The Female of the Species

There’s quite a bit of talk this morning about whether we’ve reached the ‘tipping point,’ that point at which the people who get ‘free stuff’ from the government outnumber the rest, and that any election is simply a function of those people voting for ‘stuff’ over culture, values, the economy, or any other traditional measures.

I disagree. I am sure there IS a tipping point, but I don’t think we’re there yet.

Romney’s “47%” comment had it about right–47% of the population was not going to vo…

  1. Merina Smith

    I am ashamed of my gender.

  2. No Caesar

    You describe an outlook based on emotion and tradition, not reason and intellect.  The type you describe are not going to change their mind and world view until there’s been a real catastrophe.  Only that will provide a sufficient countervailing emotion to make them question their worldview.

  3. BrentB67

    I think this is a very good post and topic, but being the heartless, insensitive, card carrying Tea Party type what I took away from it is that women voted for Obama because they think it is appropriate for the government to confiscate the private property of individual citizens to provide a safety net for women when the going gets tough.

    I think you may be correct. This is also similar to the argument that republicans need to do better with hispanics, but the road to that voter group goes through the same territory: government confiscates private property to distribute to illegal immigrants.

    When all roads lead to confiscating private property to support ____ group. The end isn’t in sight, it is here.

  4. No Caesar
    BrentB67: I think this is a very good post and topic, but being the heartless, insensitive, card carrying Tea Party type what I took away from it is that women voted for Obama because they think it is appropriate for the government to confiscate the private property of individual citizens to provide a safety net for women when the going gets tough.

    I think you may be correct. This is also similar to the argument that republicans need to do better with hispanics, but the road to that voter group goes through the same territory: government confiscates private property to distribute to illegal immigrants.

    When all roads lead to confiscating private property to support ____ group. The end isn’t in sight, it is here. · 0 minutes ago

    Yes.  That is why it is time for us to Shrug as Dennis Miller says.  Shrug at levels high and low.  Take steps to  to protect ourselves as much as possible.  But step aside and clearly give them the wheel of the car.  The Takers must own the coming  catastrophe.

  5. No Caesar

    Shrugging does not mean drop out of electoral politics, it means get elected as much as we can.  But until we have true control, become the immoveable object.  Filibuster and be uncooperative in their schemes.   The Left thinks it is the Irresistable Force, let’s see. 

  6. Joan of Ark La Tex
    Merina Smith: I am ashamed of my gender. · 12 minutes ago

    Me too. 

  7. Crow

    She: I think you’re right in your description of very many women and they way all too many perceived things this election. It is disappointing to see that the shameless gender-baiting rhetoric of the left seems to have worked.

    Re: the 47%. I don’t think the Republican party can win a national election with half the country arrayed against it from the beginning. We’re going to need to eat into that 47%–and we’re probably going to have to do that from the ground up, locally, retaking institutions in the grassroots and in our own communities, and slowly convincing our neighbors we aren’t monsters (if it can be done at all).

    Further on the female gender gap, the US isn’t the only country we’ve seen this in. Across the western world, women vote (especially single women, but also married women in larger numbers than men do–though plenty of men do to!) for democratic socialism economically, while tending left on cultural issues. You might say, and it has been observed before, that the democratic socialist welfare state is the feminization of government and society.

  8. Joan of Ark La Tex
    No Caesar

    Yes.  That is why it is time for us to Shrug as Dennis Miller says.  Shrug at levels high and low.  Take steps to  to protect ourselves as much as possible.  But step aside and clearly give them the wheel of the car.  The Takers must own the coming  catastrophe. · 2 minutes ago

    No C, I hope you post details on how to protect ourselves from this Mega Government. I really don’t know how to do it. 

  9. Devereaux

    This is a great post.

    But while I can concur with your description of the demographic as being “educated” I cannot agree that it is smart. The argument is inherently irrational – ?what is smart about that.

    There are any number of courses that I can envision for this nation, but “come together” is not one.

  10. BrentB67
    No Caesar: Shrugging does not mean drop out of electoral politics, it means get elected as much as we can.  But until we have true control, become the immoveable object.  Filibuster and be uncooperative in their schemes.   The Left thinks it is the Irresistable Force, let’s see.  · 9 minutes ago

    Edited 8 minutes ago

    The left isn’t an irrefutable force not even close. However, to refute progressive destruction we need someone, anyone to fight it. Ladies and gentleman I give you John Boehner. Oh well, time to shrug.

  11. BTConservative

    Nail on the head. Something my husband and I discussed this election season: women and why they vote.  I follow women like you describe on Twitter (not anymore) and know them in real life.  Seems like a different species to me, though, as a conservative woman.  I just don’t get it. 

