It’s clear that the left is turning on itself. Eating its young, so to speak. And eating its old, too. Consuming everyone on its own side. That splintering of what should be a unified force is why that awful man in the Oval could very well get re-elected. But that could be too nuanced for many to understand.
A few years ago I heard longtime activist Mark Rudd speak. The left, he observed, spent the past three decades focused only on issues, while the right’s laser focus was on garnering political power. The result of this short sight on the part of liberals is obvious: a splintered left wing and a right wing bloated with the power it gained and exercising its big, swinging you-know-what.
Meanwhile, the left is still doing itself in–death by a thousand cuts, you might say. And in the process, well-meaning but clueless people will play a a bigger role than they realize in the destruction of the world–something that seems almost inevitable with this clown in the Oval. Our own side has put 2020’s election at risk, as well.
Just like religions have always had the one true belief system, we now have the one true opinion. Disagree with that at your own risk. I know, because I’ve been the subject of attack by the social media mob. And shunned by others who believe I’ve fallen short of what they see as the one true standard.
Ahem. Doesn’t change a thing. You can tell me to FO, say you’re “disappointed in me” and I will still believe what I believe. Because what you think really means nothing. My convictions are my own.
Which brings me to a recent New York Times Magazine interview with Bill Mahar.
A man with integrity
I‘m a fan. Always have been. He’s one of the few public people unafraid to call out the emperor for having no clothes– and he’s paid the price for it, too. He skewers the left, the right and everything in between. When he sees something crazy, phony, silly, ridiculous– he calls it out. And there’s a whole lot to call out in our world today. Not just on the right, either.
I may or may not agree with him on every issue, although chances are, I do. But here’s what I respect: He’s got integrity.
A man who gets nuances
So when I saw the NYT interview with him in the Sept 30, 2019 paper, I couldn’t wait to read it. I wasn’t disappointed. Like me, he’s noticed that nuances aren’t understood in this new world order, and that’s a pretty key point, in my opinion and in his.
In his interview, he said so many of the things that I believe. So I’m going to excerpt a handful of his interview quotes here for thought (and maybe discussion in the comments if you want to comment) and then I’ll link to the article. So here’s Bill, in his own words:
Everyone fears the wrath of the Twitter mob, the social justice warriors and the PC police. Religions always talk about the one true religion. Now on the left we have the one true opinion. If you go against that, you do so at your peril. That’s why the air on the left is becoming stale.
The most important thing that the Democrats can do to win the next election is to broom this element out of their party and stand up to the Twitter mob and the ultra-woke. And I don’t like the term “woke,” because it implies I am asleep. I was woke before some of these people were born.
I grew up in a household with two liberal parents who were ahead of their time. My father and mother told me about civil rights. I knew what the right thing was. The difference is that liberals protect people, and P.C. people protect feelings. They don’t do anything. They’re pointing at other people who are somehow falling short of their standards, which could have changed three weeks ago. They’re constantly moving the goalposts so they can go, “Gotcha!”
The politically correct people are not concerned about social justice. They care about putting scalps on the wall…are we at this place where we can’t admit that we’ve ever had bad thoughts and gotten over them and become a better person? You can’t judge today by yesterday. We evolve.
And finally, to all those snowflakes who find it necessary to excoriate anyone who communicates even the slightest of difference in views, Bill Mahar (and I) say this:
“It’s not the worst thing in the world to hear something you find somewhat offensive. You can turn the channel. Look at something else. Go to a puppet show; you’ll never be offended.” (Bill’s words)
Here’s the full interview.
And yes, this post is related to last week’s post on our Lord of the Flies society.