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

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Pervasive Inconsistency

If Joe Biden were cognitively clear (he is not) I suspect that as a consequence of his age, his political background and his predisposition, that he would tend toward moderation and would reject the woke lunacy that has beset the new Democratic party. But Biden is no longer able to enunciate his moderation, except with tired platitudes about "red" and "blue" America. Rather, he will become a puppet of the new Democrats—a cadre of social justice warriors (SJWs), woke activists, and left-wing ideologues who will demand power and then exercise it to "transform" our country in ways that will stifle free speech and edge toward a strange form of "woke" authoritarianism.

Daniel Friedman provides an example of this when he writes about the increasingly anti-Semitic positions taken by SJWs and woke activists, exemplified in the house organ of wokeness—The New York Times:

When [journalist, Bari] Weiss left the Times in July 2020, she published a resignation letter on her blog in which she claimed that management indifference to harassment from progressive staffers had created an intolerable work environment. She has since argued that progressive ideology is increasingly hostile to Jews and other successful minorities because they undermine the narrative of systemic racism pushed by antiracist activists.

Jews came to America, often as refugees fleeing persecution, and were able to flourish here precisely because opportunities weren’t closed off to them on the basis of identity [this is not true, but his overriding point is true]. The story of minority immigrant success is inconsistent with the progressive narrative of the United States as a country founded upon and organized around racism. If it is true that oppressed groups have had historically unprecedented access to opportunity in modern, liberal societies then it cannot also be true that pervasive oppression explains lingering disparities. So progressives have become hostile to successful minorities, and have begun speaking about them in ways that echo the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories of the far-Right. 

Of course, much of reality is "inconsistent with the progressive narrative of the United States." In order to hide that pervasive inconsistency, the Left will attack anyone, any group, and anything that threatens their fantasy worldview.

Should Joe Biden win the presidency, his victory will be viewed as justification for the vicious political tactics employed to unseat an elected president, demonize his supporters and cripple his administration over the past four years. It will empower an already biased and dishonest media to continue on a path that no longer is journalism, but rather unadulterated propaganda. It will encourage those who are happy to mold past history to fit their narrative of an evil and racist America. It will give free reign to those who will reject our constitution, our laws, and our culture when those things don't fit their needs. All of this is what really matters. Biden is small potatoes.


The editors of the Wall Street Journal relate the left-leaning media's attempt to convince people that WSJ somehow agreed with the ridiculous notions that: (1) the Biden scandal was Russian disinformation and (2) that even if it wasn't, Biden was either unaware of his son's machinations and never, ever was in line to profit from them. The editors made mince meat of that fake news.

But there's something much bigger going on. The editors write:

All of this is relevant beyond next week’s election. If Democrats win up and down the ballot, progressives will control the commanding heights of nearly every American elite institution: Congress, the administrative state, Hollywood and the arts, the universities, nonprofits, Silicon Valley and nearly all of the media.

Yet instead of playing watchdog for the public, today’s progressive press partisans devote themselves to attacking anyone who breaks from their orthodoxy. They denounce independent voices like Ms. [Kimberly] Strassel with their Twitter brigades, then they unleash reporters who are ideological enforcers masquerading as media critics. They can’t tolerate any opposing political view. This is why Americans in record numbers don’t trust the media, and it’s why we will keep reporting the news others won’t.

And that's why Rich Lowry's (and my) prediction just might come to pass.