Friday, March 7, 2008

Rachel Lucas has some words for Michelle Obama

I used to read Rachel Lucas regularly. Then she took a break from blogging, and I got out of the habit of visiting her site. But she's back, in fine style. And she doesn't think much of Michelle Obama's contributions to the nation's political discourse. Adrian points to this post, about Mrs. Obama's advice to young women to refrain from trying to make money, for the greater good:

Mrs. Obama, speaking to a group of women in a day care center in a poor, uneducated Ohio town:

“We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” she tells the women. “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond.”

Damn, that is some FANTASTIC advice. And it has an extra smack of authority coming from a woman who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year herself. Why didn’t I have female rolemodels and counselors like this when I was young, encouraging me not to make more than about $40,000 a year because of what the community needs? Screw what I need, such as money. I’m just greedy, I guess. I don’t care about the commuuuuunity.

Here's another, on the speech in which she said

“The life that I’m talking about that most people are living has gotten progressively worse since I was a little girl.… So if you want to pretend like there was some point over the last couple of decades when your lives were easy, I want to meet you!”
Rachel Lucas has some words for Mr. Obama also, in regard to the speech in which he said

… And if that child should ever get the chance to travel the world and someone should ask her where is she from, we believe that she should always be able to hold her head high with pride in her voice when she answers, “I am an American.”


That is the course we seek. That is the change we are calling for. You can call it many things, but you can’t call it empty.

To which Ms. Lucas says, "I call it bullshit."

Also, Rachel Lucas has dogs. You'll like the dogs.

Update: Are Arab-American families "being rounded up without benefit of an attorney"? Or is Mr. Obama just postulating a ridiculous hypothetical? I haven't heard anything about roundups. Cassy Fiano takes off from this and gets around to Mrs. Obama's remarks in a post at Wizbang!
What is it about liberals, and especially the Obamas? Why is it they see such negativity when they look at our country? To hear them talk, this is the reincarnation of the Soviet Union, complete with a dictatorship, gulags, and death for political dissidents. The Obamas, like many liberals, don't look at their country and feel their hearts swell with pride. They look at America and feel shame, anger, fear, and contempt. They look back on our proud history, and are ashamed, guilty, and outraged. The mistakes we have made loom so large in their minds that everything that is good about the United States is diminished. But can they really see America so oppressive as to be able to compare to Cuba, China, and the Soviet Union?

Interesting thoughts for them to have, considering that if America was as bad as they saw it, they'd be killed or jailed for saying the things they say.

Are these the kind of people we want leading our country -- people who feel nothing for her except a sense of grim determination that they should be the ones to "save" her from all of her sins?
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