Joni Ernst believes that she is River City, Ioway’s man for Washington DC because she knows how to castrate hogs. With this qualification, she hopes to become a U.S. Senatrix of the Republican variety. (h/t The Hill via Weasel Zippers)
To quote her first TV ad, filmed in a barn: “I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington I’ll know how to cut pork. My parents taught us to live within our means. It’s time to force Washington to do the same, to cut wasteful spending, repeal ObamaCare and balance the budget. I’m Joni Ernst and I approve this message because Washington is full of big spenders. Let’s make ’em squeal.”
I understand the image, cutting pork and all. However, comma, as they say…
Imagine, if you would, an ad in which a man says that he’s going to Washington to hoick out the ovaries of any woman who [—fill in the blank – any blank—]. Or, let’s lower the temperature a bit: a man is going to Washington to kick the butt of any woman who [—fill in the blank – any blank—]. Could anyone stand upright in the winds that would blow then?
Using images of violence against a particular segment of the population, regardless of context or attempt at cleverness, seems to me to be a measure of moral decay. That this is routinely done with impunity – indeed, today, violence of all kinds against men is indispensable fare in both popular and highbrow culture – is a further indicator of moral decay and, I daresay, rank stupidity. But that is another story. The issue is that Ernst seems to have absorbed this pathetic mindset to the point where she sees nothing wrong with it.
However popular it might be, there is no room for such a mindset in civilized society. If you don’t believe it, just ask a Jew, particularly one from Eastern Europe.
Joni Ernst is proud that her parents had taught her to live within her means. Good on them. Good on her. But it is too bad that they gave her no moral compass.
If Ernst wants the votes of men, if any such are left in Ioway, she has a lot of retorquing of her clitocentric mindset to do. My guess is that she will fail – women this far gone usually do – but time will tell. She touts herself as a veteran, so maybe her time in the Service had taught her something. But in the meanwhile, she should go back to the farm and ask someone to help her grow up.