This one has an up-beat and even promising ending, but it still raises the question of what the hell has happened to these people to make them like this.
Leo Guinan learned that his parents placed a pro-President Trump sign on their lawn, and since he believes that they don’t have the right to have political opinions that differ from his (after all, his self-description on Twitter tells us that he “uses his privilege to raise the voices of others,” so he we know he’s an official arbiter of truth and virtue) he decided to punish them, announcing in a Medium post that he had decreed that either they censor their political expression, or they couldn’t see their grandchildren.
In this he was emulating his favorite party, which as we know, is now threatening to hurt the nation in retribution for the President doing what the Constitution says he is supposed to do—nominate a judge to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. Loyal to a party of thugs, Guinan felt that it was incumbent upon him to behave like a thug.
Toward his parents.
Before lowering the boom on Mom and Dad, Guinan had posted an earlier Medium masterpiece (BOY there’s a lot of crap on Medium!), an “open letter” to his folks explaining why they were abandoning Christian principles by supporting the Republican Party. The letter, to be kind, is pathological. The degree of blindness to one’s own biases required to write such garbage—and proudly publish it!—is staggering. When they study Trump Derangement and the 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck in history and psychiatry classes—and they will, I promise you—this letter should be on the reading list. Despite the extravagant claims Guinan makes, there is no substantive argument in the thing at all—and that’s is typical. The Trump Deranged are heralds of wisdom and The Right Way because they just are, that’s all.
“You have been victimized,” he wrote. “Along with a good percentage of the population. They took advantage of the fact that you received your information from a selection of sources. The Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, etc. selection to be specific. They have fed you a very specifically curated selection of information, in order to elicit specific responses.”
Wow. This guy is obviously getting all of his propaganda from CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the resistance-aligned mainstream media, and he really thinks this makes him informed and unbiased. “One thing I pride myself in is having an open mind.,” he said. If that statement wasn’t so tragic, it would be hilarious. “I have tried to absorb content from as many sources as possible.” No, you haven’t. This very letter is smoking gun proof. If, for example, your selection of sources doesn’t include Fox, you miss nearly all the stories that reflect poorly on the thoroughly rotting Democratic Party, because your favorite sources don’t report them. (I just checked: the missing data from 40 Mueller team phones has still been unreported by any non-conservative sources.)
“I have done more research into these matters than you would believe,” he claims. I certainly don’t believe it, because if he really researched “these matters” he would do more than parrot back social media bubble cant. “I have seen some shit, and I mean that very seriously.” That’s the closest Guinan comes to a factual assertion. “If you would like to actually discuss any of the topics that Fox has been feeding you with an open mind, I will be happy to do so. And I will bring sources to back up my thoughts.” Talk is cheap, you fraud. I’ll discuss those topics with you, and also what MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN have been feeding you, buddy. Bring it on. But it’s so much easier to bully your parents.
“Let’s say you decide to believe me, and we can go from there. I can help you find a selection of reasonable news sources,” he continued. I bet. Any guesses what those might be? “Right now, the Republican party is something I have never seen. The level of corruption and simply evil people in some very powerful positions is something that quite literally resembles pre-WWII Germany,” he stated.
“Quite literally!” I’ll never forget Hitler how was brokering peace deals for the Jews. And have you noticed how Trump’s brownshirts attack and intimidate…no, wait, that’s Black Lives Matter, endorsed by the Democratic Party
Guinan’s party is supporting riots and arson, and attempting to elevate one race over others. It is, as I mentioned, using threats to intimidate those who want to legally fill a SCOTUS seat; it has refused to accept the results of a Presidential election; it has employed Hitler’s Big Lie tactic as a primary tool, and Guinan concludes Republicans are acting like Nazis! “I can help you find the historians who are quite clearly making these arguments.” Yes, so can I. You’re appealing to authority because you have no independent thoughts, and those historians have disgraced themselves.
“I hope you can really rediscover your faith, and think deeply about the actual teachings of Christ….While I no longer consider myself a Christian…” Stop, stop, you’re killing me! When the anti-religion Left starts using Jesus, they are metaphorically placing a neon “I’m out of arguments!” sign on their heads. “But until we can get rid of the hate that is being fanned at an alarming rate, this country is in a state of emergency.” This, from a guy who is a couple of days away from using his children as hostages to make his parents vote for Joe Biden! Anti-Trump screeds are nothing but hate; this letter is hateful. Guinan doesn’t see it.
Well, I just ate breakfast, and that’s enough of that letter. Then he learned that his folks had put up the Trump sign, and, he wrote, “got really pissed.” He texted his father, because he didn’t have the guts or decency to talk directly to him,
Due to the signs in the yard, the kids and I will not be down. The current occupant of the White House is preaching hate and violence, endangering the lives and safety of many of my friends. This is not acceptable to me at all. There is a complete disregard for women, minorities, science, ethics, and morality. Please consider if you support Trump that much. Because I hate him that much. I wanted to be upfront and honest about my feelings.
You know, I’ve probably asked a hundred or more Trump Deranged friends, most of them a lot smarter than this jerk, to give me their proof that the President is “preaching hate and violence,” and has a “complete disregard” for minorities, or is endangering lives. They can’t do it. Never. They just resort to the Big Lies and moldy narratives. Did you know Trump called white supremacists “good people”? He colluded with the Russians, you know, and stole the election.
Well, the social media echo chamber that Guinan obviously worships thought using grandchildren as bargaining chips was despicable, so he did a U-turn faster than Jeff Goldblum’s convertible in “The Lost World” when the T-Rex was coming his way down a San Deigo street.
Guinan wrote a follow-up post titled, “How To Fail At Everything,” and sought forgiveness. “I took an emotional moment in my life and framed it in a specific way because I wanted to trigger a response,” he wrote. “I was trying to prevent others from being manipulated by manipulating them. And I was doing this because I had the ability to, through social networks. And I let that go to my head. I am sorry to everyone who experienced that. It made me truly realize the incredibly destructive power that social media can provide.”
Oh, stop blaming social media. You’re the jerk. Social media allows people to show what jerks they are; it doesn’t make them into something they’re not.
Guinan admitted that he was “doing the very same behaviors I thought I was fighting.” Good. Now do Nancy Pelosi.
“I apologized to my dad in person,” he went on. “I screwed up with him, and I owned that. I am OK with making mistakes because that is the best way to learn. But my dad did teach me growing up that it is better to own your mistakes and make them right. I screwed up by trying to influence others through social media.[I’m] sorry that I influenced your thoughts and actions via social media. … [I] deleted all of my social media accounts. There were toxic to my life.”
Not to be unkind, but Guinan, multiplied by millions on Twitter, Facebook and other hangouts in cyberspace, is toxic to our lives. These are people who are intellectually lazy, prone to being influenced by peer groups, mobs and fake news, and lacking in the necessary self-awareness to realize that they aren’t in possession of the One True Truth just because their friends say so. Their real concern is being popular with the “in-crowd” as they perceive it. Guinan was so certain that he was right and his father and mother were allies of evil that he was willing to withhold contact with their grandchildren, yet all it took was some mean tweets to make him reject his supposedly fervent beliefs.
Pointer: The Blaze