Unpopularity Warning: You might just like to skip this post because it lams into a particular mindset in our society. Not all readers will appreciate this. Just sayin’ like.
There are three political tendencies these days – actually, there always were but they’re more identifiable now – and they are Statism, leftism and conservatism.
Naturally, there is cross-over, particularly among leftists who’ve woken up [grown up?] and these include Robin of Berkeley and me. Anyone who knows of Berkeley knows it to be a hotbed of leftist activisim in the U.S.
One of the reasons I drifted so far left was because of a constant sense of outrage. Of course, out here in Berkeley, I was in good company, surrounded by the multitudes up in arms most hours of the day.
However, once I snapped out of my leftist trance, I realized something startling: I was outraged about all of the wrong things. In fact, leftist outrage is derived not from our Higher Selves, but from another place entirely: the lowly sel[ves].
This explains why the left can be so apoplectic one minute, and then strangely silent the next. The left’s outrage is not completely real; it is manufactured; contrived. The faux outrage is as fabricated as those feel-good slogans about Hope and Change.
The left’s legendary compassion is politically expedient, though elaborately disguised. Watch sparks fly in the battle for gay marriage. Wisconsin is exploding because unionized teachers want collective bargaining. The left’s outrage is self-righteous because it is laser focused on the self.
Not only is the left’s outrage ego-based, but it is rooted in greed. Take the left’s centerpiece issue, social and economic justice. What do those flowery phrases actually mean, anyway? Aren’t they just doublespeak for envy, coveting one’s neighbor, and a gimme-gimme mentality?
When an injustice serves progressive ideology, we see the outrage in full-color display. However, at other times, the silence is deafening — or there is disingenuous posturing.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the deafening silence from white women feminists [there are men too afflicted with this disease] about Muslim women. White feminists aren’t interested in anyone else’s rights, except in generalized, throwaway lines. What they’re really interested in is themselves, as Robin notes. The reason she and I can see it so clearly is that we were of the left – we are now traitors to the cause. We are the whistleblowers.
Perfect example was Caroline Flint [as in heart of]. It was all outrage as she and a clutch of hens secreted themselves in a room and plotted Gordon Brown’s downfall. And what was the universal cause they were up in arms about? ”Women” not being given jobs in high office. ”Women” translates as them … themselves. Not anyone else.
Interesting how a woman on the other side of the pond and I can feel the same way about things and use the same language and not only that, we can go to any blog, e.g. American Thinker, Autonomous Mind, Raedwald, whoever and read the same thing we’ve been dismayed about. There really does have to be something in it, does there not?
We have our own outrage, don’t we? For example, Vincent Cooke, the family man who stabbed to death a hood who tried to muscle into his home and has been promptly arrested for defending his family. The left is deathly silent on it. It’s us who are outraged because it strikes right at our hearts – our families are those we defend, it’s our job and our desire.
The left is so selectively blind. Whilst:
Matt Damon didn’t mince words regarding Obama during a March chat with low-rated CNN talker Piers Morgan: “I really think he misinterpreted his mandate. A friend of mine said it the other day and I thought it was a great line: ‘I no longer hope for audacity,’” the Bourne Identity star told the host, even the Sundance Kid is having reservations about Obama. Robert Redford took to the hallowed cyber-pages of The Huffington Post to share his disappointment in the president.
“One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. But what good is it to say the right thing unless you act on it?” Redford writes. “Like so many others, I’m beginning to wonder just where the man stands,” he laments.
These are the exceptions – people who have woken up or are waking up to the empty rhetoric of the Statists and the left. Many others are still full-on deniers:
Plenty of celebrities are still speaking of the president as if the last two-plus years never happened. Singer Gloria Estefan refuses to be bothered by such insignificant issues as credit downgrades, raging unemployment, or choruses of “who can I blame for my failures next?”
“I wish that the president had a lot more power than he does, but he doesn’t. This has to be something that Congress, the Senate, and the American people decide, everybody together,” she said, adding she predicts he‘ll be reelected in 2012. “I think that he’s doing a good job.”
Now that is jawdropping selective blindness. Where is the famous leftist compassion for the millions of Americans suffering and the millions over here also suffering the squeeze of the State on their capacity just to make ends meet? Over here, gas is set to go up 16-22% over winter, milk is going up 7% in the next month and the money grabs are awesome in their gall. And into this, faux conservative Cameron and Osborne say that we have to be the ones to suffer for the greed of the banks and the decisions of their kind.
Cuts to essential services, huge increases in costs but never cuts to the whole bureaucratic PC madness costing the country billions.
Cable wants the money from the wealthy, whether or not that money was earned or not. His greedy little eyes are all for taking it and frittering it away on social projects which line the pockets of female parachutees who then have to be paid off, at enormous expense, when they b*gg** everything up – Hewlett-Packard have just gone and done it for a third time! Just look at the person they appointed.
There’s a word for all this selective blindness – it’s called hypocrisy. There’s a word for setting your eyes on someone else’s money – greed. There’s a word for the politics of envy whereby you take away that which belongs to someone else – theft.
And while that’s going on, what does the left do when they finally realize that their unsustainable, utopian ideals have ruined the nation? They pretend it never happened, like Gloria Estefan. They retreat into blogging about flowers and gardens and music, they hum to themselves that all is well except for what the bankers, capitalists and fascists have done, they abhor being called leftist and they ask, hands outstretched, “Why can’t we all just get along? Why can’t we all come together and do it my way?”
Just as Gloria Estefan asked.
I can’t find the words for this mentality, this mindset. Someone at my own place came in with a quick comment: “It’s not just the left who lie, James.” Well, at least she made at least some concession in that.
Penultimate words will be Robin of Berkeley’s:
As an older person, I remember the good old days (which get better and better the older I get). You didn’t demand your rights with your parents or your teachers or anyone else. If you did, you’d get either a slap across the face or a stern lecture about not acting so uppity.
Back then, you weren’t entitled to anything unless you earned it. And we’re not just talking money and possessions here, but something more important: respect. No one would have or should have respected you simply because you were born upon this earth. But if you acted in a respectable fashion, that is, accountable for your actions and kind to others, then respect would inevitably follow.
But today…what a different picture. Of course, my generation, the Baby Boomers, are responsible for producing all of these entitled folks, because the young ‘uns were taught that the world owed them something for nothing.
Through 60s music and leftist schools, rights and demands were emphasized over traits that are so much more important. And meanwhile, many old folks haven’t moved on developmentally, still remaining frozen in time, circa 1964, making their own demands.
Of course, most people from the left reading this won’t have the foggiest notion of what I’m talking about. Isn’t demanding rights and making money what this life is all about? Sadly, in this shallow, secular world, people have been stripped of the knowledge of what to actually do with this one precious life.
Seems that if a few more leftists finally woke up out of their entitled slumber, as Robin did, as I did, we might be on the road to getting this society back on track.