For this one I have been prompted by a number of recent events; America’s basketball league, the NBA, forcing an apology as well as $75,000 out of a player who offhandedly said something some people didn’t like, the mentality of Edward Snowden and his sympathizers, and the continued march of all these foreign Non Government Organizations (NGOs) baby-sitting the masses in Africa.
It looks like a lot of Americans suffer from the savior complex. They want to save people from having to be adults.
That’s the typical modern American liberal for you. They feel good about themselves by treating their inferiors like children. Now you know where my beef with modern feminism comes from (James Onen)
Yes, I do.
Edward Snowden signed a confidentiality agreement with the National Security Agency for a job that he didn’t have to accept, swearing to keep his mouth shut about what he learned on the job. Then he got a whiff of conscience and turned snitch. It’s the height of naivete for this man to think that he has the magic wand that will save the world from government intrusion and guarantee 100% privacy. I listened to him arguing that the world deserved to know … blah, blah and couldn’t help a wry smile.
Could this man really be so blind as to think that there was an educated adult on this planet in 2013 who didn’t know that the sort of prying that he revealed was going on? Did he know that if it hadn’t been for the type of spying on people that he thinks ought not to be happening the entire Europe would be speaking German today? Could he have been so foolish as to think that there was a country in the world that didn’t spy on its citizens as well as foreigners? What on earth did he think embassies, and most of these ubiquitous NGOs were really set up to do? Sing Kumbaya with the host countries? Tsss.
The irony would thus likely have been lost on Snowden that he chose to run to one of the most repressive countries in the world, China (Hong Kong), and he now seems holed up in yet another one, Russia, whose human rights record often reads as though Josef Stalin is back in charge.
Modern day liberals flatter themselves in thinking that they have the panacea – their consciences – to the world’s injustices such as hunger, poverty, malnutrition. That would be very well if pie-in-the-sky dreaming is all they did. But they are increasingly adopting the sort of overarching, supercilious, militancy that extends to telling everyone what they can and can’t say even as they, rather puzzlingly,wrap themselves in the colors of free speech.
Which brings one to the Roy Hibbert controversy. He used “anti-gay” language in a press conference; language that is doing the rounds in rap music which graces many of Hibbert’s detractors’ airwaves ad nauseam, causing nary a stir. I have not taken any poll but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the majority of Hibbert’s critics are/were left-wing, highly educated, white liberals. It’s what we have come to expect; shrill, bleeding heart, shrews assuming a moral authority that they feel entitles them to wail louder than the mother holding the dying baby.
It’s exactly the same syndrome you see in Africa where NGO agendas are dictated from London and Washington, DC. They still find fertile ground on the dark continent because, mostly due to crashing poverty, activism is a job and not a calling. Therefore the activists that will lay down supinely and allow themselves to be twiddled like Marionettes are usually more than grateful for the pay check, and will learn to live with the arrogant diktats disguised as “aid” or “caring.”
Yet, for the most part, even Africans know what works in their own backyards and have their own ideas about how their constituencies can best be served. But when the holder of the purse strings has decided that they are dealing with a child that has to be held by the hand every step of the way, anyone relying on their handouts has little choice but to fall into line.
So, Edward Snowden and his sympathizers are really the same people as those who screamed blue murder when Hibbert made that throwaway remark that had the NBA pretending that they were terribly offended. They are egotistic, condescending, intolerant, colonial-minded militants who believe in free speech only if what is said agrees with them. Anyone with a modicum of commonsense of course knows that there is nothing that doesn’t offend someone. But these liberals’ argument sounds reasonable enough because it is camouflaged as selfless benevolence. You thus have to be a very brave soul to so much as raise your eyebrows when the Jackboots of political correctness are trampling everything in their path.
After all, who wants to be branded with the scarlet letter of not caring about world hunger, gay rights, freedom of information or women’s rights?
- Student booted from class for saying “I don’t accept gays” wins lawsuit
- Calling Snowden a criminal, Pelosi booed by progressives (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Liberals and conservatives, unite! (wnd.com)
- The Bolshevik Left Loves the NSA (lewrockwell.com)
- The Bahati Anti-homosexuality Bill; the stage is set