Florence King on Politicianettes

Miss King wrote one review for two similar books: 24 Years of House Work… and the Place Is Still a Mess by Democrat congresswoman Pat Schroeder, and Representative Mom: Balancing Budgets, Bill, and Baby in the U.S. Congress by “moderate” Republican (she’s pro-abortion and anti-gun) congresswoman Susan Molinari. These two books prove two things: first, that motherhood and career cannot be combined, and second, that women have no business in politics.

Both women brag at length about how dirty their houses are, apparently not reflecting that their husbands and children have any right to not live in squalor. (Also, can’t they afford housekeepers?) They also brag about raising their children on fast food, dooming them to a lifetime of health problems. Schroeder even brags that if her kids complained about having to do their own laundry, she would ruin their favorite clothes by putting bleach in the wash.

Both women are foul-mouthed. Schroeder’s two-year-old daughter, asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, reportedly said, “I want to be a congresswoman like my mother so I can say f*** and s*** and not get in trouble.” A two-year-old who knows those words is in an unfit home.

They make it clear that they have no respect for their own offices. Schroeder donned a bunny suit to play the Easter bunny for an egg hunt and announced that Congress would be a better place if its members wore bunny suits instead of power suits. This irresistibly reminded me of something a female Democrat acquaintance of mine said a few years back, that both the candidates in an election in her area took themselves too seriously and she would like to see them both do a tap dance at the next debate. I have come to believe that women are the enemy of dignity, because it is something that can only be created by men and merely borrowed by women. It would go a long way towards explaining the loathsome public behavior since Women’s Lib.

To me, the most horrifying bit was learning that congresswomen “balance” motherhood and political careers by taking their babies to work with them. I would have assumed that the very notion of congresswomen doing such things was the stuff of sexist jokes, but they actually do it. They can’t be bothered to supervise them, either. Molinari relates an anecdote about this. Here is Miss King’s summary:

During a debate on funding the National Endowment for the Arts, Molinari’s daughter Susan Ruby escaped from the GOP side and crawled over to the Democrat side. When she realized her baby was missing, Molinari panicked and went looking for her in defiance of the time-honored rule that representatives never cross the aisle in the middle of a debate. Meanwhile, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) waylaid the errant baby and, also ignoring the rule, crossed the chamber to return her to her mother. They met in the middle.

How can a baby just crawl off without her mother noticing that she’s gone? What kind of mother wouldn’t notice when her baby got more than a couple of feet away from her?

Molinari relates the end of the episode:

We [she and Lowey] shared a hug, then looked at each other and laughed. Ideology, even party loyalty, became irrelevant. A really important and pressing matter was at hand: Susan Ruby needed her diaper changed.

So the mere presence of females has led to the wanton breaking of time-honored customs, the erosion of the boundaries by which our society functions, and the dismissal of all higher values.

It’s gotten so that when I watch movies set before the 60’s, I feel all wistful whenever I spot the beautiful sight of offices and chambers of government occupied solely by men in suits. The dignity, the order of that world: the world of patriarchy.

Florence King calls this pair of books Declining And Falling Made Easy.

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3 Responses to “Florence King on Politicianettes”

  1. BumpNRun Says:

    Those are some truly depressing anecdotes you’ve found. No wonder the Russians are on the march again, our representative leaders are certainly cut from a weaker cloth these days.

  2. BumpNRun Says:

    Those are some truly depressing anecdotes you’ve found. No wonder the Russians are on the march again, our representative leaders are certainly cut from a weaker cloth these days.

  3. BumpNRun Says:

    Those are some truly depressing anecdotes you’ve found. No wonder the Russians are on the march again, our representative leaders are certainly cut from a weaker cloth these days.

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