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Harmful Hysteria

April 6th, 2017 Posted by Susan's Musings 59 comments

I wasn’t planning to write about the Mike Pence non-story concerning his commitment to his wife because that is exactly how I saw it—as a non-story. To protect his marriage, he doesn’t dine alone with women other than his wife and, unless he is with his wife, Karen, he doesn’t attend parties where alcohol is served.  This very basic personal marital agreement was treated by feminist and liberal outlets with the same hysteria they would have accorded to the revelation that the Vice-president was actually Jack the Ripper.  Since hysteria on steroids has become the hourly response of many since November’s election, I decided to ignore the story.

I changed my mind and wrote the following because I remembered an encounter I had with a bright, conservative-leaning, religious young woman back in 2007. She explained why she was going to vote for Barack Obama and I was so taken aback that I was unable to respond. Later, I realized that her youth was leading her to believe campaign statements that sounded wonderful, without having the tools to judge them against history or reality.  Along with that recollection, I became aware that Karen and Mike Pence’s commitment had become a target of comedy shows. Laughter harnesses tremendous power that, if used negatively, is hard to combat and silence didn’t seem an option for me any longer.

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Hope!

November 22nd, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

Extreme views beget extreme views – and they also catch media attention. But some people are actually able to think for themselves and express themselves rationally. Kudos to Steven Van Zandt (I admit to not being familiar with his name but he’s a well-known guitarist) for calling out the cast of Hamilton for dressing down Vice-president elect Pence at the conclusion of a performance that Mr. Pence attended. Mr. Van Zandt was clear as to his opposition to the Trump-Pence team, but eloquent and above all, fair and thoughtful in his words. Unfortunately, the actor who read the rebuke to Mr. Pence, missed the point. Still, it is nice to see an attempt to pierce through the holier-than-thou attitude that assumes that rude, inappropriate behavior is o.k. as long as it is liberal.

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