Hold on to your cranium.
This morning an esteemed commentator, while discussing Melissa Harris-Perry, fell for one of those “if you fall for it, it’s a hoax and you’re an idiot, if you don’t it’s just satire so mock anyone who did” websites that I have designated Unethical Websites in more than one month. Here’s the reason why he did: to rational people, the things card-carrying members of the extreme progressive/ Democratic axis are prone to assert, say or write with complete sincerity so often consist of content that just a few years ago would be considered proof positive of creeping insanity that it is nigh impossible to tell the difference. For example, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to expand Social Security. I was already preparing this post when the hoax site responsible for the quoted Harris-Perry story was reported, and it send me back again to check this one. It really is true, and thus tells us something quite disturbing, as I will specify later. The op-ed by Dr. Barbara Savoy is much more ridiculous than the parody.
The Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle asked Dr. Savoy, who teaches women and gender studies at The College at Brockport, a SUNY institution (Its tuition is $33,235 per year), to write an op-ed on gun control. She did, and here is a shortened version. You really should read the whole thing, though:
I voted for Barack Obama. Twice. During his 2008 presidential campaign, my two daughters, partner, and I ate every meal in our house on Obama placemats. We bought these at our local supermarket, plastic-coated, plate-sized paper rectangles with an image of his face framed by colors of the flag….
As Obama’s 2012 campaign approached… I dug into our old dining room cupboards, and found our worn but resilient Obama placements. I dusted them off, and once again, my family and I ate all of our meals looking at his image….
I am disappointed because his presidency could have done more for our country, and sadly, the many taken lives who cannot read this essay….But gun violence can be averted. Can our country ever be free from senseless gun-crime?
Firearm possession should be banned in America; President Obama can orchestrate this directive. His presidency can be remembered as a remarkable turn in United States history where a progressive leader forever changed the landscape under which we live and work. This is his legacy. To establish gun control laws in America that will reduce high levels of male violence and usher in a culture of peace and civility.
Barack Obama is the president of the United States. He can change the country. He can do it today. I believe in him.
- A phD professor has never heard of the Second Amendment, and doesn’t have a clue about how the government works and what the President’s role is.
- She and her family have been indoctrinated into the Obama cult of personality since 2008.
- She really believes that Obama can act as a dictator whenever he wants to, that this is fine, and that he should use this fictional power to “ban” guns, which will involve seizing them by force in a totalitarian display of power.
- The Democrat and Chronicle saw this op-ed as printable, and its ignorance of the U.S. Constitution was deemed either trivial or editors were unaware of the Second Amendment itself.
- Families pay over $120,000 to a school whose standards permit someone like this to indoctrinate their children.
There is good news. In the comment section online, there is virtually unanimous disgust about this. As one comment pointed out, however, the op-ed is in the print edition. How many readers will absorb this earnest plea for dictatorship and just smile, nod, and think, “Wow, I didn’t know he can do that!”
What I didn’t know, and in fact wouldn’t have believed, is that the vile recipe of educational indoctrination/ news media bias /cult of personality / ignorant base that is threatening to become the essence of the Democratic party has progressed this far, anywhere.
If only this were satire….
Pointer: Amy Alkon