USA: The Growing Right Wing and Declining Left...
- From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
[Take note at the bottom of this article about Laura Bush, at how the
Republicans are triumphing over the Democrats, and also how people are
moving from "Blue" to "Red" states. It appears to me, that the Left wing
is becoming more and more and more unstuck especially.
It could be due to a combination of: (a) People tired of just hearing the
Left's nonsense version of life (b) The Internet breaking the Mass Media
monopoly held by the Liberals (secretly aided by the Communists), for
DECADES. Now that this DECADES' OLD monopoly is being broken, the entire
World may be shifting away from the left and more to the right.
Some weeks ago, I mentioned too, that for the first time in living
memory, Intellectuals are turning away from Athiesm.
I believe these mega-trends are preparing the way for the Left to be
pushed backwards ACROSS THE PLANET, and the Left will not be able to
contain it. This move is occurring at a grass roots level, and is
unstoppable. The Truth is finally starting to come out... Jan]
Laura Bush Talks Naughty
By JOHN TIERNEY
Published: May 3, 2005
When King Agamemnon and his fleet of warships were becalmed in the Aegean
Sea, he ordered his wife to fetch their daughter so she could be
sacrificed to the gods. It worked, sort of. The winds picked up and blew
the Greek ships to triumph at Troy, although Agamemnon's wife did murder
Republican presidents rely on a slightly less cruel sacrificial ritual
for their problems. Their wives appease the media gods with comedy
Each spring, when politicians and reporters convene for formal dinners
that are supposed to be funny and are often compared to root canals, they
talk about Nancy Reagan's "Second Hand Clothes" the way fans talk about
the 1927 Yankees. The Reagans' image for conspicuous consumption was
never the same after Mrs. Reagan put on rags in 1982 to sing a lampoon of
her spending habits.
But on Saturday night, Laura Bush set a new standard. After interrupting
her husband and telling him to sit down, she did a stand-up routine that
included what was probably the first joke told in earshot of a president
that involved him and a horse's phallus.
Mrs. Bush called her husband Mr. Excitement for going to bed by 9 o'clock
and turning her into a "desperate housewife." She said that Lynne
Cheney's Secret Service code name became Dollar Bill after they both went
to Chippendales (where they ran into Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader
Ginsburg). Noting that Andover and Yale did not have "real strong
ranching programs," she said Mr. Bush had started his ranching career by
trying to milk a horse - a male horse.
Her timing had the audience howling, and the edgier lines had them
gasping. Jokes about pent-up sexual frustration from a prim librarian?
With her born-again husband sitting there and enjoying it? And cameras
recording it for Republican preachers who are determined to get sex out
of schools and off television?
For the mainly Democratic audience - this was a crowd of Washington
journalists and luminaries from Hollywood and Manhattan - it was an
evening of cognitive dissonance. How to reconcile this charming image on
stage with the Bush they love to bash?
Mrs. Bush's performance, and her husband's reaction, wasn't a shock to
the reporters who cover the White House. For years they have tried to
convince their friends outside Washington that Mr. Bush is actually not a
close-minded dolt, and Mrs. Bush is no Stepford Wife or Church Lady. Yes,
they're Texans who go to church and preach family values, but they're not
yahoos or religious zealots.
The coverage of Mrs. Bush's comic debut may change some minds, but for
devout Bush-bashers, it's much easier to stay the course. If you live in
a blue-state stronghold, a coastal city where you can go 24 hours without
meeting any Republicans, it's consoling to think of the red staters as an
alien bunch of straight-laced Bible thumpers.
Otherwise, how do you explain why they're Republican? Or answer the
question Democrats asked in astonishment when they saw Mr. Bush's vote
totals: Who are these people?
The favorite Democratic explanation is that the red staters are hicks who
have been blinded by righteousness, as Thomas Frank argues in "What's the
Matter With Kansas?" He laments that middle-class Kansans are so
bamboozled by moral issues like abortion and school prayer that they vote
for Republicans even though the Republican tax-cutting policies are
against their self-interest.
But middle-class Americans don't simply cast ballots for Republicans.
They also vote with their feet, which is why blue states and old
Democratic cities are losing population to red states and Republican
exurbs. People are moving there precisely because of economic reasons -
more jobs, affordable houses, and the lower taxes offered by Republican
They're not moving for the churches, and they don't vote for Mr. Bush
simply because he reads the Bible every day. One of the main reasons they
like him is that he gets bashed so often. When Jon Stewart sneers at him,
they empathize because they're used to being sneered at themselves.
They know what their image is in Manhattan and Hollywood, and they know
they're not all that different from the Democrats in those places. They,
too, watch "Desperate Housewives," and they're not surprised to hear
Laura Bush doing Chippendales jokes. They've spent their own dollar bills
there. They don't see anything the matter with that - or with themselves.
Source: New York Times