Boondoggle

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Overcoming patriarchy

I suppose I should be glad that conservatives like Peggy Noonan are supporting Barack Obama whatever their reasons, but it’s hard not to wince at the mindset that accompanies such endorsements.  Example of a sentence that only a conservative could write:

He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections.

Is it an important aspect of Barack Obama’s appeal — or his potential to be a great president — that he was raised “with no father to guide?”  Is his “ascent” more impressive because he rose so high without the tutelage of a fatherly guide?  Though she probably did not mean to be so condescending, Noonan’s inclusion of this detail reveals a deeply patriarchical thinking, perhaps with racial undertones as well.  And it may not be important to her, but of the many things that Obama is supposed to “transcend,” I would wager that patriarchy is one of them.

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November 2, 2008 - Posted by | Conservatives, U.S. politics |

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