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Howdy. We've moved from Cayce, but St. Elizabeth of South Rose Hill or Lizette de Waccamaw de Sud just don't do it for me.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Notes from the Trip: Original Thoughts

(Written Saturday, May 24 at 11:48 PM in our little mountain cabin; to be posted once we get a web connection.)

So, having a long drive, with lots of time to think, sometimes gives clarity on things. And, like those dreams that suddenly explain everything, we're sometimes lucky enough to recall what was clarified.

First, a silly lyric re-write (courtesy of a long, hot shower)

And they'll know were a Cath'lics by our crosses, by our medals,
Yes, they'll know we are Cath'lics by our bling.

Second, a coinage.

As background, I heard discussion yesterday about things said by Rev. Hagee that caused Sen. McCain to reject his endorsement. Several commentators addressed the similarities and differences in saying (or implying while not articulating well enough to avoid misunderstandings) that God brings judgment (Rev. Jeremiah Wright on 9-11) or God allows evil that may ultimately bring good (Rev. Hagee on the relationship of the Holocaust to the founding of the State of Israel.) In both cases, the reaction to what these men said was agreement or disagreement, but certainly discussion on the merits of what was said and how this did or did not tarnish the political candidates with whom they have/had been affiliated.

In contrast, look at the reaction to things said by Sen. Clinton. I seldom hear (or heard, when SC was in high campaign season) a discussion about what she has said. Comments about her are often more about feelings, perceptions, (pantsuits) and other intangibles that don't fall into the realm of policy or governance. On the Dems side, when Sen. Obama raises his voice in a speech, people react positively. For Sen. Clinton, it's the opposite.

Here's the coinage: If Sen. Obama inspires all the patriotism and hope of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, Sen. Clinton is seen as the "Battle-axe of the Republic." It's not fair, but it's part of how our culture responds differently to men and to women. The surprising thing is that the Clintons, seasoned politicos that they are, didn't figure this one out earlier.

Still not a fan, and wouldn't vote for her based on significant policy issues, but I have found it interesting to watch visceral, vs. cerebral, responses.

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