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

Thursday, June 03, 2021


The story is a small, but it exemplifies the idiocy of woke cancel culture, examined by someone outside the USA who truly understands the warped mindset of far too many modern leftists. Written by the UK Spectator gossip columnist, "Cockburn," it relates the travails of actress Ellie Kemper who (the horror!) attended a debutante ball in her youth that has precipitated the ire of leftist "activists" who accuse her of racist tendencies because photos taken at the time (it was over 20 years ago) were not sufficiently diverse.

In a justifiably snarky commentary on this small story of woke cancel culture, Cockburn writes:

Kemper is being targeted for being cute, white, cheerful and popular in a period where those four facts in combination cause severe stress to America’s most mentally unbalanced individuals, who inexplicably hold power in direct proportion to how deranged they are. Even worse, Kemper has shunned politics throughout her career. Like so many others, she is being punished for not being a time traveler and not spending her entire life anticipating this particular moment of political fanaticism in America. 

Of course, nobody is vilifying Kemper for attending Princeton University, even though it was segregated until the 1940s and to this day is far more a bastion of privilege than any Midwestern civic organization [where the debutant ball was held] could be. Why? Precisely because Princeton is so bound up with the American elite that it entirely reflects its current values and obsessions. 

But perhaps it’s only a matter of time. Ultimately, what traumatizes the mob most is the simple fact that America existed prior to 2012 — and despite its flaws was quite successful. The best way to eradicate the uncomfortable thoughts that fact creates is to simply obliterate history completely. It’s why statues are coming down and buildings are being renamed. It’s why the Constitution itself is a target ...

... In the long run, the woke mob is a death cult. Their hatred is not a rational response, but a manifestation of internal misery.

Sad ... but true. The woke are humorless, historically illiterate, cognitively inconsistent and—to quote Cockburn—sometimes "mentally unbalanced." Their fixation on identity politics may fill a deep void in their psyches, but the manner in which our supposed government and corporate leaders are following their deranged dictates is dangerous and destructive. 

In recent weeks, Joe Biden has had a penchant for reading cue cards that describe what his handlers characterize as "white supremacy" (i.e., being Caucasian and unwoke) as a form of domestic "terrorism." Using their own playbook, maybe it's time for the rest of us to begin characterizing woke cancel culture and its authoritarian attempts to control thought and action as a much more virulent form of "domestic terrorism." After all, if its good enough for Biden, it has to be good enough for us.