Why Would any Woman Vote for Romney?

By Jean Mavrelis - 10.27.2012

Several men have asked me lately, “Why would any woman vote for Romney?”

What they have in mind is, “Why would a woman vote for the government to decide what they can and can’t do with their bodies?

My hunch is that in some of the swing states, as a recent AP study showed, a perfect storm of racism and religious conservatism drive an anti-Obama vote from women, especially from the time Obama was elected President.

As for religious conservatism, Steven Pinker wrote an interesting piece, “Why are States So Red and Blue?” in which he identifies the world view of individuals in red states as having what he calls a “Tragic Vision” of  human beings, while blue state individuals tend to have a more “Utopian Vision”.

He also suggests that  social conservatives put a premium on deference to authority, conformity to norms and the purity and sanctity of the body.

Consequently, if human beings are flawed, “their behavior must be restrained by custom, authority, and sacred values.”

Those with a more Utopian view of human nature, on the other hand, “believe individuals are capable of wisdom and reason and can determine for themselves what is fair, harmful or hurtful.”

Pinker goes on to offer theories as to why these different world views might be tied to geography.

Much of his argument is reinforced in Jim Webb’s enlightening book, “Born Fighting” about Scots-Irish settlement and migration.

I would like to hear from readers, especially, women readers, why they think women would vote for Romney.

Manipulating Veterans is Dirty Politics

By Jean Mavrelis - 07.13.2010

There’s a distorted e-mail going around that is manipulating veterans.  In particular, it is manipulating poor white veterans, who may be predisposed to be anti-Obama, because of Obama’s race and ethnicity.

If you read Jim Webb’s book about the Scots Irish, Born Fighting, you’ll begin to better understand the culture war raging in the U.S. today that pits FOX news against MSNBC.

Webb explains that the Scotts Irish were poor whites who settled the frontier and the south.  Many came as Presbyterians, but became Baptist during the days of tent meetings.

They have always been fiercely independent and suspicious of any kind of government, since they came to this country as a result of persecution by the wealthy English establishment in Northern Ireland.

They had to fight all their lives, and continue to value guns and the military. Read more »