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Many thanks to Think Progress and Alan Colmes for the interview and post. But many more thanks to John Derbyshire himself for being so shockingly dense, oblivious and backwards that he provides a shining indictment of why Conservatism is a pathetic crock of shit.
What can you say of an idiot that would repeal the Nineteenth Amendment of 1920, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965? The classic partisanship-until-you-die-of-stupidity on proud display here is like catnip to the right wing. It’s the abyss of obstinate stupidity for the rest of us–fathom it if you dare…
Alan: What is the case against female suffrage?
John: Well the conservative case against it is that, is that women lean hard to the left. They, uh, they want someone to, to nurture, they want someone to help raise their kids, and if men aren’t inclined to do it, which in the present days they’re not much, then they’d like the state to do it for them.
A: Well, do you think women should not vote?
J: Uhh…I’m not putting forward a political program, here, I’m trying to change attitudes, Alan, you know?
A: Well, when you say ‘The Case Against Female Suffrage,’ the suggestion is that them voting would not be the best thing for you.
J: Among the hopes that I do not realistically nurse is the hope that female suffrage will be repealed.
There are so many things to shred in this entire clip, I could spend a huge post on it, but I won’t.
1). You notice how he qualifies his case against women’s suffrage as the ‘conservative case’? That’s because ‘reality’ doesn’t matter. The case ‘in reality’ against women having the right to vote is obviously a horrible joke that doesn’t need detailing to anybody here. Among Conservatives, however, it’ll be forever the sort of thing they could write books about, hold conventions over. A pack of Boba Fett wannabes at a Comic Con are better equipped to make decisions for the nation than these idiots.
2.) Why would anybody bother with the partisan case when the real case is so brutally stupid? Because Conservatism is a ‘movement’, a ‘philosophy, which ‘rocks’. It’s proudly and necessarily fantasy-based to appeal to people who are reality-befuddled. If they can suck you up into the romantic idiocy of it all, then you’ll be one of them. A drunken dinosaur, with brain to match.
3.) Catch how he damns women with their nurturing ways and concerns for their kids?
4.) See how he assumes that having the government interested in the welfare of children is some sort of crime, or joke?
5.) Notice how he’d like to parse what he’d like to do, attitude-wise, versus what he believes? Conservative politics always works by stealth and deception. What the popular rightie programs and laws of the day appear to be, they’re smokescreens for their real beliefs. Remember what ‘State’s Rights’ really meant? Or how attacking ‘Partial Birth Abortions’ had nothing to do with turning back Roe vs. Wade? Derbyshire is only bold enough to be pretty straight about it here.
This is what they really believe about women–that they’re not particularly bright and that they screw up what could easily be a far better world with their weaknesses and defects. If you don’t believe me, go back and listen (around 1:00) to how disbelieving Derbyshire was when Colmes didn’t agree with him that women shouldn’t vote.