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Who Says the Elites Are Out of Touch

Posted by V the K at 1:24 pm - March 27, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

A Nobel Laureate in Economics claims that poor people in America have it worse than poor people in Africa or Bangladesh because — I am not making this up — it’s such a burden for them to have to apply for welfare benefits here.

A lot of these programs have been turned into block grants, like [the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or welfare, program], and it’s very hard for people to get them.

If you had to choose between living in a poor village in India and living in the Mississippi Delta or in a suburb of Milwaukee in a trailer park, I’m not sure who would have the better life.

Later in the article, he admits he hasn’t spent time in Appalachia or the slums of a Democrat-run American city, but he summers in Montana. That’s close enough, isn’t it?

Sarah Palin’s Gynecologist* Suggests the Left Needs to Hide Its Snobbery Better

Andrew Sullivan thinks that the left should try to be less arrogant and condescending. Good luck with that.

“There was a giant cloud of smug above Rachel Maddow when she was doing that. Liberals have to be careful not to sound so fucking condescending and smug… and start actually engaging the other side and persuading people.”

That cloud of smug is larger and thicker than the smog over Beijing on a bad day. I’d settle for the left being less deranged and violent; it’s not in their nature to be less arrogant and condescending. The social-democrat left is identity politics, and inherent in their identity politics is the belief that they are smarter and better than everyone else. When Obama described non-progressives as bitterly clinging to guns and religion and Hillary referred to us as “deplorables,” these were not gaffes, this name-calling was calculated to appeal to the left’s sense of superiority.

Let’s face it, any attempt by the Democrat-Socialist Left to pretend they care about working class voters is going to come off more forced and phony than Hillary attempting a southern accent.

*ICYMI, Andrew Sullivan’s obsessive belief that Sarah Palin faked a pregnancy to cover her daughter’s out-of-wedlock teen pregnancy was the “Russians hacked the election” conspiracy theory of 2008; except since McCain lost, the media didn’t have a reason to obsess over it as much as he did.

BTW: Hillary’s #1 Twitter fanboy is still butthurt over the loss; which he blames on… try not to laugh, I dare you… biased media. This guy wanted to be Hillary’s bottom boy as bad as Sully wanted to have Obama’s caramel-colored babies.

School Recruits Students for Super Secret Gay Club

The principal and staff at a charter school in Sandpoint, Idaho, set up a secret gay student club and undertook to hide its existence from parents.

Principal Mary Jensen of Forrest Bird Charter School, which runs middle and high school operations, “admitted the secrecy under which school staff and others had operated,” Liberty Counsel says.

School employees even “facilitated kids meeting off-campus at a local library under the supervision of ‘supportive’ third parties.”

“Jensen stated that they wanted to be ‘a progressive school on that sort of thing, but we did not want to be ‘in-your-face’,’ so parents could not prevent their children from attending. She states ‘we’re keeping it kind of on the down low,’ because ‘this is North Idaho,’ and ‘kids who wanted to participate in the club did not necessarily want their parents to know,’” Liberty Counsel explains.

Whatever. We know that leftists go into teaching not because they value learning, but to indoctrinate impressionable children with a left-wing, social justice ideology. So, nothing new, there.

Here’s the funny part.

“Jensen verified that the GSA ‘student led club’ was wholly created by adult staff and outside persons over ‘months’ and that staff then hand-picked and recruited students they believed should be in the GSA,” says Liberty Counsel, whose clients withdrew their child from the school with the letter.

“Hey, Jonny. Me and the other teachers noticed you’re a little light in the loafers. Wanna join our super-secret gay club? How ’bout you Brenda. you seem pretty butch.”

Mediocre Gay Elitist Really Hates Middle America

Posted by V the K at 7:23 pm - March 16, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

So, it started when a left-wing employee (most likely) at McDonald’s headquarters got into the company’s twitter account and tweeted out:

Donald Trump, you are a disgusting excuse of a president and we would love to have Barack Obama Back. Also, you have tiny hands.

