"Beauty confronts us with the requirement that we place ourselves among...the redeemers, the leaders in the protection of life. Once you have seen the bush on fire, you are not going to get out of the assignment unless you close your eyes to the beauty.... [You] either have to close your eyes or go back to Egypt and set the people free." - Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, "Rising to the Challenge of Our Times"

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Are you or is someone you know an effete snob?

I don't think this would be news interesting enough to repeat at this point, because it seems that Rush is a bit past the peak of his influence and popularity, much like the Canadian rock band of the same name. However, when I read his recent comment that Obama "can get effete snobs, ...wealthy academics, ...the young, and...the black vote, but Democrats do not win with that," I had to look up effete because I think I knew what he meant by it but I wasn't sure if that was really what it meant.

ef·fete (-ft)
1. Depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted: the final, effete period of the baroque style.
2. Marked by self-indulgence, triviality, or decadence: an effete group of self-professed intellectuals.
3. Overrefined; effeminate.
4. No longer productive; infertile.

[Latin efftus, worn out, exhausted : ex-, ex- + ftus, bearing young, pregnant; see dh(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

But then I was even more perplexed. What definition did he mean? That tired snobs will vote for Obama? That overrefined, decadent dandies will vote for him? Or perhaps he meant infertile snobs?

I just want to know where I fit into the Obama voting pool, because I know I'm not wealthy, and not formally an academic. I suppose I'm young, though very solidly into my full-fledged adulthood. And I have a lot of freckles, but I seriously doubt that I'm black, barring further discovery of the activities of an ancestor who reached Jamaica and made a stop, shall we say.

I suppose I could be considered a snob in some respects. I have a postgraduate degree and I won't shop at WalMart. I don't believe that pink is a legitimate wine color. And I am often tired, and sometimes a tiny bit dandy when the occasion calls for it.

1 comment:

adam said...

Well, he's certainly not going to get the gunslinging religious folk in Pennsylvania.

What's really amusing about who Obama will "get" is, who do you have left after you take away his list?

Fertile snobs (perhaps more of a threat than infertile snobs), poor academics, and non-blacks? Is this the crowed that is voting for McCain? Count me out of that group. : )