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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

Sunday, April 17, 2016


John Kasich routinely gets described as the "sane candidate" on the GOP side.  The other day, he caught some flack for saying women should avoid parties where there is alcohol being served in order to avoid getting raped.  Needless to say, this comes across as victim blaming in many circles.

Kasich went on to explain that this is the advice he would give his daughter, and in that light, I guess it makes sense.

But Kasich is running for president, not dad.  What this reveals is a sort of fundamental way that Republicans look at governance.  It is paternal and patriarchal, sure, but it is also an extension of their own values.  You bring YOUR values to elective office and seek to promulgate and spread them.  That just goes without saying.

As they are discovering, however, fewer and fewer Americans share their values, and those that might share some of their values are increasingly unlikely to want to be told how to live by others.

Remember, Kasich is the sane one.

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