Back to the Good Old Days

Republicans have a very traditional view of democracy. Apparently, they would like to return to a time when only white, male, property-owners could vote. But what I find particularly appalling is this idea that "feelings" are unreal. What the NH pol really means, of course, is "feelings" of generosity are unreal while "feelings" of selfishness are real. Makes the baby Jesus weep, really. Update: And lest anyone think, with Lou in comments, that this is an isolated incident, or that it is not about disenfranchising (supposedly liberal) young voters, see this report from IHE. This is part of the Right's playbook. Has been since at least Nixon.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “Back to the Good Old Days”

  1. Do you seriously believe this? Do you honestly in your narrow-minded view seem to think that only Democrats are capable of true democracy?

    This is precisely the reason that Republicans are unwilling to engage in meaningful conversation with Democrats. Every word that a Republican says must clearly be hateful and anti-inclusion and backward. Give me a break. People are allowed to have opinions that are contrary to your own – liberals made this assertion throughout the Bush years, if you recall.

    The statements from this representative are not as simple-minded or appalling as you may suspect. If students from your district voted for something entirely non-representative of your area, would you be very pleased? The idea is not nearly as poor as you’d suggest, and your shallow “Jesus” comments only make you look like the insensitive one.

  2. Lou, who said anything about about Democrats? I did characterize Republicans, but I intentionally said nothing about Democrats because I don’t think it’s an entirely partisan matter. Beyond that, your logic is so flawed I don’t even know where to begin. I’m the reason that Republicans won’t talk to Democrats? Dude, I’m not even a Democrat. I just think students, if the meet the requirements of citizenship, have the right to vote. That might be a revolutionary idea to you, but it seems like a basic piece of democracy to me. Many of my students are more “conservative” than I am: 1. they are free to disagree with me & 2. I think they should be able to vote where they live, which is in my Congressional district. I actually encourage all of my students to vote. But then, I believe in democracy. Republicans have for years tried to suppress the votes of people they disagree with — it’s all over the historical record from the Jim Crow South to the Bush Justice Department. And I didn’t say a word about people having opinions different from my own — I merely characterized certain attitudes as selfish & called for “generosity.” Hell, even a Republican like David Brooks agrees with me. Just read his column today.As for Jesus, he was a pretty generous guy & he also, I suspect, could understand irony, which you, apparently, cannot. By the way, your use of “precisely” is utterly imprecise & gives you away as a rhetorical idiot.

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