Answers & Questions Again

I started doing this back in April, and for some reason people like this Q&A format and keep asking for more, and more, so…here’s more.

Q: Anchoress, you wrote a frivolous piece about your soul and coffee; does that mean you’re feeling better?

A: Praise God, yes, I am finally emerging from my exhausted fog and my numbers this morning were markedly better. Thanks for your kind notes and prayers (which always leave me touched and humbled.) If this is the worst thing going on in my life, my life ain’t bad at all, and I know it.

Q: Is that why you changed the end of this piece, which originally had a snarky line about how Jenna Bush was not working for a hedge fund?

A: Oh, you caught that, did you? I took the line out because it was a cheap, easy shot at Chelsea Clinton, who seems like a very nice young woman; I try not to do the “cheap, easy” thing here, and I didn’t like myself writing it. That said, I will say the snark was precipitated by reading several obnoxious press accounts of Jenna Bush’s upcoming wedding and thinking about how – were she the daughter of a Democrat – her choice to teach inner-city school children would accompany every sentence written about her, and every article about her would not include the obligatory revelation that while she was in college, she acted like most college students. I just get damn tired of the needlessly spiteful way the press writes about anyone connected to a president with an R after his name, while anyone connected to a president with a D after his name is a paragon of virtue, intelligence and unselfishness. I say that as someone with an I after her name.

I mean, God-forbid a little balance? Can you imagine, fer instance, the press actually noting which party has members saying things like “I have the votes of hard-working white Americans?” and referring to “white n-words?” How come the press will sneer (and cry about “church-and-state”) when Christians gather to pray for peace (and for our troops) but they don’t have the same conniption when Code Pink takes their charms, spells and boas to the street?

Why no balance, that’s all I’m asking. And I ask it even as I admit, I have an affection of sorts for those amusing Code Pink Performance Artists.

Q: Well, but the Republicans are all privileged people; it’s the party of the rich, so the press would naturally be harder on them, than on the middle-class loving, blue-collar-respecting Democrats, right?

A: Hmmm, that’s a good question. Betsy Newmark wonders which is the party of the rich:

It’s funny. The Democratic politicians like to portray the Republican party as the party for the rich. Yet the rich are going with the Democrats this year. The Democrats don’t seem to think it’s as odd that those wealthy donors are voting against their supposed economic interests as they do when Kansans vote for Republican candidates.

As near as I can tell, the Democrats are heavily supported by the rather wealthy folk who own the coastal enclaves you and I can’t afford, but if you google rich republicans and wealthy democrats you see that the press has a one-way narrative. That is possibly because, hanging out at Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Malibu, Southampton or Myrtle Beach, with their kids in the same private schools the children of politicians attend, the folks in the press are simply so out of touch they think they are not wealthy democrats…or something.

This is another reason I momentarily succumbed to a temptation to the ignoble snark referenced above, which I quickly regretted. A lot of people like to say “Jenna Bush should be in the army fighting her father’s war,” but they never say Chelsea should be in Bosnia or Rwanda working with the Peace Corp to restore those areas. They don’t suggest that since Hillary enthusiastically supported and voted for the war and Bill Clinton (in 1998) initiated the policy of Regime Change in Iraq, Chelsea should be doing her part over there. It’s just damned tiresome. Chelsea Clinton is not a bad person for choosing to work in hedge funds, but there is an irony there, that shouldn’t be ignored.

Q: Ironies supporting Bushes or GOPers or Conservatives are always ignored; find one people will listen to.

A: Umm, people are all plugged into their iPods or their echo chambers, so they don’t listen to anyone, and certainly not to me, but another important irony might be that those “gun-free cities” that are supposed to be havens of safety? The police want assault rifles to function within them. Not getting much coverage.

Q: You don’t like the press much, do you?

A: Hush you, I love the free press – it is the hardy spine of liberty:

“…Liberty lives only when the press is free and unencumbered – when it is detached from events instead of entwined in them. That Liberty lives when people refuse to be intimidated into silence or acquiescence, whether in the workplace or within the community.

