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Gay Breakfasts, Indignant Crime, and Rebellious Broccoli: Are We Doomed?

Welcome to Are We Doomed? the weekly column in which I will take the latest news and try to determine if it’s all downhill from here.

It Turns Out Armed Robbery is Dangerous

23 year-old Roosevelt Rappley attempted to commit armed robbery of a Dollar General store recently, and ended up getting shot in the process. His siblings were very  upset about it. They don’t think that it should be dangerous to commit armed robbery.

He’s got some responsibility, but not all,” Rappley’s sister said. “Right and wrong is wrong, that was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest.”

“Yes, he’s robbing them. Oh, well! Call the police, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to take matters into your own hands!” she continued.

 

Verdict: If this is the level of personal responsibility that’s expected in the world, we’re doomed.  Also, if you’re going to commit armed robbery, why would you choose a Dollar General?

Is Your Breakfast Gay Enough?

On GLAAD’s Spirit Day on October 17, Kellogg’s announced a new cereal- All Together. It’s one big cereal box with little boxes of Corn Flakes, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, and Rice Krispies inside.

Newsbusters reports:

Kellogg’s chief diversity officer (why does a cereal company need such a thing??) Priscilla Koranteng said, “At Kellogg, we are firmly committed to equality and inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and in the communities where we work and live.” As part of the Spirit Day partnership, Kellogg’s is donating $50,000 to GLAAD.

Pinksite News says that, with this new offering, you can “start your day with maximum gay.”

Verdict: What does sexuality have to do with cereal? Why does it have to be socially aware? Can’t it just be…breakfast? It’s not like cereal has been historically heterosexual. It hasn’t spoken up for traditional marriage or shared an opinion on what bathroom anyone should use. Cereal having a sexual preference spells doom.

Criminal Broccoli

At an animal rights protest in London, a man was arrested. A man dressed as a giant broccoli, who shouted “give peas a chance” as he was carted away in handcuffs.

Then, there was this super awkward interview.

Verdict: This is more funny than doom to me, but maybe that in and of itself is a sign of doom. This is a tough call.

First Responder Manicures

While medical personnel tended to a woman at the scene of a car accident recently, Utah firefighters Shift Battalion Allen Hadley and Captain Kevin Lloyd noticed that her daughter, though uninjured, was scared. She also happened to have a bottle of nail polish. So, while waiting for her mom to get the medical care she needed, the two men, who both had little girls of their own at home, offered to let her paint their nails.

Before long, she was  calmed down and focused on the task at hand (pun intended). The story of these guys taking such good care of the little girl at the scene quickly went viral.

This is how amazing our firefighters are. Our A shift Battalion Chief and Captain were on the scene of a motor vehicle…

Posted by North Davis Fire District on Saturday, October 12, 2019

Verdict: Zero doom. We’re going to be ok.

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Joe Biden Struggles to Show He’s Down With Being Gay and Things Get Really Weird

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I wish I could read the minds of some of these 2020 Democrat candidates as they reach new levels of crazy to pander to their base voters. Do these people really believe what they are saying? I have my doubts at times.

Take Joe Biden, a geriatric old man who appears to heave cognitive issues, doing his best to show he’s down with the struggle at the LGBTQXYZ forum last night on CNN. What transpired was just a mash up of the extremely uncomfortable and bizarre.

At one point, Biden pretends he’s going to make out with Anderson Cooper (a gay man).

Then crap just got really weird.

That’s not an exaggeration. He actually said that while also joking about coming out as gay. Apparently he learned to tolerate homosexuality at the same pool he almost threw down at with Corn Pop.

This dude’s mind is going. I’m pretty certain of it at this point. I can only imagine his advisors, already having to watch his campaign burn down the last few weeks, sitting in the back wanting to tear their hair out.

At this point, is there any path for him to win the nomination? I’m not seeing it. Elizabeth Warren has taken the lead nationally and Biden currently looks to lose all three of the first primaries. No one recovers from that. You’d think this guy might want to keep a little bit of his dignity though. Instead, he’s setting it on fire to please a base that’s never going to vote for him anyway. It’s kind of sad.

