Our theme today: the liberal double standard
Does anyone doubt that — had Republicans distributed condoms with the message to, let’s say, prevent another Barack Obama — our news media would be shrieking with indignant 48-point headlines?
Instead, it was the Democrats at their convention over the past weekend in Oshkosh who distributed condoms bearing the likeness of Scott Walker. Result: Not a peep.
Welcome to the double standard of our Leftist news and entertainment culture.
We will risk stretching fair usage to quote an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal “A tale of two indecencies.” Author Andrew Klavan notes that Roseanne Barr’s indiscreet midnight tweet about Valerie Jarrett was impromptu, unvetted, and regretted. Her show is canceled.
Contrast with late-night TV personality Samantha Bee, whose use of the C word about Ivanka Trump was scripted and rehearsed. Her program remains on the schedule. Mr. Klavan makes the case that this kind of moral duplicity elected Donald Trump (a case we have made before):
There are, generally speaking, two political factions in the U.S. One, the right, believes that America is a great nation and wants to preserve and continue its experiment in ordered liberty, limited government and free-market capitalism. The other, the left, believes America is racist and oppressive and yearns for some form of socialism.
The left has dominated cultural institutions — show business, journalism and higher education—for decades and has used that domination to convince itself and others that conservatives aren’t simply wrong but bigoted and vicious. Because they believe this — and in service to making others believe it — they interpret virtually any remark by a conservative as bigotry and viciousness, whereas even the most bigoted and vicious remarks by leftists are forgiven, forgotten or overlooked. …
It becomes clear why those of us who believe in freedom would select a leader who will not apologize for anything — a product of vulgar leftist culture who will fight back on the left’s own terms.
Yes, you have to
About that wedding cake supreme court case. It seems to boil down to this: Masterpiece Cakeshop is not the pre-packaged bakery aisle at your Sentry Store. The baker is an artisan who creates bespoke, one-of-a kind cakes for clients. The court ruled that he is no more required to create his edible artwork for a cause with which he disagrees than (this is Blaska’s analogy, not the court’s) Picasso would be obliged to paint a homage to Francisco Franco.
The court ruled 7-2 that governing authorities were hostile to religious beliefs. Sounds like the Madison Common Council, which once denied a community block development grant because it would have subsidized housing for mothers who eschewed abortion.
Had Masterpiecer Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission gone the other way, imagine the mischief the social justice warriors could create! Hey, there’s this Christian baker in town. Let’s flood him with orders for cakes celebrating abortion, amnesty, socialism, and acid!
For further study: retired UW-Madison Law prof Ann of Althouse.
Liberals: No more jobs in Wisconsin!
From MacIver: Liberal Activists to stop Foxconn “Any way we can.”
Left-wing activists committed to doing whatever it takes to stop Foxconn Technology Group’s massive manufacturing campus in southeast Wisconsin are planning to rain on the tech giant’s ground-breaking picnic.
Organizers held a conference call Sunday evening to talk about their plans for a rally and demonstration on June 28, the day Foxconn is scheduled to hold its ground-breaking ceremony on its proposed $10 billion plant in Mount Pleasant. …
The idea, organizers say, is to assemble a coalition of diverse progressive groups – from environmental organizations to civil rights leaders to Foxconn-hating politicians. While each group will bring its own social and environmental complaints to the table, they will all rally around their abhorrence of the Foxconn economic development plan, according to the coalition-building plan.
“We want to stop it in any way we can,” a coalition member told participants on the call. “If we can’t stop it, we want to give them bad publicity. We want to be able to, like, make them aware that the community is aware. We want to show that, ‘Hey, we’re not going to give you an easy fight here.”
The Nation to the rescue. “The economic numbers are cheery, but don’t believe the hype.” Translation from the LibSpeak: The black cloud has got to be in there somewhere. (If you do follow the link, all the bad stuff was even more true under Obama.)
What #MeTo? Bill Clinton says he does not owe Monica Lewinsky an apology. As for the other victims, he was never asked.