The Real War Against Women
posted at 3:49 pm on March 8, 2012 by Mitch Berg
Last week, Minnesota state representative Mary Franson, a Republican from Alexandria in Central Minnesota, released a video response to constituent questions. One of the questions was about welfare.
In the video (since removed, unfortunately), Franson compared welfare to treating people like animals – by creating dependence, making it impossible for them to live without help. In other words,government treats them like pets, zoo creatures, livestock – creatures of whom they are the master.
Now, food stamp recipients aren’t animals – but the DFL chanting point machine (the “Alliance for a Better Minnesota”, which is funded by the DFL-leaning unions and, largely, Governor Mark Dayton’s wife Alita Messinger, who is an heir to the Rockefeller billions, and “Take Action Minnesota”, a progressive pressure group with links to other liberals with deep pockets) are certainly a bunch of rhetorical hyenas. They took Franson’s statement, water-boarded it until all the context went away, and put it out there as ‘Mary Franson Compares People On Food Stamps To Animals“.
And that’s how the media – in the bag for the DFL as they almost universally are – ran with it.
It was a lie, of couse; the DFL, being intellectually and morally bankrupt, has had nothingbut lies for the past 30 years.
But since misogyny – Rush’s misguided statement about Sandra Fluke, not Bill Maher saying Sarah Palin would diddle Rick Perry if he were black, or Ed Schultz calling Laura Ingraham a “slut”, or Maher calling Palin a “c*nt”, naturally – is in the news, let’s look at the biggest case of misogyny going on in Minnesota right now.
Because lies have consequences.
Franson has been a lighting rod for Minnesota’s demented left for a long time now. A Central Minnesota teacher and leftyblogger apparently expressly condoned some of the local droogs-in-the-making in bullying one of Franson’s children in school because, in his role as moral judge, jury and executioner, he figured it served her right, having a parent who opposed gay marriage (LL has the audio; it’s a fairly searing indictment of the “Clockwork Orange”-y inner id of way too much of public education today, not to mention the dingo-like morality of a good 80% of Minnesota leftybloggers). By extension, it served her right, being a conservative woman.
Because women, like blacks and latinos and gays, are supposed to be liberals. And if they wander off the reservation, there need to be consequences.
And DFLers are promising consequences for Franson’s latest remark (as filtered through the Hyenas and the media). Franson has received death threats, crude-to-the-point-of-prehensile attacks, and giggly snarks from the Minnesota DFL House minority leader Paul Thissen, and, this coming Saturday morning, a protest on her front lawn – prompting even some of the less-depraved leftybloggers to urge juuuust a smidge of caution. (Can you imagine the furor if someone like this – who does, by the way, represent the DFL – turned up at a Tea Party?)
So the story is this: the hyenas of the Ministry of Truth twist Franson’s statement far out of context to whip up hysteria – part of a long-running campaign to harass Franson and, indeed, all conservative women, to make being involved in politics too emotionally draining for all but the supernaturally-toughest conservative women (and by God, your leading conservative women could make a Navy SEAL cry uncle). Hysteria duly ensues, with less-mentally-gifted DFLers promising one of their made-to-order mini-riots on Saturday.
The media wants to know…
…if Franson really thinks food stamp recipients are reeeeealy animals?
Franson, fortunately, responded:
The real news story is the death threats and vicious, sexual, misogynist emails I have received in connection with the video that has been taken down and for which I have apologized. I’ve never compared people with animals as I think too highly of the human person. This is why it’s immoral for government to enable dependency, a subject my critics are fierce to avoid. Democrats are content with
the poverty status quo; republicans are not.
I’d be happy to forward to you some of the emails if you are interested. Otherwise, the subject that I understand you wish to interview me about is both stale & dated and
has been eclipsed by violence from the left. I think your viewers would be more interested in the latter than the former.
It’s more than a little tempting to drive to Alex this weekend with a camera. Indeed, if there are any conservative activists in the neighborhood, it’d be good to get the festivities on tape. This blog will run your footage for you.
And I have a feeling I won’t have to shave any context to make it shame the DFL.
PS: I implied above that there is a concerted rhetorical campaign to so intensely harass conservative women, blacks, latinos and gays to the point that they stay out of politics. I’m wondering – can you imagine how some DFL hamster like Betty McCollum or Sandy Pappas would melt down if they were the target of the constant misogynistic hatred that the likes of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Laura Ingraham, Mary Franson or any other conservative women are?
Imagining is all we can do, of course. Because it just. Doesn’t. Happen. Not like this.