June 16, 2012 - June 9, 2012
. Mrs. CP wanted to see the Arlington wreath-laying ceremony.
always does. She admires Admiral Mullen, and she doesn't despise
Secretary Gates nearly as much as I do. She's also prepared to
appreciate a genuine presidential contribution even from Obama. So we
It really could just be me. Honestly, it could. The president's speech was okay, especially after the predictably soporific intro by Gates. For once Obama didn't pretend that all of American history was simply a symbol portending his own arrival on the scene. (And I had a positive thought too. Michelle reached out to kiss the Doles, and I observed to Mrs. CP, "I begin to suspect that the First Lady has learned more about America and Americans than her husband has... I think she might actually be falling in love with her country."
But as I told Mrs. CP in a completely other context this weekend, "I may be just a nasty, cynical, suspicious old sonofabitch, but..." (although she agreed with me in that instance; pursue in comments if you're intrigued), I had some issues with the Arlington speech. Here they are, enumerated:
1. I think he's learned that the Marine Corps is not pronounced "corpse." But he never did say the words "Marine Corps" in his paean to American military bravery. Omission at this level is proof of error, if not shame.
2. Here we are at Arlington, and the underpaid, undermanned CSPAN crew is doing its best, but as we observe the proscenium awaiting the most moving, heartfelt, and nonpartisan of presidential remarks, there are the inevitable teleprompter panels, so visible and out of place that they actually obscured the face of the president on the podium. (God bless the fat, pot-smoking CSPAN technicians.)
3. It's not the U.S.S. Naval Academy, which doesn't help the familiar, anecdotal, "I know what I'm talking about approach," does it?
4. Watching Obama speak has become like watching the world's slowest, most ponderous tennis match. Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Right. It's called moving by the MSM. I know Well, if you worked for the Washington Post or the Providence Journal, you'd be moved to sustain your whole fake education and value system too. Even if you'd never heard of Bill Tilden.
5. Something that offends me a lot. Sorry if it's petty. "I love my daughters more than anything else in the world." I hate it, hate it, hate it when fathers talk that way. And these days, everyone does and we applaud it. Oh what great dads they are! Fuck them. The line should always read, "I love my wife and children more than anyone else in the world." If you can't say that, your wife is simply the dispensable vessel from which your children came, in which case I have absolutely no use for you. American Sharia.
6. Double down. Of all the losses our president cited in his sorrow for those killed in the military -- in his 2011 Memorial Day Address -- he conspicuously never listed the loss of a spouse, husband or wife. He talked about about brothers, sisters, uncles, fathers, daughters, grandfathers, but never husbands or wives. Hmmmmmm. Check it. I'm right about this. And they ridicule us for thinking Obama has muslim sympathies. uh, what do you think Michelle thinks?
7. I couldn't help it. I didn't even express it to Mrs. CP because I was so sure it was my own bias. When we first heard the helicopters descending on the Arlington ceremony, and when we got word that the president was arriving, I could NOT evict from my mind the image of the president's golf clubs waiting in the wings or, at least, stashed on Marine One. I had this image of him reading off the teleprompter and then fleeing headlong for the links, leaving his gradually expanding wife for a DC golf course with appropriate amounts of shade and presidential libations. Was I wrong?
8. The "Two Voices" problem. It's rare that you get a true
one-two punch in presidential politics in two days. Here's his
presidential voice at Arlington.
9. And here's his voice the day before:
President and Preacher. Are they anything
like the same person, apart
from their common paternalistic presumption? Or are they flip sides of the same
Caesarian coin? And if they
are, what does it mean and
how are we to interpret a president who adopts polar opposite
personalities depending on who he's addressing? Could it mean that he's
trying to defeat Lincoln's truism about fooling all of the people by
fooling them one demographic at a time?
10. Follow-on. The one thing in common between the Arlington and Joplin performances is the mouth at rest, which is invariably downturned. Look at the footage. I'm thinking "normal state." Which body behavioralists interpret as broadly negative.
And which I interpret as utter contempt.
Does your mouth, at rest, turn into a fixed upside down smile?
Think about it.
. Memorial Day is upon us again, and I'm
thinking, particularly this year, it's time to remember the women. Why
particularly this year? Because despite the supposed progress of
feminism, it's clear that the most "progressive" among us are the most
blatantly misogynist. We've just had the latest incident in a long line
of incidents designed to make it clear that when it comes to politics,
the operative progressive principle is as benighted as the ancient
cliche "barefoot and pregnant." Conservative women are fair game for
every low, sexual insult a progressive man
aim at them. And TA DA, it's all okay. The apology is done with a wink
we can infer from the incredible, ongoing sexual belittling by the left
accompanied, like a bad smell, the political activities of Michelle
Coulter, and others.
Let's not kid ourselves. At times the raging
abuse has amounted to a kind of rape,
death, or an invitation to murder.
women are as much to blame in this disgrace as men.
What does all this have to do with Memorial Day? A lot. Women patriots have a harder time generally fulfilling their love of country. They're hopelessly second string or worse, bench sitters, in the U.S. military, and when they dare to run for office or argue policy in the media arena, they are wide open to assaults that always somehow find their way between the legs, with, as I've said, the complicity of other women. Moreover, they're subject to immediate drastic censure if they respond in kind. They're expected to be ladylike throughout -- something akin to the age-old advice that if rape is inevitable, you might as well relax and enjoy it. Does Laura Ingraham respond to Ed Schultz by telling him she'll cut his balls off? Does Sarah Palin inform Andrew Sullivan that if he makes one more comment about Trig, she'll give him a buggering that will turn him celibate for life?
No. They're still obliged to be ladies, no matter how coarse their male and female slanderers are. Which is why, on this particular Memorial Day, I'm thinking of the World War II WASPs.
You can read their official history here. They ferried planes all over the world during WWII, six million miles worth, freeing up male pilots for combat. Their contribution to the war effort was finally honored with a Congressional Gold Medal in 2010. But I'm not thinking about official history today. I'm remembering what my dad had to say about the WASPs.
He marvelled at them. They were skilled pilots, brave and hard as nails. They also, in his words, could outcuss any man in the Army Air Corps. He told me, "They used language I'd never heard before."
Funny, huh? Look at these sweet old ladies at the White House. They'd never say a bad word, would they? Sure, they would. And did.
So, I'm thinking, have we actually regressed from 1944 to 2011? I'm
sure their brassy personas were a response to being knee deep in a
man's world. But isn't that the same situation women in politics are
faced with today? Maybe the WASPs have a lesson for our conservative
gals. (er, that's an old World War II term.) Fight back. Go
ahead. Cut their metaphorical balls off.
And, yeah, sorry. Memorial Day should be more dignified than this post. But I'm not feeling very dignified at the moment.
Remember the women along with everyone else this year. All I'm saying.