1 Good! Billy Williams, that Derry, N.H. Used Apple Store owner who announced that Republicans weren’t welcome in his store, was evicted from his space. For weeks, a sign in the window has said that the store would re-open after renovations, which Williams’ former landlord says is not true. Williams rented the commercial space for $2,000 per month and owed $15,110 after neglecting to pay rent for seven months.
Williams, you will recall, said that he infallibly could recognize Republicans. His Facebook post announcing the GOP ban described members of the political party as “almost evil, and to be honest, usually evil.” [Pointer: Arthur in Maine]
2. Recycling Deceit: In Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, I was intrigued yesterday by the cylindrical re-cycling receptacles that had two deposit holes, a circular one on one side, into which we were told to put cans and bottles, and a long rectangular slot on the other side, for newspapers and other paper refuse. I lifted off the top: sure enough, everything went into the same place, newspaper and cans alike. I don’t know what the term is for gratuitously demanding that the public do something pointless and trivial just to exert power, but this was it.
3. The problem with #MeToo. Commenting on yesterdays Comment of the Day, in which Carcarwhite wrote, while criticizing the #MeToo movement,
“I was kissed by Eddie Van Halen back stage in the 80’s, on the lips, a few times. He was tipsy and happy and took a selfie of us before seflies were selfies, and I’ve actually had friends on the Left tell me I should my story publicly. And they say I am ENABLING THIS BEHAVIOR by not going forward”
Commenting, Still Spartan said in part, “What you described is NOT “Me Too.” Just because some people take it too far, does not mean that it is not legitimate. Please take it from someone who had to leave a job and have her career derailed for multiple years because of this crap. It happens, and it happens every damn day.”
I had time, while sitting around in airports, waiting in lines and flying from Atlanta to D.C, to ponder this yesterday, and finally figured out where #MeToo jumped the ethics rails. Still Spartan is unquestionably right that “this crap,” aka male sexual harassment, unwanted touching and other sex-inspired misconduct, happens every damn day. The idea behind #MeToo when it was spawned by Harvey Weinstein’s fall seemed to be for women to show how widespread this routine abuse was and is. That’s nothing but good. Pretty close to all women get harassed, discriminated against or sexually mistreated repeatedly throughout their lives, and the culture has shrugged it off for far too long, meaning centuries. As long as #MeToo meant, “Yes, I’ve been harassed, I’m not putting up with any more, and neither should anyone else,” the message is powerful and productive.
Somewhere along the line, whoever, the movement turned into a club, and the way to get admitted was to find a powerful man and wreck his career and his life, often by deciding after years and decades that conduct a woman herself may have shrugged off at the time was, upon reconsideration in the era of new awareness, wrong and needed to become the basis for what I have called here a “late hit,” an accusation regarding events so far in the past that they cannot be effectively denied or confirmed.
This is not good, not ethical, nor fair. This is where #MeToo turned into a witch hunt, with many women being prompted by “friends on the Left” to go public with a newly re-interpreted version of interaction with a man who is now a celebrity, or an elected official, or the head of a nationally known organization.
4. An outbreak of Rationalization 1B. Joy Reid, the appalling race-baiting MSMBC host (yes, keeping her employed is signature significance for an unethical news organization, and MSNBC’s shame), wrote an Authentic Frontier Gibberish-stuffed post for The Daily Beast, in which concluded that supporters of President Trump or his policies “wanted to go back to the old times, but we aren’t going back.” Here’s how Reid defined the “old times” that “they” want to go back to:
“…a bygone era when coal fires burned, factories hummed, steel mills belched out soot and opportunity and a (white) man with a sturdy back, a high school diploma and a song in his heart could buy a little house, marry a little wife and have 3 cherry-cheeked kids he didn’t ever have to cook or clean for, plus if he can afford it, a hot mistress on the side. Trump is the slovenly but brash, gold-plated emblem of a time when in the imagination of his followers, black women hummed a tune while they cleaned your house or did the washing, black men tipped their hat on the street but didn’t dare look you in the eye, and neither would dream of moving in next door. A time when women asked their husbands for an allowance, not their boss for a promotion, men were “allowed to be men” complete with ribald jokes and a slap on the fanny for the pretty secretary at work, and there were no gays, no trans people, no birth control … they somehow just didn’t exist! The rural folks were the salt of the earth and we only let in “a certain kind of immigrant” whose only goal was to shake off his ethnicity and “assimilate.” Everyone went to (separate) church on Sundays and everyone “got along.”
No outrageous stereotyping there! John Hinderaker comments,
Reid acknowledges that she is describing a world that never existed. On the contrary, she relates an insane fantasy. The question is, whose fantasy is it? With no evidence, she attributes it to Trump’s supporters. Speaking for myself, however, I have never imagined any such past or any such future. I believe that would be true for approximately 100% of Trump’s voters. The fantasy is entirely Reid’s.I think Joy Reid has inadvertently made an important point. The crazed hatred of Donald Trump that we see on the left is based on a fantasy–a fantasy that liberals attribute to Trump and his supporters, but that in fact exists only on the left. In the minds of liberals.
Such assertions that the progressive nirvana to come—I am very capable of writing an equally insulting and exaggerated description of what Reid and her tribe think will be the perfect progressive future, but that would be wrong—will vanquish all opposition have been popping up all over the place of late, with Larry Tribe, who once really was an intelligent man, praising Reid’s screed and tweeting “the future will win” and Senator Kamala Harris terrifying everyone by telling Chris Hayes (on MSNBC, of course) that “California represents the future.”
I sense in this trend increasing desperation. “Just you wait!” and “We’ll get you yet!” are the catcalls of losers, and represent bravado rather than reason. Rationalization 1B sums up these kinds of last-ditch retorts:
1B. The Psychic Historian, or “I’m On The Right Side Of History”
This especially arrogant and annoying rationalization is essentially “Everybody’s going to do it.” It is an intellectually dishonest argument, indeed no argument at all. Every movement, every dictator, Nazis, Communists, ISIS, the Klan, activists for every conceivable policy across the ideological spectrum, think their position will be vindicated eventually. In truth, they have no idea whether it will or not, or if it is, for how long. If history teaches anything, it is that we have no idea what will happen and what ideas and movements will prevail. “I’m on the right side of history is nothing but the secular version of “God is on our side,” and exactly as unprovable.
We have heard this rationalization a lot during the escalating culture wars. It is a device to sanctify one’s own beliefs while mocking opposing views, evoking an imaginary future that can neither be proven or relied upon. Nor is there any support for the assertion that where history goes is intrinsically and unequivocally good or desirable. Are millions of aborted babies a year “right”? Is the constantly increasing percentage of children born to unmarried couples “right”?
Those who resort to “I’m on the right side of history” (or “You’re on the wrong side”) are telling us that they have run out of honest arguments.