Every once in a while liberals stun me with a moment of unconscious self-awareness. Yes, I know this is a seeming oxymoron, but stick with me. What I mean is that the Liberal will create some work with a theme whereby he admits to the cruelty and stupidity of the Modern Liberal while seemingly unaware that this is the message.
I was first reminded of this when I again watched the Wendy Finerman-produced, Tom Hanks-starring Forrest Gump on TV last week. The entire message of the movie is that, as much as liberals like to think they are morally and intellectual superior to any and all others, they are really stupider than is even a mentally-challenged conservative.
After all, Jenny, the “smart” one, does all the things that the “enlightened” liberal did over the course of the Modern Liberal Era. Jenny joins all the right causes (like the Black Panthers), fights all the right evils (like the Vietnam War), “expands her mind” with drugs, takes advantage of her sexual liberation by being promiscuous and the result is that she gets beaten by the Panthers, almost commits suicide coming down off of a night of drugs and ultimately dies of the sexually transmitted disease of AIDS.
Forrest – the “stupid” one – does the things that conservatives do. He loves one woman, he fights for his country, he’s good to his friends and the result is that not only do none of the horrors of Liberalism befall him, but only he is around to help his son grow up. Two generations – Jenny and Forrest Jr. – caused to suffer because the liberal is so much smarter than everyone else.
It was by sheer coincidence that I soon thereafter happened onto the final episode of Larry David’s autobiographical Curb Your Enthusiasm – the title of the show another indication of the unhappiness that is the lot of even the most successful Liberal. Think about it – Bill Maher, Joy Behar, Rosie O’Donnell, Woody Allen, Larry David, do you know a liberal who isn’t a miserable human being?
In this episode David dies and, as his soul is leaving his body he is given a chance to revisit the important relationships he’s had in his life. One after another the characters from the series appear before him and David recalls the horrible ways in which he treated each and every one of them. Finally, asked by God if, on his death bed, he wished to apologize to any of them, David thinks for a moment and then cavalierly answers, “Neh.”
David’s life-and-death moment, the culmination of his most autobiographical work with a parade of the people most important to him and his recognition that knowing him has been anything but a boon in their lives, speaks volumes about David, but what it says is amplified by the fact that this was not the first time David had employed this as the theme to sum up his life. Many of you will recall the finale of David’s other series – also autobiographical, Seinfeld. In that series, David used the conceit of a trial where each of the important characters testified in court as to how the “heroes’” callousness, selfishness, pettiness, deceit and corruption caused them all to suffer.
Stupid and mean and destructive to all those who know them. This isn’t just my opinion of the liberal, it’s theirs, too.
Another of these unconsciously self-aware moments was when Robert Fulghum penned – in all seriousness, mind you – that everything that he ever really needs to know he learned before he was six years old. In other words, Fulghum admits – and those who adore the book, liberals all, I’m sure – that he is no wiser than the very young child who, like Jenny, could easily get caught up in the new-fangled and exciting, the blur of colors that are the psychedelic drugs of the Sixties and the “live only for the moment” mentality that sees both the young child and the Democrat living – to but slightly paraphrase John Lennon – only for the moment.
But liberals aren’t just stupid, they’re mean. Jenny herself may not have been mean but she was attracted to the violent and hate-filled and facilitated these things through her actions. Larry David – the creator of Seinfeld may not be that mean (he surely isn’t nice, however) – but he does recognize that those who come into contact with him, a rather typical Modern Liberal – are far worse for the experience. Not once but twice now David has created a retrospective episode of his televisions series, both of them show a stunning recognition of his – and his co-ideologists – mean-spirited and destructive personalities.
In the final episode of the New York City-based, Liberal-adored Seinfeld, David puts the lead characters on trial. One-by-one, each of the people whose lives had been effected by contact with the show’s “heroes” testified to how the conniving, corruption and meanness of the stars had severely damaged their lives. Just knowing one of these quintessentially liberal characters was a guarantee that, in some way, your life would be, if not ruined, then most assuredly done harm.
Stupid, mean, petty and destructive to everyone who they come into contact with in their lives. These are the themes of movies, books and TV shows written, produced and starring liberals about liberals. They may not know what they’re saying, but they sure are self-aware.