I bag on the Democratic Party. A lot. I do it for a lot of good reasons; the party tries to make virtues out of much of the worst of human nature, and to cheapen much of what is the best. If you put a gun to my head and said “become a Democrat or die”, I’d reponse “use a big bullet”. I bag on the DFL on principle; it is one of the reasons I started this blog; I am utterly successful at it, and have no plans of stopping.
Now, many of my best friends, and both of my parents, are Democrats. Heck, I used to be one. So in many cases I respect their points of view – but the Democrats and the DFL are my rhetorical beeyotch.
But in the unlikely event that, say, my daughter Bun – the more politically-involved of my kids so far – were to not only become a Democrat, but a committed one who did a great job (say, managed a successful State Senate campaign for a DFLer candidate), what do you suppose I’d do?
Disown her? Pffft. Not at all. I’d be proud of her. Oh, I’d question her political choices; but if she decided to take that course in her life (presumably after a brain injury) and excelled at it, what parent wouldn’t be proud?
And it’s not a big deal – because within certain limits, family comes before politics.
Seems obvious to most people. But some liberals apparently aren’t “most people” .
Benjamin Sarlin – apparently a slumming press-release writer – quoting Tarryl Clark in the “Daily Beast“:
[She and Michele Bachmann] have three things in common: We’re women, moms, and we both have sons in AmeriCorps,” Clark said. “The difference is I’m proud of mine and we should be proud of our young adults giving something to the community.”
This is an old meme; Bachmann has criticized Americorps – the Clinton-era social-engineering temp program – on basic principle.
Harrison Bachmann, one of the Representative’s sons, has joined an Americorps-related teaching program. The usual pack of suspects is tut-tutting and tittering.
So is the liberal mind so intolerant and incapable of cognitive dissonance that they think a parent can’t be proud of a son’s mission and achievement, even if he/she’s opposed to the bureaucracy for which he works?
And how utterly, pointlessly, creepily ghoulish is it that Tarryl Clark would even bring it up?
Are Tarryl Clark and the DFL that desperate against Bachmann?
Note to Republicans: If you want to have Democrats labelling you “Teh ReTHUGliKON Heppocreet!” and hopping up and down like a bunch of dogs when a new carton of spoiled meat comes to the kennel, just approve of some facet of something that you criticized in a completely different context. It’ll make their pathetic little day.