Saturday, April 4, 2015

Jonah Goldberg swings and hits

Before I retire for a big day and week coming up, allow me to post one from Goldberg on the lunacy, the idiocy we are seeing from those who are beyond sure they are the moral and intellectual gods of all ages.  The takeaway quote:

So is it any wonder that today’s liberals have “Selma envy”? Is it a surprise they see Jim Crow laws everywhere? If your only frame of reference for moral heroism is the struggle for civil rights half a century ago, it’s no shock that you will do everything you can to bend the world today into your sepia-toned viewfinder of the past. Teach enough kids that they have to reenact Selma to be heroic, they’ll start seeing Selma in the weirdest places. Worse, the real issue won’t be the alleged injustice, the real issue will be their heroism — like kids who dig latrines in the third world so they can explain what heroes they are to the admissions counselor at Vassar. The problem is that to compare any other group’s experience to the black experience in America must of necessity be a poetic or metaphorical enterprise. The facts don’t line up for women and gays. The transgendered weren’t carted over here in the galleys of ships. (You could look it up.) This isn’t to say blacks are the only people to have suffered from historic injustices (or to say that constant dwelling on those injustices is necessarily constructive). It is to say that the constant unending desire to leach moral standing from their experience to give your own claims underserved grandeur is pathetic and shameful. And the know-nothing, often fundamentally anti-American, desire to constantly cast this country as an oppressive, evil-intentioned society, is an indication of how the Left’s intellectual gas tank is empty, and is now running simply on the fumes of megalothymic passion.
Yep.  Read the whole thing.  It's what happens when people who are actually good, moral people with brains and education are forced to stand against people - many no doubt good of heart - who have bought into some of the most mentally and morally vacant arguments of the last century.  But remember, Easter.  Not as an excuse to dodge our responsibilities.  But always as the basis for our hope when we do fulfill our responsibilities.  Happy Easter! 

‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.
‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given, us. And already, Frodo, our time is beginning to look black.' 
 The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien 

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