Progressives are eating their own!
Has #MeToo become the new McCarthyism?
Good for the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints. They’ll baptize you even if you’re dead, proving that it is never too late for redemption.
Would that the apostles of the Church of Cancel Culture were so generous. These reverse missionaries condemn to the fires of everlasting censure those who may have shuffled off this mortal coil in a state of grace before their misdeeds could be properly condemned by later, more enlightened generations.
Such is one Colleen D. Ball who would remove the bust of Edward G. Ryan from the Supreme Court chambers in Wisconsin’s Capitol, “given that March is Women’s History Month and 2020 is Women’s Suffrage Centennial.”
This is how the Left commemorates achievement in Year Three of the Trump Interregnum — not with soaring oratory and commemorative medals but by erasing from history successive crops of nonpersons for ever more trivial transgressions. Stalin would be so proud.
Bash an old White Male for the ultimate feminist feel-good! If you don’t know Edward G. Ryan you haven’t been reading your John Nichols. It is a verbal tic of Comrade Nichols to quote the white male State Supreme Court justice perorating “Who shall rule, money or man?” The old proto-Progressive inspired a young Robert M. La Follette and we’ve had to live with that self-satisfied high-mindedness ever since.
Ryan may have written the state Constitution as well as the judicial decision so beloved by our Progressive acquaintances establishing the state’s hegemony over private corporations. But the guy wasn’t perfect: old Ryan, born during the reign of George III, believed a woman’s place was in the home — a fact he had in common with virtually everyone else during his 1810-80 lifetime, including not a few women.
Lot of statues being torn down these days. Honest Abe, I’d be looking over your shoulder on Bascom Hill. Freed the slaves but was pretty slow in coming around. That Liberia thing, doncha know. The old misogynist never did let Mary Todd vote.
To the fainting couch!
Which brings us to Chris Matthews. The MSNBC political commentator quit his show a week ago Monday (03-02-2020). Seems someone named Laura Bassett accused the liberal host of “making multiple inappropriate comments about her appearance,” as the New York Times described it.
Bassett writing in GQ magazine (of all places) contends that Matthews, off air, said “Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?” among other comments “that had made her uncomfortable.”
Consider, dear reader, that among these multiple inappropriate comments were no “horse face.” No “Who hit you with the ugly stick?” Instead, things like (to MSNBC host Erin Burnett): “You’re a knockout … it’s all right getting bad news from you.” Well, dammit, the lady IS easy to look at.
Dang me, dang me!
Ought to take a rope and hang me!
High from the highest tree!
Woman would you wait for me!
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
More risably, judging by the ink Bassett devotes to the incident, is Matthews doing what a good journalist should do and pursuing then-candidate Elizabeth Warren’s assertion that Michael Bloomberg urged a woman to abort her baby. Bassett, in full prosecutorial mode, writes:
“I just wanna make sure you’re clear about this,” Matthews said.
Right there on America’s purportedly liberal network, the anchor spoke to a 70-year-old United States senator who is running for president — and a renowned Harvard Law professor, no less — like she couldn’t possibly understand her own words, as if she were a child choosing between a snack now or dessert later.
“You believe he’s lying?” Matthews asked Warren of Bloomberg’s denial.
“I believe the woman, which means he’s not telling the truth,” said Warren.
“This ‘cancel culture’ is a cancer on progressivism... Liberals always have to fight a two-front war. Republicans only have to fight the Democrats; Democrats have to fight the Republicans, and each other.” — Bill Maher, quoted in the Daily Mail.
Matthews nurtured a center-left outlook, but his liberalism—rooted in patriotism and Kennedy-era idealism—didn’t always jell with MSNBC’s increasingly progressive agenda. … Matthews’s downfall at MSNBC partly stems from a media culture that no longer allows for absolution; sins go unforgiven. — Charles F. McElwee, City Journal.
It’s possible Matthews did worse things than we know about so far, but as of today, it looks like he’s been unfairly thrown into the same cultural ditch with actual predators like Harvey Weinstein. He has been forever smeared as a sex abuser when what really cost him his job was being rude to Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Elizabeth Warren. — New York Post.
The business he had chosen
Matthew closed off his final monologue on the Trump Resistance channel by confessing: “Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were OK are never OK,” he said. “Not then, and certainly not today.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: So Chris Matthews, who had been doing the show 25 years, has now disappears down the memory hole, joining such other clear and present dangers to liberated womanhood as Al Franken and Garrison Keillor. But not before doing the ritual public confession and rending of garments.