Friday, September 20, 2019

Conservatives Being Stupid

So everyone is piling on Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister who dressed in a blackface costume a couple of times. "Racist!" they all scream. Delighted at the chance to turn the tables, conservatives are howling the loudest. "Racist hypocrite!" they scream.


Going full Alinsky on someone, making them live by their own rules, is only worthwhile if you like the rules in the first place. It's a freaking costume. A costume. Trudeau isn't a racist any more than Ralph Northam, governor of Virginia and blackface-wearer from back in the day, is. In fact, almost no one in America is truly racist.

We're good people and that should be the default assessment of our fellow citizens. So the guy wore a costume you wouldn't wear yourself. So what? On Halloween, almost everyone is wearing a costume you wouldn't wear yourself. It doesn't mean that they're in league with the devil. It's a costume.

Back in the Carboniferous Era, I was at a college Halloween party. A girl who was a friend of mine was wearing a saloon girl costume. She looked hot and ended up with a boyfriend by the end of the night. She told me, "Halloween is great because a girl can dress slutty that night and not get judged for it!" We had a laugh because Halloween is fun because we get to play Let's Pretend like we're 5-year-olds and being a 5-year-old for one night is fun.

No fun for you! No fun any more! No fun! None! Racism!

Conservatives think they're so clever imitating Saul Alinsky, who was a tedious bore himself.
I'm wading through the sludge that is Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. It's horrible. In fact, it's recursively horrible or maybe mutli-dimensionally horrible or perhaps it's over-horribled as it's crammed with examples of every kind of horribility that a book might ever have.
Instead, conservatives might , oh, I don't know, act like conservatives and embrace conservative ideas. You know, all that personal freedom and personal responsibility rot we talk when we're not trying to rack up cheap points like a QB padding his stats with garbage time passing in the 4th quarter and his team down by 20. Yep, you scored a TD on Trudeau. Yay! Now you're going to lose by 13 instead of 20. Good for you.

Jumping up and down on that cringing milksop Trudeau is only helping to reinforce 3 things we should hate.
  1. Victimhood
  2. Fragility
  3. Outrage
So cut it out. Stand for freedom. Stand for granting the assumption of decency to your fellow man. Stand for being able to tell the difference between seeing someone wearing a costume and storming the beaches at Normandy.

Here, a soldier who was severely wounded when he saw a German in an offensive costume, receives a blood transfusion.


Travis said...

I think the response of many, myself included, is not to consider the costume racist (whatever that word even means anymore), but rather to note that Trudeau is simply now having to lie in the bed he made as an acolyte of all the worst PC nonsense the SJW crowd has to offer. It's more in the realm of poetic justice for him to be torn apart by the very mob he has led, considering that mob by its very nature will be forced by their own worldview to be at each other's throats for all these ridiculous non-issues. Perhaps a welcome sign that the leftist house is starting to become divided. Trudeau is already in the hot seat, after all.

K T Cat said...

I totally get that approach and I understand it's the one most of the commentators are playing. I still think it's completely the wrong one. If you succeed, you end up with a suspicion-based truce. "Well, I guess it wasn't racism this time." We defuse the accusation a little bit, but we don't really achieve our objective of convincing people to see each other as individuals instead of bags of skin.

Instead, we should fire back with, "Oh, buzz off, you killjoy pantywaists. He's not a racist and you're not oppressed. Let's get on with our lives and letting each other express themselves they way they want."

IlĂ­on said...

K T,
Conservatives have been polite/civil in the face of leftist outrages -- that is, they have been stupid -- for at least the past 50 years. That's how we got to where we are today. Doubling-down on misguided-and-stupid civility in response to the leftists' hypocritical witch-hunts against non-leftists will never induce the leftists to dial it back.

K T Cat said...

I don't want civility, I want to see them absolutely clocked, but for the sake of freedom and charity for fellow Americans, not for some kind of rhetorical disarmament.

Foxfier said...

Going full Alinsky on someone, making them live by their own rules, is only worthwhile if you like the rules in the first place.

No, sadly, it isn't-- or Alinsky would've caused the left to become faithful husbands who give generously of their own belongings and are nice to kids.

They chose the rules. If a minor infraction by those who don't support it is bad, then a major infraction by those who do support it is much worse.

Foxfier said...

Like the Psalm says-- answer a fool according to his folly, lest he think himself wise.

And, just before that...answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you become like him.....