Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Only Privilege In America is Liberal Privilege

The Lady Marjorie and I were out for a walk yesterday and ran into a former neighbor who now lives in one of those gi-normous block houses, very often with Hardie board siding, and with flat or shed roofs.

He was delighted as how his roof-top solar panels meant that electricity didn't cost him anything. A little later he drove past in his Prius.

Yes, liberals. I understand why the Trump ascension has you all so fit-to-be-tied. Why, that crude idiot might cut the subsidies on your solar panels, and even on your Priuses.

It's comfortable to be a liberal in America. You get to reward yourself with free stuff, all in the name of diversity, or climate, or social justice. The utility pays you 44 cents per Kwh for your intermittent solar power (recently cut by one third in Washington State, apparently) while the utility charges you 11 cents per Kwh for their firm (but climate destroying) 24-7 power. Such a deal for liberals.

Then there is the subsidy on those cool Priuses and electric cars, tax credits amounting to thousands of dollars per car. Such a deal for liberals.

And then there are the special privileges obtained by university teachers and administrators, who basically can't be fired.

And then there are the subsidies for the arts. And then there are all the NGO jobs for the children of wealthy liberals that don't need the money from a real job. Not to mention the legacy places at college.

And so it goes.

Let's look at latest liberal hearthrob Jon Ossoff, the "investigative filmmaker and former congressional aide" who almost made it on Tuesday to be congresscritter from the 6th District in Georgia. From La Wik:
Born in Atlanta, Ossoff was raised by his parents in Northlake, an unincorporated community in Georgia's 6th congressional district.[7] Ossoff's mother Heather Fenton, an Australian immigrant,[1] co-founded NewPower PAC, an organization that works to elect women to local office across Georgia.[8][9] His father, who is of Russian Jewish and Lithuanian Jewish descent, owns a specialist publishing company.[1] Ossoff was raised Jewish.[10] 
Ossoff attended the Paideia School, a small private school in Atlanta.[1] While in high school, he interned for Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis.[1]
Can you spell "liberal privilege" and connections up the Wazoo? Of course the 30-year-old was selected by the ruling class to run for a special election for Tom Price's congressional seat. He is their kind of guy.

Let's look at Jon's opponent in the June runoff, Karen Handel. La Wik:
Handel was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.[4] After graduating in May 1980 from Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro,[5][6] Handel attended both Prince George's Community College and The University of Maryland, but did not complete any degree.[7] She then went to work for Hallmark Cards. Later, she served as deputy chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle's wife, Marilyn, where she worked to promote breast cancer awareness and research.[8]
Not quite the perfect life story. Oh, and she has said that she doesn't think that gay parents are quite the best thing for children. In other words, she agrees with American philosopher Harold Gosse, who said many years ago that all children want a mother and a father: their mother and father.

Don't get me wrong. I think that liberals are the nicest people in the world. And some of my best friends are liberals, bless their hearts.

But when you start to think about privilege in America in the spring of 2017, then the first thing you think of is "liberal privilege."

Or you have completely missed the point of Kant and critical theory, like the rest of your liberal friends.

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