The rip in time
Remember Bill Bennett? Appointed by Ronald Reagan as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, then Secretary of Education for George W. Bush, and later his Drug Czar. Today he’s a conservative pundit, a “distinguished fellow” at the Heritage Foundation, and is also known for some controversy over his multi-million $ gambling losses. His “Morning In America” radio show is carried on the Sirius “Patriot Channel”, and he’s written a bunch of books about morality. Yeah, that guy.
I think it would be fair to say he’s a Conservative role model. So here he is sharing a stage with Pat Robertson, and talking about the horrifying fact that IBM now has a female CEO:
Robertson: Well you know it’s interesting in the news today was the changing of the guard at IBM where Palmisano is changing off and a woman’s taking his position as head of this great corporation, IBM.
You like that? “A woman’s taking his position”. She has a name, Pat. Her hame is Virginia Rometty. You should read up on her – she’s pretty darned impressive. And he makes it sound like she walked in and opened up a can of feminist whup-ass on him. Fact is, companies change CEO’s for lots of reasons.
Bennett: That’s right and there’s just a ton of that…fine all power to the women and the girls, as long as we don’t confuse roles and the differences in genders. Boys have to wake up! We got to wake them up!Robertson: What’s this going to do to society, if men don’t take their places as men and suddenly there’s a gap and women and we have a matriarchy. What will this do ultimately to society?…
Bennett: I think it can hurt society, maybe grievously. Interestingly the feminists are not celebrating this Pat, they want men too. They might want to rail against this and they may want to talk about stereotypes of man and male domination and so on, but women want men. They want men for that strong arm, they want men for that protection, they want men for a partner in marriage and so it’s something that has got very blurred and what I try to do in this book is remind people of things that are true. And to the boys, as you very well said, the array of things offered on TV and elsewhere is very confusing, from macho stuff to gay culture to all sorts of things. What I got here is a point of view that is time tested, based in tradition that will get boys to manhood.
Got that, ladies and gents? Women are delicate little things who need a big ol’ strong man to look after them. Try reading those words out loud and ask yourself if they belong in the current century. Or the previous one.
Honestly, on issue after issue, whenever the facade falls off, modern Conservatism seems like a rip in time, leading back to the Victorian era, the Age of Empires. Living in the past and denying the present won’t bring back the past – and why would you want to? The past was objectively awful.
(h/t to my favorite bloggers and Tweeps who picked up on this story.)