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August 13, 2003
A Manly World

I don't read Horowitz's bigoted, reactionary appeal to the worst of the Right-wing, otherwise known as Front Page Magazine. Why not? Well, even with Groupthink mocking the text, FPM's efforts tend to upset my stomach. (Via Ampersand.)

Any yet, sometimes, I think I'm denying myself some much-needed giggles by avoiding the publication.

The appeal of Truman/Reagan/Bush is plain speaking, firm conviction, and personal courage. they are seen to have solid instincts rather than attractive emotions or intellectual preparation...the American archetype, in short.

They got guts, but no brains. That's what FPM was saying. It's saying that the Archetypical American is a reactionary mouth-breather.

And, on warfare:

Slaughter en masse is still called for, and it remains manís work.

Hey, he's right. This is totally among the realm of things the vast majority of women are willing to leave to men. Like adjusting yourself as you leave the bathroom, this is not something most women would want to lay claim to...the perception, in defiance of the evidence of recorded history, that mass slaughter (short of complete genocide) solves problems.

Heh. Anyhow.

I have few opinions on the health insurance/health care problem, mostly because it's not one of the things I've read about extensively.

There is one idea I'll leave you to ponder. Some kind of change is critical if the current system, the one we're forcing to fit a model it was never designed to fit, is not going to collapse around our ears.

The current health insurance system cannot be "fixed." Like (as far as I know) all USofA insurance programs, our "health insurance" was created as an indemnity-based system. It was never designed to provide access to healthcare. It was insurance. If you got hit by a catastrophe, then it kicked in. You were supposed to get your ears peered into and your blood pressure taken on your own nickel.

Don't get me wrong, I know there are millions of people who can't afford to go to the doctor to get weighed and have their temperatures taken. I'm not saying we don't need reform in our health care systems. I'm saying that the concept of "insurance" is fundamental to what needs to be changed.

On a more personal note, stop dyeing your hair in the bathroom sink, okay? I know where you live. I know, because you live upstairs from me. Every time you dye your hair in the bathroom sink, my bathroom sink stops up and overflows. You may not be aware of this, but the sludge you're rinsing off your head turns to cement in the pipes.

Knock it off. I'm sick of cleaning your wastewater off my bathroom floor. Also? I'm going to start billing you for my laundry costs because I have to wash my rugs and towels all the time.

Inconsiderate twit.

Posted by AnneZook at 04:13 PM


I can't speak about Bush much, but from what I've read of Truman and Reagan, calling them mouth-breathers is wholly inaccurate. You should check out "Reagan: In His Own Hand," a compilation of Reagan radio addresses. You probably won't agree with his conclusions, but Reagan's intelligence shines through regardless. I haven't read anything written by Truman, so I can't speak to him directly, but certainly what I have read of the man indicates he was also a pretty smart guy.

Posted by: Andrew at August 14, 2003 01:17 PM

Are they saying that Reagan wrote his own speeches? Because he'd be the only President to have done so in quite a long time.

He delivered the speeches well, I don't disagree with that.

Anyhow, it wasn't me calling names, exactly. I just pointed out that FPM was saying that their heros weren't the brainy types.

Admittedly, "mouth-breather" was sort of obnoxious. I should probably have restrained my rhetoric. Sorry. I'm trying hard (snerk) to be Fair and Balanced, after all.

Posted by: Anne at August 14, 2003 08:22 PM