I often hear that we are heading in the right direction, that we are on the right side of history, that we are so much more enlightened than people in the past. That's good. It's good to know when we see serious news coverage focused on a mature adult male's doings in high school. That's right. You read that right. My whole life, it's been a joke, a sort of playful exaggeration, meant to illustrate how brutal politics can be. You run for office and they'll dig up dirt from when you were in high school! Of course they wouldn't. Nobody would ever be so vapid and shallow as to think we can judge a full grown adult based on what they did in high school, if only because norms and values can change so radically from decades ago to now. So you wouldn't think that, hippsters that we are, folks would ever care what a person did in high school one way or another.
But this is now. This is today. We have gotten rid of common sense and replaced it with an ethic of convenience. That is, we have no base values or standards other than 'whatever gets me what I want.' We don't care about consistency, wisdom, values, we just want whatever. And we actually have serious adults explaining that what you or I did in high school could, and possibly should, follow us the rest of our lives, especially if it somehow points to the unforgivable sin of rejecting the infallible dogmas of the Left.
Again, anyone remember the multiple times that it's been pointed out how gay marriage will no lead to equality, but to oppression, intolerance, and censorship. To my knowledge, Joseph McCarthy never went after people's high school activity, but I could be wrong. If he did, however, he would be in good company in today's hip, enlightened, progressive society. Not that there could be reasons we are going on such witch hunts, but it isn't comforting to know how Right Scare accepting we've become.