Pia Catton of the NYSun
writes about Treating Women Right:
What’s so special here, ironically, is that the appointments of Ms. Rice and Ms. Hughes have been so matter-of-fact. Another day, another nomination.
There’s been little self-congratulatory bloviating about how important women are. Ms. Rice and Ms. Hughes are his close advisers, first and foremost. That they are women is almost inconsequential. Both were brought into Mr. Bush’s circle, trusted, and promoted based on their abilities. Mr. Bush huddles with Mr. Hughes just as he does with Karl Rove. He may, indeed, have a closer connection – ideologically – to Ms. Rice than he did to her predecessor, Colin Powell.
It’s all sort of no big deal.
Only it is a big deal. This level of respect and equality in the workplace is a major part of what feminism was all about – and it’s playing out at the highest level of government.
This is the mark of true respect and equality, since the women placed in these jobs are there because of their merits, not because of tokenism. As a Puerto Rican woman who opposses Affirmative Action, I want to be respected because of my work and because of my integrity, not because someone thinks that “all minority women” are “entitled” to what someone else decides members of a minority as a group ought to be entitled to. There are no entitlements in life: there are individuals working for what they earn.
Pres. Bush is a man who does what he says, and acts on his beliefs. That his beliefs are based on a Christian ethic drives his enemies nuts. Yes, his enemies. A person who opposes your opinions doesn’t go nuts simply because your beliefs are based on a faith-based ethic. An enemy does. As I have pointed out several times in this blog, the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights are based on a Judeo-Christian ethic. Ms Catton asks,
Could it be that Christianly respect for others as human beings has led this president to meet the goals of feminism?