tuesday to Friday.  The mainstream media was determined to present the White House as crumbling.

Within the White House, this type of mainstream media SPIN effort fuels distrust and anxiety among the President’s staff, which is what the mainstream media SPIN effort was intended to do.  It is part of the Left’s effort to take down Trump.

President Trump plays into a lot of this chaos and he also seems to feed on the power trip of having his staff walking on eggshells, wondering if they might be next to be fired or perhaps in Trump’s reality TV presidency production, cliffhangers like this staff chaos are good for viewers.  He doesn’t seem to be able to view the presidency as a serious position of trust, which demands he behave befitting the Office of the President.  With him, the presidency plods along as a reality TV production, to the detriment of the American people, but even more to the detriment of himself, because he has done nothing to bridge any of the divides in America or win acceptance among of over half of the country.  He also has not managed to defeat the Left’s #Resist effort, so he is stuck in this endless, death-match SPIN battle.

Friday almost passed with no big bombshell Trump news, but then late last night news broke of Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, firing Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s #2 top guy.

Today has the mainstream media railing about how badly McCabe has been treated, quoting Eric Holder and John Brennan as moral guideposts and pretty much in a state of hysterics.  So much for any objectivity.  And of course, within hours, there was President Trump throwing more fuel on the fire, tweeting:

Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!

The Left, which includes most of the mainstream media and Trump are still locked in this scorched earth information war and it’s still a war where neither side seems to be able to win.

The clear loser, as usual, is the American people.  We are held hostage to their SPIN and trying to sort through the mountains of distortions, disinformation, misinformation and downright fabrications spewed by both sides is an almost impossible task, unless you have plenty of spare time to devote to fact-checking and research.

No end in sight anytime soon…  The 2016 scorched earth information war flickers on and on and on…

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The real agenda

Kurt Schlichter Retweeted Ryan Nobles

Who thinks people so weak they sit in their cars and cry because they didn’t get their way in an election ought to be representing Americans to foreigners?🤔

Kurt Schlichter added,

In other blog posts I have taken a dim view of Kurt Schlichter’s no holds barred support of Trump and also his slash and burn tactics when it comes to attacking liberals.  However, yesterday he made a comment on a retweet, which goes to the heart of the an issue much larger than the one mentioned in this tweet and retweet exchange.

My youngest daughter, the baby of our family, is 30 years old.  Back when she was in middle school, she came home one day and informed me that her gifted teachers needed all of their parents to show up at some meeting at her middle school.  The topic was the school board had decided to move the middle school gifted program from my daughter’s school to another middle school less than 5 miles away and still right here in our same town.

When my daughter and I arrived, the gifted teachers had invited the local newspaper to cover this meeting and that infuriated me almost as much as these gifted teachers manipulating my daughter and other gifted students into a state of anxiety and anger about, what really was a piddly issue – moving the gifted program to another middle school, right here in our podunk GA town.  It wasn’t an earth-shattering move.   Most of the students, my daughter included, were Army brats, who had spent their lives moving all over the world, and they were seasoned movers.

The meeting began with the gifted teachers lamenting how terrible this move would be for “gifted students”, who are “special needs” students – read that as  “emotionally fragile and delicate snowflakes”, who can’t deal with a lot of changes.  Then the parents started raising their hands citing how delicate their gifted child was, in ever-increasing pathetic details.  I listened to this for a good 45 minutes to an hour and then I raised my hand.

What I said infuriated the gifted teachers and the gifted students’ parents.  It mortified my daughter too.  I expressed my outrage that gifted teachers were getting gifted students stirred up, because they didn’t want to move to the other middle school, which was the truth.  This whole charade was about those gifted teachers not wanting to move to the other school.  I also pointed out the school district was moving some truly disadvantaged special needs elementary students and busing them to another outlying school in the county, more than 10 miles away, yet no one was getting worked up about how those students will adjust.  Then I pointed out that these gifted students are America’s future leaders and if they are too delicate to handle riding a bus a few more minutes to another middle school, then our education and parenting are a total failure.

You could have heard a pin drop when I said my short piece – it was short too – just a few minutes, whereas many of the parents highlighting their snowflake kids’ sensitivities and “special needs” had gone on much longer.

My daughter was mortified and she whispered to me that I was supposed to be there to “support her gifted teachers”.   She was hanging her head in shame when the meeting ended, very soon after I spoke, and we headed to the car.  In the car, I told her that her teachers were wrong for manipulating their students into a frenzy about this move and that teachers should not play politics, using their students.   I also pointed out that if being “gifted” means being a total ninny, who can’t cope with a bus ride to a different school (a perfectly nice middle school in a nice building), then America is doomed.

It sounds like the U.S. State Department, like much of the U.S government, and academia, now have a sizable part of their workforce, which has been indoctrinated into this snowflake culture, my daughter’s gifted teachers were selling in the early 2000s.

It does not bode well for America, if those who are, supposedly, our best and brightest can’t cope with not getting their own way, working with others who hold different views, or even listening to people who hold different views.

Schlichter is right about these snowflakes not belonging at the State Department, but the problem goes much further than the State Department.  You can see it with the hysterical pink pussy hat crowd, you can see it with the hysterical college campus protests about “hate speech”, you can see it almost every time a liberal tries to stake a claim of moral superiority and silence other Americans from expressing a differing opinion.  You can also see it with the constant mainstream media stream, casting those who disagree with liberal orthodoxy as “racists”, “bigots”, “hate mongers” and tarring those with opposing views as people whom, we should not only not be listening to, but as people who must be silenced in America.

These snowflakes didn’t just become snowflakes when they got to college.  They have been cultivated in American public schools across America, for decades, where the liberal agenda controls every aspect of your child’s education.

Stella Morabito has written numerous articles about the cult-like indoctrination taking place in American schools and here are a couple of links:

Ask Not Who’s Running For President, Ask Who’s Running For School Board

13 Ways Public Schools Incubate Mental Instability In Kids

Morabito’s #6 explains what happened with my daughter’s gifted teachers stunt:

6. Public Schools Are Increasingly Politicized

Identity politics and leftist politicization in the schools is pervasive these days. It especially piles on young men the label of guilty oppressor. Schools are becoming hotbeds of all sorts of political activity instigated by administrators and teachers. Privilege theory is now morphing into a new stage in which students engage in tell-all criticism-and-self-criticism sessions disguised as exercises in empathy. The message is loud and clear: take part in this political activism, or your social and academic standing will suffer. It’s now commonplace to get students to take part in political marches and protests, getting them acclimated to acting in concert with a mob.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/21/13-ways-public-schools-incubate-mental-instability-kids/

As I type, the news is blaring about the nationwide student school walkout…  What groups are behind the scenes organizing, promoting and funding this effort is the information reporters should be investigating, but expect only empathetic hand-holding and promotion from the mainstream media, as they help SELL this leftist anarchy.

Yes, they are fomenting anarchy – “tearing down the system”.  That is the real agenda at play.

 

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Short Sharyl Attkisson YouTube video

This Sharyl Attkisson Ted Talks video  on fake news is just under 10 minutes  and worth watching:

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