The Kathy Griffin “Trump Head” debacle would seem to be a textbook example of everything that’s gone wrong—in the brains and hearts of American progressives—since November.
Can anyone imagine the absolute furor which would have descended if a significant conservative celebrity (cough, I know they still exist, right?) did a photo shoot featuring a bloody effigy of Obama’s head—or Hillary Clinton’s head—dangling by the hair?
I keep hoping there will be a collective Progressive paradigm shift. When the delusions and the hatred finally disperse, and Progressives see themselves in the mirror—realizing they’ve become exactly the sorts of hateful, vindictive, violent, abusive, bullying, unhinged cretins they claim to be “resisting” during the Trump era.
And, no, Captain Caring, just because you say you’re “compassionate” and “empathetic” toward a sour-Skittles bowl filled with politically-correct Special Victim Identities, this does not give you a free pass to go full-out rage-hatey bugnuts against the rest of America.
Try looking in the OTHER bowl, filled with boring old M&Ms—the Deplorables bowl. People who deserve your consideration every bit as much as the sour-Skittles SVIs, precisely *because* Les Deplorables are so different from you. They live differently. Talk differently. Have different values. With different ideals. THEY are the ones you should be reaching out to. THEY represent actual diversity in your life.
“But I don’t have to tolerate intolerance!” you’re already screaming through your computer screen.
Ah, see, that’s the trick, isn’t it? Anyone can be labeled “intolerant” for any reason. The word has been so thoroughly trashed in our modern discourse, it’s stripped utterly of meaning. It’s now a label you can slap onto anyone or anything you don’t like. Evidence of wrongdoing not required. You’re just pinning a KICK ME sign onto the waistbands of the people you think suck.
This is not the liberalism the Founders had in mind, when they set out to create a unique nation. A country which enshrined Enlightenment truths and values at the altar of a new American existence.
Innocence, before guilt.
Opportunity, before obligation.
A rational, orderly debate of ideas.
The calm, clean exchange of power.
“But conservatives started it!” you shout, slamming your hands onto the arms of your chair. Because in your heart you know conservatives are always at fault for everything.
Again, no, there’s no license for you. Not this time. Nobody “made” you like this. You did it on your own. You. You’ve had seven months to deal with what happened in November. It’s time to stop hiding behind excuses. You’re ugly. You’re the monster you think you’re not. Stop pretending otherwise.
And no, that doesn’t mean you have to like the President.
I’ve said it before—Trump doesn’t thrill me either. But the apoplexy (on your part) simply must stop. Get a grip, please. We’re stuck with the guy for at least four years. If you don’t want Trump in office for a second term, DEMAND that the Democrats find a candidate who won’t gleefully take a steaming rhetorical shit on half the country; because she’s convinced she doesn’t need us.
That’s not the “liberal” Democratic Party which ushered Kennedy into office, is it? What happened to, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country?”
One almost suspects that Jack would get shouted off the DNC convention stage, by a horde of face-pierced, wild-haired Social Justice Zealots—telling him he’s made them unsafe. Because of toxic masculinity or some other bullshit like that.
The Progressive house is an utter shambles. No discipline. No coherency. Only Progressives can clean it up. Nobody else can do it. We’ve been walled out. Half the reason you’re so pissed off, is because you thought we were permanently evicted from the dinner table. No more need to pass the potatoes.
So fly-over country used the one voice it had left—the voice which the Founders intended to be louder and more powerful than any other.
Fly-over country voted.
And you didn’t like the result.
Because you didn’t think you could lose.