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The search for the “gay gene”

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When this report first came out last week I didn’t feel tempted to write about it, but it did lead to a lengthy and interesting discussion with some friends on social media. It involves the release of the results of a study conducted in Great Britain and the United States that’s being billed as the biggest study ever conducted on genetics and same-sex attraction. I’ll have to confess… I was kind of shocked at the conclusions. But long story short, while some possible correlations were noted, they concluded that there is no single “gay gene” that determines your sexual orientation. (NBC News)

The largest study to date on genetics and same-sex sexual behavior was published last week, and it concluded something many queer people have been saying for a long time: Sexual orientation is complicated and can’t be explained away by a single “gay gene.”

This takeaway pushes back on what seemed like a resolute determination among earlier scientists to show sexual orientation is a product simply of biology, while it also backs up millions of us who’ve discussed our varied experiences regarding our sexualities. And it helps clarify where the priorities of LGBTQ people should be in fighting for civil rights in the political and legal arenas.

Sexual orientation is complicated and can’t be explained away by a single “gay gene.”

The author goes on to offer a number of arguments as to why this study should never have been published, many of which have been around for ages and are worth consideration. Gays and lesbians have long been concerned over the possible discovery of the mythical gay gene because that information could be misused in the wrong hands. What if someone wanted to push the research in another direction and develop a “cure?” Or would parents begin prenatal screening and start aborting gay babies? Prior to recent changes in policy, there were suggestions the military might start screening blood tests of recruits and rejecting those that “failed the straight test.”

Much of my surprise was no doubt due to my highly limited, layman’s understanding of genetics. For some reason, I had always assumed that there would be some sort of definitive gay gene or genes. After all, there seem to be specific genes dictating every aspect of our makeup that we look at. There are genes that determine whether individuals find the taste of a particular food or spice pleasant, bitter and awful, or they detect no taste at all. There are genes that seem to predict whether you will prefer coffee or tea. Why wouldn’t something so fundamental as your sexual orientation be driven by something hiding in your double helix?

But then I was reminded by some of the people I was chatting with of some other factors to consider. One of the biggest was the idea that, aside from random mutations in each generation, genes are passed down from parents to children. The elephant in the room here should be obvious. How would a gene be passed down if its primary function was to make you vastly less likely to engage in the activities required to produce children? Good question.

In the end, will any of this matter? I highly doubt it. People are just people, straight, gay or in between. And while we have mapped the human genome, precisely what all of those tiny strands are up to will probably remain a mystery for a long time to come. In fact, most researchers appear to believe that most genes don’t “act alone” for any particular result, with the outcome depending on combinations of multiple genes. And some “turn on” or “turn off” at various points in our lives, so the picture is constantly shifting. So I’m not drawing any conclusions here. I just find the science behind it fascinating.

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Sky News Blames “Colonization” for Homosexuality Being Illegal In Muslim Countries

If you want a story that illustrates the stupidity of inter-sectional wokeness, here you go.

Sky News shared this report via their YouTube channel, which mostly focuses on Nigeria. In it, they attempt to make the case that criminalization of homosexuality was a product of colonization by Western powers.

Of course, if you actually watch the video, you quickly learn that all the places where homosexuality is punishable by death are Muslim countries operating under some form of Sharia law. The video even spends about 20 seconds on that fact, mentioning that in Northern Nigeria, Sharia law is what is dictating such inhumane punishments.

Despite that, they keep coming back to the idea that old penal codes from the colonial era are the real problem here. This is ahistorical nonsense.

Yes, colonial powers during that time period, along with just about every other society on earth at the time, did not approve of homosexuality. But to try to pretend that old laws from the 1800s are the reason Muslim countries have the death penalty for homosexuality is ridiculous.

Further, most (if not nearly all) of the African cultures in questions had strong traditions against homosexuality long before the colonial period. There’s a reason that Europe is accepting of homosexuality and Africans generally aren’t, and it’s not because Africans were somehow still bound to laws put in place by the French a hundred years ago. At about the 8 minute mark of the video, they finally show a map of all the countries in Africa where homosexuality is still a crime. The vast majority are Muslim countries.

