A few days ago I wrote that the ’08 election may come down to authenticity. I was specifically talking about authentic service and volunteerism exemplified by John McCain and Sarah Palin in their lives versus the troubling and compulsory “volunteerism” being put forth by the Obama campaign, but the piece touched on the authenticity of the candidates as well.
We tend to think of authenticity as having a positive value. But yesterday Kate at Small Dead Animals flew an email my direction with the comment: “This is unreal.”
Actually, what she sent was not “unreal” but utterly authentic – but the sort of authenticity meant to be kept hidden. The piece, by Heather Mallick, is so relentlessly, needlessly vicious, and so self-revealing that I was embarrassed for the writer. I know what it’s like to write in haste and anger, and then regret putting the thoughts to paper. I can only imagine that someday Mallick will look back at what she released and wish she’d held it for 24 hours and then toned it down.
But the piece is out there, and it is an authentic revelation, a peek behind the carefully hung curtains of the elite media/elite feminist classes who have spent 40 years talking about “authentic” sisterhood, only to demolish all of their pretty constructs with a ten-day (and not yet spent) wilding of hate and spitefulness (and a snippy, small-minded lack of generosity) that seems to be born of insecurity.
If your construction has a firm foundation, it is not threatened by seasonal changes. If, however, you’ve built something on a shallow, insubstantial base of sand, you’re going to feel threatened and insecure with every gust. The introduction of Gov. Sarah Palin onto the national GOP ticket is rocking the Dem/Media joint, and its timbers are creaking.
That overused word, “tolerance” has seen its meaning twisted beyond “putting up with” into “unquestioning acceptance,” of an idea, custom, or person – of anything but a differing point of view.
Yet Gov. Palin is a person of diverse ideas and customs who will be afforded no “acceptance.” Her diversity will not be “celebrated.” As we see in one sneering or mocking or condescending, or downright insulting essay after another, Palin is a creature up with which the left will not put, and any auld smear will do, no matter how vile.
So “sisterhood” is baloney, and dramatic accusations of chauvinism are fake projections. And all the outcry about the sexist attitudes of terrible, aggressive men who we have heard for decades “just don’t get it?” No matter how genuine the problem may have been, these women have now displayed such merciless sexism toward another woman – for the unforgivable crime of thinking differently than they do – that they have severely undercut their own credibility. Now, it’s perfectly alright for the male writers to indulge in their sexism, since the women of the left are joining right in!
Honestly, some of these women are reminding me of the snarling bitch chihuahua that lived across the street from me, growing up, and bared her teeth at anyone but her mistress. Miserable creatures. Bookworm calls them embittered women.
Of course, the media are destroying themselves in a like manner, through their authentic revelation of their formerly camouflaged agenda. Take a look at this rundown of headlines about the withdrawal of 8,000 troops from Iraq; nothing is false, mind you – but the framing, which in another era (or under a president with the right letter after his name) would be positive, is resolutely negative.
We’ve known for a long time that no good news would be permitted on President Bush’s watch, so this is not a surprise. However, the people who have only lately been awakened to the extreme bias of the press may suddenly begin to wonder if everything they have heard from the media these last 4 years has been so carefully and arduously framed. They may begin to question the whole Bush narrative much sooner than previously thought. They may wonder why “Global Warming” aka “Climate Change” – the crisis of the age – is suddenly not much discussed, and neither are the carbon footprints of candidates and campaigns, press junkets, media energy uses, campaign “rock” concerts, etc. They might wonder if an authentic “crisis” wouldn’t warrant a sharper focus in the campaign, and perhaps a change in the way things are done. They may begin to doubt. Or to doubt more than usual.
What we are seeing from the social and media elites is a complete unwillingness to reconsider the phony stereotypes and prejudices they embrace, and authentic bigotry, disdain for and unreasonable fear of anyone outside of their cliques. They are also too small and ungenerous to give a smart, successful reformer her props, and that is not going un-noticed in the electorate. Women are noticing. So are the husbands of hard-working wives, and the fathers of ambitious daughters.
All of this is adolescent in nature, and neither comfortable nor reassuring. This authenticity will impact election ’08.
Don’t miss Ed Morrissey’s spot on analysis of Heather Mallick’s outrageous piece, which he rightly classifies as “hate speech”.