I note here that the CEO of McDonald’s has stated that he wants to run a “progressive” company and that they hire Barack Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as “executive vice president and global chief communications officer.” Nevertheless, the company deleted the tweet and claimed their account was “compromised.” So anyway, a gay journalist named Josh Barro picked up on this story and tweeted:

This is a real brand misstep for McDonald’s. Fat slobs with no taste are a core Trump demographic.

Then, after a thorough Twitter beatdown, he deleted the offending Tweet. But it was too late;  you cannot unsneer a sneer. His timeline also references how while flying over Middle America, he found it worthwhile to tweet, “That’s where ‘Two Broke Girls’ viewers live.”  ”

Josh Barro was once a registered Republican, but switched to Democrat last year when it became too embarrassing for him, being identified with all those deplorables and bitter clingers. As he put it, “Elites are usually elite for good reason, and tend to have better judgment than the average person.”

Josh Barro is the son of a Harvard economist. And if Liz Warren taught us anything, it’s that teaching even one class at Harvard is extremely lucrative. (Even more lucrative if you’re snapping up poor people’s foreclosed houses and flipping them.) He has spent his entire life in Boston-DC-New York and has not the slightest clue nor interest about the lives of Middle Class Americans in Flyover Country. When he hears about the economic distress of the Middle Class, he thinks, “Well, why don’t they just network with their connections and have a job created for them…. Oh, right, they can’t, because they’re too stupid.”

Josh Barro epitomizes the type of person who was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple. I am delighted that he is not playing for my team.

You Can Tell a Lot About People from the Enemies They Attract

Posted by V the K at 9:49 pm - January 17, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Whatever else he may be, Milo Yiannapoulos is an elegant and well-spoken individual.

The extra special snowflakes who hate him… not so much.

I ought to sue your “Dangerous Faggot” tour for misleading the public. The only thing you’re dangerous to is a skinhead’s self-esteem. The world is full of very dangerous faggots, but you are not one of them. I raise a glass to the real dangerous faggots, from the AIDS survivors and queer anarchists to the gender warriors and the mincers of Fire Island. Here’s to every disobedient queer body to ever walk the streets in defiance of state and society.

If we, the gender deviant, were not dangerous, you would not be so clearly threatened by us.

As I write this, Milo, I’ve got terrible period cramps, and I’m a bigger fag than you’ll ever be. Hell, I’m probably a better top than you.

When you get here on Feb. 1, we will be waiting here to strip you of your gay identity. You can have sex with all the men you want, but you’re not gay anymore. You’ve used your sexual orientation as an excuse to spit bile and galvanize cowards for long enough. Put your badge and gun on my desk. The community rejects you. You have never been one of us.

You never should have booked this UC tour, Milo. But you want to come to my town? I say, welcome to Berkeley, mother[frack]er. I’m the meanest gay on this coast. I was assigned to raise hell at birth. You come through me

OK, A Few More Thwacks at the Expired Equine

Posted by V the K at 2:49 pm - January 10, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Actress Meryl Streep (whose estimated net worth is $45 Million and who has received over a hundred awards, but whines about being ‘vilified’) in her speech at the Golden Globe Self-Congratulation Orgy stated that without Hollywood, “you’ll have nothing to watch but Football and MMA, and these are not the arts.”

First off, most people like both of those things better… a lot better… than Miss Sloane or The Angry Birds Movie.  I liked  Heck, I like football even more than the movies I liked from last year.

Second, you realize that she is lecturing us on behalf of an industry that produces mostly sequels to comic books movies and reboots of movies done better in the 1980s. Movies written to a rigid mechanical formula developed to ensure conformity with audience expectations. I guess ‘these are the arts.’

Yeah, and also, she gave a standing ovation to a guy who drugged and raped a thirteen year old girl, but she’s our moral and intellectual superior. Because she’s in ‘the arts,’ just like the guy who drugged and raped a thirteen year old girl.

