Consider, if you will The Convenient Marriage, a hilarious page-turner in which the brash, barely-out-of-the-schoolroom Miss Horatia Winwood solves her elder sisterâ€™s inconvenient-but-dutiful engagement to the notoriously self-contained Earl of Rule by showing up at his house and offering herself in exchange. As the Earl and his young bride work some of the most counter-intuitive moves imaginable in order to seduce each other into an authentic marriage, the peripheral characters romp through this story like Georgian Marx Brothers, pulling noses, inspiring blue-wigged macaronis to call them out, taking to the High Toby with a brilliantly wrought cockney thief, and stumbling into abduction scenes theyâ€™ve mistaken for card parties. Please bring these people to life for us!
And while youâ€™re at it, please consider allowing us to meet The Grand Sophy â€” part Mary Poppins, part Annie Oakley â€” the irrepressible horsewoman and diplomat who keeps a small, ladylike gun in her handmuff and an Italian Greyhound beneath her skirts. Please produce four nights of False Colors and have Kit Fancot travel from Vienna to London on a hunch that his twin is in trouble, so we can delight in his flighty â€œcharming peagooseâ€ of a mother, and her ardent, indulgent and fearfully fat cicisbeo, Sir Bonamy. And if your taste in some season is running toward darker stories, please allow us to watch the Duke of Avon and his abused-but-valiant French ward (think Audrey Tautou!) wend their way through the fascinating and disturbing tale of These Old Shades! Show us how an unattractive heroine, married as part of A Civil Contract, manages to persevere and win everything by means of her simple human decency.
â€œIt is frustrating, because who wants to grow up and follow their parents?â€ admits Chelsea. â€œIâ€™ve tried really hard to care about things that were very different from my parents. I was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldnâ€™t. That wasnâ€™t the metric of success I wanted in my life. Iâ€™ve talked about this to my friends who are doctors and whose parents are doctors, or who are lawyers and their parents are lawyers. Itâ€™s a funny thing to realise I feel called to this work both as a daughter and also as someone who believes I have contributions to make.â€
Which posturing not surprisingly provoked Elizabeth Scalia (“The Anchoress”) to put the spoiled young woman firmly in her place.
Stop. Justâ€¦stop it.
Do not follow in your parentâ€™s footsteps and try to convince the world that money means nothing to you. Money never means â€œnothingâ€ to the people who cannot stop talking about it, and between your poor â€œnot truly well offâ€ mother, and your dad who is forever telling us that heâ€™s happy to be a rich guy paying rich guy taxes, and now thisâ€¦just stop it.
You tried really hard to care about money? And naturally you couldnâ€™t because no good or noble person actually does that? Naturally, only greedy, vulgar people would care about money. I wonder who they might be? And do they know how offensive they are?
Come to think of it, I might know some of them, and I can hear them grumbling a bit at the moment, can you? Listenâ€¦cock your ear over here, away from Nobu, and listen to that single mom:
â€œSheâ€™d bloody well care about money if every time the gas and food prices go up itâ€™s another supper of macaroni and cheese for us!â€
Maybe, from your $10 million dollar pad in Gramercy Park you can hear the young couple weighed down with college debt: â€œSheâ€™d freaking care about money if she was living in her momâ€™s basement while trying to find a real job and carrying $45,000 in college loans.â€
Perhaps on your way to the Hamptons this summer you can lean out â€” but not if youâ€™re taking a chopper, of course â€” and hear the family that will be stay-cationing it for the fourth year in a row, because the â€œrecovery summerâ€ hasnâ€™t reached them yet. You should be able to hear them, because the grumbling is getting pretty loud in those neighborhoods.
When you mewl in blissful ignorance about trying â€œreally hard to care about moneyâ€ all you do is emphasize that money worries are a non-issue for you. You insult every man and woman who are forced to â€œcare about moneyâ€ as they struggle to pay their bills and sacrifice so their kids can join a baseball league or take a dance class (like you did); you diss everyone who is forced to â€œcare about moneyâ€ because they havenâ€™t had a raise in a couple of years, though costs keep rising â€” or because they are retired and arenâ€™t seeing the interest income theyâ€™d planned on, and so the house is falling into disrepair, and they canâ€™t sell it because young couples weighed down with student loans arenâ€™t buying those fixer-uppers the way they used to.
Just stop it.
No one minds your being rich, but have a little class about it. Donâ€™t sit in your ivory tower â€” justifiably excited to be expecting the best-connected-baby in the world, with access to the finest doctors and no worries about what sort of school environment or teachers your child will have to endure â€” and suggest that none of it matters, as though youâ€™d be just as happy living in a garage apartment next to 7-11 and with no immediate plans to board a private jet.
You think it makes you sound humble, but it really makes you sound ungrateful. You think it makes you seem down-to-earth, but it only emphasizes the rarity of your air. …
[W]ith all due respect, lady, gain some self-awareness; understand what has been handed to you through very little effort of your own. Before you talk about how much you canâ€™t bring yourself to care about money, why donâ€™t youâ€¦check your extraordinary .0000001% of the .0001% privilege.
Andrew Breitbart, Andrew Sullivan, Glenn Reynolds, NAACP, Racial Politics, Shady Jounalism, Shirley Sherrod, The Anchoress, The Blogosphere
When a tasty news item confirming one’s own prejudices and assumptions and wreaking injury upon one’s political adversaries comes along, it is only natural that the partisan blogger will seize upon it with a certain glee and give it prominent coverage in a major posting.
