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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A giant leap forward into the 1890s
Posted by Jill | 9:33 PM

Who knew John Derbyshire was this old?
John Derbyshire, a British-American conservative author and columnist for the National Review, has written a new book titled We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism. The book contains a section called “The Case Against Female Suffrage.” Yesterday on his radio show, Alan Colmes asked Derbyshire to articulate his argument.

“What is the case against female suffrage?” Colmes asked. “The conservative case against it is that women lean hard to the left,” Derbyshire responded nonsensically. “They want someone to nurture, they want someone to help raise their kids, and if men aren’t inclined to do it — and in the present days, they’re not much — then they’d like the state to do it for them.”

Colmes then pressed Derbyshire on whether women should have the right to vote. “Ah…” Derbyshire sighed, attempting to dodge the question initially. “I’m not putting forward a political program here,” he said. But then Derbyshire slowly began to open up:

DERBYSHIRE: Among the hopes that I do not realistically nurse is the hope that female suffrage will be repealed. But I’ll say this – if it were to be, I wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep.

COLMES: We’d be a better country if women didn’t vote?

DERBYSHIRE: Probably. Don’t you think so?

COLMES: No, I do not think so whatsoever.

DERBYSHIRE: Come on Alan. Come clean here [laughing].

COLMES: We would be a better country? John Derbyshire making the statement, we would be a better country if women did not vote.

DERBYSHIRE: Yeah, probably.

Derbyshire, for the uninitiated, is the sick, twisted man who in 2001 made a "historical" case at National Review Online for the killing of Chelsea Clinton so she could never hold office. You think I'm joking? Here it is.

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Blogger Rhode Island Rules said...
He also thinks women over 20 are horrid to look at.

Blogger jurassicpork said...
his lady has no future beyond the U.S. Senate.

No doubt that will come as a surprise to the Secretary of State.

Blogger SeDress said...
Oh, Yuck. I read the article and now feel as if I should go scrub my brain clean of the taint of it.
How does this person ever make it into print?
But it is so very republican, isn't it: I don't like the way you vote, therefore you should be stripped of your right to vote, (or it should be OK for me to advocate a violent overthrow of the government you somehow managed to vote into office).