Problem Solving

To a modern-day progressive, the problems in our culture are things like racism, sexism, wealth inequality, and the continued existence of conservative culture. Two of the key progressive beliefs are 1) man is inherently good, until corrupted by an unjust society, and 2) society can be perfected if only the right policies are enacted. Whenever progressives achieve something, though, they always move on to something new, something that suddenly becomes the most important cause ever. Thus the focus on microaggressions these days – activists have to be outraged about something, and we have reached the bottom of the barrel.

There are other problems in the world that are not so important, mostly because they are failures of a progressive Democrat president, and thus to be ignored. China hacking the personal records of over twenty million Americans does not seem to warrant concern. Nearly a hundred million American adults out of the workforce does not seem to be a problem. Tens of millions of immigrants entering our country illegally is seen as good, not worrying. Russia’s military expansion is only problematic to the progressives because they censor gays. The rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East and the tangible threat of a new caliphate is seen as less important than making sure we all understand that Bruce Jenner really, truly, is a woman now, and probably always has been.

I am sure that if we ignore the second group of problems and focus on solving the first group, then everything will be ok.

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Vibrant Multiculturalism

Rachel Lucas brings some attention to an expression of culture that is not getting much airplay:

A Saudi preacher who tortured his five-year-old daughter to death has been released after agreeing to pay ‘blood money’, activists said.

Lama al-Ghamdi died in October having suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns.

The child had also been repeatedly raped and the burned.

Leftists and feminists ally with radical Muslims in their desire to overturn traditional western Christian culture, which is supposedly oppressive and repressive. Yet there is no corner of western society where something like this would be condoned.

Contrasting Marches

A PJ Media blogger observes two rallies, one celebrating abortion and the other celebrating life.

On January 26, two diametrically opposed ideologies chose San Francisco as their battleground. To our left, the pro-choice army convened at the city’s Embarcadero to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (which formally legalized abortion throughout the United States); to our right, the pro-life army convened for its ninth annual Walk for Life (the largest anti-abortion event on the West Coast).

Read the whole thing.

The Coalition of the Absurd

Over the last week, public officials in Boston and Chicago have declared their intention to block, by any means necessary, Chick-fil-A restaurants from opening in their cities. Now, Chick-fil-A does not discriminate in hiring, nor in service. However, the owner of the company, an outspoken Christian who closes his branches on Sunday so employees can attend church if they wish, recently outed himself as a supporter of traditional marriage. This is a bridge too far for Mayors Menino and Emmanuel. The way they see it, free speech may be a civil right, but certain speech is just too extreme for their diverse cities. Here is the punchline: They are doing this in the name of tolerance.

You see, the left claims the mantle of tolerance. Tolerance and diversity are their most sacred truths. It is with these claims that various left-wing groups join together against the forces of what they call intolerance, or sometimes even hate. This left-wing coalition is vast and broad, and includes such diverse groups as feminists, black activists, progressives, homosexual activists, Muslims, environmentalists, Communists, socialists, and even anarchists. Straight, white, conservative, Christian males need not apply, of course.

The funny thing about this leftist coalition is how many of these groups are united only by their desire to dismantle traditional American culture. When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke before Columbia University, students laughed nervously at his assertion that there were no gays in Iran. Yet these two groups – leftist graduate students and radical Muslims – remain allies in the American culture war. To this coalition, a Christian who disapproves of gay marriage is more of a threat than a Muslim who has gay people beheaded. Mayors Emmanuel and Menino did not call to task any Muslim-run restaurants in their cities, demanding to know their position on gay marriage like they have done to Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy. As the brilliant Iowahawk pointed out on Twitter, “In Chicago, you must be pro-gay marriage to sell fried chicken, but not Chicken Shawarma. #knowyourChicagocitycodes”

It is not just in matters of religion or sexual orientation that makes this left-wing coalition so absurd. Remember the Tea Party rallies? Nearly every news story took pains to point out how the crowds were “mostly white”. MSNBC took it a step further during the healthcare town hall meetings when they photographed an armed man from the neck down, lest they reveal that this “dangerous white man” was actually a black man. Yet when Occupy Wall Street took to the streets, how many articles pointed out the racial makeup of those crowds? Occupy was almost entirely a white enterprise, but it was never viewed through the racial lens that the Tea Party (arguably more diverse) was in every news story. Apparently racial makeup only matters if the subjects are conservative. Members of the Coalition of the Absurd get a pass.

Remember Trent Lott? The former Senate majority leader was forced to resign after he made a nice comment about Senator Strom Thurmond, who was once a segregationist. On the other hand, then-Senator Joe Biden called then-Senator Barack Obama the first “clean” black man who was running for president. Biden’s punishment? The vice-presidency. African-American activists play a huge role in the Democratic Party today. They support people of color in every walk of life… unless that black person is Clarence Thomas or Condoleeza Rice, for whom they save their most vile epithets.

Feminists make up a large contingent of the Coalition of the Absurd. Like black activists, they claim support the rise of women everywhere… unless that woman is Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann, of course. And when men mistreat women, the Coalition is right there to speak truth to power… unless that power is Bill Clinton, who was defended by feminists even as he was being accused of sexual harassment and even rape.

The Coalition of the Absurd goes through twists and turns that would break the most limber acrobat in order to maintain their frame. Guns are bad, unless they are carried by your own bodyguards. Private jets are bad, unless they are used by congresspeople. Free speech is always good, unless it is conservatives doing the speaking. Tax breaks for big business are bad, unless that business is Hollywood. Sending American troops to fight foreign wars is bad, unless a Democrat is in office. Opposing gay marriage is unforgivable, unless you are Barack Obama running for president in 2008. Supporting gay marriage covers all wrongs, unless you are Dick Cheney.

I think the singular truth to be drawn from observing the Coalition of the Absurd is this: Leftism is their primary allegiance. Feminists are leftists first, women second. Progressives are leftists first, reformers second. The same goes for radical Islamists, gay activists, left-wing African Americans, and more. Left-wing ideology will tolerate no other master. All that matters is the intensity with which each group despises traditional conservative culture. How is that for tolerance?