By way of Kathy G, I see that Caitlin Flannagan won an award for being “thoughtful and bracingly honest, filled with humor and empathy, and free of cliches and political correctness.” This gives me an excuse to rescue from the Google cache an old post, “Hell, I’ll Pile on Flanagan Too”, illustrating some of Flannagan’s thoughtfulness:
I’ll leave to these fine people to criticize Caitlin Flanagan’s efforts to bemoan her sorry lot as a faux stay-at-home mom. What honked me off in the Time article was this:
The Democrats made a huge tactical error a few decades ago. In the middle of doing the great work of the ’60s-civil rights, women’s liberation, gay inclusion-we decided to stigmatize the white male. The union dues-paying, churchgoing, beer-drinking family man got nothing but ridicule and venom from us. So he dumped us. And he took the wife and kids with him.
Many of those saintly “union dues-paying, churchgoing, beer-drinking family” men were pissed because their wages were falling, and their economic security vanishing. Republicans, sensing an opportunity, engaged in race-baiting. The loss of white men had nothing to do with any Democratic disrespect, and all to do with coded appeals to fear, prejudice, and hate (got pathos?). When Reagan ‘Democrats’ talked about the Democratic Party “leaving them”, let’s remember who said that–Reagan. The man who:
In 1980 Ronald Reagan, as a candidate, delivered a speech at the annual county fair to over thirty thousand people who came out on a Sunday afternoon to see and hear the newly nominated Republican candidate for President. On that August day Reagan excited the crowd when he announced “I believe in states’ rights”. “I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment.” He went on to promise to “restore to states and local governments the power that properly belongs to them.” This was regarded as quite controversial given Philadelphia’s history of segregation, discrimination, and violence which was memorialized in Mississippi Burning, and marked a continuation of the successful Republican “Southern strategy”.
“Controversial” is one word to describe the speech. Anyone who was sentient during the 80s, if he or she is honest, remembers all the lies about welfare queens-black welfare queens. In the late 70s and early 80s, there was a lot of misplaced anger at African-Americans. Don’t forget that there is a reason Republicans candidates made pilgrimage to segregationist Bob Jones University, and it had nothing to do with the dating policy.
That reason is racial prejudice (and sometimes, flat-out hatred).
The Democratic Party did leave these ‘good’ men: on the ashheap of history. Anytime they want to stop being bigoted or prejudicial towards minorities, and start thinking about how to make the country better for all Americans, we’ll welcome them back with open arms.