Look, I’ve got no problem with Sky News or anyone else pointing out that it’s wrong for countries to persecute people for being gay. What I do have a problem with is them peeing on my leg and telling me it’s raining by blaming “colonization” for it. The primary driver of anti-gay laws in Africa, including all laws dictating the death penalty, is the Muslim religion. Period. Why was that not the focus of their report?

The answer is because Muslims are at the top of the inter-sectional pyramid for some reason. It’s that simple.

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Dear Megan Rapinoe, Get Over the Fact That You’re a Gay Person With a Political Opinion and Stop Ruining This

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It’s not worth caring about.

It wasn’t long ago that figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy were making it a point to make their homosexuality the centerpiece of their time at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

That they’re gay isn’t really a concern to myself or many others. What mattered is that we had athletes on the world stage and we wanted them to do their very best while they represented our country. That’s all we wanted to care about, but Rippon and Kenworthy wouldn’t let us. They, like you, made it political by launching jabs at VP Mike Pence. Before you, Rippon also declined to go to the White House in order to make a statement.

They forced people to take sides instead of letting us enjoy the global sportsmanship free of political taint.

I want to be clear. When I say “take sides,” I don’t mean gay vs. straight. I mean the overall political message that these men forced the public to answer in the negative or affirmative. That they were Olympians didn’t matter after that. They made their politics eclipse their accomplishments.

What mattered is that they took political stances that many people couldn’t get behind. That they were gay mattered very little.

Now we have you. Another gay athlete with a cliche political opinion that shouldn’t matter in the wake of your victory on the national stage. Sadly, you made it matter. You made sure it would matter, and instead of the world uniting to rejoice and celebrate what you’ve managed to help pull off, we’re now shaking our heads at your disgusting efforts to hijack something pure and uniting and making it into one more thing to fight over.

We watch as you step on the flag of the country that helped bring you to where you are…

You showed further disrespect by consistently kneeling during the National Anthem, essentially insulting those who died for and helped turn this country in a place where heroes can be made and success is far more easily attained. You do this, according to sources, in order to protest Trump, as if the entire country deserves your ire because of one man.

You feel like you’re making a statement and changing things. I’m happy to tell you that you’re likely succeeding, and you’ll likely push people away from your camp and right into Trump’s.

It won’t be hard to figure out why. Your childish behavior rings more like a narcissist with a grudge than a socio-political role model. What’s more, you’re not even original. Rippon already did what you’ve done in the impotent quest to move the public through sports-based LGBT protesting and, like you, failed to move the needle one iota in your direction. What’s more, a lot of your actions are just microwaved leftovers of what Colin Kaepernick already served up, and when his nonsense was trendy to do in the NFL, the league actually lost 33 percent of its audience.

It’s likely that world’s buzz around you will fade, and your divisive advocacy will go with it like Rippon before you. Using your status as an LGBT sports star with an axe to grind will be one more reason for people not to care about what you have to say. Again, it won’t be because you’re a lesbian, it’ll be because you’re beating everyone over the head with it and using it to draw lines in the sand.

Again, nobody cares that you’re gay.

I’ll write for you what I wrote in 2018 to Rippon and Kenworthy.

The bottom line is that being gay doesn’t make you special, it makes you gay. It doesn’t make you a cultural mouthpiece for the western world, nor does it make you a mouthpiece for the LGBT community at large. It’s a diverse crowd with diverse opinions, and I know too many who roll their eyes so hard at the behavior of people like you that their eyes nearly fall out of their sockets.

Outrage about gay outrage is old hat. You need to understand that we are used to it, and that’s all thanks to braver people who came before you. Outside of your ability to play sports well, you are nothing special, just one more blowhard patting yourself on the back for your identity politics while attempting to paint your political rivals as evil.

You’re gay. Get over it. We certainly have.

