This morning Google News aggregator led me to this article by George Lakoff – What Conservatives Really Want. In it, Mr. Lakoff, a professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley tells us exactly what “conservatives” really want, just like Rush Limbaugh tells you exactly what “liberals” want.
You can go ahead and read the article if you like, but to boil it down, Lakoff’s thesis is that the conservative theology is a patriarchal dominated one that sees the male as the head decision maker. All other strands of the conservative philosophy exist only to reinforce this male-centric point of view. He uses the term “strict father” several times in the article – so many times in fact that , for me anyway, his points were eclipsed by his obsession with the disciplinary father as a mode of metaphor.
I completely disagreed not only with his article, and his stereotyping of conservatives, but his black-and-whiting of complex issues. For an apparently smart guy considering his academic pedigree, his need to dumb down complicated issues with us vs. them mongering – no doubt the same two-sided, stacked mentality that he probably criticizes FOX News for – seems beneath someone employed by UC Berkeley.
I wanted to comment how simple-minded I found the article and logged in with my Smirkdirk Twitter account and posted the following: “Sounds like someone has some Daddy issues. I can’t believe that people are paid to write such drivel. I bet Mr. Laskoff never met a conservative that didn’t beat his wife. Nice stereotyping, Pal.”
My comment was never posted, and within a minute, my HuffPo account was deleted. Was this really that incendiary? I’m asking this of you, Dear Reader. Comment below.
Huffington Post can do what it wants, and remove the comments it deems offensive, and I am in in no way sitting here and crying censorship – however, considering how loose their editorial policy is in regards to their content, – let’s get down to brass tacks, Laskoff is certainly no Hitchens, and neither is HuffPo a Slate or Salon – its telling how tight it is when it comes to criticism of that content.
For an amazingly thorough deconstruction on Lakoff’s article, check out Tritonthink’s post.