There is good news for liberals from none other than Steve Bannon: The “anti-patriarchy movement will undo ten-thousand years of recorded history.”
It’s about damn time, is all I can say. I’m getting really tired of watching powerful white men do really shitty things to people who aren’t powerful white men, and if all it takes is a night of black gowns and a little Oprah anger to end it, hell, sign me up.
First, credit where credit is due to avoid even a whiff of plagarism. The quotes come from a book titled “Devil’s Bargain” by Josh Green, and I found them in a CNN article by Oliver Darcy, that was re-run on MSN.com.
As usual, whenever rightwingnuts pronounce a pure truth, they do so by accident, mistake, or in anger. I think Bannon’s was all three. Because I think Steve Bannon isn’t half as smart as he and his legion of self-pitying hangers-on think he is.
The quotes come from an interview Green had with Bannon while the former president-handler and Breitbart executive, now a footnote to history, watched the Golden Globe awards on television. You remember the Golden Globes – that night powerful women in Hollywood served notice that their bodies would no longer be casual playgrounds for their male counterparts.
The night Oprah got pissed.
As that great American philosopher Jim Croce once said, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask from the ol’ Lone Ranger, and you don’t piss off Oprah. Well, he would have said that if he’d known her.
I hand it over to Messrs. Green and Darcy:
“It’s a Cromwell moment!” Bannon is quoted as nearly shouting, referring to the 17th century political leader often characterized as a fanatical dictator. “It’s even more powerful than populism. It’s deeper. It’s primal. It’s elemental. The long black dresses and all that — this is the Puritans! It’s anti-patriarchy.
“You watch. The time has come. Women are gonna take charge of society,” Bannon said, according to Green. “And they couldn’t juxtapose a better villain than Trump. He is the patriarch. This” — the Golden Globe Awards – “is a definitional moment in the culture. It’ll never be the same going forward.”
Thank you, gentlemen.
According to Green, Bannon went on to predict that, should Oprah Winfrey get involved in the 2018 political battles, it would be an unmitigated disaster for the currently ruling party.
As if that would be a bad thing.
There is so much in Bannon’s words that is downright encouraging to liberals that one almost hopes that, this time, at least, he is right. But first a reminder of British history. Oliver Cromwell rose to power in the 17th century and led the British government after King Charles I was executed and the crown temporarily shelved in favor of a parliamentary government.
Bannon is certainly correct that Donald Trump is a perfect counterpart to King Charles, who was utterly insensitive to the needs of the common people and believed that he answered to no one. The cure for such arrogance in 17th century England was removal of the king’s head from his shoulders. Fortunately for Trump, the American cure, should Congress be able to find its collective spine for it, is simply removal of the man from his office.
The more encouraging message from Bannon’s outburst is that “women are gonna’ take charge of society” and “It’ll never be the same going forward.”
To which I would respond, “It’s about damn time!”
Having labored for many years under the highly capable leadership of several women, I’ve come to the conclusion that women are just better at it than men. Marriage therapist Mark Gungor actually has hit on the reason for this: Men’s brains consists of boxes, and everything goes in a box, and when we think about something we think only about whatever is in that box. Women’s brains, on the other hand, are bundles of wires, all of which are interconnected, and when a woman thinks about something she thinks about it in the context of everything else in her mind.
Seriously, which brain would you want to follow, one incapable of multi-level thinking or one that can’t help but think on multiple levels at the same time?
Steve Bannon or Oprah?
And here’s the real irony: The man who said, “I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment,” will be the one who suffers the most when women actually do what he could only dream of.
This is one time when I hope Bannon is right. I hope Oprah does get deeply involved in the 2018 elections and that women – a lot of women – decide that they can make a difference by running for office and casting their votes. I hope ten millennia of white male privilege actually is coming to an end. I hope people who care more about clothing, feeding and sheltering their fellow human beings than about party purity are swept into office and propel our nation to the greatness of which it is capable.
I truly hope it will never be the same going forward.