10 thoughts on “Women Rising

  1. I wasn’t thinking partisan politics. I was simply greatly moved by all these women who had an opportunity to serve in such a variety of important ways. That seemed to me to be the point of this post.

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  2. What they don’t tell you is that the population of women in the military is propped up by gender-norming performance scores. (They also don’t mention that the CIA is the agency which hired Aldrich Ames and promoted him several times).

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  3. Let’s be plain: this isn’t about women rising. It’s about Democratic women rising. Hand picked by Seth Moulton (D., Mass.) as part of his well-heeled Serve America PAC, tactically recruiting and supporting D females vets for congressional seats in the upcoming midterm election cycle. The message is: vote for these Democrats.

    All of which is perfectly fine. It’s an effective ad. And all these women should be thanked for their service.

    But — call me a cynic — if these were (largely white, which I’m told is generally bad) Republican women, touting their military service (I can hear Ollie Stone shouting about the Military Industrial Complex) as a backdrop to a political call to Make America Great, with a — I dunno, Kid Rock backing track (the Boss ain’t gonna affiliate with the GOP, not if he wants to keep his progressive-artist-in-good-standing card), I’m wagering the critique from many enlightened quarters would be: “This is jingoistic propaganda by traitors to the women’s movement.” Or something very close to that.

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    • Yes, it is an ad touting female Democratic candidates. I fail to see what you perceive as a problem with this. And the ad is set up at least in part as a rebuttal to the GOP’s own steady propaganda line to its supporters that only Republicans support the military, only Republicans are patriotic, and only Republicans love their country. A line which is repeated again and again ad nauseam over conservative media outlets and social media, and by its leaders and politicians, and firmly believed by all too many of the party’s adherents.

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      • GOP’s own steady propaganda line to its supporters that only Republicans support the military, only Republicans are patriotic, and only Republicans love their country.

        I don’t recall seeing much Republican literature to that effect. Got some open sores?

        Your problem, really, is that the Democratic Party is the electoral vehicle of certain occupational guilds Those guilds are occupied by people who look upon the society around them and understand themselves to be visitors from a superior neighborhood. Your attitude problem has implications when your people run in popular elections, problems from which your media conmen cannot altogether free you. Kyrstin Sinema is learning that the hard way.

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      • It would be fascinating to ask all the proud, D women vets featured in the ad how they feel about Sinema’s portrayal of American soldiers as murderous, skeletal ghouls and her support for Americans who join the Taliban. (We won’t even get into the witches.)

        The intersectional cognitive dissonance, it buuuurns us, Precious.

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      • Disclosure, I’m a political independent, that vanishing breed. I tend to be that person who is calling a pox on both your houses. I just happened here to be calling out something on the right, and I stand by my assessment of how the right tries at every turn, and at every level, to characterize the left (and the ever-shrinking middle, for that matter) as anti-American, finding the more egregious examples as you do here and then painting with a broad brush.

        The speed and vigor with which you both jumped on my comment is something I am getting used to from both sides in this polarized binary political world. Neither end of the political can tolerate any questions or criticism whatsoever without responding in full-on party-line attack mode.

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      • Dave: with all due respect, for you to be righteously denouncing “attack mode” and “binary world” after your initial post, is more than a bit rich. And lacking in self-awareness. My vim and vigorous response wasn’t actually to you. I was having some fun riffing on Art Deco’s apt reference to Sinema. Best regards.

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