Journalists were my first heroes. I simply deplore the fact that our free press seems to be no longer free, and that they have not been overtaken…they’ve simply handed their freedom over to their own agendas. For heaven’s sake, this worries me so much, that I even fret about it when I am over-medicated:

I personally think every American should be concerned with her press – the great and remarkable treasure of her free press – which is being subsumed by advocates and partisans who do not seriously question anyone whom they do not hate, and who therefore betray the public trust (and themselves) and leave the whole nation wide open for something which by the prickling of my thumbs something wicked this way comes.

Some days, now, I’d rather read the Onion.

Q: Well, thank God, you’re at least off the Bush/Clinton rant. What WILL you write about in 2009? It does feel, though, like we’re never going to get out from under these two families, doesn’t it?

A: No, they’re never going to go away. Eventually you’ll see Chelsea running against George Prescott Bush. I have officially declared that we should have no more Bushes or Clintons in the White House because it renders the country mad-beyond-saving, but no one will listen because I am not an influential conservative – which makes sense, since I’m a classical liberal, and we have no home. I do think Ed Morrissey should have been on that list, though. :-)

Also, apropos of nothing, except that someone sent me the video clip – I have always admired the class, intelligence and dignified mien of Dem operative Donna Brazile, even though I hardly ever agree with her! She’s a bright, cool customer, and if I were anyone important, I’d want her on my side. Don’t you watch that clip and wish she could just reach through her screen smack that watery smile off of Paul Begala’s face?

Q: Hmm, you don’t like Paul Begala, and you sound like you have a girl-crush on Donna Brazile.

A: Well…Brazile is gorgeous. And I love her hair. But I love her manner, more – I wish I could be that collected. I completely believe that she’s had more beers with those “working class whites” than any of her white counterparts. And I must say, as a little aside, I winced to hear Begala call the GOP “monochromatic” but that is still largely true, and if you notice, he just casually subsumed the Latino vote into the Democrat side, which is probably wrong…but the GOP has not done anything to ingratiate itself with the largest-growing voting bloc in the nation.

Q: But which ones are smarter? Republicans or Democrats?

A: I won’t say Democrats are smart; they do too many oddball things like scrapping trade with our allies in Colombia while helping the thug Chavez. But…having said that, the GOP really is stupid-beyond-saving. Gateway Pundit here spells out an enormously winning tactic for them for ’08, and they are either too stupid, too spineless or too beholden to lobbyists to follow the lead. And count on it, they won’t have the testicular fortitude to call Al Gore on his opportunistic attempt to hijack a human tragedy for his own agenda. Like there were never tornados, typhoons, tsunamis or catastrophic floods before manbearpig made its appearance. Going green may kill people but it sure is profitable, so it is credible, right? Hoo-hah.

Q: Okay, so, who are worse, far-left folks who want to stomp on free speech and silence any opposition to their beliefs, or far-right folks who freak out when a teacher performs a magic trick and have him fired for wizardry?

A: They deserve each other, and our nation can and should do better than either of them. They both embody and re-inforce the worst stereotypes on both sides. But perhaps we need them, if only to shine a light on the fact that zealots always – ultimately – weaken their “own side.”

Q: So, this miserable ranter of a post…this is what you’re like when you’re feeling better?

A: I’m not wholly well, yet. A little grouchy. Sorry. I’ll be better soon. As Queen Victoria said when she was an eleven-year old Princess confronted with her future: “I will be good.” Here, I’ll even end on a generous happy note and tell you that Laura Ingraham has adopted a baby girl! Congrats to Ms. Ingraham.

Q: I thought she called you a termagant, once?

A: Well, that’s what I was told, but I don’t know it, and anyway, she wouldn’t have been the first. I wish her all good things and many blessings on her daughter, Maria Caroline. Lovely name.

