Those of us who keep up with the news are familiar with Marie Harf and Jen Psaki, spokespersons for the State Department. We also know that both of these young women have come under a lot of fire lately, finding themselves having to answer difficult questions coming from the State Department press corps regarding the current administration’s struggles to define its approach to the activities of the Islamic terrorist group, ISIS. Or maybe I should just say, this administration’s lackadaisical attitude toward this group of savages.
According to Ms. Harf, in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, we cannot win this war by killing them (members of ISIS). We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the longer term, medium and longer term, to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it is the lack of opportunity for jobs.
This statement by Ms. Harf is one of the most asinine things that I have ever heard in my life. Yea, let’s create economic opportunity for them so they will quit committing their savage acts against humanity.
Ms. Psaki has been criticized at times for attempting to convey whether or not the administration wants to degrade or destroy ISIS. She also made the statement that the President does not give himself enough credit for what he has done around the world. Yea, no one fears us, no one respects us, and everyone laughs at us.
As one might expect, there has been a substantial amount of person insults directed toward both of these women. According to Phil Rosen, a Fox News reporter who sometimes covers the State Department, the two women are not only routinely vilified, but also derided and mocked in intimately personal ways that he thinks bespeak a certain amount of sexism.
When you’re public figures and these two women are, you have to be prepared to “take it” at times. I’m sure both are paid well. Now there’s no excuse for hurling insults at anyone from the gutter, but it’s going to happen. One respected conservative publication compared Harf and Psaki to Lucy and Ethel. Psaki has red hair while Harf’s hair is blonde. This is tame and is a good example of what public figures do have to withstand. If you don’t know who Lucy and Ethel are, I feel sorry for you.
The feminists are going to rise up and say that if these two ladies were men, they wouldn’t be mocked to the extent that they are being mocked. And that’s probably true. Many years ago, in a company newsletter, the following was said: “A woman has to do something twice as well as a man to be thought of half as good, luckily, this is not difficult.” It was apropos then and I think it still is. I’ve had to deal with all sorts of issues as a professional woman and it’s probably not going to stop anytime soon. We all have crosses to bear and God never promised us a life without struggles. And I’m not saying, for one minute, that we should take overt abuse and accept poor treatment. I’m a woman and I have to be good at what I do.
Women are strong and we can take it on the chin and bounce back. We’re not just emotionally strong, we’re physically strong too. We generally handle pain much better than men do. God gave us strength and resiliency because would need it. Sometimes I think the radical feminists are trying to weaken us, though.
I often think about last football season. During the infamous Alabama vs. Auburn game, Alabama’s first string quarterback struggled during the first half and into the beginning of the third quarter. Even though he was ranked the number two college quarterback in the nation, he threw three interceptions. Coach Nick Saban, the number one college football coach in the nation and the highest paid college football coach in the nation had a decision to make. Should he bench Blake and bring in Jay, the second string quarterback, who was not as good? What a tough decision to make? He stayed with Blake, Blake turned it around, and Alabama won the game. Had coach Saban’s decision been a wrong decision, the criticism would have been monumental and very public. Coach Saban is a public figure and is paid well to make those kinds of decisions, right or wrong.
For those who have criticized Ms. Harf and Ms. Psaki, including myself, we need to watch what comes out of our mouths and what gets out there for others to see. But again, these two ladies are public figures and paid well. Criticism and mockery goes with the territory. If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.