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Thursday, August 06, 2009



This jumble of points confused me a bit:

"[Europeans are] less accepting of pre-feminist ways of living for women. There are very, very few Sarah Palins in European politics. You very often hear government statements, and I quote a few of them in my book, that “our goal is that everyone be in the workplace.” There’s not even any lip service to traditional family models, so I think that anyone from a traditional culture is going to clash with that."

Is he attempting to suggest that Palin represents a pre-feminist, stay-at-home, traditional-family-model woman, or some kind of advocate thereof? Wow. I know that it's all supposed to be about the advertising, but I didn't know that people reflective enough to write books were still buying into her advertising on this particular cultural meme.

Does he miss the fact that she's a working mother? That her grandchild was conceived out of wedlock? Not that I'm trying to drag the Palin family in the dirt for these things- I think they've handled both situations well enough- but nor was I the one who chose to throw her name out there in the first place, and it just intrigues me that the first person who came to Caldwell's mind as an example of what he's describing here is Sarah Palin. I think it says more about the effectiveness of her political allure than it does about her values.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

Good for Caldwell to invest time and effort on Inmigration, be that in Europe or Latinoamerica. I wonder if this gentleman used his best judgment in choosing and ascertaining which of the two was best to dwell into.
Immigration is, apparently, and innate endeavor in man.It has happened, endlessly, through history.Is part of our DNA, one could say. Some countries or nations have been more strict than others, but, without regulation , it has always ended in chaos. In the USA, we seem to have ignored history and failed to manage it, shamefully.
I find Caldwell neglect to give mexican/latino immigration highest rate, a want of proper discern.
I shall look into his book, since my interest in Europe's 'imbroglio' with the arabs ought to be of importance for us all.

Robert Miller

I find Caldwell's take right on target. But I do think he ought to make more (and maybe he does in the book)of the historic sources of "entitlement" to immigrate of Islamic immigrants in Europe and Latin American immigrants in the US.

When Christendom became aware, early in the sixteenth century, that Columbus had discovered a "New World", Popes and Catholic Kings conceived of the Americas as a New Christendom. Accordingly, the Catholic Kings proceeded to liberate their new subjects from their demon-worshipping, human-sacrificing native potentates. A little later, English Protestant privateers encroached on the territory of the new Catholic commonwealth, exterminating the native population and replacing them with African slaves, bought from Dutch Protestant privateers who acquired their chattels from African Moslem captors. The US has continued in the English and Dutch tradition to this day. Thus, the hissy-fit about "illegals" from south of the border who are merely trying to reclaim their ancient rights granted by Popes and the Catholic Kings.

Europe, in contrast, is invertrebrada because its Enlightenment and its nation-state system prevent it from doing anything effective about the "Reconquista of the Reconquista".

Maybe someday, Palin will turn out to be the Jeanne d'Arc who opens the Obamanation to its brethren south of the border, and rallies Europe to the defense of Christendom. Stranger things have happened -- think France/15th century.

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