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  • JMC

    “Going green may kill people.” Truer words were never said, and I’m thinking of something more immediate than using up our food supply in fuel. I’m thinking of medications, life-saving medications that asthmatics have used routinely since the pocket-sized inhaler was invented. For those who’ve never seen one, it’s a little cannister in a plastic “actuator;” the nozzle fits into a sleeve in the actuator, so that, when the cannister is pressed, it discharges a measured amount of medication that can break up an asthma attack in seconds. Up until now, the propellant in these cannisters has been CFCs, because they delivered the most accurate dosage. Lately, however, because of concerns over the ozone layer, they are changing the gas to something called HFA. The FDA has mandated a complete changeover to HFA inhalers as of 1/1/09; after the end of this year, the CFC inhalers will no longer be available in the US. Now, I have it from two doctors and a pharmacist that the HFA inhalers are only effective in 10% of all asthmatics; what are the other 90% supposed to do? I presume nobody cares if they all just curl up and die the next time they have an attack. This issue strikes particularly close to home, because I’m an asthmatic. Though I’m apparently one of the lucky 10%, I strongly feel for the rest, because I know from experience that there is nothing scarier than taking a puff or two from your inhaler and getting NO RESULTS, not even a slight easing of the tightness. This switch of HFAs is going to force more asthmatics to use home compressors to give themselves breathing treatments. These use electricity. So they’re (potentially) sacrificing lives to save the ozone layer, while causing the use of greater electricity to generate more greenhouse gases. Even if I believed in either environmental “crisis,” this would not make the first bit of sense.

    (Note: I remember studying about the hole in the ozone layer in high-school science class, long before anyone even starting making noises about it. It sits over the South Pole and varies in size with the seasons. The hole in the ozone layer is a non-issue, simply because it belongs there. National Geographic had an article to this effect 10 years ago…and you know what? I’ve hardly heard a single word about the ozone layer since that article appeared. I wonder why?)

  • gs

    Anchuress, I didn’t know we have allies in Columbia… ;-)

  • TheAnchoress

    Sorry Granny – I had no access to the site for a while and couldn’t fix it! :-)

  • Gayle J. Miller

    The emptiness that is too frequently at the heart of the liberal soul is all too evident in many of their goofier preoccupations – such as the global warming scan. FACTS reveal that the earth hasn’t warmed at all in the past 10 years and, in fact, only 30 years ago scientists were doing the “Chicken Little Frug” about a new ice age on its way!

    Bottom line for me, is that I surely do WISH I was a wealthy Republican. But I’m not – just an ordinary middle class, hard working, somewhat eccentric 65 year old woman! And I wouldn’t hit a dead dog in the rear end with the best part of most Democrats (and far too many Republicans).

    The “younger generation” just doesn’t seem to possess the moral fiber or common sense of yesteryear! And don’t I sound like an old fart?

  • TheAnchoress

    Gayle, I don’t know if I would completely agree with you about the common sense of the younger folks. My sons and their friends seem to be completely on to the various scams being played to them both in the news and at university. As to the rest, what can I say, but…’these kids today! Sheesh!” :-)

  • JMC

    Gayle, make that “the majority of the younger generation,” and you’d be pretty close to the mark. From what I’ve seen, the the kids that have been home-schooled that have all the common sense, morals, etc. that we grew up with; most of those who came up in the public school system are a mess. The shools are so busy pandering to the “little snowflakes,” as a friend of mine puts it, that they’re not actually learning anything except to expect rewards simply for existing. You ought to see the chaos it makes out of the workplace these days, when you get these snowflakes looking for kudos left, right, and center, when their work is so below-standard they ought to be fired instead.
    The thing that really lets you know how bad it is, is the fact that colleges now require their business students to attend seminars on professional behavior. I had to attend one two years ago (I’m a middle-aged college returnee), and after the first five minutes I just tuned out the whole thing. This was no esoteric material peculiar to the business world; it was a two-hour seminar on simple common courtesy!
    This tells me that the fault is not entirely with the school system, nor is it with the kids themselves. The fault lies with the parents. Common courtesy is something you should learn at home before you ever enter a classroom for the first time, but modern parents are too busy shuffling their tots off to day-care so they can both work full-time jobs to afford the fancy home, fancy cars, designer clothes, and all the other high-end luxuries that they don’t really need. The Anchoress’ own sons are proof positive of that; both of them really have it on the ball. (Some of their classmates probably thought they were just weird.)