Edward Thatch writes a brilliant little satire over at Return of Kings in which he strikes at the heart of what needs to be done to win back the narrative, both in the aggregate and in our own lives. Commenter Mark brought this up briefly, but I’d like to expand.
Leftists like to think of themselves as the “nicer” of the two poltical persuasions. We know how much they “care” (or at least how much they like saying they do). If you tell a “differently-sized” woman she’s being lazy, a “sensitive” leftist will come to her defense. After all, it hurts to have somebody call you “fat”, and the left is here to keep us from feeling any unnecessary pain. They tell us how important it is to reinforce the self-esteem of each and every student, no matter how pathetic or lazy they may be, for they know that where self-esteem prevails, academic success is sure to follow.
When If things don’t work out as planned, it’s obviously because somebody failed to make the poor darlings feel as good about themselves as their caring teachers wished.
We’ve no right to shame the urban thug. Instead, we should reiterate that he spends most of his life in prison because there weren’t enough people in his life who believed in him. You might think as you watch his mother wailing “MY BABY! HE’S SUCH A GOOD BOY!” as he’s carted away for the seventh time that she believed in him plenty, that perhaps he needed a father to tell him to shut up every once in a while, but you would be wrong. He somehow thought he was God’s gift to everything and deserved whatever the hell he wanted that anybody else might have had because he lacked a sufficient sense of self-worth. Or something.
Shame and punishment are a masculine tools of correction. They cause discomfort. Many an athletic man (and woman for that matter) who was a pudgy child grudgingly thanks the other kids in class who mocked them. It hurt like hell, but it got them to change. My grandfather came over here from Poland when he was nine years old and didn’t speak a word of English. He felt lost and lonely for about two years because he couldn’t talk to anybody else in his little country school. He learned English and spoke it with no accent for the rest of his life.
I’m not claiming that the loud voice and the fist are the only ways to foster change. The feminine emphasizes self-esteem, and believing in yourself definitely has its place. A fatty may change in part because she decides that she deserves more out of life than she’s getting, but it will harder for her to make sufficiently recognize the contrast between what is and what should be if we soften the ugly realities of how far she’s falling short.
At first glance, it would appear that lefties reject masculine correction entirely. If one examines just a bit more deeply, you realize that on a subconscious level they don’t AT ALL. They know we’re right.
Smoking. Racism. Greed. Homophobia. Islamophobia. Santorum’s sweater vests. The leftist thoroughly recognizes the value of shame, she just wants it to serve her own ends and her own ends only.
Michael Richards got no sympathy whatsoever for his insensitive remarks. Nor did George Bush. When Boehner cries, they laugh at him (for myself, I’d like to knock his block off, but I digress). How sensitive is Bill Maher towards Sarah Palin? Steven Colbert towards anybody not on the left? Listen to lefty talk radio for an hour or so and let the softness and sensitivity wash over you like a warm and bloody piss-bath.
On some level, the leftist recognizes that retribution can in fact lead to change. They do it to us because they want us to stop what we’re doing (opposing them), and they’re entirely SHOCKED! SHOCKED! if one of us ever does it to one of them.
Regarding their leadership, this is perfectly understandable (although BS that needs to be countered–more on this in a later post). Every dig at the other guy is fair game, every dig you send their way is uncalled for. Where it gets more dicey is how they respond to those for whom they proportedly care so damn much.
Single-mothers with multiple children from different fathers. Violent criminals (not white collar–they deserve prison). Kids who don’t learn in school. Immigrants who don’t learn English. Lardasses. Teachers who don’t actually teach anything. Minorities living on the dole. Food stamp recipients. The left will do everything in its power to keep others from shaming them.
Does this mean there’s something more at work? I suspect it does. Notice the phenomenon Rollo brilliantly describes wherein women encourage each other to feel great about bodies that shouldn’t necessarily inspire high self-esteem. Rollo:
The truth of course is that she could be semi-fuckable after dropping another 15 pounds, but in telling her she’s hot ‘as-is’ the idea, in the form of an encouraging compliment, is to get her to relax and stay fat. Thus the complimenter(s) simultaneously feel relaxed in their fat.
It’s a perfect strategy for the Anointed. First, they get to feel good about themselves by keeping the poor babies from feeling discomfort and thereby get to see themselves as morally superior protectors. Second, and most insidiously, by keeping the “victims” from feeling uncomfortable, their victims remain as such and never change. Hence, the Anointed are needed in perpetuity.
We therefore have leftists actively discouraging minorities from developing stronger work habits (acting white), immigrants from learning English, teachers from teaching to any sort of acceptable standard, and the obese from losing weight. EBT cards were created to lessen the stigma of food stamps. In short, they “help” by making sure their constituents stay destitute and dependent. This is epitomizes Peart’s “kindness that can kill”, and its ripping us apart.
The feminine assumption is that what causes pain is bad, what helps us avoid it is good. Men know otherwise.
I read somewhere very recently (I paraphrase from memory), “they want us to be men, they just don’t want us to feel good about it” (let me know if you know where this comes from so I can give proper credit). Likewise, they aren’t SHOCKED when we shame somebody because they know it works. They just want to make sure it’s used the right way.
Our job is to not let them get away with it. We see them do it, and we criticize their double-standards incessantly. It seems like only David Horowitz and I recognize that it isn’t working. They don’t fight fair, they won’t fight fair, and we respond with impotent cries of “You don’t fight fair!” as they clock us upside the head yet again.
Instead, we’ve got to make it hurt. Some say, “Punch back twice as hard”; I say “Punch back until they bleed”.
To do so we don’t have to resort to empty BS tactics like they do. We need not shame them for stupid reasons, for there are plenty of ways to shame them without having to stretch in the slightest.
Drive through Detroit sometime. Shame. Look at the national debt and what it’s doing to our children’s future. Shame. Regulations strangling the American dream of countless small-business owners. Shame. The black and hispanic children we’re raising to believe that the evils of America outweigh the opportunities they have here, and the whites who aren’t far behind. Shame. The college graduate waiting tables at Applebee’s with more student debt than she’ll ever be able to pay. Shame. The thirty-two year old SWPL who’s just hit her wall and realized she didn’t sell when her stock was high. Shame. The teacher’s we’re paying to waste time in rubber rooms in New York. The executives who made out like bandits after running Freddie and Fannie. Benghazi. The mother who just broke up her family because she wants to feel empowered. Fast and Furious and the anonymous dead Mexicans who died.
And they shame us. Fuck you, bitches. This is war.