The Liberal lexicon is filled with a number of words, phrases, causes, prescriptions and proscriptions. Often it seems as if no one consistently can do the “right thing” as the “right thing” is changing too often for all but a few to keep track of. Most, if not all, of the lexicon consists of telling others how to feel. Little, if any, is based on facts, evidence, empirical study, critical thinking or common sense.
The major news media, people whose job is to sell soap, cars, and snack foods on the major broadcast television networks, and the three major newspapers in the country, whose job it is to sell classified advertising, are so in thrall to the Liberal lexicon that, for the most part, they don’t even realize it, as shown by Bernard Goldberg – twice (here and here).
Above nearly all else, the news media have taken to glorifying celebrities. This has grown to the point that there are agencies in Washington, DC, whose job it is to place “stars” in testimony before Congress.
Some Congresspersons may think that Ms. Streep has a degree in microbiology and can comment on Alar intelligently. Most of the country, however, understands this not to be the case. This star-struck mentality has far more to do with the level of education of the average Congressperson and voter than any intelligent, useful or thoughtful statement a celebrity may accidentally make while yammering about their pet-concern-of-the-week.
The point is that no one on the Left actually believes this stuff. Belief requires conviction. If one doesn’t have the courage of conviction regarding one’s beliefs, they are only so much hand wringing and bloviating. A few examples:
Global Warming: Barbara Streisand, through her publicist, tells the public the “correct” temperature at which to set their thermostats. The following day in response to a question her publicist, notes that, no, she wasn’t talking about herself. Remember – this is a woman who lives in a 30,000—square-foot house, until her marriage, alone. Given her recently publicized hissy fit when the tile floor of the bathroom in her NY hotel was too cold, it is reasonable to assume she keeps her 300,000 cubic feet of living space comfortably heated and cooled. With the probable exception of John Kerry and his multiple houses, private jet, SUVs (oh, they belong to his family, not to him), this is a person who arguably uses more fossil fuel and generates more CO2 than any other single person on the planet. It is rather an understatement that neither Ms. Streisand nor Sen. Kerry believes what they say about global warming.
Affirmative Action: Remember the cute young white coeds weeping over the end of Affirmative Action on the UC Berkeley campus? How many of them turned to the Registrar and said, “Here, take my place and give it to a deserving minority? They need the education much more than I, an oppressing member of the oppressive white European race need it; take mine.” You don’t remember them? That’s because they weren’t there – they, too, didn’t believe what they were saying.
Equal Rights: Do any of those yammering about Affirmative Action in the workplace believe in equality? If they did, tens of thousands of minorities in government jobs at the state and federal level would be turned out replaced with whites in order to achieve a racial balance equivalent to society at large.
Gun control: One need not spend time thinking about the courage of Rosie O’Donnell’s convictions regarding the handguns her bodyguards carry but that she abhors for everyone else, to realize that she, too, doesn’t believe what she says. Time spent on these thoughts simply is wasted, never to be recovered.
Multiculturalism: How many times must we listen to the Left tell us the Koreans can’t eat dogs and that we shouldn’t send horses to France for their dining tables, and have the junior Senator from New York tells us what the new governments of Afghanistan and Iraq “must” do for women before we realize that what is masquerading in their minds and in the press as “multiculturalism” is nothing more than American Imperialism, ironically dressed up in an anti-American pastiche?
If the Left doesn’t even believe what they espouse, if they don’t act on it and incorporate their views into their lifestyles, if they resent the lack of application of American liberties abroad but rail constantly against America abroad and at home, why should anyone listen to them at all?