Who we can -- and who we can’t -- pick on in our society.
Regarding Miley Cyrus's sketch on SNL the other night, in which John Boehner was caricatured as gay and Michele Bachmann was, to say the least, over-sexualized, I couldn’t help but wonder: What if a (conservative) pop singer did the same thing to left-wing politicians? We already know the answer, of course. The pop singer would immediately be scathingly denounced for his/her homophobia, misogyny, bigotry and hate.
However, it's perfectly acceptable to suggest that there is something wrong with being gay -- and engaging in the sexualization and objectification of women (one of the Left’s favorite topics) if the targets are conservative and the people engaged in the mockery are liberals.
And the media, naturally, overlooks this pernicious hypocrisy and double standard every time.
As someone who fled as a child with his family from a totalitarian socialist country, it always intrigues me to witness who can and cannot be ridiculed in a supposedly free society. For instance, in Cyrus’s SLN skit, replace Boehner in the video with Obama and Bachmann with Hillary. Would Cyrus ever dare engage in such a thing? Even the thought would obviously horrify her and her liberal milieu. And even if she dared to do so -- and sacrificed everything in her professional life for this sacrilegious act -- SNL and NBC would never allow the skit to air.
Think about this. Think about what it means that a video by Cyrus mocking Obama and Hillary the same way her SNL skit mocks Boehner and Bachmann is simply unfathomable. Consider what this reality means about the Left and its power and its tyranny -- and all of it masquerading, as always, behind the face of tolerance and progress.
This ugly phenomenon reminds me of the years I spent in academia, where I was confronted daily by this same pathological virus. I remember how I once announced in a graduate studies lounge that my favorite American president was Ronald Reagan -- and how I considered capitalism to be the best economic experiment in history. This was the end of my existence as a human being in my colleagues’ eyes and world.
Not that I cared much, since their friendship didn’t matter to me, nor did I need or desire membership in their “club.” But one thing is for sure: I was now a monster in their eyes and many opportunities in academia had been crushed for me because of my thought crime. Interestingly enough, though, it was they who were considered the open-minded liberal people in society and I was the closed-minded "fascistic" one – even though I accepted them as humans despite what I found to be their wrong-minded views, though they couldn’t offer me the same courtesy.
At one particular academic party I attended, a very typical incident occurred that symbolized well the time I had spent around leftists. I was standing by a table with snacks on it. As I dipped a chip into a sauce bowl, one particular woman did so simultaneously in another bowl and looked at me, saying suddenly: “Oh I just saw Michael Moore’s movie, incredible, really, really incredible.” I didn’t know this woman, and she didn’t know me. But she assumed, of course, that I agreed with her about Moore’s leftist hate-America message and with anything else she would or could possibly say about it. She nodded at me while praising Moore as if I had already nodded in agreement, which I had not done.
That image has forever stayed with me. For me, it was extremely weird, perverse and scary; but not for anyone else in the leftist camp. For me, the thought of my behaving in such a way toward anyone else is simply baffling. I try to picture myself approaching a person at a party that I do not know and to begin telling them how I have just finished reading Bush’s memoir, “Decision Points,” and how absolutely awesome it is; and I say this to the person on the assumption that they are completely invested in their passionate empathy toward me and my subject, as I speak. The dynamic is just absurd -- for a million reasons. But for the Left, and for the totalitarian world that they inhabit, this is a normal and everyday thing.
There is an infomercial on late at night on cable about a supposed remedy for baldness. The commercial begins with a woman approaching a man wearing a Yarmulke. She says, “Tony [or whatever his name is], I didn’t know you were Jewish.” And he laughs and says he is not Jewish, but that he is hiding his bald spot. The commercial transitions into selling a product, and at the end of it, the guy doesn’t have to wear his Yarmulke anymore.
But I can’t help wondering: Why didn’t they make this commercial about a guy sitting in a kufiya, the Muslim head covering for men, and a woman saying: “I didn’t know you were Muslim”? Could they make a commercial of this sort? The answer is obvious. We know why, and we know very well why.
At the gym I go to, there is a particular fellow who is very fond of making fun of Christians and Christianity. The other day he said very loudly in front of many people in the locker room: “Christians are all fanatics.” He said this with great bravado and derision. I found it interesting that he didn’t look around with any discomfort or apprehension while he said it or afterwards -- just to check who was around. It was very clear to him, and to everyone else, that nothing bad would happen to him.
I tried to picture him saying the same thing, in the same manner and with the same volume, about Muslims. It is so obvious he would never dare do this. But one could argue that, in terms of what just happened in a mall in Nairobi, that there might be a lot of cause for him to do so.
Leftists save their criticism and ridicule for those groups they know will not harm them, which, in turn, raises the question of why these groups would be the target of their disdain, when one would think that a group that would hurt you and engage in violence toward you would merit more of your attention, analysis and criticism.
But that’s the world of the Left, where John Boehner and Michele Bachmann are smeared in comedy sketches with slanders that liberals would never allow to be directed toward themselves or toward any of the figures they worship as tyrants and before whom they prostrate themselves like slaves. They engage in this charade all in the name of concepts like democracy and liberalism -- the concepts that their behavior is, tragically, annihilating right before our eyes.
Don't miss Jamie Glazov discussing the Left's totalitarian nature in Josh Brewster's 2-part video interview with him below:
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