The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 September 2005

Comparable worthlessness

In recent Presidential elections, much was made of a so-called "gender gap," a media attempt to grant Official Importance to the minor demographic observation that women tended to vote either more Democratic, or less Republican — choose one — than men. And since much was made of it, there was inevitably a lot of hand-wringing as to what could be done about it.

Andrea Harris, for her part, tends to take on knotty questions with sword in hand:

I know how to get government spending to drop through the floor: repeal the 19th amendment.

I'm serious. Take the vote away from women. Sure, this will bite for the minority of women who are actually politically aware and intelligent, but the majority of women's instinctive impulse to gather and hoard is what drives the soccer mom spend-more-money-on-the-nanny-state vote, when they aren't voting for the most spineless candidate because he looks like he wouldn't frighten their children, or if they are single, voting for the one with the best hair. The fact that women vote has meant that most politicians now spend most of their time trying to please women, who generally don't like things that make loud noise or smell bad — like industry and war.

Personally, I blame Dianne Feinstein:

I'm trying to see your feelings as a man. I'm not asking you for a legal view.

But given the fact that men are also capable of coming up with similar cringe-inducing notions, I am disinclined to take my distaste for it out on women. And if we merely disenfranchised the clueless, which would require another Constitutional amendment — well, let's not go there. Yet.

Posted at 7:14 AM to Political Science Fiction

Odd day today. Along with the suggestion that the clueless be disenfranchised, I hear from Bill Bennett that crime will decrease if all black babies are aborted. Hell, the planets must be in disharmony.

Posted by: mike at 7:10 PM on 30 September 2005

I saw that. I'm starting to think that if Jonathan Swift had written A Modest Proposal this year, he'd be denounced for advocating killing babies and for recommending a non-vegan diet.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:18 PM on 30 September 2005

That's not quite what Bennett said, but I've been wanting him to suffer for The Book of Soul-Crushing Boredom-- -- or Virtues, whatever. This fuss is a roundabout way of getting him to suffer, but I'll take what I can get.

Bad books make Baby Jesus cry.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 9:47 PM on 30 September 2005

The Book of Virtues is a lot more interesting than the title suggests. It would be more accurate to call it Treasury of Classic Children's Literature. The poems and short stories are organized by virtue -- thus the name -- but the works were selected because they are entertaining or amusing or absorbing, while making a moral point. My nine-year-old loves it.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 10:51 PM on 1 October 2005