July 13, 2004
epistles as missiles? -- just another dud
I received a chain e-mail this morning from a well-meaning acquaintance who thinks she's somehow fighting for reproductive rights and other 'good' things ('good' because somehow connected with the U.N.) by spamming her address book with an ad for Molly Ivins's latest hootenanny--a rollicking, down-home blend of countrified wit and wisdom from the Smith College grad with a Columbia Masters'--Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America. It's a sequel of sorts to her 2000 screed, Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, and once again she has brought along veteran journalist Lou Dubose (probably to do the bulk of the work while she has her name emblazoned larger than the title, like any pulp romance on the supermarket rack).
Here's the text:
Hi guys, My sis recently sent me this e-mail about our president. We all know how Bush feels about women and protecting our reproductive rights. He doesn't think it is as important as blowing things up I guess. Below is an excerpt from a book called "Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America" by Molly Ivins and Lou DuBose. Give this a look and if you would like to contribute to this cause, please do. Also, please pass this e-mail along to anyone else who you think may be interested. Thanks guys,
And, running the risk of narcissism, my response:
There are a number of issues with the excerpt quoted.
(* Two Belgian nationalists with whom I've butted heads in the past.)
I didn't even address the odd suggestion that Bush is bad for opposing abortion, while he's even worse for potentially ensuring an increase in the numbers of abortions worldwide. One might expect them to draw the conclusion that such a policy is motivated by racism, which is typical of the left in commenting on internal versus external expenditures, as if the U.S. were home only to white people. The real issue here may not be that 'the Bushies' are racists or hate women but, if anything, that they do not accept responsibility for the sexual conduct of the rest of the world, nor do they accept the doctrine of universal entitlement.
And here we come back to the start of the quote. The Bushies have appointed ideologues, we're told. And yet this whole assessment makes sense only if one accepts leftist ideology as a valid criterion.
The United Nations Population Fund makes its goals clear, and some of them--particularly universal access to reproductive health services and universal primary education--are socialist to the core and will never find the support of a capitalist nation.
ps: the best bit of the message is the post scriptum, which informs us how we might be more successful in our efforts at spreading propaganda:
"P.S. The bit below is for forwarding. Please add a little personal message, as this would be more warmly received."
posted by Dennis on 07.13.04 at 04:38 PM
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