Friday, November 13, 2009

The Woman Who Shot Liberty Valance

Let us be candid, though most won't be. Disappointment pervades the Matriarchy that America has become tonight as it appears Sgt. Kimberly Munley, brave though she surely was, wasn't the one who brought down Major Nidal Malik Hasan. "Ballistic tests will tell the whole story -- but it now appears that it was Senior Sgt. Mark Todd who felled Hasan," according to The New York Post.

Sgt. Munley had been hailed as a hero for several days, and her story seemed to mark a rare instance of a female subduing a dangerous spree killer, an Islamic terrorist who killed ten men and three women. A blog called Feminist Legal Theory gushed: "I am enjoying the attention, praise and credit that Kimberly Munley is getting today for her courage and skill in bringing down the shooter who killed 13 at the Texas military base yesterday." We printed a bizarre letter on this site from a woman who said this: "Officer Munley sets an example for all women to be trained in self-defense and use of weapons as a means of preventing rape and domestic violence." And many said this proves women can handle combat situations as well as men.

Once again, the purveyors of a feminist utopia had the "right" story, it's just that the facts got in the way.

Sgt. Todd, you can be certain, will get every bit as much publicity and praise as was showered on Munley. Right. And I have three balls.

But, seriously, what else is new? The politicized gender milieu has spawned one "truth" after the next supported not by facts but by leaps of faith. The three Duke lacrosse boys MUST have raped that innocent black student. Jessica Lynch MUST have been captured in a heroic gunfight in which she fought off Iraqi madmen intent on raping her. Women MUST be paid unfairly, as conclusively demonstrated by the gender wage gap. Women MUST tell the truth about being raped, and rape MUST be massively under-reported. Women MUST always be the victims of domestic violence and never the perpetrators. Women MUST be every bit as capable in every way as men in every field. Males MUST be undeservedly privileged. On and on it goes. The persons who question these "truths" because they are unsupported by facts are dismissed as misogynists, their queries muffled by the crushing weight of a thousand angry prevarications.

How did the truth get so lost? It is this simple: the truth does not fit the preferred narrative.

Allow me to draw a cinematic analogy that I've used before but that fits so well. Near end of the great, elegiac lament to the passing of the old west, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," powerful U.S. Senator Ransom Stoddard, played by Jimmy Stewart, returns to his home town out west and confesses to the newspaper editor that his legendary reputation, his entire career, was based on a lie. Up until then, everyone believed that in his youth, Stoddard had shot and killed the notorious villain Liberty Valance (played by Lee Marvin). Now, at long last, Stoddard is coming clean, telling the world that Valance was really shot by a tough-as-nails rancher, played by the great John Wayne. The newspaper editor, having heard the entire story and believing every word of it, is not interested in publishing any of it.

"You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?" Stoddard asks incredulously.

The editor famously replies: "No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

This is the Matriarchy, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

A perfect real-life example of the preferred narrative colliding with facts was provided by Glenn Sacks. I will quote Glenn:

"I'm reminded of an incident that took place with my son at a skateboard park several years ago.

"I used to take my son Saturday mornings to go skateboarding, but one time when we went they were filming a children's show there. My son and the others were encouraged to be the audience/extras for the show.

"It turned out that it was one of those Saturday kids' shows, and it was about this great girl skateboarder who was the victim of boy skateboarders' sexism. The sexism was that the boys didn't believe that a girl could or would really do dangerous skateboard stunts. The boys were, of course, made to look like fools for this belief.

"I watched as they filmed the dangerous skateboard stunts that the girl would do to show what sexist idiots the boys are. A teenage girl went up to the top of a tremendously tall ramp, got on her skateboard, and bent down to begin. Then she stopped, and her stunt double came on, similarly dressed.

"The stunt double did a bunch of amazing stunts, and I said to my son, 'wow, that girl can really skate!' Then I looked a little closer and saw that it wasn't a girl at all--it was a boy dressed to look like a girl.

"In other words, the point of the show was to make fun of the boys for thinking that a girl couldn't or wouldn't do dangerous skateboard stunts, and in order to film it, they had a boy do all the dangerous skateboard stunts for the girl. Nice, huh?"

Yeah, Glenn. Nice. But of course, the point that show was making is "true" even though the show's producers had no facts to back it up.

And I have three balls.