Who got women out of their kitchens?

Governor John Kasich is now being accused of being misogynist:

Gov. John Kasich is still in the race and still trying to frame himself as the moderate, compassionate Republican, but on Monday, the governor issued two glaring reminders of his very un-moderate contempt for women. During a campaign event, in a video that went viral almost instantaneously, Kasich made a comment about his female supporters that was as bizarrely unnecessary as it was condescending.

“How did I get elected?” Kasich said. “I didn’t have anybody for me. We just got an army of people, and many women who left their kitchens to go out and to go door to door to put up yard signs for me.” He did not specify if they untied their aprons or put on their shoes.

Later, a woman in the audience decided to confront him, sort of, on this. “I’ll support you,” she said. “But I won’t be coming out of the kitchen.”

Of course, the woman in the audience won’t be coming out of her kitchen, because living in an information-age society has liberated her from a lot of the drudgery her mother or grandmother had to endure.  The question Governor Kasich needs to address is whether it was private enterprise on government that created the industrial society in the United States.  As a Republican, he ought to be in favor of free markets.  But the undertone of his comments is that having served in government should serve as a qualification to become president.

If he is trying to win over female voters in Michigan, for example, he might remind those voters that, unlike the situation in many backward countries, the type dominated by real ISIS-style misogynists, they live in a country where fetching water from a well is not the norm (except in places like Democrat-controlled Flint, Michigan!).  American women can simply go into their kitchens or bathrooms or laundry rooms and turn a tap.  Mirabile dictu, hot or cold running water on demand!  So simple even a child can do it.  What a great country!

With this liberation from drudgery, women can more fully realize their innate potential.  As James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal noted in his "Heard on the Street" column, "You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! Feminism and Fast Food":

Another example is prepared food, especially from fast-food restaurants. With Mom and Dad both busy at the office (assuming Dad is around at all), home-cooked meals are far less common than they used to be. According to the official history of McDonald's, the chain opened its 100th restaurant in 1959. At the end of 2010, according to the company's 10-K filing, there were 14,027 of them in the U.S. alone, an increase of nearly 14,000%. The symbol of radical feminism is a Venus sign with a fist. The most fitting symbol of mainstream feminism is a Happy Meal.

Ray Kroc, global liberator of women and American entrepreneur, got women of the kitchen.  Did you do as much while serving in government, Governor Kasich?  Do you even know how it is done in the private sector?  Do you know how to create jobs?  If not, there is still hope for you in the American Thinker archives.  Read "McDonald's, Technology, and Job Creation."

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