My problem with politics right now is that I don't see many good guys. You see good guys anywhere? It's a terrible time to have to vote, but I always do and will. It will also be straight ticket Democrat which makes me unhappy. I like to vote for the person but there is no 'person' in the Republican party. There is an agenda (that runs from extreme to more extreme) they all share; so I'll vote for Democrats even when I sometimes have to hold my nose to do it because that 'other' agenda is abhorrent to me. And I will vote because to not vote is to give up and be one of 'them'... Yeah, I said it... there is an us and them. It's another thing that makes me angry because there should not be; but that's not what this topic is about.
When Harry Reid and Sharron Angle debated in Nevada, it was pretty much determined by assorted media that it was a draw at best for Harry since he didn't come across strong; but since Angle was expected to be horrible, she probably won it. She also was obviously more willing to lie about and fudge her past statements as in whatever she had to do to win. Is that what she meant by man up?
She used it to refer to Social Security regarding what Reid said. Never mind that he was right. Social Security can be fixed with some tweaking, for instance taxing income above the level where it currently stops. It isn't what Angle wants to hear (nor what plays with her constituency and she definitely has one) as she either wants to end it or privatize it depending on the day you hear her talking. She used the term man up against Reid because he doesn't fit some movie version of a tough guy even if he has been one in reality as a one time boxer. He talks soft, so much for being manly. What matters to Republicans right now is image, not reality.
Or was Harry not manning up because he didn't call her out regarding her ignorant statement about Shariah law already in the United States in one city where it's not and in another that is basically a ghost town in Texas... Oh yeah Shariah law is sure going to take over Texas all right. Was his not calling her on that what made him unmanly and she's was evidently manly because she's willing to lie to get what she wants? Is that the message Republicans are using everywhere in campaigns, what they mean by man up?
You can bet on one thing about the media when it comes to debates or speeches. I wish they'd disappoint me, but they haven't yet. They will pick out one thing and if there is a simple, key sentence, it's all you will hear about. Angle telling him to man-up, was tailor made for media. It's been working for other Republicans this season also (was it in Rovian talking points?) That catch phrase is what they hope will man them up to the Congress as they try to convince Americans there is only one manly party out there.
Man up has a subliminal message and you know if it you think about it at all. It takes a man, a certain kind of man, to do the tough things. Given who the Republicans have been nominating in the way of women, either Barbie dolls or women who bought their own ticket to the parade, they clearly have a problem with images as in that's all they want. Their women must be pretty and probably not bother their pretty little heads with details. It's okay to get out there on the stump and screech but just don't discuss real policy. Who wants that?
Using the term man up ought to offend women all across this country (and men too actually) but people have lost track of their power as human beings. For women it appears if you are a Republican, power comes through beauty-- unless you can pay your own way. No way will a woman who looks like Madeleine Albright be nominated for a Republican position. Republicans even brag over how much prettier their women are than the Democratic ones.
Yes, I know their candidates aren't all beauties but those who aren't, are buying it with money they earned other ways. Look at Carly Fiorina, a failed CEO running on being a successful CEO for a job that isn't about being a CEO, a woman who was paid a minimum of $20 million (and maybe a lot more) just to get rid of her.
Then there is Meg Whitman using possibly as much as $180 million of her own as the only way she'd ever have been nominated or win. Heck everybody else buys government, why not her?
Another in that category is Linda McMahon who earned points for kicking a man in the groin (possibly faked with pro-wrestling whoever knows), but at least did earn her money by people opting to pay for wrestling events although sometimes that's not as simple as it seems with manipulating cities and states to pay for the facilities that allow those fancy sporting events.
And, of course, the just vote no Sharron Angle who if she gets into the Senate might make Harry Reid glad he's no longer there.
Perhaps I should include Jan Brewer in the she's running and isn't pretty bunch, but we know why she's even in the race and nobody needs a wikipedia link to tell them.
I got distracted but my objection to what Angle said, that played so well with the media, that other Republicans are using, is that Republicans think it takes a man to get things done (or a woman acting like a man or a Barbie doll who can inspire men?).
Using the term man up is evidently intended to inspire voters. Do men feel flattered by the term? Don't ask me but men should not either as it appears to relate to lying when need be, stomping on the backs of the elderly and the poor. If it works, it'll be because we have a populace who doesn't understand what real strength is and bases it all on TV shows or movies.
Women can be as strong and tough as men and it doesn't require having balls or pretending to have them. I think of my mother who was in her late 70s when she broke a hoe over the back of a young bull when he had gotten out of the fences and she was looking after the farm here.
I think of my daughter who, working as a field archaeologist, was the one to go down into the deep holes (with risk of them crumbling in around her) because she was smaller to look for artifacts or when out on a survey and the boulder was rolling straight at her on a hillside, she ducked unsure if she'd survive but no need to man up. She woman-ed up! Damnitall, what is wrong with people to think only acting macho can get things done whether it's a man or woman?
If Americans vote with that logic in November, we will be facing two years of Republican control of Congress and it'll give Obama a chance to see if he is ready to 'woman-up'...
That was a joke. I sometimes feel I have to be sure I add that as some people have no sense of humor. I know too many strong men (the real kind, not the posing sort) from my grandfathers, to my father, to my husband, son, son-in-law, and male friends to not know what strong men are like and they don't have to be mean about it or play macho, posturing games. As for weak women, who has the babies?
Men and women both can be tough and when people play games with pitting one against the other, it's always to make us all lose. Is it too much to ask the media to stop picking up on these cute phrases that have an underlying message that is ugly? I suppose it is, but we don't have to let it work!
After I wrote this, I really liked what Maureen Dowd in the Sunday New York Times had to say on the topic.