Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Thinking: It Complicates Your Life

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In his latest article on Woke Racism, Victor Davis Hanson explains how the “new racism” works, using Rep. Pressley as an example:

Take Pressley’s recent formulation of the new racism at a recent Netroots Nation conference:

“If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don’t even show up because we need you to represent that voice.”

In sum, Pressley just outlined the classic anti-Enlightenment mindset: we are all permanent captives of our superficial race, religion, and sexual orientation. We must at all times think, act, and speak in such tribal fashion—and do so monolithically and collectively, in adopting the party line as set down by such elites as those like Pressley herself

Because being a new “democratic” socialist means never having to exercise your own free will. Somebody else will do that for you.

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Some of the stalwarts of the old Democratic movement have of late been caught up in the strictures of the new religion, and they don’t like it a bit. Take Maureen Dowd, for example. She was subjected to the fanaticism of the new purists last week when members of her own media cabal turned on her, saying she - Maureen Dowd! – was an elitist:

After I interviewed Nancy Pelosi a few weeks ago, The HuffPost huffed that we were Dreaded Elites because we were eating chocolates and — horror of horrors — the speaker had on some good pumps.

Then this week, lefty Twitter erected a digital guillotine because I had a book party for my friend Carl Hulse, The Times’s authority on Capitol Hill for decades, attended by family, journalists, Hill denizens and a smattering of lawmakers, including Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Susan Collins.

I, the daughter of a D.C. cop, and Carl, the son of an Illinois plumber, were hilariously painted as decadent aristocrats reveling like Marie Antoinette when we should have been knitting like Madame Defarge.

Yo, proletariat: If the Democratic Party is going to be against chocolate, high heels, parties and fun, you’ve lost me. And I’ve got some bad news for you about 2020.

The progressives are the modern Puritans. The Massachusetts Bay Colony is alive and well on the Potomac and Twitter.

Why, I believe I just noted the same thing a few weeks ago:

Let me posit this hypothesis, liberalism is the new secular Puritanism. Instead of believing in a just and almighty God they believe in government…The Puritan ideal of living a life of pious, consecrated actions translates for the new Puritans to insisting that YOU live a pious life, consecrated to THEIR principles. Because you were born too stupid to determine what’s best for you.

Maureen just learned the first rule of sanctimony: it sucks when it bites you. Back to Maureen’s whine:

They eviscerate their natural allies for not being pure enough while placing all their hopes in a color-inside-the-lines lifelong Republican prosecutor appointed by Ronald Reagan.

The politics of purism makes people stupid. And nasty.

Amen sister, amen! Maybe if Maureen had learned more about history as a young girl she actually would have been on our side.

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