BTW, have you ever notice that the way the MFM reports it, Republicans never “respond to criticism” but always “lash out at critics.” A Republican could say, “I respectfully disagree” in a tone of voice like an NPR newsreader, and the headline would still be “Republican lashes out at critics!”

It’s kind of a tiresome cliché, don’t you think?

And Another Thing: Ed Asner, Debra Messing, and Rosie O’Donnell are calling for Hollywood to boycott America until Trump resigns; i.e. No more movies, no more TV as long as Donald Trump is in office.

“We’re calling for a general strike that would include every single person involved in making motion pictures in Hollywood, starting with the actors and celebrities themselves and encompassing companies in charge of making props, movie memorabilia and even souvenir shops,”

Yeah, that’s totally gonna happen.

Another Leftist Hates Life Because His Party Didn’t Win

Posted by V the K at 8:08 am - January 10, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

I Love America, It’s Americans I Hatewrites Tim Krieder, an “essayist and cartoonist who divides his time between New York City and Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.” So, you can just tell he spends lots of time around regular Americans. And the reason he hates Americans is because they chose Donald Trump over the decrepit, corrupt, dishonest, incompetent, Washington Insider Hillary Clinton. And the people who voted for Trump did so because they are stupid, racist and hateful, therefore he hates them.

A vote cast for Trump is kind of like a murder; there may be context to consider — a disadvantaged background, extenuating circumstances, understandable motives — but the choice itself is binary and final, irrevocable. There’s a case to be made that it’s indefensible; that his supporters have forfeited any right to be respected or taken seriously. The conservatives of the heartland have lashed back against the coastal elites’ condescending, classist prejudices by defiantly confirming them: that they’re pathetically dumb and gullible, uncritical consumers of any disinformation that confirms their biases, easy dupes for any demagogue who promises to bring back the factories and keep the brown people down.

Ignorance and bigotry are actually the best possible motives for having voted for Trump — they are at least honest, if not honorable. But I don’t believe all Trump voters are ignorant, or bigoted; most of them are just evil — evil being defined not as anything so glamorous as beheading journalists or gunning down grade schoolers, but simply as not much caring about other people’s suffering. They’re willing to consign someone else — someone Mexican, or Muslim, or trans, not anyone they know — to exile, arrest, or second-class status, in exchange for… what? A tax break? To send a message to Washington, or the mainstream media? Just out of spiteful, petulant rage?

So, I guess by ‘America’ he means he likes the landscapes and the residual capitalist wealth that enables him to earn a living by attacking it. It never occurs to him that the last eight (actually, the last 24) years have been not so great for people who don’t have large trust funds and connections to the political elite.

Later, he humblebrags about how nice he is. I don’t buy it.

I’m afraid what will probably win out over my ideological convictions is my accursed, ineradicable niceness. Niceness — as distinguished from kindness — is not something I regard as a virtue; it feels more like a weakness. There comes a time when civility in the face of barbarism is folly.

What San Francisco Thinks of America

Posted by V the K at 2:16 pm - January 8, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

The Founding Partner of TimeShareCMO (a San Francisco-based “data consultancy”) decided to lecture “middle America” (i.e. all people living farther than 50 km from a large coastal urban center) about how much they suck.

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She was dismayed that Middle America didn’t take well to being lectured from a progressive leftist superior
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Note, she’s lecturing Middle America from a city where property crime is out of control and its virtually impossible for working class families to find decent housing.

This From a Leftist Who Hates Donald Trump

In between the usual globalist/leftist blather about how Trump’s rise was fueled by racism and “fear of the other,” Anthony Bourdain pauses to make a little bit of sense.

The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we’re seeing now.

I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good. Nothing nauseates me more than preaching to the converted. The self-congratulatory tone of the privileged left—just repeating and repeating and repeating the outrages of the opposition—this does not win hearts and minds. It doesn’t change anyone’s opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us. We should be breaking bread with each other, and finding common ground whenever possible. I fear that is not at all what we’ve done.

