I’ve been on a weekend trip and treated myself to a vacation from politics. The news has grown so grossly hysterical and dishonest that I no longer believe most of what I read anymore. It’s also become stupidly petty, with Trump castigated for failing properly to atone for the sins of white supremacists with whom he has no dealings and for whom he gives no support except in maddened Progressive fantasies.
What I did discover this weekend was something interesting about ordinary people who don’t look behind the dishonest headlines. I quizzed six people ranging in age from 18-60 about the Google kerfuffle. All of them believed the headlines about blatant sexism and misogyny. None were interested in the details.
However, all of them also believe that Google shouldn’t have fired the memo’s author. They had a cloudy belief that free speech should apply in a company dedicated to information and one knew enough to understand that the SJWs were behind the firing. The general consensus was that people need to stop taking offense and acting on it.
The one other thing that emerged is that older adults, Progressives, I might add, do not believe in the whole gender thing. They agree that the vocally transgendered are mentally ill. The recognize that fake women are destroying women’s athletics and they think that fake women have no placed in women’s restrooms.
Lastly, there was agreement that part of what’s wrong with our culture is people’s belief that they’re entitled to have want they want without compromise . . . at least without compromise on their part. We older folks (including the Progressives, spoke longingly of a time in which people who were committed to social or religious behaviors recognized that they could not bend the rest of the world to their will. The deal in America for these people has always been “We’ll leave you alone.” The new, untenable version, is that these people say “Do what I want, and think as I think, or else.”