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by Christopher Chantrill
May 25, 2009 at 11:27 pm
SARAH PALINS speech to the folks at Vanderburgh County Right to Life last month didnt seem to get on the national political radar. But if you get a chance to review the YouTube video, its worth it.
Governor Palin (R-AK) may have been giving a speech to conservative pro-lifers in Evansville, Indiana, on April 16, 2009, but the speech was an arrow aimed right over the heads of the conservatives present towards the hearts of moderate women voters everywhere.
And that, if you ask me, is the future of conservatism.
Palins first big theme that night was gifting. You men all know how important gifting is to women. If you dont then stop home at the store on the way home tonight and buy her a bunch of flowers, because you are already behind the 8-ball.
Palin told her audience that it was the gifts that persuaded her to come to Evansville. First it was the chocolates on her birthday. Then it was the donuts and the pastries. Finally, it was the hockey stick from the Evansville Youth Hockey Association. And try to guess husband Todds favorite movie? Of course, its Hoosiers.
Then there was Palins home-state boosterism, her teacher theme. With a disarming reference to her school-teacher parents she reeled of a host of facts about Alaska to her Hoosier hosts. I hadnt really thought about it before, but women do participate, as enthusiastically as George F. Babbitt, in the boosting of their homes, their hometown, and their home state. Home is where the heart it.
Finally, when Palin got down to the pro-life part of her speech, she explained her beliefs using a dilemma theme. Conservative men have principles. Liberal women have issues. But moderate women have dilemmas.
Palin talked about finding out she was pregnant in her forties, about finding out that her baby had that extra chromosome. She talked about the love that flooded her when she finally had Trig in her arms. Disarmingly, she spoke about how she thought, for a fleeting moment, about getting rid of her little problem when she out of town. Nobody would know.
Fortunately, our liberal friends didnt publicize the speech. So the MSM missed the chance to tell moderate women what to think about it. And unless moderate women are carefully taught, theyll receive the speech, and the ones that come after, as a conversation over coffee.
They will get to appreciate the moment when Palin mentions how they are criticizing her for leaving Alaska to come talk to the folks in Indiana. They will get to hear about a couple of disastrous sit-down interviews. Women are good at this faux self-deprecationwhen they mean, between the lines, how dare they!
Theres no rocket science about the need for a woman-centered conservatism. It stares at you out of the numbers over at usgovernmentspending.com. Our rulers are spending about a trillion dollars a year on health care, a trillion dollars a year on education, and half a trillion dollars a year on welfare. Health care, education, and welfare are things that women care about.
But theres a problem, a problem that, in a world without an MSM, would have women up in arms. The trillions of dollars are not being spent in sensitive, compassionate ways that respond directly to the needs of mothers and adult daughters. Instead, it is spent in rigid, compulsory, government programs devised by experts and administered by workers with lifetime tenure.
You may have noticed that the purpose of this administrative system is not to help people. It is to reward its servitors. That is how a vertical system of social organization is supposed to work, whether it is a feudal system, a political machine, or a welfare state.
If conservative are ever to break the back of the welfare state, and introduce a horizontal and sociable society in place of the cruel and rigid liberal administrative state, then our task is clear. We have to persuade moderate women that the present setup does a terrible job of helping them care for their children, their mothers, and themselves.
It shouldnt be that hard. After all, the current system does do a terrible job of caring for people. It puts the children that women care for in custodial institutions for most of their childhood. Its assault on marriage subjects adult women to frightening insecurities when they need security most during their child-raising years. And it puts the aging mothers that loving daughters worry about in custodial institutions.
But every message needs a messenger. The question confronting conservatives is: who is to be our messenger?
Who will talk to moderate women and talk their language?
How about a woman with executive experience who knows all about gifting and dilemmas and can fearlessly skipper a fishing dory right through the surf up onto the beach?
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization
What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph
These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self
There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion
The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America