One thing which had so many conservatives up in arms was Obama’s utter lack of class and absence of manners:
Most of the criticism was for his habit of putting feet up on furniture in street shoes. This was not a quality person and it showed in his manner, his dishonesty, his policies.
Now that we have this:
… the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak and she’s been roundly condemned by the left. Uh huh, this is the same left that parades around with vaginas on their heads, smashing windows and urinating in public?
Having said that, yes she is most gauche and ‘unclassy’ – clearly she’s not been taught simple rules of society. There are so many thoughts coming from this issue.
If I go down to the docks, I expect to find rough men with hearts of gold who don’t stand much on ceremony and that’s fine. I’ve done that, I’ve been a storeman, I’ve a few biker mates and that’s how things are. If I go to the White House, I expect to see some refinement – even the Donald seems to show that in his new situation.
We have three different divisions operating here:
1. Social class
Kellyanne Conway strikes out on all three.
1. The burgeoning middle-class, of which I’m both at the lower and upper end was taught basic rules of society which did not really depend on social class – every child was taught the same: how to use a knife and fork, stand up when a lady walks in and when she leaves, walk on the outside of the footpath, don’t talk with your mouth full, don’t put feet in shoes up on furniture.
2. At least, it was taught to Boomer children but then came the gauche Generation X and fewer and fewer knew manners – you can see that quite easily in discourse in the media. Read a newspaper of 1960 and read the Mail today – low class preoccupations, foul language, inability to spell, complete lack of grace and walking around with airs, graces and tattoos. Millennials were worse, the new generation after them is simply ignorant.
I wish to point out here that I had no silver spoon in my mouth when born – the only manners I have today were what every child of the day had. Speak when you’re spoken to, look someone in the eye, stop kicking your leg when sitting. They were just basic for Boomers, even the hippies knew of them, though rejected them of course.
3. Girls used to be taught refinement, how to be ladies. Even the gals of St Trinians knew how to be polite and not vile, how to behave in a civilised way. A lady never swore in public. Look at this lot today. But women do not have the same shackles as men in terms of dress and following rules – they have their own set of values and their own codes. They’re a law unto themselves.
And one thing I don’t like and agree with the feminists on is that they are too willing to subordinate themselves, debase themselves. Worst example I know was a lady I’ve known most of my life – she was head of school, an all round jolly hockey sticks gal, moved in what-ho tweeds and moleskins circles. She was at Kate level, an achiever in her own right and yet she gets a boyfriend and all reason leaves her – she showed me pics in the most subservient positions because she was being accepted by his crowd.
This was exactly what Kellyanne Conway was doing. So excited to be part of elite society and so welcomed by the Donald that she forgot all decorum in public with visiting dignitaries and treated the place as if it were her own home. I can’t be doing with that. Wonder what Ivanka feels about it? Also, look how those black movers and shakers are conducting themselves in the picture.
Some people might claim a fourth division:
4. American v British.
I’ve known quite a few east coast Americans who were refined, educated. If you look back at the history of the British working class, turn of the century, you find evening classes, ladies associations, charitable work, people tried to improve themselves, to improve their education.
It’s not class per se, it’s approach, attitude, pride in oneself. Those things do not depend on your social class. These days, there are those people of all social classes … and then there are the new barbarians. Kellyanne Conway really needs someone to take her aside and educate her.
In the days of a fairly homogeneous society, it might have been not quite so important but today, with the invasion of the savage hordes, it’s perhaps more important than ever to show how civilised people live.