I was bitching all day yesterday because I slept so well that I woke up with a stiff back and figured it was just one of those things you’ll get used to ass you age. Later on in the day, last night, actually, I watched Real Time with Bill Maher, and Gloria Steinem was on as a guest interviewee.
First things first. She has aged very well. She looks better than most 50 years olds around here. So whatever she is doing to take care of herself, it is working. Second, she said two things, one of which I thought made no sense and was kind of regrettable, the second I found to be interesting. Here is the quote:
“Women are more for [Clinton] than men are. …First of all, women get more radical as we get older, because we experience. …Not to over-generalize, but … men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, women get more radical because they lose power as they age.
And, when you’re young, you’re thinking, where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie…”
I honestly don’t know what she was thinking or means with the second part, and I will let others deal with that. Bill tried to let her backtrack, but she never really cleared up her point. Whatever, she’s old, and sometimes older people say silly shit. I’m much younger and I say silly shit all the time.
But to the other point, about men getting older and men getting more conservative, I suppose that is true. But then I thought about it, and just the opposite is happening with me. I suppose I have more power, but I never really think I wield it. I guess what I don’t understand why people would get more conservative as they amass power unless it is just out of simple self-interest and greed. I think I am getting more and more liberal with every day. I still have traces of a well discussed (here, at least) authoritarian streak, but I think if you ask the other writers here, that’s certainly not evident with our dealings regarding the website. I basically just say write what you want, whatever blows your trumpet, just don’t break things. I honestly can’t think of maybe more than a few instances when I said no to something (other than rating or up/down voting comments).
I guess I just don’t know why people WOULD get more conservative. Every day I learn a little bit more, and I see more bullshit. Every single day, you can watch the news and watch someone getting shafted economically, someone getting hosed by a corporation or insurance agency. Every day you can watch the cops beat or shoot someone in the street. Every single day some motherfucker like Martin Shkreli comes up with a scheme to fuck someone over- and more often than not, gets away with it. Every day I see someone around here hosting a spaghetti dinner or something to pay for someone’s CANCER treatment. I watch companies and governments pollute and no one gets punished. Every day you can read about someone robbing someone’s pension or fucking people out of their medical insurance or ripping people off- legally. It just doesn’t make sense to me why someone wouldn’t get more liberal, more reactionary as they age. You literally have to go through life with your eyes closed to think the status quo is working.
Maybe people are under the illusion it’s just going to happen to the others. They’re protected. That makes no sense to me. If people are going to have the giant brass balls to pollute an entire fucking city’s water to save a few bucks and then not have the decency to kill themselves or at the very least resign and show up at the courthouse and plead guilty to something, anything, trust me, they are going to have no problem doing it to you, too. Out of control cops aren’t just shooting black people. The justice system will fuck you over no matter what color you are. God isn’t going to help you. You may think you are financially secure or maybe even rich, but that’s not real money. Real money and real power is killing 30+ people in a mining accident that you made sure happen, and then getting maybe probation.
I don’t know how to end this. I guess I just don’t understand how people could get more conservative as they age unless they are a scumbag greedhead, part of the 1% and know they are safe from whatever, really damned stupid, or a sociopath. Or some combination of them all. I just don’t get it. How are they winning?