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Biden: Five years ago, you could mock a gay waiter at a business lunch in Seattle and no one would object

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Is that right? It was five years ago, you may remember, that Brendan Eich was being forced out at Mozilla because he once donated a thousand bucks to the Prop 8 effort in California years before.

Five years ago was also the thick of the Obama presidency and the tail end of the movement to legalize gay marriage, with the Supreme Court only a year away from the Obergefell decision.

He’s not setting this vignette in some heavily socially conservative part of the country either. He’s claiming out-and-out mockery of gays, to their faces, was S.O.P. in … Seattle.

Imagine how insanely heavy-handed you’d need to be in pandering to a sympathetic crowd for members of that crowd to feel obliged to call you out on it.

This is not the first time he’s told this story, Diamond went on to note. He’s been telling it for years, with the time span between when it was and wasn’t supposedly okay to mock someone to their face for being gay changing as Biden’s political needs changed. Here’s a report from, er, five years ago, with Uncle Joe remembering the bad old days of casual cruelty towards gays:

Biden then set a scene. It’s 15 years earlier and a group of businesswomen and men are at a restaurant for lunch. “And a waiter with a distinct lisp came up and asked for their order and someone said, ‘Well let me tell you what I’d like,’” Biden said, feminizing his voice and pretending to be a restaurant patron picking on the waiter. “Everyone around that table, although they thought it was awful, wouldn’t say anything.” Because, as Biden put it, this was “appropriate behavior” – the consensus would have been that it’s OK to make fun of someone who is gay. (Side note: Biden had a speech impediment as a kid.)

“Imagine what would happen today in any major city in America if some horse’s tail said that at a luncheon?” Biden mused. “Everyone else at that table would turn around and say, ‘What in the hell are you talking about man?’”

Evidently that revolution in attitudes towards gays he spoke of in 2014 was *very* new, because here he was again last year claiming that the poor gay waiter in his mind’s eye was being mocked with no hint of dissent by onlookers as recently as “five to six years ago” — 2012 or so — in a city as blue as Washington D.C.

The detail about a lisp is, uh, vivid. Someone in the press should attempt to pin him down on this, just for fun: Can ol’ Uncle Joe give us an approximate date on which mocking someone in a professional setting to their face for exhibiting stereotypically gay traits went from grudgingly acceptable to taboo? Somewhere between 1999 and 2014, it looks like.

The whole thing reminds me of the story Howard Stern tells in “Private Parts” about how he used to prank a very old Bob Hope by getting him to tell and retell the story of playing golf with Eisenhower and George Bush’s father, Prescott. Hope would mention it reflexively every time the subject of Bush came up, Stern noted; once, as a bit of cruel fun, Stern simply mentioned the word “Prescott” to him to see if it would trigger Hope to tell the story, and sure enough. Someone should try that with Biden. Tell him that your cousin, who happens to be a gay waiter, is supporting him in the primaries this year. See what happens.

See if he does the “feminized voice” for you in running through his shtick.

In fairness to Uncle Joe, all politicians have canned speeches and anecdotes. This isn’t even the first time he’s been caught this year recycling material ad nauseam: He’s told the story of recruiting people in Detroit from “the hood” for tech jobs over and over through the last decade. The “gay waiter” anecdote, combined with his debate performance, should concern Biden fans not because it trades in stereotypes or because it’s goofy to believe open mockery would be tolerated in a business setting in Seattle in 2014 but because the guy does seem at times as if he’s lost a step, forced to rely on the same ol’ scripts. What’s he going to do at the next debate when Harris launches a seventeen-point attack on his work on the crime bill 25 years ago? Run through the “hood” speech again?

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America Vastly Overestimates the Size of the LGBT Community According to Study

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With things like the LGBT movement dominating entire months, and so much advocacy and activism being dedicated to the community, you’d think that gay and lesbians exist around every corner. However, according to a new Gallup study, America has it vastly overestimated how large the LGBT community is, and it’s all that advocacy and activism it has to thank for it.