Note, he does this while repeating and repeating the mantra of “the rise of nationalism, the fear of the Other” that bubble-headed leftists have been chanting since BREXIT went Tango Uniform.

Still, better than 99.5% of the elite left.

Michelle Obama: Election of Trump Means America Has Lost Hope

This is why those idiot leftist memes about what a gracious and wonderful pair these two really grind my gears.

The First Lady used her final interview in the White House to tell Oprah Winfrey that a ‘grown up’ should be in charge of the country.

Looking forward to president-elect Trump’s looming inauguration, she said even though hope was lost, it was necessary to move on.

“Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.” [said the FLOTUS]

Their party lost an election, and so they have to trash-talk their successor going out the door. The Obamas don’t have any class. They have the affectations of class, the arrogance of the privileged, and the adoration of leftist saps, but they have no class.

Update: Trump responds.

“Michelle Obama said yesterday that there is no hope. I assume she was talking about the past, not the future. Because I’m telling you, we have tremendous hope. And we have tremendous promise and tremendous potential. We are going to be so successful as a country again. We are going to be amazing.”

When Arrogant, Out-Of-Touch Liberal Bigots Attack

Posted by V the K at 4:22 pm - December 6, 2016.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Paul Krugman went on a snippy little Twitter rant the other day. (In case you forgot, Paul Krugman is the NY Times columnist and Nobel-prize-winning economist who predicted the stock market would crash on Trump’s election and never recover. Within a week, it hit record highs.) He was just gob-smacked that some people are saying elite New York Times columnists are out of touch with the rest of America.

A lot of people seem to be settling on the narrative that Trumpism reflects a backlash against the arrogance of liberal elites. Really?

Yes, in no way should Trump’s victory over the favored candidate of the political and media class be seen as a case of millions of Americans turning on the political and media class who have been running the country.

Also, how can you say that liberals, who worried about wage stagnation etc. don’t care about workers? IN terms of policy, liberals have been on white working class’s side, much more than the election victors.

Why, we’re the ones who brought you Obamacare, the $15 minimum wage, the War on Coal, and all those third world migrants crowding your schools. (Not a lot of Somalian refugees at Sidwell Friends.)

The answer seems in part to be that liberals haven’t been willing to promise to bring the coal etc. jobs back because they cannot, in fact, be brought back — but insisting on being realistic is perceived as elitist, arrogant, and uncaring

Actually, the answer lies in liberal policies of over-regulation, cronyist central planning, and massive third-world immigration have been killing jobs in the first place; including coal jobs.  “Hey, we killed your manufacturing job, but we will retrain you to wait tables at Buffalo Wild Wings. Because we care.”

Plus there’s the sense that liberals don’t respect the culture of the WWC. What’s odd is that I don’t see anything like the blatant way conservatives denounce “New York values”, or declare that large parts of the country aren’t the “real America”. Sure you can find some dismissive remarks about flyover country or something — but never in political discourse, from actual politicians. So what is it?

You don’t see it? Well, I’m pretty sure fish don’t see water, either.  As far as not hearing it from “actual politicians,” refer to… “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Or, does that not count?

One answer is anti-intellectualism — the very act of trying to figure out how to solve problems makes some see you as arrogant.Another answer — which you know is partly true — is anger that liberal elites don’t respect ordinary folks’ prejudice.

In other words, “At the end of the day, people who don’t agree with liberals are stupid bigots.”

Yeah, Trump’s election will forever be a mystery to Paul Krugman and his ilk.

Arrogance Goes Before an Electoral Defeat

The Huffington Post has climbed in off the ledge long enough to put together a piece that says maybe … just maybe… it was the Clinton campaign’s loss was maybe less about “hate and racism” and maybe somewhat due to “neglect” of the upper midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin, and also Pennsylvania (which is culturally midwestern outside the suburbs of Philadelphia) and “a touch of arrogance.”

