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“A Special Place in Hell”

maxresdefaultI am quoting.  Don’t shoot the messenger.

In fact, it was Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as U. S. Secretary of State, who declared, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

Apparently, Ms. Albright believes that Hillary Clinton is either unworthy or incapable of winning the office of the president on her own merit.  One has to wonder whether Ms. Albright also believes that she herself was appointed Secretary of State because of her sex rather than her abilities.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem was close at hand to weigh in on the issue — predictably on the wrong side.  “When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’ ” sneered the crusader for women’s rights and dignity.

Just imagine if a man had said that.  But so it goes in our age of unabashed double-standards.

In then, in classically Clintonesque style, the fearless former revolution tried to revise her message:  “I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently,” Ms. Steinem posted on Facebook, “and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics.”

“Misspoke”?  “Interpreted”?  So what exactly was Ms. Steinem trying to say?

It’s heartening that at least some women are seeing through the smoke and mirrors.

“Shame on Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright for implying that we as women should be voting for a candidate based solely on gender,” said Zoe Trimboli, a 23-year-old self-described feminist from Vermont.

Indeed, that would be like suggesting that people voted for Barack Obama only because he’s black.

Wouldn’t it?

Join Bernie to look for Amerika

-28be1f7a9c875c0bJust when you thought this election cycle couldn’t get any wackier, the Sanders campaign has launched a new ad blending sixties-style images of protest marchers and flower children with Simon and Garfunkel’s pop-classic “America.”  The unctuous 60-second commercial is brilliantly crafted to stir the heartstrings of starry-eyed liberals everywhere.

But here’s the irony:  “America” is a ballad lamenting the failure of romanticism to flourish in a society bereft of direction and meaning, and about the disillusionment of a generation that had abandoned traditional values for a utopian fantasy only to find itself left with nothing:

“Kathy, I’m lost”, I said, though I knew she was sleeping.
“I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why.”
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike,
They’ve all come to look for America,
All come to look for America.

the-graduateEven Art Garfunkel missed the contradiction of using his own song to endorse a socialist agenda.  One might as reasonably use “Mrs. Robinson” in an ad for marriage counseling.

Then again, there really could be no better theme song for the campaign of Bernie Sanders, a holdover from the hippie era passionately espousing grand ideas that could never work.

And, on the Republican side, Donald Trump, the alter-ego of Bernie Sanders, promises us a new America — trust me! — while truly viable candidates repeat the mistakes of 2012, forming a circular firing squad (to quote Mara Liasson) and all but ensuring that the general election will offer us a choice between one brand of demagoguery or another.

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?