Democrats expect voters to be good housewives 

Though ballyhooed, this document labelled “The good wife’s guide” from a May 1955 edition of Housekeeping Monthly, has particular poignancy when viewed through the lens of a Democratic politician accusing dissenters of Obamacare of not giving the bill a chance. Just replace “wife” with “voter” and “men” with “politicians” and you arrive at the sort of government-knows-best logic that not only led to a legal requirement to buy health insurance, but also the idea that any harsh rhetoric protesting the law is unbecoming for a good electorate (as Freddoso points out today):

  • Be a little gay and a little more interesting for [your politician]. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
  • Your [politician] will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for [your politician's] comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
  • Prepare the children … They are little treasures and [your politician] would like to see them playing the part. … Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
  • Be happy to see [your politician].
  • Greet [your politician] with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
  • Listen to [your politician]. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first — remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
  • … Never complain if [your politician] comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
  • Don’t greet [your politician] with complaints and problems.
  • Don’t ask [your politician] questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the [H]ouse and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
  • A good [voter] always knows her place.

Without question this would certainly lead to a more docile, less conflict-filled political life.

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