Archive for November, 2017

Faux Outrage from Fauxahontas

Posted by Troy on 27th November 2017 in Current Events, Political

I’ve always favored Fauxahontas over Pocahontas.  It’s a little more clever and sidesteps some of the criticism that people want to level at Trump for calling Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas.

So a reporter is giving Sarah Huckabee Sanders hell because Trump used the “racial slur” “Pocahontas” to refer to Elizabeth Warren.  First of call: being called Pocahontas is hardly a slur, racial or otherwise.  If someone calls you Shakespeare, Washington, Lincoln, or Patton, it is hardly an insult.  Pocahontas was actually a pretty cool person.  Being compared to her is usually a compliment.  For reference, a racial slur for a Native American may be “redskin” or “savage” or something to that effect.  The insult in “Pocahontas” comes from the irony of the use.  That is to say, he is calling someone who claimed to be Native American “Pocahontas” as a way of pointing out her appropriation of the Native American culture.

This particular reporter demanded to know if Trump saw some sort of political value in calling people out in racially.

Well, what I can tell you is that Elizabeth Warren saw a lot of economic gain from telling people that she was a Native American when she was not.  She took a job, a position, away from a REAL Native American.

The reporter also wanted to know if it was ever appropriate for the President to use a racial slur in any context.

But I guess it’s okay to fake being a member of a different race and take away a job from someone of that race?

And that’s why I have zero respect for anyone who wants to paint Trump as a racist for calling out a CLEARLY white person for PRETENDING to be a Native American.  You cannot convert “Pocahontas” into a racial slur.  The only time that this is an insult in the highly specific fact patterns you have before you: where the term is applied to someone who PRETENDED to be Native American for their own gain.  If you are not massively OFFENDED at that, then you are not allowed to pretend to be offended by the other.  This is a case of someone just being mad that someone is calling out Elizabeth Warren because the reporter LIKES Elizabeth Warren.  I guarantee you, if Trump had ever put on a building application that he was Native American to score a job, this same reporter would be OOOOOUUUUTRAAAAAAAGEEEEED!!!! by his actions.  And if Elizabeth Warren called Trump “Shitting Bull,” this reporter would be yucking it up.  Faux outrage.  Period.

Here’s an example, dumb-dumbs.  Calling someone who lied about serving in the military “Who, Braveheart?” is not a Scottish slur.  It’s a slur by comparing one person with a certain virtue against another who lacks that virtue.  In this case, a noble Native American from history contrasted to a lying white person.

Hope this helps!

Long Live the Constitution!

Of Virtue and Vice

Posted by Troy on 14th November 2017 in Current Events, Human Nature

In light of the multitude of sexual scandals mounting in Hollywood and DC, with more and more no doubt in sight, I think of CS Lewis and his discussion of virtues and sins.  How every sin is merely a perversion of something good that God has given us.  Sex, in particular in this case, being a good between husband and wife.  Or at the very least (not in CS Lewis’ book, but by modern convention) between two willing parties.  In particular, I look at Hollywood.  They are so willing to pass judgement on the rest of us.  They are so willing to decry the plight of women.  Meanwhile, the constantly peddle negative stereotypes for women.  They objectify women.  They frequently portray women as nothing more than sex objects at worst or a hollow love interest, a mere plot device.  Jane Fonda stood up to the entire United States by giving aid and comfort to our enemies…but chickened out when it came to standing up to Harvey Weinstein.  Same thing for Jon Stewart and C.K. Louis.  These people all knew that was going on, and yet they said nothing.  Why?  Simple… cowardice.  In particular, financial cowardice.  They were afraid that they would wind up on a blacklist.  That they wouldn’t get parts.  Far better to sacrifice girl after girl to the casting couch.  What’s sad is these girls went on to be big stars.  And rather than stand up and demand justice, to show what went on, instead they swallowed Hollywood’s line.  They condemned the entire nation for a host of sins that Hollywood declared, meanwhile giving tacit approval to the sick practices that went on and on.  Letting new girls suffer the same disgusting treatment that was inflicted upon them, like some sort of disgusting hazing ritual.  “You can star in a movie, but first you have to have sex with Harvey.”  And why?  For a little bit of money.  Was it vanity that caused them to turn their backs on the side of good?  The desire to be liked being more important than anything else?  Or was it mere greed?  Was it just dollars?  Turning them into pimps and prostitutes, mere actors in a modern day human trafficking drama?

C.S. Lewis said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of very virtue at the testing point.”  The testing point came to them, and they failed.  They were cowards.

Let’s contrast this to Buddy Ebsen.  During the depression, an office executive told him “Ebsen, in order to give you the parts you deserve, we must own you.”  He replied, “I’ll tell you what kind of fool I am, Mr. Mayer, I can’t be owned.”  He quit.  He turned down a lucrative job just on the principal that he wouldn’t be owned, probably more of a splitting of hairs and wordplay–not as though he would have actually been a slave and been owned by someone.  But the idea of being owned, in any sense, disgusted him to the point that he quit.  He struggled because of this decision.  It would have been far easier for him to just sign the paper, sell himself over to the studio, but he didn’t.  Meanwhile, these Hollywood people, some of them who hold themselves out as feminists, watch as women were abused, harassed, or even raped, and didn’t say a word.  In some cases, these so called feminists were the ones assaulting these women.

Cowards.

Long Live the Constitution.

The Democrat Wave

Posted by Troy on 9th November 2017 in Political

In special election after special election, the media declared “This is referendum on Trump!”  Remember that?  In Kansas and Georgia and other red states?  The resistance was going to conquer Trump?  Remember the Trumpslayer Ossoff?  And each time, they failed.  It would appear that they learned their lesson.  So this time, they waited for the races to be in blue states, declare that it’s a referendum election, and when the Democrats won, say “See!  The Democrats are back!”  Because the Media is all about the narrative.  Unfortunately for them, they lost all their credibility in the last election because they kept peddling a narrative.  Once you lose that credibility, you lose your power to craft the narrative, especially when you have a President that really doesn’t care about you and your supposed power.  It’s like Trump has said to the Media “Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the [White House in the Swamp] to take back the [country] you have stolen,   For my will is as strong as yours, and my [voice] as great.  You have no power over me!”

This wasn’t a wave.  This was Democrats winning races that they were supposed to win.  Nothing more.  Maybe you’d like to predict that Democrats are going to win in California next?  Go ahead if it makes you feel good.

Long Live the Constitution!