Prairie Home Arrow-Slinger

June 7, 2006

Sorry, people. I know this has little to nothing to do with motherhood, but I so enjoyed this Salon essay by Garrison Keillor, who I never knew had such a sharp tongue! I always thought him the epitome of safe, his edges as round and furry as his voice.

He’s disgusted by the GOP tactic of rallying their base for the election by appealing to their fear of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, and her association with San Francisco, the land of the swishy lavender brigade!

People who want to take a swing at San Francisco should think twice. Yes, the Irish coffee at Fisherman’s Wharf is overpriced, and the bus tour of Haight-Ashbury is disappointing (where are the hippies?), but the Bay Area is the cradle of the computer and software industry, which continues to create jobs for our children. The iPod was not developed by Baptists in Waco, Texas. There may be a reason for this. Creative people thrive in a climate of openness and tolerance, since some great ideas start out sounding ridiculous. Creativity is a key to economic progress. Authoritarianism is stifling. I don’t believe that Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard were gay, but what’s important is: In San Francisco, it doesn’t matter so much. When the cultural Sturmbannfuhrers try to marshal everyone into straight lines, it has consequences for the economic future of this country.

Nancy Pelosi scares me for other reasons–a bit too much plastic surgery around the eyes for my taste. But seriously, that little lady managed to become the first woman to lead a political party in Congress after she raised five kids and spent many years as a SAHM.

See, I knew I could drag this post around to motherhood if I really tried.