Monday, March 3, 2008

Are You Kidding Me? Steinem Bashes McCain

Campaigning for Hill, feminist Gloria Steinem denigrated John McCain's heroism as a POW:

“Suppose John McCain had been Joan McCain and Joan McCain had got captured, shot down and been a POW for eight years. [The media would ask], ‘What did you do wrong to get captured? What terrible things did you do while you were there as a captive for eight years?...This is supposed to be a qualification to be president? I don't think so.” Steinem said, to laughter from the audience.

First of all, Gloria, (I can call you Gloria, can't I?), you should get the facts right. John McCain was a prisoner of war for five and a half years. During that time he was beaten and tortured repeatedly. Regardless of who you support in the campaign, McCain is a courageous patriot who put his country ahead of his own life.

I looked you up, Gloria, in the Encyclopedia Brittanica and here's what they say you were doing during the same time period that Senator McCain was being tortured:
By 1968 Steinem's work had become more overtly political. She began writing a column, “The City Politic,” for New York magazine. Her involvement in feminism intensified in 1968 when she attended a meeting of a radical feminist group, the Redstockings. Proud of her feminist roots—her paternal grandmother had served as president of the Ohio Women's Suffrage Association from 1908 to 1911—Steinem founded the National Women's Political Caucus in July 1971 with Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, and Shirley Chisholm. That same year she began exploring the possibility of a new magazine for women, one that treated contemporary issues from a feminist perspective. The result was Ms. magazine, which first appeared as an insert in the December 1971 issue of New York.

And, what was your friend Hill up to?

According to The New York Times:
"In September 1968, Hillary Diane Rodham, role model and student government president, was addressing Wellesley College freshmen girls — back when they were still called `girls' — about methods of protest. It was a hot topic in that overheated year of what she termed `confrontation politics from Chicago to Czechoslovakia.'
As the nation boiled over Vietnam, civil rights and the slayings of two charismatic leaders, Ms. Rodham was completing a sweeping intellectual, political and stylistic shift. She came to Wellesley as an 18-year-old Republican, a copy of Barry Goldwater’s right-wing treatise, `The Conscience of a Conservative,' on the shelf of her freshman dorm room. She would leave as an antiwar Democrat whose public rebuke of a Republican senator in a graduation speech won her notice in Life magazine as a voice for her generation."

Draw your own conclusions.


Liza's Eyeview said...

Oh you have such a way of "provoking" us to compare and think :) ...

Spyro Poulos said...

I have to agree with Steinem - I like McCain a lot more than anyone else running but he got shot down and taken prisoner - he didn't drag his buddy out of an ambush - he didn't throw himself on a grenade and he didn't storm a pillbox. Basically - he lost - that's not heroic. Now if he got shot down - got captured and led an escape of his fellow prisoners with nothing but a bamboo stake as a weapon - well then there you go - that's a hero.