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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Is It Pathological?

The distinction is lost on some people.

We now have - not the War on Women - but the war on the Cartoon Woman.

Meet Julia.

Julia is a woman who benefits throughout her life from various government programs, from HeadStart to Pell Grants to being on her parent's health insurance into her mid 20s to small business loans to Medicare to Social Security.  The cartoon illustrates that everyone benefits from various government programs at various stages in their lives.

Needless to say, conservatives unleashed the Flying Monkeys.

As Ann Marie Cox noted, anything that gets the GOP to start slamming women again is a win for Obama and it hardly matters that she's two dimensional.  The fact that it is Julia and not James is hardly happenstance.

All this bellicose yelling about "Freeeeeedom" like they're Mel Gibson at the end of Braveheart obscures the fact that people don't like the freedom to suffer.  The truism that we've repeated here a lot: "People hate the government in the abstract but love it in the specific" applies even more so to women.  Let's face it, women weren't the target audience for Braveheart.

Women and Hispanics tend to favor government intervention more than white men.  By constantly yapping about the evils of Pell Grants and health insurance reform and the "nanny state" the GOP insures their continued conflict with these two demographics.

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