In Michigan alone, a senior battleground state operative told HuffPost that the state party and local officials were running at roughly one-tenth the paid canvasser capacity that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) had when he ran for president in 2004. Desperate for more human capital, the state party and local officials ended up raising $300,000 themselves to pay 500 people to help canvass in the election’s closing weeks. By that point, however, they were operating in the dark. One organizer said that in a precinct in Flint, they were sent to a burned down trailer park. No one had taken it off the list of places to visit because no one had been there until the final weekend. Clinton lost the state by 12,000 votes.

Neglect? Sure, I can buy that. Those states that were sneered at as ‘The Rust Belt’ by East Coast liberals were also part of ‘The Blue Wall;’ states that hadn’t gone to a Republican since the 1980’s. And it’s easy to write them off when totes everyone in the media (including the Huffers) was telling her, “This is in the bag for you, Madam President.”

But it was a lot more than just a “touch” of arrogance.

From the outset, the Hillary campaign sought to project a hip, young, urban image. From the choice of hipster Brooklyn for their headquarters, to their appointment of a gay millennial as campaign manager, to campaign themes that reflected the obsessions of urban hipsters: Climate Change, gun control (which did not play well in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, or Wisconsin),  socio-ethnic “diversity Pokémon,” feminism, and income disparities. The concerns of the working class were treated as an afterthought that could be assuaged

The insularity of the Clinton campaign was reflected in the graphic design of the ubiquitous “Stronger Together” slogan, rendered entirely in shades of light blue and dark blue. No red. The message was clear. “We’re ‘stronger together,’ without red America.”

So, I imagine that while it’s very likely the HIllary campaign simply took “the Rust Belt” for granted, there was also probably an aversion, a disdain among her staff members for even paying attention to them, much less getting out there and working the streets. “You’re sending me to Michigan?” you can imagine a staffer crying. “Why? What have I done?”

Having grown up in the Midwest and lived for a long time in the environs of Washington DC, I know the attitude people have there toward the Midwest. This Onion Article — DNC Aiming To Reconnect With Working-Class Americans With New ‘Hamilton’-Inspired Lena Dunham Web Series — is one of those satirical piece that cuts so close it’s painful. (Ms. Dunham, BTW, is off talking to rocks {I am not making this up} at an Arizona Spa to cope with the electorate’s repudiation of coastal hipsters.)

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The American Midwest as imagined by Coastal Hipster Democrats.

DC Elites Worry About Losing Hipster Cred Under Trump

Liberal elites are fretting that DC will lose its chic hipster elan when Trump and the Deplorables take over. Pretty much the Kamehameha of #FirstWorldProblems.

Michelle Obama has burned off her date-night meals at Washington’s new generation of acclaimed restaurants by pedaling at SoulCycle. President Obama has shopped for Jonathan Franzen novels with his daughters at local independent bookstores. Obama administration staff members, their barhopping chronicled in the gossip pages, have hit the 14th Street hot spots hard.

Mr. Trump seems unlikely to drop in at Oyamel, the Mexican restaurant and Obama favorite owned by José Andrés, a star chef and devoted Trump critic. For that matter, it is even unclear whether Mr. Trump, who has used his new Trump International Hotel as an outpost here, will spend weekends in the White House or in New York. And he is unlikely to feel a debt of gratitude to a city where Hillary Clinton won 93 percent of the vote.

“D.C. is going to take a really hard hit, culturally, socially, everything. We were really finding our footing; we weren’t second to New York,” said Jazmine Johnson, a graphic designer who said she now planned to move to New York.

The affluence of DC has been financed … Hunger Games Style … by sucking in the wealth of the fifty-states to finance an out-of-touch ruling elite. Washington DC produces nothing but regulation and arrogance; there is no innovative tech industry, no manufacturing, no real art, no wealth of any kind produced in the nation’s capital. (These are the people who spent $2Billion to build a website.) Their trendy expensive lifestyles are financed entirely by what they suck out from the rest of the country. If Trump is able to cut off some of the flow, it might make it harder for a hipster environmental lobbyist to find a chic wine bar in which to sip fair trade Merlot … but it would be much better for the rest of America.

