A faithful reader (aka The Venerable Mr. Crum) recently mentioned that I haven’t been providing my recent Ladyblog posts for your (his) convenience. Here they are:
I agree with every word of this post called “Why I Hate Inaugurations” by the always thoughtful Joe Carter. Here’s most of it:
I cannot bear to watch the religious fervor, the tears and chants and beaming visages, for the promotion of a man or woman to a secular office. We do not live in a monarchy; we do not crown queens and kings in American.
Lest we forget, the President of the United States is the servant of the American people. (Despite what actors like Ashton Kutcher think, we do not serve him.) There is something unseemly, and dare I say, almost un-American, about making such a spectacle about a public servant taking office.
Transition ceremonies should be dignified, graceful, and modest – the exact opposite of all that Inauguration ceremonies have become. For this one, President Bush even declared a state of emergency for the entire city of DC so that taxpayer money could be diverted from the FEMA budget for this spectacle. This disgraceful action by our outgoing President barely raised a shrug from the populace. We no longer question our kings.
Many of our fellow citizens have lost all sense of decorum and perspective about this event. The transition of Presidential power from one man to another does not mark a significant transition in the culture of America. Our worries, fears, and concerns do not abate because there is a different man in the White House. Our dreams, hopes, and happiness do not increase because of who occupies the Oval Office. This change in government does not portend a change in human nature or the hearts of our fellow citizens. America — all that is good and bad about us — remains the same.
Fortunately, the unseemly pageantry of the Inauguration will be over by tomorrow, allowing us to move on to what truly matters in our country. Perhaps then all of us, even those of us in DC, can move beyond the deification of the political to focus once again on what truly matters.
Apparently some of my readers, including The Venerable Mr. Crum, are often pressed for time and do not always have time to scroll through all of LadyBlog just to find my posts.
It’s sweet that they care only about me, though I must say in all fairness that the other BlogLadies are nearly as bright and funny as I. (ha ha!)
Following are a few of my most recent LadyBlog posts. Forward the links and/or leave comments if you wish; it earns us points with the editors.
Planetary First: Rwanda’s Parliament Has Female Majority: http://culture11.com/blogs/ladyblog/2008/10/30/planetary-first-rwanda%e2%80%99s-parliament-has-female-majority/
Well Done, Laura Bush: http://culture11.com/blogs/ladyblog/2008/10/29/well-done-laura-bush/
Next Season’s Dancing With the Stars: http://culture11.com/blogs/ladyblog/2008/10/24/next-seasons-dancing-with-the-stars/
Sarah Palin’s Shoes: http://culture11.com/blogs/ladyblog/2008/10/22/sarah-palins-shoes/
Ledeen on Noonan: Singling Out Palin (lots of comments on this one; good discussion): http://culture11.com/blogs/ladyblog/2008/10/17/ledeen-on-noonan-singling-out-palin/
Women and the Commentariat: http://culture11.com/blogs/ladyblog/2008/10/16/women-and-the-commentariat/
Mr. Nintendo, Meet Ms. Couture: http://culture11.com/blogs/ladyblog/2008/10/08/mr-nintendo-meet-ms-couture/
A Shoe by the Side of the Road: http://culture11.com/blogs/ladyblog/2008/10/01/a-shoe-by-the-side-of-the-road/
All are encouraged to visit Culture11 and start reading. It’s a new magazine of and about American Culture as well as a new online community (groups, discussion threads, buddies, blogs, etc.) And FWIW, it looks like I’ll be doing some writing for them in the weeks and months to come.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to
live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same
time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn,
burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders
across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop
and everybody goes “Awww!” –Jack Kerouac