Like many others, I have been extremely emotional about the accusations surrounding Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. I am pretty sure, based on past history, that some readers of this Musing will agree with me, others will violently object to my words and a number of readers will remove themselves from our email list. I could easily write about something less controversial. I am not doing that because I think that our country is worth fighting for and sharing my thoughts is my way of doing that.
As always, whether you agree or disagree, as long as your words are polite (and follow a few other basic rules) your comment will get posted. It is rare for us to delete a comment. So, if you disagree and your emotions are running as high as mine even if in another direction, I would appreciate the opportunity to hear them. We can only grow and expand our understanding when we talk to each other.
For a few short years, mothers possess mythical powers. We can sit at a traffic light with our toddlers and know exactly when to tell them to say, “Change light change,” to make the light turn green. We can announce that it will rain after lunch, go to the park in the morning, and then cozily sit inside reading books in the afternoon as they marvel at how we control the weather. We magically pull out a new box of cereal from the pantry when the old one is finished. Of course, our children soon grow a bit and learn that the only power we used in all those cases was that of observation.
I’m delighted that Lindsay Graham reacted to Democrat politicians with anger and disgust during the Judge Kavanaugh hearings. Orrin Hatch too has found his voice. At the same time, I ask, “What took you so long?” You see, I am one of the women Republicans are supposed to represent in Washington DC. And I, along with millions of other conservative women, have been angered and disgusted for decades. Mostly, our ire has been directed at Republicans for leaving us undefended and unrepresented. Where were your powers of observation until now?
The I.R.S. targeted us and conservative students at universities were forced to stand in restricted areas to share their views. Speakers we supported were attacked at tax-payer funded institutions. The media lied about and insulted us. Unelected bureaucrats annihilated our freedoms and the cherished country we love was smeared. Where were you then? You were playing best-friends with those destroying us as old-time-congressional-integrity visions of Tip O’Neill and Daniel Moynihan danced in your heads.
When we needed a brave, articulate and principled leader you salivated at the thought of your adored darling, John McCain, a man whose political posturing made many of us cringe. We thought that Mitt Romney would have made a great Boy Scout leader in the 1960s but that he, like you, was completely out of touch with the foes we face and the lives we lead today.
We tried to tell you. We bought books and listened to radio shows and podcasts that begged you to pay attention. We wrote and called you urging you to care more about us than about getting a positive comment in the New York Times. You ignored us and continued to speak of bipartisanship as a cherished goal, supplying those who hate us with a Potemkin village in which to hide. When we urged you to understand that most reporters wanted to destroy you rather than give you a platform, you looked at us blankly. The liberal Left knew that all they had to do was call you names – racist, homophobe, misogynist, xenophobe – and you would crumble. We elected Donald Trump with overwhelming relief that someone, finally, understood that what was needed was not defense but offense. You see, we women aren’t big fans of violence but we count on the Marines to use it when necessary. We may not like the way Donald Trump acted over the years in his personal or business life, and we may recoil from some of his communication, but we knew he had our back in a way that you, repeatedly, did not.
Will this disgraceful episode make a difference? I certainly don’t represent all women, all Republican women or all conservative women. But I do represent many. Like millions of women who register as Republicans, I hope you will stay ‘woken’. For years now – and I don’t feel good saying this, but you really have to know it – the adjectives we have associated with you are spineless, wimpy and stupid. That isn’t a winning combination. The Left would like you to believe that all women think one way and that you need to cringe, grovel and betray American principles of law and justice for them to pat you on your head. You have fallen for so many lies like that over the years.
Will you finally muster the courage to stand upright and do the right thing rather than caving under bullying? Will your powers of observation lead you to see that the behavior that is appalling you now has become standard Democrat comportment that must be continually, decisively and aggressively fought? Will you stop feeling the need to pile on and tear down the president we elected? You have made us proud this week. Millions of women are praying that you continue to do so.