It seems they do; and the DNC leadership, mostly liberal left, have gone to the time, trouble and financial expense of selecting the Most Liberal Senator and Third Most Liberal Senator to run as the Democrat Ticket against the Maverick Ticket on the Republican side. What with Hollywood elite bashing on Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco about us regular folks clinging to our guns and religion, you would think that they are just way too good for the rest of America. Does someone have to remind them who does all the meaningful, brass tacks, peon work in this country? Where would they be if we were not getting up everyday to do our jobs? Stuck on the side of the road waiting for a cab, stuck at the airport waiting for someone to take their luggage, stuck at the restaurant waiting for a underpaid, lowly servant to bring their food and clean up after them? The elite in this country are starting to sound very much like “let them eat cake” and we all know how that worked out for the French aristocracy.
Today, I ran across an interesting article about why Elite Women Hate Palin and I think it definitely sums up the class war that has been in this country since, well since our country was founded. It also shows just how “high school mentality” this segment of the female population is, and why women who bash on other women make me so very angry. Isn’t it bad enough that we have been, and continue to be second class citizens in our own country making .77 on the dollar versus men? Elite women better wake up and smell the coffee, and soon.
Has the “elite” of this country, with the exception of Lady Lynn de Rothschilde and Cindy McCain (both of middle class upbringing), not realized that the working class of America outnumbers them? Why is it we only get to see the opinions of hollywood stars and trust fund babies on television? Oh, I forgot, the MSM is owned by the very same people bashing on the Republican ticket.
“If Sarah Palin is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, so am I!” (Oh Please! Not Likely! Working everyday to make a better place for your children requires very large ovaries and a backbone; elements that are created and made stronger by a lifetime full of adversity.)
These words spoken by my friend Janet were true. But Janet hasn’t put herself in Palin’s position by running for office. She’s made films and renovated houses, cushioned by inherited money. And since she doesn’t have any kids, it’s hard to say what would have gotten in the way if she’d wanted to be in politics. She didn’t, though, any more than 99% of my women friends and acquaintances; she believes in cultivating one’s own garden. (Translation: they are lazy.)
Most women I’ve talked with about Palin–all certified members of either the media elite or the just plain elite–take her nomination personally. Their animus isn’t explained just by her politics; none of them hate Condoleezza Rice, though they disagree with most everything she’s done. Nor, for that matter, do they even dislike John McCain. Typically they “respect” McCain but find him too old or too erratic or simply adore Obama. (Does the adoration of Obama come from his position on the issues or something else?)
It’s as though Palin were an average girl from their boarding school class–or, frankly, from the public school down the road–who unexpectedly won a big prize. “Why not me?” is the subtext, and it’s one I’ve never heard from men talking about male politicians. Many New Yorkers hate George Bush, for instance, and say similar things about his and Palin’s lack of intellectual capability and curiosity about the wider world. But they don’t view him as a personal rival. (What IS IT with women and this rivalry sh**? See: High School Popularity Contest. Oh, that’s right, your life has not been filled with trials that forced you to grow up.)
My friends who hate Palin are all more articulate and better educated than she is, better traveled, probably smarter, definitely more fun to talk with. But the reasons they can’t stand Palin are all wrong. (This statement smacks of elitism in and of itself. How would you know?)
It’s not so much that Palin isn’t one of our own–an Ivy League type, or an Eastern preppie, or a self-made intellectual like Rice. It’s not for the fake feminist reasons that “she’s against freedom of choice” or “she didn’t tell her daughter about birth control.” (Though there is an element of hatred for her fertility, and the fact that it hasn’t impeded her rise.) It’s not because Palin only got a passport a few years ago and doesn’t speak any foreign languages. (Why is that important when domestic issues are taking the forefront in this election? Issues like the economy, jobs, healthcare? Last time I checked, speaking foreign languages was not required to balance a state budget.)
No, it’s because Palin makes us look like the slackers we mainly are. We’ve had our bit of success, but we’ve also spent a lot of time smelling the roses. We’ve gone back to school to get another degree, volunteered in poor countries, devoted ourselves to a sport or a hobby. We’ve not had kids, or if we have, we’ve had one or two, and we’ve had nannies paid for by our work or our husbands or our inherited money. (Here is the disconnect and lack of appreciation for what the middle class does.)
We not only have had passports for decades, we’ve put serious mileage on them. We’ve lived overseas or spent months wandering around Africa or India, we understand foreign people and places in ways Palin never will–and yet it’s she who could become vice president, not one of us. (Maybe because she woke up everyday, went to work to make a better life for her family, and deserves it. Has that occurred to you?)
People who become writers and intellectuals and artists tend not to want power that badly or pursue it that obsessively, which is what makes us interesting and fun–and makes few of us household names. Success at the Palin level in politics or business takes a level of blinkered self-confidence that comes mainly to (a very few) men. A lot of the people with this quality are annoying to be around. Maybe they aren’t very happy with themselves. But it’s not a surprise that a vice presidential nominee should be one of them. (The circles you fly around in must be pretty sad. Most of my female friends are just like Sarah Palin and have a level of self-confidence you may never attain. What does this say about me, putting my ego on the line everyday with this blog?)
The lesson of Sarah Palin for privileged women is to try harder. And that may be the toughest one to hear. (I would not say try harder, I would just say “WORK”.)
Sarah Palin and John McCain offer the middle class families of this country what they actually need in the areas of tax relief, health care, leadership, and lest we forgot, HONESTY. Sarah and John come from the very middle class that Obama and Crew look down their noses at. Has everyone forgotten that near the end of the primaries, Hillary was kicking Bambi’s behind by 70-20 margins because she is one of the people and he is not? Party affiliations aside, Sarah and John connect to more people just by the very nature of who the middle class is, and what the middle class does. Barack Obama can never do that because he has no common point of reference. He was raised by one of those middle class grandmothers who worked hard to make a better life for her family while Barry was out surfing, drinking and doing drugs.
Sarah and John are not tainted by the subprime mortgage meltdown, yet Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, and the Democratic Congress are.
Look at Sarah and John’s records and you will see elected officials that have put the American people first, unlike Obama and his buddies in the Democratic party who fostered all the bad mortgages under Fannie and Freddie.
Sarah and John’s stories are our stories. PTA mom that took a passion for her children and turned it into a career, and POW that has lived the worst and seen the best in Americans.
At this point, a vote for McCain/Palin is the only viable option.
Why are we still having this conversation?