According to James Barrett at the Daily Wire, U.S. adults typically guess that nearly a quarter of the population calls in one of the categories that consist of the LGBT movement. In truth, that number is way, way off:

“U.S. adults estimate that nearly one in four Americans (23.6%) are gay or lesbian. Gallup has previously found that Americans have greatly overestimated the U.S. gay population, recording similar average estimates of 24.6% in 2011 and 23.2% in 2015,” the group reports.

That estimate is “more than five times Gallup’s more encompassing 2017 estimate that 4.5% of Americans are LGBT, based on respondents’ self-identification as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” Gallup explains. When the estimates are broken down by demographics, even the most conservative estimates still remain about four times higher than the 4.5% estimated actual number.

The group is actually very small, but according to Gallup, it receives an inordinate amount of attention and creates the illusion that it’s much larger than it actually is:

Overestimations of the nation’s gay population may in part be due to the group’s outsized visibility. An annual report by GLAAD, an LGBT advocacy group, found that representation of LGBT people as television series regulars on broadcast primetime scripted programming reached an all-time high of 8.8% in the 2018-2019 television season, which is nearly twice Gallup’s estimate of the actual population.

Media, politicians, and activist groups dedicate tons of attention and screen time to a group that, in truth, makes up just a small percentage of the population. You see activist groups push hard for acceptance of even the most extreme behaviors and are told that this is the way society is going and we should just accept it. You see people come out in droves to participate in Pride parades.

In reality, society isn’t going in that direction. The vast majority of us don’t subscribe to it. Many are lending their support to it for various reasons. They may truly believe in it, or some just find supporting it a trendy thing to do since it’s shoved in our faces by the mainstream media. An entire month is dedicated to it, and we’re told not supporting it makes us bigots.

To be clear, members of the LGBT community are Americans that deserve the same amount of respect as everyone else, but we’re being consistently told they deserve more to the point of praising them for being gay or lesbian. This creates conflict, and the fight against the social takeover creates a very loud battlefield, further lending to the idea that this is a much larger community than we’re told.

We’re looking at a very large shadow being cast on the wall by a very small rabbit.

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Women Realizes She’s Gay After Watching a Hillary Skit on SNL

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Shortly after Donald Trump shocked the world in 2016, NBC’s Saturday Night Live went into collective mourning. They ditched the comedy and decided to instead have Kate MacKinnon, who plays Hillary Clinton in sketches, sing a rendition of “Hallelujah” to all the heart broken souls out there.

It was sad and pathetic, which means that the media and liberals thought it was groundbreaking and powerful.

Apparently it touched people in more ways than one.

Here’s some excerpts.

My life would change forever after a simple Google search in November 2016. I had just seen Kate McKinnon perform the song “Hallelujah” on SNL and discovered that she’s a lesbian. That shocked me because she didn’t fit the awful stereotype often depicted in the media.

I quickly declared her my “new girl crush.” But it was more than that.

At that moment, I realized that I wanted a relationship with a woman like her — but I felt terrible for even having this thought, as someone who was faithfully married.

It was slowly becoming clear to me that I was not straight.

She’d go on to leave her husband and two children.

My life would change forever after a simple Google search in November 2016. I had just seen Kate McKinnon perform the song “Hallelujah” on SNL and discovered that she’s a lesbian. That shocked me because she didn’t fit the awful stereotype often depicted in the media.

I quickly declared her my “new girl crush.” But it was more than that.

At that moment, I realized that I wanted a relationship with a woman like her — but I felt terrible for even having this thought, as someone who was faithfully married.

It was slowly becoming clear to me that I was not straight.

It’s actually a pretty sad story.

The question becomes what she thought she was before all this? Take this line for example.

By the time you reach your 30s, you think you know yourself — your likes, your dislikes, what inspires you, what makes you tick.

But there I was, at 36 years old, realizing I didn’t know myself at all.

I had everything I thought made my life perfect. I was married to my best friend and we had two beautiful, healthy and hilarious children, with successful careers and a beautiful home.

If you read the article, there’s no indication that she ever had feelings for women before she saw Kate MacKinnon on SNL.

