Thursday, April 1, 2010

Off topic: Liberals: help the victim, even if the victim doesn't fit your 'victim metanarrative'

Read this piece that Robert Franklin cited: Boys and young men: A new cause for liberals (A crisis that needs to attention of American liberals)

It is a sad fact of life that liberals don't care about boys, even though boys need help, because boys don't belong to a victim group. This writer, a self-proclaimed liberal, has seen the light. Here was my comment, which I posted at the original article:

Depressing statement about liberals

Submitted by Pierce Harlan on April 1, 2010 - 2:18pm.

The writer feels conflicted about helping boys because, apparently, he feels only far-right Christian misogynists care about boys, even though they need help.

Now, seriously, doesn't that say a lot about liberals, and none of it good?

Here's a cinematic analogy. Near end of the elegiac lament to the passing of the old west, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," beloved U.S. Senator Ransom Stoddard (Jimmy Stewart) returns to his home town out west and confesses to the town's newspaper editor that his legendary reputation, in fact his entire career, was built on a lie. Until then, everyone believed that in his youth, Stoddard had shot and killed the notorious gunslinger Liberty Valance (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 John Wayne.

But 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?" Sen. Stoddard asks incredulously.

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

And so it goes here: We're progressives, sir. When the facts interfere our victim metanarrative, print the victim metanarrative.