So I took a look at a book entitled a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594515689?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594515689″emThe New Feminized Majority/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594515689″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / this week that purports to show how the values of American voters are dramatically shifting. How? According to the literature accompanying the book, there is a new feminized majority made up of both women and men that is:br /br /blockquote…emerging as the pivotal force in American politics. Emerging trends show these values are broadly progressive and address not just the needs of women but the general interests of society. They are held by women substantially more than by men but have become the values held by a majority of all voters, including millions of men. br /br /Like earlier eras in American history, such as the New Deal, the rise of the feminized majority today presents an opportunity for the Democrats to become the governing party for decades to come. /blockquotebr /br /I love the presumption by the writers of the book description that certainly anyone reading it would be just thrilled to have progressive and socialist values shoved down their throats. There is no indication or question about whether these are good values to have, simply that they will “open up a window for major social justice movements to make progressive change.”br /br /Now, naturally, this “feminized” change may take the form of a male presidential candidate. The authors are not too keen on Clinton whom they describe as a “pathbreaking” but imperfect carrier of the feminized agenda. They seem to love Edwards but since he is out of the race, we will turn to their thoughts on feminized Obama:br / br /blockquoteHere is Obama’s feminized philosophy in a nutshell. He highlights the importance of values in his own life and in the nations politics. He emphasizes that there is a “common good” or universal set of values that can bring all Americans together. He stresses change and the movement from self-interested patisanship to a feminized politics of the common good….br /br /Obama is markedly feminized in his critique of the self-interested, greedy, “old politics” of partisanship. “It is such partisanship that has turned Americans off. What is needed is a broad majority who are reengaged and who see their own self-interest as inextricably linked to the interest of others.” Here, the feminized Obama challenges the historic, masculinized American dream of looking out for oneself. Obama seeks to move American from narrow “self interest” (the masculinized narrative of emAlone I Will/em) to a concept of shared interest with others (the feminized narrative of emTogether We Can/em, which Obama often cites as “Yes, We Can”)…br /br /Obama straddles the maculinized/feminized divide in foreign policy. As the 2008 campaign unfolds, he increasingly emphasizes soft power–diplomacy, international law, and cooperation–in the war on terrorism… /blockquotebr /br /Funny, I can’t help but think that the word feminized used by these authors is just another a href=”http://www.aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/socialism.html”metaphor for socialism:/abr /br /blockquoteSocialism is the doctrine that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that his life and his work do not belong to him, but belong to society, that the only justification of his existence is his service to society, and that society may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good./blockquotebr /br /I think the new feminized majority is just another name for the same old socialist agenda. If so, count me out.
February 26, 2008 - 6:52 pm