This sounds more like a mid-life crisis, coupled with a knee jerk reaction to abandon a spouse and kids that she made a commitment to. It wouldn’t surprise me if she changes her mind again down the road.

I think the “profiles in courage” aspect of this as presented by CNN is also a bit much. Even if this woman’s transformation is genuine, does it deserve to be celebrated? If a man watches a bikini competition and realizes he only like large chested women with blond hair, can he leave his wife and kids to the cheers of CNN? I mean that seriously. On a logical level, there’s no real difference there besides the fact that one struggle is considered acceptable.

I constantly had to remind myself, “You get one life. This is your life and no one else’s.”

Maybe, but our life does affect other people and there is such a thing as self-sacrifice for those you love. Am I suggesting she should have stayed with her children in the face of her new feelings? It depends, but that should have been an option. Commitments like having children in life can’t just be run from and there would be plenty of time to chase the lesbian dream later in life.

She made a decision though and now everyone will live out the consequences. That’s part of living in a free country.

Admittedly, it’s still a little weird that a Hillary sketch singing “Hallelujah” is what flipped the switch here.

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Dear LGBT Community, Corporations Don’t Care About You

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I hate “Pride Month,” and not for the reasons many would hope to think. I don’t typically care what your sexuality is, so long as it doesn’t involve children or animals. I’m not your keeper just as much as you’re not mine.

But I hate the entire month carved out to celebrate the LGBT cause because I’m consistently inundated with messages, ads, and products that look like a rainbow threw up all over them from corporations talking about how great it is that homosexual people exist and are proud about it. To the idea of free people being free to be whoever they want, I’m all on board. The thing that bothers me is that the corporation celebrating it doesn’t actually believe it.

Let’s set up a hypothetical scenario.

Let’s say that tomorrow that a total social change in the populace is established and the vast majority of the world accepts it and the world’s court of public opinion turns its nose up to homosexuality. The same Macy’s that was decorating its windows with rainbow flag designs and selling “Pride Month” merch will suddenly act like there is no such thing as an LGBT community. The businesses who were changing their social media avatars to have rainbow overlays wouldn’t have a trace of pro-LGBT sentiment in any of its pages.

This would happen because the corporation is concerned with one thing, and one thing only.

Money is the name of the game, and the more of it that they can get, the more the corporations will act in whatever manner is necessary to get it. This means that all the window dressing and pride t-shirts are really just a pandering tool as a way to squeeze more money from people. This would be all well and good, and I celebrate that kind of capitalism by itself.

However, corporations do more than just sell themed merch directed toward the LGBT community. They moralize.

Pantene did it with transgenderism.

Closeup did it with homosexual couples.

During 2013’s Supreme Court battle over gay marriage, almost every corporation and their dog were sporting the equal sign in support of the homosexual marriage. Again, I don’t care if gay people want to have a ceremony and call themselves married, but now we’re talking about corporations telling us about what is right and wrong.

Again, they’re not doing this because they care, they’re doing this because it’s a trend that will make them money. If it stopped making them money, they’d stop doing it. Which makes this hollow. They just want your money, and more importantly, they want you to be okay with spending money there even when it’s not Pride Month. If you’re celebrating a corporation for being “pro-LGBT,” then their plan is working. You’re sending people to spend more money at their locations with your praise.

But there’s a malicious element to it that I feel needs to be highlighted.

Christians had to accept a long time ago with the celebration of Christmas that most corporations don’t care about them either. It’s undeniable that the entire holiday revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ. He is the literal reason for the season. Yet, most corporations won’t acknowledge that the guy is even a factor.

Why?

Because corporations found out that the promotion of Christ has negative ramifications. The media will lambast them as the media does when it comes to anything Christian. They’ll use negative connotations when speaking about them, ask officials from the business loaded questions, take them out of context with every word they say, and turn almost everything they do into a national issue. Activists begin to work overtime to make sure that the corporation is consistently dogged with bad PR, lawsuits, and more.

Proclaiming your Christianity in an official capacity is a huge risk. Sometimes it pays off, as it did for Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A, but sometimes it means your life becomes unbelievably complicated, as it did for Jack Phillips and his Colorado bakery.

