Following my post of a link to the most recent McCain campaign ad, someone responded by writing:
Insulting to women – implying that they only like him because he is “hot”. I don’t see at as race-baiting though.
I only post this quote to set-up the punch line:
Hey, women do enough to insult their gender every day. Pick up a newspaper.
They need no help. I’d buy the race angle before i bought the sexist one. Btw not everyone in this country feels the need to have a person of any minority lead us( choosing minority for minority sake is not a reason) It’s why it’s called majority rules, get over it.
It is an interesting, if unintended, play upon the words “minority” and “majority.” I won’t say anything about choosing a minority for minority’s sake other than that it seems to me that most of the people I’ve encountered like Obama for his policies and his consistent opposition to the largest foreign policy blunder in decades. The issue of “getting over” majority rules is more interesting. When it comes down to it, we are not so much a country concerned solely with the majority. If we were, notions like civil liberties and the electoral college would be meaningless in the United States. The former is concerned with the rights of, gasp, the minority, in the face of an indifferent if not hostile majority. The latter addressed the concern that pure majoritarian politics would obscure the interests of certain, less populous regions. That is, both of these institutions recognized that there are interests outside, indeed greater than, the revered Majority. Given these historical concerns, it may be somewhat difficult to get over “majority rules” when it seems to me that the poster seeks to ignore, if not disparage, the black candidate because he is part of the minority.
I will defer to Kate on the issue of Women.