I’ve been back in the US for almost a year now after living for almost three years in Scotland. The one thing that has changed the most is that the American left has become even more irrational.
Just this week we had supposed adults at the White House explaining to us why working less and going on the government dole is a good thing. The press conference was laughable for its use of tortured logic. Brit Hume of Fox News called the spin “pathetic”. Monty at AOSHQ had a great rejoinder to the spin:
“This is liberal elitism at work, believe it or not. The upper-crust Democrats see some guy mowing their lawn in the summer, sweating and grunting as he pushes the mower around the steeply-landscaped back yard. Or they see the trashmen coming by to collect the feculent, festering remains of the weekend cocktail party they threw over the weekend. God, I’d hate that job, they think, and then a light bulb goes on in their heads. I bet they hate that job too! No one would do that job unless they had to! It’s an outrage! And then we’re off to the races.
Upper-crust liberals tend to have cushy, white-collar jobs that pay well. They tend to have stable families and live in decent neighborhoods. To them, “work” means something far different than it does to the guy outside laboring over their landscaping.
The guy out pushing the mower, or hauling away their trash, probably doesn’t hate his job. He may not love it, but he probably doesn’t hate it. It pays the bills. To the extent that he feels any outrage, it’s generally at the shitty hot weather or the lazy gringo kid he hired as a helper this summer but who didn’t show up today. It’s not like he dreams of being a neurosurgeon or a performance-artist. He’d probably like more free time (who wouldn’t?) but not at the cost of losing income.
In other words: liberals who believe this “less work is good” argument are Utopian idiots. They think everybody lives like they do, and likes the things they like.”
Actor and musician Jared Leto is accused of “trans-misogyny” – as if that is even a real thing – for being a straight guy (maybe, Leto sure plays a lot of androgynous characters) who portrayed a “transgendered” character in the Matthew McConaughey vehicle, “The Dallas Buyer’s Club”:
“Trans-misogyny does not deserve an award,” said the unidentified woman, who attended the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Virtuosos Award tribute honoring Leto and three others who gave breakthrough performances in 2013.
“What do you mean by that?” Leto asked, to which the heckler said, “You don’t deserve an award for portraying a trans-woman, because you’re a man.”
Then the strong feminist Wellesley womyn were frightened by…a statue. From the petition at Change.org to remove it (http://tinyurl.com/mvlr42y):
“Within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, the highly lifelike sculpture by Tony Matelli, entitled “Sleepwalker,” has become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for some members of our campus community…”
C’mon, you empowered feminist babes – a statue is “triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault”? Seriously?
But then the left HAS been disconnected from reality for decades, mired in the pig sty of post-modernism. What started out as simply lying for political advantage back in the 60’s has now become the basis for college curricula and there are generations of full-fledged Sandra Fluke clones being churned out from places like Wellesley and Sarah Lawrence.
So ye sow, so shall ye reap. Welcome to the idiocracy.
I’m absolutely convinced that every grievance movement on the American left starts with a totally factually incorrect appeal to emotion just like Bluto delivered in Animal House.