The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Force Field

The "force field" is a staple of science fiction. By placing a magical force field around a person or an entity, any attack in ineffectual. Weapons bounce off and the person or entity is unharmed. This allows the protected person or entity, whether a villain or a hero, to attack the enemy unharmed.

As the Democrats move to diversify their presidential candidates, they and their trained hamsters in the media are working to create a force field around them. The force field is designed to deflect any criticism, any commentary, or any ridicule, regardless of whether it is justified or not. If the target a woman, any criticism, commentary, or ridicule will be characterized as "misogynistic" or "sexist." If it's a person of color, any attack, no matter how justified, will be characterized as "racism" and the attacker will be accused of "white privilege." If it's a Latino—"anti-immigrant." And if it's a Muslim—"Islamophobia." If it's a combination (intersectional) of these characteristics, the force field is magnified in strength.

Of course the force field only works for Democrats. Republican woman, people of color, Latinos, and Muslims cannot avail themselves of the same force field—it just doesn't work for them.

Even the New York Times, not a publication known for its even-handedness in such matters, has noticed:
On Saturday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a campaign stop at Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles in Columbia, S.C., and asked whether to use “fingers or forks” to eat the fried chicken. The mockery that followed online? Sexism, cried social media!

The next day, Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her presidential bid in the midst of a Minnesota snow shower — and a blizzard of stories describing her demanding behavior as a boss. Asha Harris, a voter at the rally, told a Times reporter that the critique was “plainly sexist.”

The historic number of women running for president was bound to change the dynamics of the contest. And now, just a couple months in, we’re seeing one way that could take shape: sexism as a shield, fending off criticism that, on its surface, would seem nongendered.
There's only one problem. The Dems have used accusations of sexism and racism so frequently and so hypocritically, they've weakened the strength of the force field. When everyone is a racist or a sexist, then no one is a racist or a sexist.

It's a guarantee that the Dems will deploy their force field at every opportunity, but I suspect it won't have the protective power that it once did.