Feminists on the Left want America’s money. That means they want your money and mine. They’ll take it from our children and our grandchildren. We only think we’re working for our families or ourselves. These self-proclaimed liberators of American womanhood have got it spent already.
They know better than we do. We are the oppressed, and if we don’t realize that, they’ll prove it to us. If we weren’t oppressed already, they will be sure to oppress us. The wealth of this great country must be redistributed, you see, to achieve something they call “social justice,” and if they can achieve their aims no other way, they’ll do it at the point of a gun. If you don’t believe they’re mad enough, just listen to them.
In a thoughtful piece in City Journal online, writer Kay S. Hymnowitz draws a bead – if such “violent” imagery may still be used – on Sarah Palin and the new feminism of the Right. “When Sarah Palin took the podium in St. Paul to accept her nomination for the vice presidency in September 2008, calm and collected feminists might have recalled the old saw: Be careful what you wish for.” And, as has become apparent, the feminists of the establishment Left seem to be regretting that wish now. “Yes, here she was – clinging to her guns, her religion, and her babies, and saying, and apparently believing, all the wrong things.”
Feminist writer Jessica Grose vented about the speech that “my head almost exploded from the incandescent anger boiling in my skull…What I feel for her privately could be described as violent, nay, murderous, rage.” Yet this is the same crowd that has been calling Gov. Palin a murderer ever since the Tucson shootings. It is Palin, not seething cauldrons of potential homicide like Jessica Grose, who is accused of fomenting hate and violence in America.
The reason for all the leftist rage? Hymnowitz nails it. Gov. Palin “is transforming the very meaning of a women’s movement.” She also recognizes what really bugs feministas on the Left. “What threatened feminism as we knew it was the Palinites’ fundamental beliefs about the nature of the American social contract.”
The problem with feminism, when it was held hostage by the Left, was the same one burdening all of those “progressivism” embraces. All its beneficiaries must take a back seat to the Left’s real overriding concern: the overthrow of the American economy in favor of socialist collectivism. Thus must every issue recognized as a “woman’s issue” serve that agenda. Hymnowitz notes that the “newcomers” are not focused on child care, parental leave, equal-pay initiatives or other leftist preoccupations. They are concerned with “government debt and patronage, about TARP and bailouts and excessive regulation.”
On MSNBC’s program “Morning Joe,” newscaster Lesley Stahl was mystified about it all. “I wanted to ask all the gurus here why so many of the Tea Partiers are women. I find that just intriguing and don’t quite understand why that has happened.” Hymnowitz observes that Stahl and Company think “real women” should care “about day care, not deficits.”