  12. She
    Devereaux: This is a great post.

    But while I can concur with your description of the demographic as being “educated” I cannot agree that it is smart. The argument is inherently irrational – ?what is smart about that.

    There are any number of courses that I can envision for this nation, but “come together” is not one. · 14 minutes ago

    That’s the thing.  I assure you, these ladies are very bright.  They’re married, well-educated (perhaps this is a bug, not a feature), and well-employed (most of them are not stay-at-home moms).  Most of them have kids.  Their profile should be put them firmly in the Republican camp, as I believe that the Republicans really are the ‘family-friendly’ party.

    Yet they have this incredible blind spot.  

  13. Illiniguy
    Merina Smith: I am ashamed of my gender. · 34 minutes ago

    I touched on this point in my intoxicated rant last night. I’m ashamed of your gender, too, and a sizable percentage of mine.

  14. Matede
    Joan Greathouse

    Merina Smith: I am ashamed of my gender. · 12 minutes ago

    Me too.  · 24 minutes ago

    Me Three

  15. No Caesar
    Joan Greathouse

     

    No C, I hope you post details on how to protect ourselves from this Mega Government. I really don’t know how to do it.  · 15 minutes ago

    A quick survey: prepare for hyper inflation.  Prepare for confiscatory taxation.  Prepare for currency controls and price controls.  Look at Staten Island, post-Sandy, and figure out what you need to do to survive if such a breakdown occurs in your area.   Then pull back from that level of catastrophe and think about how you will survive if everything works a little crappier; all is not broken down, but little works well.  Think hard about it and be unflinching.  The point is have several contingency plans that include minimizing your exposure and dealing with having to do more for yourself with less.  After the crash you want to be standing. 

  16. Sandy
    She: . These were the house of the well-educated and well-off and well-employed. And these are the folks who voted to put Obama over the top.

    I suspect most of them were women. · · 30 minutes ago

    That they were “well-educated” is exactly the problem.  Thank you, Gender Studies.  

    Crow’s Nest:  it has been observed before, that the democratic socialist welfare state is the feminization of government and society. · 16 minutes ago

    Yes, indeed, with large and terrible consequences for themselves and others.

  17. Anna M.

    It isn’t just women in the 30-45 age bracket; there are retirement-age women in the demographic you describe (educated, middle-/upper-middle-class) who have fallen down the rabbit hole as well. 

    In 2008 I saw several elderly women I’ve known for years undergo a kind of conversion experience from centrist/mildly conservative to hard-core leftism. 

    In their words, Obama “opened their eyes” to the vile racism, sexism, and capitalist oppression of American society.  One woman replaced the Bible she had always kept by her favorite armchair with a biography of Obama (complete with a halo-encircled Barak on the cover).

    These college-educated, well-spoken middle-class women never worked outside the home, always attended church, and (as far as I know) always supported the conservative politics of the men they married. 

    Their husbands left them financially comfortable; they haven’t had to work to support themselves since they were in their 20s. 

    Now they spend their time railing about “evil” Republicans and “sexist” white males.

    Middle-class prosperity and a traditional lifestyle aren’t magic bullets against socialist groupthink. 

  18. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    She, as usual, you are spot on.  You almost perfectly describe my liberal wife.  Mona Charen discussed this some in a podcast too, the demographics of the US have changed dramatically, especially among married households.  Single/divorced mothers, and liberal highly educated married women vote for an ersatz statist husband surrogate, or to protect their lady parts from the supposed boogie man.  The issues and ideological front has become more cultural than anything else.  We are reaping the fruits of the 1960s: radical leftism, radical feminism and widespread marital dissolution or purposely chosen non-marriage.

  19. Joan of Ark La Tex

    I really don’t want my daughter to become a liberal woman, God help me. Any suggestions?

  20. Joan of Ark La Tex
    No Caesar

    Joan Greathouse

     

    No C, I hope you post details on how to protect ourselves from this Mega Government. I really don’t know how to do it.  · 15 minutes ago

    A quick survey: prepare for hyper inflation.  Prepare for confiscatory taxation.  Prepare for currency controls and price controls.  Look at Staten Island, post-Sandy, and figure out what you need to do to survive if such a breakdown occurs in your area.   Then pull back from that level of catastrophe and think about how you will survive if everything works a little crappier; all is not broken down, but little works well.  Think hard about it and be unflinching.  The point is have several contingency plans that include minimizing your exposure and dealing with having to do more for yourself with less.  After the crash you want to be standing.  · 25 minutes ago

    Edited 11 minutes ago

    Thanks. I feel like a jew suddenly. 

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