Recently I was blocked from Meghan McCain’s Twitter page, so I cannot follower her. I can still see her posts, though, which is weird. I’m not really sure why, considering in all my Twitter days I have only replied to one of her posts.
Meghan constantly gloats about her ideas and the fact that she makes political pundits “uncomfortable.” At one point, she claimed this was because she “is a young Republican woman who talks about sex in a real way.” I replied to her and said that the Conservative view of sex is just different, and not any less real. I was sick of her constant “I am a new kind of Republican, and everyone’s afraid of me because of it.”
That was May 7, and I just noticed now that I’m blocked. I’m a little surprised by it, because, like I said, I had only commented on one thing. It could have possibly been a mistake, or she blocked a lot of people, who knows? But either way, I’m going to write something I’ve been putting off. I’ve been wanting to write about Meghan for a while now. I actually hardly knew she existed before she made those comments about Ann Coulter. The only reason I had known she existed before this was because I had bought the children’s book My Dad, John McCain, which she had written.
I instantly wasn’t a fan of her, not because she didn’t like Ann Coulter, but because of a few things I began to notice about the WAY she criticized her, and other people.
It seems that she doesn’t understand why people could ever disagree with her, and that any one who does simply doesn’t understand, or is afraid. When pundits criticize her, she seems to think it’s because her ideas are too new and advanced for them. She talks about inclusiveness in the party, but that inclusiveness seems to be reserved for Moderates. Conservatives are told that they need to keep their social views to themselves more, and that the Republican party needs to move more to the center.
She also seems more prone to arguing than accepting the different opinions of others. Constructive criticism is good, but relentlessly slamming the Conservatives in the Republican party will not change anyone’s opinions. It will only make the Conservatives not like her. Generally, from what I’ve seen, most Conservatives don’t even take her seriously. And despite how closely I watch the political pundits, I don’t see all that much attacking going on. Ann Coulter didn’t even reply to her. Every person who gets involved in political matters is picked on and criticized to some extent, and Meg isn’t getting any more than anyone else.
Another criticism I have is the arrogance she puts off. This all goes back to her treatment of those who disagree with her, and her responses to criticism. If someone disagrees with her and aren’t a fan of her message, they’re afraid. She seems to see herself as the one who will change the party, and turn it into something better. She acts like her ideas are new, and that she’s going to create a revolution. A few things I took off of her Twitter page:
enjoy every second of winding up old political pundits. I love that I make you uncomfortable. Who knew I would be so effective?
all the negative radical pundits: “Does it hurt to know I’ll never be there? Bet it sucks, to see my face everywhere” – Kelly Clarkson
@jeremycwalker I expected pundits to freak out, I am a young republican woman talking about sex in a real way…. it’s scary to some people.
RT @mayorsam Why Old Repugs and Vapid Liberals don’t like @mccainblogette: “What she is saying scares the crap out of them”
The problem is that her ideas are not new. She’s just a Moderate. I researched her political views, and I found out that she’s basically a Republican when it comes to economic issues, but socially liberal. She’s pro-gay marriage, and she feels the need to say that she supports birth control despite the fact that there isn’t much opposition to that in the Republican party. She claims that the GOP doesn’t understand sex. (Though I think that she doesn’t understand the GOP’s view of sex.)
Now, I don’t see what’s so new about these ideas. I assume she knows that there are plenty of gay and pro-gay marriage supporting Republicans out there. Actually, that’s probably the issue people lean left on the most in this party. I’m confused about the rest. She claims that the Republican party is bad about birth control. Not really. We just don’t want it passed out in school, and don’t want schools to teach that it’s fool-proof. There really aren’t that many abstinence-only supporters out there, though the liberals love to use that to paint us as “religious freaks.”
Also, the criticism of Bristol Palin came from the left, despite the fact that she and her boyfriend used a condom. It was perfect, because they could paint Sarah as an abstinence-only sex-ed supporter, and then point out the “failure” of her daughter. There weren’t a lot of outraged Conservatives speaking out against her. In general, we understand that people make mistakes, and while we in no way condoned teenage pregnancy, we can’t judge, and we definitely cannot judge Sarah by the acts of her daughter. I’m sure we would see a lot of the same had a liberal politician had a pregnant teenage daughter.
Let me make it clear what the Conservative view of sex is. Keep in mind that this is simply a view that is held by many Conservatives, but isn’t necessarily a belief of the party. (I only mention this because we keep getting attacked for being “prudish.”) Sex is not a bad thing in itself. It is a good thing, actually. But it’s something to be shared with someone you really love, not just something to have on a fling. Much of the time, because many Conservatives do happen to be Christian, this should be in the confines of marriage, but it does vary depending on the person and his/her individual beliefs. Virginity is too special to be wasted, and to have the best experience, and to have the least risks, it should be saved. It is not unrealistic, and we don’t expect it from people that do not hold the same beliefs. There is nothing wrong with the fact that this belief is held by many Conservatives. It is no less “real” than Ms. McCain’s view. All I ask is that she respects that.
I also found this little quote from when she spoke to the Log Cabin Republicans:
“I am concerned about the environment. I love to wear black. I think government is best when it stays out of people’s lives and business as much as possible. I love punk rock. I believe in a strong national defense. I have a tattoo. I believe government should always be efficient and accountable. I have lots of gay friends. And yes, I am a Republican.”
This only makes me more certain that she doesn’t fully understand what it means to be a Republican. It’s almost like she’s learned all she knows about them from liberals. The stereotypes she sees are so close to the ones they do. Republicans aren’t against protecting the environment, just some ideas people have about how to save it, and jumping to conclusions about global warming and such. We generally don’t believe it’s in as much danger as some people (Al Gore) say it is. I love to wear black too, as do many of my Conservative friends. What does that have to do with anything? I want government out of my life too. I love all kinds of music, and all kinds of rock. I too believe in a strong national defense. I don’t have a tattoo, but I’d get one if I wanted one. Who doesn’t believe government should be efficient and accountable? And I also have plenty of gay friends. What is un-Republican about any of that? I know she’s trying to say, “Hey, I believe all this Republican stuff, but I’m not your ordinary Republican!”, but she’s still putting us into this little box that we’re normally put in by liberals.
Another thing is that she thinks that her “new” ideas are not well accepted because she’s from a different generation. Meghan, I am younger than you, and I do not appreciate your intolerance or your arrogance anymore than the older Conservative pundits who are so “afraid” of you. She’s also blamed the criticism on her weight, and while there have been some people who have poked fun at her for it, no one really dislikes her for that. Nor do they dislike her for her sex, or her hair color, or her friends, or anything that she blames it on. They dislike her for her brattyness. “Does he even know who the f— I am?” For the record, I’m a woman, and I think the title “Paris Hilton of the GOP” is very accurate. Perhaps it isn’t so sexist after all?
In conclusion, I don’t have much against Meghan, even if I seemed to have a lot to say about her. I just want her to be more respectful and accepting of views that are different from her, and to accept that the entire Republican party will not conform to be like her, at least not all of it. A lot of us really love Conservative pundits, and while she can represent the Moderates in the party, we’re still going to follow Rush, Ann, Glenn, and everyone else that we’ve come to know and love. We’re not all old-fashioned, misunderstanding, or afraid. We simply disagree. I don’t think that Meghan is useless, I just think that she won’t make the difference if she continues acting the way she has. If she becomes more accepting, I think she can be a great person to represent Moderate Republicans.
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