Could these things be connected?

Item 1: Over 2 Million Hillary Supporters Sign Petition To Overturn Election Results. This is spectacular hypocrisy and as well, unawareness of American civic practices (or how American democracy is supposed to work).

Item 2: In October, John Podesta (Hillary campaign chair) had a lot of his emails exposed. In one, his associate oddly mentions how they all “conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry”.

Seeming to refer to the decades-long dumbing-down of America, Podesta’s associate said:

And as I’ve mentioned, we’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly.

(Emphasis added) Could these 2 developments be connected?

Masculinity Is Good

Contrary to what the feminist left teaches, masculinity is worthy of respect and emulation.

I’ll never forget when I was in high school in the eighties, and I studied abroad in Germany. Not to knock the German men, but I noticed how scrawny and frail most of the guys were. Even as a 17-year-old girl, I found something inherently unattractive about it.

At the end of the summer, when I gathered with other American students before heading home, I was struck by the muscular stature of the young men, and something about them made me feel a sense of relief, as if I were truly coming home where I was safe. I could finally breathe.

I was reminded of this recently when I went to visit my daughter at UNC Chapel Hill. I couldn’t help but notice how the men had changed since I attended college there years ago. So many looked skinny and soft.

“Where are all the real men? Where are the muscles?” I asked my daughter. Surprisingly, she knew exactly what I was commenting on. “They’re all athletes or they’re basic bros in the gym.”

Don’t get me wrong. I know there have always been scrawny guys among us. Nothing against them. But there is something more to this younger generation that was absent even among the less-developed men of days past. They’re not just smaller (because small guys can still be masculine). They’re girly, more feminized. They exude fragility. They remind me of some of the German guys I met back in the eighties.


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Men are less masculine because society no longer respects masculinity as a virtue.

Progressive Authoritarianism

Hillary has often said her idol was Eleanor Roosevelt.  Here is Eleanor Roosevelt’s progressive vision for the United States, in her own words.

The only way I can see to get the maximum service out of our citizens, is to draft us all and to tell us all where we can be most useful and where our work is needed. … complying with the wishes and doing the things which those in authority thought should be done.

Hillary “Norwegian Blue” Clinton expresses the same idea, even more ambitiously: The Progressive Left will no less than “redefine what it means to be human.”

“Let us be willing to remold society by redefining what it means to be a human being in the 20th century, moving into a new millennium.”
The ultimate dream of the progressive left is a society in which “those in authority” (by which they mean, progressive leftists like themselves) get to tell everyone else what to do. They will “redefine what it means to be human” without ever explaining what was wrong with the previous definition. And those not in authority cheerfully comply.

It baffles them that we “deplorables” reject their progressive design, and resent their efforts to impose it.

 

Brexit: Marine Le Pen vs. the Clueless Elites

Two contrasting items today, in the Establishment press.

In Foreign Policy magazine, James Traub says “It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses”. Yes, that is the title of his article.

It’s a trashy piece, packed with elitist cliches and the occasional jaw-dropper (for example, when he refers to Washington’s infamous “K Street” lobbyists with approval). Yet it’s a tortured attempt to begin to face reality:

The issue, at bottom, is globalization. Brexit, Trump, the National Front, and so on show that political elites have misjudged the depth of the anger at global forces…

Actually no, Mr. Traub. Globalization, in itself, is not the problem. -Dictatorial- globalization wherein the political elites wrongly seek to enslave people, is the problem. But kudos to you, for beginning to tell the said elites that maybe there could be some sort of systemic problem.

A good contrast: In The New York Times, Marine Le Pen says “After Brexit, the People’s Spring Is Inevitable”.

British voters understood that… only one question, at once simple and fundamental, was being asked: Do we want an undemocratic authority ruling our lives, or would we rather regain control over our destiny?
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More and more, the destiny of the European Union resembles the destiny of the Soviet Union, which died from its own contradictions.

There’s much more. As the saying goes, “Read the whole thing.”

