Bristol Palin now has a blog and one of her first post has her waiting for Obama’s phone call:
I wonder if the Presidency has changed you. Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women. You’re only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you.
What if you did something radical and wildly unpopular with your base and took a stand against the denigration of all women… even if they’re just single moms? Even if they’re Republicans?
I’m not expecting your SuperPAC to return the money. You’re going to need every dime to hang on to your presidency. I’m not even really expecting a call. But would it be too much to expect a little consistency? After all, you’re President of all Americans, not just the liberals.
“I have offended everybody at HBO, in New York,” she told Bill Maher during a segment on this week’s “Real Time.” “All of the people I work with, they said ‘you can’t put that on TV.’ Somehow it was ok to do it to the toothless rednecks,”
To her credit, and to Bill Maher’s, they showed the video and openly discussed how liberals would hate it. Pelosi said “I didn’t have to go far to find ‘freeloading welfare queens.'” They were, in fact, right across the street from her New York City home.
Now I’ll concede that Pelosi and Maher risked some blowback from this video but when I watched the whole segment I didn’t see the courageous journalists, I saw the Lord and Lady of the manor.
Sir Walter FitzUrse: You are not a freeman anymore you are landless and your father is an outlaw, by my charity you are living in my house and are my serf now, do you understand?
Watch the video again. You’ll notice after his “we’re not racists” quote he spends the rest of the segment making excuses for the people in NY out to get “Obama Bucks”:
“For the Black guy his legacy is real, and the white guy from the south, he has a chip on his shoulder.”
There are no excuses offered for the poor southerns in the first film, there is no extending circumstance just shock that “they really believe this.” If only that toothless guy would accept our help we would take care of him.
Blacksmith: That’s when Sir Walter said I’d better take charge of those two homeless children, maybe he meant it kindly too, but they’ll be serfs Robin, and that’s not right.
As for Pelosi, note she isn’t concerned so much about the entitlements themselves, she is concerned that they are causing democrats to lose voters like the doorman and her driver. It’s somehow saving those votes that is the motivation here. Maher reacts by attacking the doorman who isn’t grateful for his advantages.
Robin Hood: I don’t call it particularly honorable to mistreat these children, or make them serfs.
They stroke themselves with this belief that because they support the Democratic Party, they are certified non-racists. Where’s the self-criticism? Isn’t it at least possible that their party’s policies represent a low opinion of black people, that they are paternalistic, that they take advantage of a seemingly locked in voting bloc?
Of course it’s not possible Ann. As Stanley Fish articulated there is no equivalence to be made. There are only those who vote with us, and those who vote against:
I know the objections to what I have said here. It amounts to an apology for identity politics. It elevates tribal obligations over the universal obligations we owe to each other as citizens. It licenses differential and discriminatory treatment on the basis of contested points of view. It substitutes for the rule “don’t do it to them if you don’t want it done to you” the rule “be sure to do it to them first and more effectively.” It implies finally that might makes right. I can live with that.
If the toothless southerner was willing to vote Obama Bill Maher and Stanley Fish would see that vote as the widow’s mite compared to his Maher’s million dollars absolved him from any critique. As Protein Wisdom says:
To the progressive, your social and political worth — in fact, your very claim to morality — comes from your various identity politics alliances. That is, your morality is a function not so much of what you do, but rather of where you claim to stand, and with whom.
That’s the real crime of those poor southerners, that’s the crime of the “privileged” doorman and driver. They are working hard for what they have an expect others to do the same.
Can’t the doorman and driver understand that, like the Lords of old, the Pelosis in Washington like and the Mahers in Hollywood seek power and status simply for the good of all? Don’t they realize if they support the great Lords in DC and Hollywood, as trusted retainers, they might expect advancement from the state, a better job in a growing federal government? Don’t they understand that by keeping an underclass on assistance they provide protection to the retainer like themselves to keep them from revolt (remember Occupy)?
And if such assistance goes to the 2nd or third generation it is a good thing because like those who came before them, they are repaying their bounty with votes that keep the enlightened lords in power.
This entire philosophy & mindset is contrary to the entire march of Western Civilization from Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence. It is the idea that some laws can be enforced while others are not, why some standards apply to some and not to others. It’s the idea that the rights are granted by other men, the elites like themselves and not from God
Perhaps Bill Maher and Ms. Pelosi should watch this episode in full:
And then perhaps they might understand the importance of this final quote.
Walter FitzUrse: “So the free man doesn’t mind cutting wood after all?”
Oswald A’Bland: “I don’t mind, it’s not keeping you warm.”
That is the essence of being free.
Update: I don’t know why I keep wanting to spell M-a-h-e-r M-a-h-a-r? fixed.
Update 2: Stacy on a fair fight
Update 5: I was looking at an Althouse link on Wisconsin at the same time as this one that link (and interesting story) is now here while the right link is where it belongs. thanks to TD for the heads up.
Before Santorum comes on Michael Steele points out the “revisionist” history “Every establishment republican supported Arlen” and the table pointed out what I’ve said over and over, there is no way you are going to oppose an incumbent in the same party in your own state that is your colleague in the Senate. It’s a simple question of loyalty.
Santorum: If I’m a lightweight, Romney is a heavyweight, big government.
Mika hits on the contraception did people ask him to back off: Santorum: Doesn’t let her get away with it, its federal mandates not contraception. Left is keen on separation of church and state when they want people of faith out of the public square. Mandate is against 1st Amendment.
Joe hits again on contraception: Santorum: This is gotcha politics. He talks about importance and the integrity of the family. “The principle issue I talk about on the campaign is us losing our freedom.”
Santorum talks about Cap & Trade and notes he’s won 10 states.
Andrea Mitchel asks about Afghanistan: Santorum: “We should commit ourselves to be successful if not then there is no reason to be there.”
Chuck Todd asks about organization: Santorum: Notes he won 10 states outspent 10-1. Notes most people said concentrate on Iowa at the time.
Joe asks about process: Santorum: He talks about running statewide in Pennsylvania, he talks about not using a teleprompter or being scripted. “People know what you’re seeing is what you’re going to get.”
Interesting Michael Steele didn’t get to ask a question.
I think Santorum handled himself very well, of course there aren’t a lot of GOP votes on Morning Joe but it can’t hurt.