Glenn Logan took on the macro-issue of broad-brush political pronouncements in his Comment of the Day, which was only touched upon in the original post. That concerned activist Rose McGowran’s angry tweets,
“we see the limitations of Twitter…its advantage is that it is the only way to communicate with a large—far, far too large—proportion of the American public, which is unlikely if not unable to read anything serious that has more words than a combination of three or four bumperstickers…McGowan’s assertions are “right,” is a general, meat-axe way, but they aren’t arguments. They are the ” this just is” pronouncements of someone who won’t countenance an argument, and, in most cases, isn’t capable of making one. That’s Black Lives Matter. That’s “the resistance.” That’s Maxine Waters and MSNBC….
Glenn took off from there in his Comment of the Day on the post, “The Hypocrisy And Dishonesty Of The Democratic National Convention Apparently Made Rose McGowan’s Head Explode”…
Too right, and that list is so long the full one would require a bigger blog.
What interests me is how often we all engage in these kind of broad-brush arguments that reject any aspect of nuance. Some Democrats have, to varying degrees, addressed many or even all of the ends she thinks are desirable. So have some Republicans.
The intractable problems of society cannot be solved by pronouncements, either of solutions or failures. That’s why they remain intractable. Black people most notably have refused to participate in extracting their “people” from poverty, crime, dependency and negative perceptions. “Brown” people is not a race or even a thing, and claiming they may be characterized in the same way as blacks renders the statement absurd. Each racial group has unique problems relating to their culture, their perception by our society, and their willingness to integrate into America.
I find it interesting that the Democrats completely ignore “yellow” people as if they never had the struggles of other minority populations — a risible idea that has infected the Democrat identity-politics groupthink. But the Asians have shown how to fight all the problems blacks and some other races have suffered through for generations — by willingly assimilating into America.
The fact that black people haven’t embraced this idea despite living here longer than Asians is a big part of why so little progress has been made. Now, blacks want new, government-enforced segregation policies created to further alienate them from America. Can there be any doubt as to how this new demand will work out if implemented?
“Police brutality?” The vast majority of police are professionals and behave that way. But to Rose, who has only a proverbial hammer, there are nothing but nails in blue.
Single mothers? Single mothers have received significant amounts of taxpayer largess from a bewildering litany of programs on the federal, state, and local level. The problem is not helping single mothers, but the fact that there are so many of them. Apparently, black people think the fact that 77% of their kids are born to single mothers as compared to 30% by whites, and 27% by Asians are irrelevant to their continued societal woes.
While correlation isn’t causation, mental and social health professionals for years have noted the contribution of single-parent families to social ills for decades. Yet many black and Hispanic celebrities tout single parenthood, and continue to contribute to it themselves. Bill Cosby, the rapist comedian, was one of the few to point out single parenthood as the root of many black ills, as hypocritical as that may be from a man of his low character. Yet, Rose points out single mothers as especially worthy of some kind of help as if they didn’t receive any, and they didn’t contribute to their own woes.
Even though the Democrats deserve criticism on most of these points, the fact is that many of the problems she points out are caused by the very people who require the help — in other words, they are largely self-inflicted, imaginary, or hyperbolic ills. In defense of the Democrats, you can’t help the unwilling or indifferent.