Monday, 31 March 2008

Thank God I Discovered P.J O'Rourke At An Airport Newsagent.

This is the mediocre natural end result of a rancid and permanent immaturity. Behold the inspiring majesty and joy of the total absence of Quality Control that is socialist left liberalism. You too can look this cool and right on! An embarrassing cavalcade of utterly and willfully self-unaware idiots and they're everywhere. Good grief! Charlie Brown.

The mediocre often imagine that the superior [ie: productive adults who possess curiosity, principles, read and have made effort] are somehow inferior to them and their whining. Anything is better than imagining you’re crap. I'm sorry, but I can't ever believe anything anyone looking this shabby would ever say. I love people who are better than me, so naturally I love a lot of people. Such as our serving troops of the Australian, American, Polish, Canadian kind and so on. Everything we have is because of them and only them in the end. If it wasn’t for these better men and women, I wouldn’t have been able to waste my life as a an alleged musician, alleged artist and confirmed anonymity.

How do the troops do what they do? I can't stand people shooting at me, especially while I'm eating. They inspire me, as my Scottish Dentist does. Now there’s a dedicated man. Every time I visit him, he asks me in his wonderful burr “Is it safe?” Well, yes, because the Scots, their engineering, discipline and so on, created much of the modern world. P.J O’Rourke led to Mark Steyn, who both inspire me with their total lack of mediocrity as writers, their enormous output and their great senses of humor. I constantly re-read their pieces and books. I recently re-read P.J’s ‘Give War a Chance’. So good. It described two decades ago, virtually every empirical fact just as true today regards the inherent and useless tyranny of cliches that make up the leftist pose, and posture it is.

As P.J says “the principal of contemporary [left] American liberalism is sanctimoniousness”.

As usual he nails it like in this bit. “People who care a lot are naturally superior to we who do’t care anymore than we have to. By virtue of this superiority, the caring have a moral right to lead the nation. It’s a kind of natural aristocracy, and the wonderful thing about this aristocracy is that you don’t have to be brave, smart, strong or even lucky to join it, you just have to be liberal”.

Yes, narcissism, striking a pose, having the right kind of “feelings”, being morally vain and permanently outraged while dragging around a grab bag of opinions by numbers, is all you need to be a left liberal. You can stop way before risking any proven and effective action that you’ll ever be held accountable for, or even pay for, so it always works out. Neat, eh? Man, there’s so much in this little O'Rourke paperback that sums up in a few hilarious paragraphs everything about the fantasy mental illness, personality disorder and character flaws of leftist drool. Sure there's a negative side to leftism too. P.J is exactly right when he says left liberals “hate wealth, they say, on the grounds of economic injustice, as though prosperity were a pizza, and if I have too many slices, you’re left with nothing but a Domino’s box to feed your family”.

“A rich man does more for society than all the jerks pasting "VISUALISE WORLD PEACE" bumper stickers on their cars”. Even if he cheats on his taxes, he’ll still put $100,000 into education, charity or the marines. “And the Marine Corps does more to promote world peace than all the Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream ever made”.

Jen and Berry give a percentage of their profits to promoting er, world peace when not merely a brand name subsidiary of Unilever. I guess Ben and Jerry are big on sponsoring gun ships to kill the Janjaweed, hit squads to knock off Mugabe, Israeli Divisions to destroy Hamass, Marine and Air Force divisions to liberate North Korea and Cuba and so on? Well, this is what the meaningless bullshit phrase of “peace” looks like. As another great book by P.J O’Rourke titled 'Peace Kills', shows empirically the hideous reality of what “peace” is like for millions of ordinary people right now. Every year and every moment, millions of human beings every year are oppressed, tortured and murdered by “peace”.

Outside of the free West, Japan and South Korea etc, peace mostly sucks big time.

More P.J. “ Liberals actually hate wealth because they hate all success…especially when it’s achieved by other people, but sometimes they even hate the success they achieve themselves…Liberals don’t like any form of personal achievement”.

Yep, they only like “…the kind that can’t be easily quantified, the ‘achievement of Winnie Mandela’ for example”. This is because “…wealth is, for most people, the only honest and likely path to liberty. With money, comes power over the world.

But liberals are not interested in such real and material freedoms. They have a more innocent, not to say toddler-like, idea of freedom. Liberals want the freedom to say bad words and to expose their private parts in art museums”. This fits very nicely with their love of “irresponsibility” and their default creed of “self righteousness” and “unaccountability”.

“Liberals have invented whole college majors, psychology, sociology, women’s studies, to prove that nothing is anybody’s fault. No one is fond of taking responsibilities for his actions, but consider how much you’d have to hate free will to come up with a political platform that advocates killing unborn babies but not convicted murderers. A callous pragmatist migh favour abortion and capital punishment. A devout Christian would sanction neither. But it takes years of therapy to arrive at the [Left] Liberal point of view”.

Now that’s mediocrity for ya, right there. Would you buy a used University educationfrom such a mentality? Nope.

Last excerpt. “The [left] liberal is continually angry, as only a self-important man can be, with his civilization, his culture, his country and his folks back home. His is an infantile world view. At the core of Liberalism is the spoiled child, miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats”. Ah, that’s better as P. J says at the end of this section titled ‘Hunting the virtuous and how to skin them’. My Lord, how much I remember how and why I loved this book and any P.J stuff.

And what I’ve found is that beyond pity, there is entirely no point in being fair with folks waterlogged with leftist ideology. You have three choices really. Total avoidance, humor them with bundled opinions on everything [and we all know what those are] or crush them. Either way, you’ll have a better time than if you give them the benefit of the doubt, because there is no doubt that a lefty twit believes in benefits entirely without merit. You owe them nothing but ridicule. No, really. So good hunting of the irrational, sports. But be careful though, they can be very dangerous when challenged or cornered by facts and reality and especially in their natural collective group an' mob. No, really. But hey, it is to laugh.


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darrell said...

Oh, and I love the crackpots who say, "hey man, I heard of this guy who invented a car that runs on, like, water? But --toke, toke--the man, the big oil guys crushed him out of business. It's all a consipracy, man." And I say yes, you're right about that invention, I think they called it THE STEAM ENGINE, YOU MORON!!! And it was replaced by something that people wanted more, because it was more efficient...seriously, I thought progressives were supposed to be all gung-ho about the future. Now it turns out they all want us to return to..the past! no electricity, no hygiene, no travel outside of the hamlet into which your born, all in the name of minimizing your 'footprint.'