UPDATE: Over at The Guardian, it’s even worse than the James Traub piece above. David Van Reybrouck’s article is titled “Why Elections Are Bad For Democracy” (yes, for real).

Starting from a blind premise that Brexit is obviously awful, he says “Voting is the problem” and suggests, in all seriousness, that citizen referenda should be replaced by focus groups (called “sortition” to make it sound nice and historical) which will be guided by the elite’s approved experts. (Via ZH.)

This Is Pretty Horrible If It’s True

David French wonders if the left’s transgender zeal is victimizing the mentally ill.

I ran across this heartbreaking interview of a University of Michigan-Flint social work professor whose 19 year-old daughter is “transitioning.” She’s autistic, and she’s been influenced by everything from pop culture to support group meetings to believe that she’s really a man. The story is tragic:

She started attending a local PFLAG meeting, where she met many trans people, including a number of FtoM trans teenagers who were raving about a certain “gender therapist.” Although the APA recommends a minimum of one year of “gender counseling” before surgery, this gender therapist (whom I consented to, before really understanding what I was doing) gave my daughter the go-ahead to have a bilateral mastectomy after only two sessions. This gender specialist never reviewed any of the Special Ed records or spoke to my daughter’s previous therapist, who had known her for a decade. And, crucially, she never asked my daughter, “Might you be a lesbian?”

It gets worse. As you might expect, her daughter wasn’t mentally equipped to understand the true consequences of her decision:

To give you some sense of my daughter’s level of understanding of what it means to transition, she told me recently that she believes that the testosterone “will grow her a penis.” I had to break the news to her that, although this is the mythology in the PFLAG meetings (where a number of the other young trans people are also autistic), this is not the case.

She has been taken advantage of. Healthy organs were amputated. This is insurance fraud, poor clinical practice, a violation of APA standards, unethical and unjust. It is a crime not just against women, but particularly against disabled women. So many of these young women who are “transitioning” are also autistic.

Despite stories like this, many states and professional associations are doing their dead-level best to render it not just unethical but also illegal to counsel teens away from such life-altering mutilations.

It is impossible to have an honest debate about the link between mental illness and transgenderism because to even suggest that a person who feels trapped in the wrong sex body would benefit from psychotherapy will result in accusations of bigotry and “transphobia.”

Obviously, the only “compassionate” thing to do to such people are to chemically and surgically mutilate them.

“New York Values”

On display at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, a functional, 14-Karat gold toilet titled “America.”

“Its participatory nature, in which viewers are invited to make use of the fixture individually and privately, allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with an artwork. Cattelan’s toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market, but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all, its utility ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity.”

“America” as a gold-plated toilet; Ooh, that’s so very clever, so very, very clever. I am sure that will show all those in-bred hicks from flyover country how very, very clever is the artistic palate of the New Tork sophisticate.

Taking Their Marbles and Going Home

Posted by V the K at 8:12 am - March 9, 2016.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Remember all of those times Conservative Republicans have been told to vote for moderate Republicans “because a Republican who agrees with you on 50% of your issues is better than a Democrat who disagrees with you on 100% of your issues.”

Yeah, about that.

Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier said it’s possible that some Republicans will vote for Hillary Clinton just to stop Donald Trump from taking over the party.

“Listen, there are Republicans in Washington who are privately saying that already,” Baier told TheWrap on Monday. “Maybe some don’t publicly say it, but I think there are some who are that adamant about it who would.”

Let’s be clear, Donald Trump is no Conservative by any of the fourteen or fifteen current definitions. And if he is the candidate, I can see myself voting for Gary Johnson. (I live in Ohio, now. My vote almost kinda-sorta matters.) But this seems massively hypocritical on the part of the Republican Establishment; no less so since most of Trump’s historical social positions on abortion, gay marriage, and so on put him in the “moderate northeastern liberal” category. And the GOP Establishment has lectured for decades that these are the types of positions candidates should have in order for the Republican Party to win.