Thursday, March 27, 2008

Guest Blobber Dick Swanson, responds to "Friends..

You go girl! (I hate that phrase but it is descriptive of the way I feel). What a great blog! (especially the last couple graphs in your March 26th, Friends, Friends, Friends.

And it’s those ‘graphs that I respond to.

It is always a good thing to be reminded of ones upbringing. I was raised by strong women. My mother was certainly a part of it but I was mostly raised by my grandmothers and great-grandmothers (I had eleven grandparents when I was born, but that’s another blog). My father cared but was gone all the time trying to support us all.

I married and was divorced from two girly-girls and then waited 10 years before marrying an Asian. After 39 years of marriage (I describe her as my “current” wife) I’m still trying to wrest control from her under the rules of who wears the pants (anybody who knows Germaine and the “foreign country” I live in understands what I’m faced with). But in the end I’m an unreconstructed believer in matriarchy.

Obama was raised by women also and probably is why I have more empathy for him than the other candidates.

Where it concerns Hillary, it is becoming apparent that she is trying very hard to be one of the boys which includes lying about her war record. So much for her matriarchal attraction.

Obama is receptive, eloquent, empathetic and has the grace of an “inner pulpit” to make us understand that there are alternatives to the nightmarish Bush years.

To paraphrase Zbigniew Brzezinski, “New leaders must emerge who are mature enough to accept global diversity and who treat foreign friends with circumspection and adversaries with tolerance”.

Our best hope to undo what George Bush and his gang of four or fourteen, whatever, have done, is to listen to Obama (I said in an earlier blog that McCain brings more of the same and Clinton brings chaos and Bill).

Having said all that, if only the candidates would discuss the things that matter instead of, “he said, she said”. Their focus on their tax papers, Rev. Wright, Bosnia (I know a little something about being shot at), stoke the press’ feeding frenzy about such matters. The lunacy of NOT addressing the issues that will make or break us cannot be overstated.

Every moment they spend confronting each other is a moment that they’re ignoring us. I don’t like being co-opted by the media....Dick S.

6 comments:

Deb said...

I married and was divorced from two girly-girls and then waited 10 years before marrying an Asian. After 39 years of marriage (I describe her as my “current” wife) I’m still trying to wrest control from her under the rules of who wears the pants (anybody who knows Germaine and the “foreign country” I live in understands what I’m faced with).

So it would be nice to know what you mean by "marrying an Asian" after "two girly-girls" and exactly what are you faced with to help an Asian woman understand what this paragraph means... ?

Anonymous said...

After marrying twice in quick succession in the ‘50s (at one point I was paying two alimonies and two child supports) it turned out that they were not the strong women who gave as good as they got. I had no plans to marry a third time.

So, Deb, I guess the paragraph means I married an Asian 10 years later because I was in Vietnam and fell in love with a survivor.

Cheers, Dick S.

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