I almost simply referenced Andrew Breitbart’s video published yesterday of Shirley Sherrod apparently giving a tutorial on successful discrimination in federal program administration in a simple sarcastic posting, but it was short and I happened to watch it a second time, and then I began wondering about its editing.
A day later, everyone knows that all the wheels have come off of Andrew Breitbart’s discrimination story. (the Politico)
Breitbart was doing damage control, telling Talking Points Memo that he didn’t do the editing and was not even in possession of the full video when he launched the story. (sigh)
But the silver-lining in this unfortunate episode is that NYM was not alone in noticing the tricky editing. It was only to be expected that many blogs would be fooled. The truth is that everyone sometimes posts hastily without deep consideration of the material being passed along.
But the right-side of the blogosphere really does differ from the left with respect to honesty and responsibility.
[Here’s] what is troubling me.
Doesnâ€™t it seem like, after all of that sort of winking, â€œyou and I know how they really areâ€ racist crap wherein Sherrodâ€“intentionally or notâ€“indicts her own narrow focus, she was heading to a more edifying message? What did it open her eyes about? Was she about to say â€œI took him to one of his own, but it shouldnâ€™t have mattered about that; my job was to serve all the farmers who needed help.â€
Was she about to say, â€œI learned about myself and about how far we still have to go?â€
Was she about to say â€œitâ€™s not poor vs those who have, because we are not at war, we are just in the same human reality that ever was?â€
Was she about to say, â€œpoor is poor, hungry is hungry and the past is the past when a family canâ€™t eat?â€
I want to know. Because it seemed like Sherrod was heading somewhere with that story, and the edit does not let us get there. I want the rest of the story before I start passing judgment on it. …
I want to see the rest of the tape. I cannot believe Sherrod ended on â€œI took him to one of his own.â€ Either she said something much worse after that (which we would have seen) or she said something much better.
If it was something â€œbetterâ€ then we should have seen that, too.
Before long, her skepticism was being echoed throughout the right side of the blogosphere. So much for Andrew Sullivan‘s “virulence of the far right.”
James Taranto, on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, also noticed that editing and he had no doubts.
It seems to us that Sherrod got a bum deal in all this. While her description of her attitude toward the white farmer is indeed appalling, even in Breitbart’s video it is clear by the end that the story was one of having learned the error of her ways.
Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.
Congratulations to Shirley Sherrod on her vindication.
2008 Election, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Humor, Sarah Palin, The Anchoress, The Godfather (1972), William Clinton
The Anchoress pictures the scene in which a poll-sinking prodigy comes hat-in-hand asking for the aid of the man he disrespected.
The Anchoress has written a moving tribute to President Bush, titled The President of All the People, which views his failures to respond more vigorously and effectively to his opponents as explicable in religious terms.
Who knows? Maybe she’s more correct than most of the rest of us as to what really makes George W. Bush tick.
Don Surber shows a wonderful picture of President Bush, helping Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd walk as they gather to confer a congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee airmen who served in World War II.
Sen. Robert Byrd is, of course, … as partisan a Democrat as one may find. In the picture, Bush holds Byrdâ€™s hand with great gentleness and compassion, in no way demeaning Bryd or taking away his dignity. But you can see that he is firmly grasping the old manâ€™s hand; Bush is concentrating entirely on serving him safely to his seat.
Surber says that the picture didnâ€™t get picked up by many papers and suggests that itâ€™s because the press is reluctant to remind people that President Bush is an utterly decent, humane and gentlemanly man. Nothing good is permitted to be shown of President Bush, these days. Doesnâ€™t fit the â€œBush is evil and moronicâ€ template. I more than suspect that Surber is correct.
Itâ€™s been that way for a while, actually. I recall that a year after 9/11, President Bushâ€™s poll numbers were still in the stratosphere; they were very high heading into Iraq. They were still pretty high during the â€œcedar revolutionsâ€ and the â€œorange revolutionsâ€ – the so-called â€œArab Springtimeâ€ during which time Democracy seemed to be threatening to break out all over the world. It was all happening under Bushâ€™s watch, and Bush was dancing with these folks as they demonstrated their hopefulness.
That was only in two years ago, in May, 2005. Feels like half an age, doesnâ€™t it? …
President Bush drives us crazy. We want him to fight back. He wonâ€™t. We want him to â€œsaveâ€ himself. He wonâ€™t. He wonâ€™t â€œsaveâ€ his presidency, either. He wonâ€™t â€œsaveâ€ his party. He wonâ€™t â€œsaveâ€ his legacy.
President Bush is doing what is unthinkable – he is staying true to the task laid out before him, to serve all the people. He is remaining faithful to that and he is counting on his God to do the rest, as his God has promised.
Read the whole thing.
Hat tip to Terrye.
The Anchoress is moved to justified indignation by the discreditable behavior of certain people at the Toronto Film Festival, celebrating and applauding a film made entirely for the purpose of dramatizing the assassination of President Bush.
(Ths kind of fantasy) makes me realize that this Bush hate on the left is not about Bush. It’s not about Iraq, it’s not about the war on terror, it’s not about tax cuts…it’s not about Bush. It’s about the foot-stomping tantrums of the perpetually adolescent who – even before the 2000 elections – could not bear even the idea of their side being out of power in congress and out of the White House. It has never been about Bush. They’d hate any Republican in that White House just as roundly and completely, on any pretext.
All this time, we thought it might be about something. Now, we realize, all this hate is about nothing but them, and what they want and their childish angst. It is about the delay to the coup they had in place and their frustrations at having to wait and in some cases, rebuild.
I’m beginning to think they deserve the world they want. But I surely don’t, and neither do my kids. Neither does the rest of the world.