It’s dangerous to be associated with Christian causes, or even right-wing causes. Those kinds of stances likely mean a whole host of problems you wouldn’t have to deal with if you had celebrated the approved causes form the get-go. The media approved causes. The activist approved causes. The causes supported by the loudest and well-connected among us.

In short, corporations aren’t just doing this for the money, they’re doing it out of fear. A business would normally have much to gain by keeping quiet and just selling its wares, however, it feels the need to steer clear of one issue and publicly and loudly embrace another. It only does this because it feels that if it doesn’t, that the activists and the media will start asking questions.

And when they start asking their questions, there is no answer that will satisfy them. Once they start asking the questions, you’re already in trouble. Better to capitulate and celebrate now than face the mob and lose money later.

 

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Buttigieg: Let’s face it, identity politics doesn’t get us very far

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An interesting mild departure from progressive orthodoxy, conveniently designed to blunt one of the core criticisms of his candidacy. Yes, he’s openly gay, but he’s also a middle-aged white guy with an exceedingly elite education. Go figure that a would-be nominee who’s worried about being ruled out by voters on grounds of race and gender thinks maybe we should all focus less on race and gender.

Although, really, he’s not encouraging people to focus less on race and gender. That would make this more of a true “Sistah Souljah moment,” as NBC is touting it. What Buttigieg wants to do is stretch the concept of “identity” so that race and gender no longer have as much potency as they do among the left. We can’t know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a trans woman of color, he allows — but we also can’t know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of an auto worker who just got laid off and has a family to feed.

“When an auto worker, 12 years into their career, is no longer sure how to provide for their family, they’re not part of the country we think of ourselves as all living in together. That’s why we can’t seem to get on the same page,” Buttigieg said.

Such “divisive lines of thinking” have entered Democrats’ mindset, Buttigieg said, adding: “Like when we’re told we have to choose between supporting an auto worker and a trans woman of color, without stopping to think about the fact that sometimes the auto worker is a trans woman of color, and she definitely needs all the security she can get.”

At least in the room at the Human Rights Campaign gala, his remarks appeared well-received.

We need to tear down the silly Trumpian walls we’ve erected to divide us, he tells the crowd, presumably starting with the wall that makes white male Rhodes Scholars a nonstarter in Democratic primaries.

He’s not going to get anywhere with this among the woke brigades, who’ll remind him that inborn identities are different from trades, as in the auto worker example. He might have done better with them to frame his point in terms of “privilege”: The dispossessed working class of the deindustrialized midwest may be largely white but they know what hardship is, if not the same kinds of hardship as blacks, gays, etc. You can belong to a historically victimized group and still enjoy certain kinds of privilege thanks to your personal wealth that are unavailable to poorer whites. Essentially Buttigieg is trying to elevate class to a capital-I Identity too — something you wouldn’t think parts of the American left would need encouragement to do, but which some do need encouragement to do given how central inborn identity has become to the movement.

I don’t think he’s aiming this message at black voters, though. I think he’s aiming it at the extremely white Bernie brigades, who agree with him that class deserves a much higher priority in American politics generally and on the left especially. Watching this, I wondered what Sanders thought of it. He has a “white guy” problem in the primary too, and as an old-school lefty Bernie’s been invested in class consciousness for decades. Nothing would make him happier than for Democratic voters, especially the black Democrats who remain lukewarm about him, to dispense with identities as an organizing concept and to go all-in on class. Bernie wants to lead a working-class revolution; now here’s Buttigieg nudging identitarian lefties to give the working class at least as much attention and race, sex, and orientation get. I think Bernie would like his speech, unless it ends up with Mayor Pete poaching even more of his voters.

Whatever else you think of his five minutes on this subject here, “crisis of belonging” is a sharp phrase and an apt summary of identity mania in America 2019. Oh, by the way: In the South Carolina poll I blogged yesterday, Buttigieg took 18 percent of the white vote, good for second place — even above Bernie. Among blacks he was at zero.

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