Something has been bothering me ever since I wrote yesterday’s piece on Joe Biden and "the trotting out of the women."
My view on the #MeToo Movement certainly has not changed --- I still think this whole PC business is setting women back decades by making men paranoid about even being in the same room with us. How are we supposed to get ahead at work when men are constantly afraid of being slapped with lawsuits? On the other hand, if it hadn’t become so rigid and political, it could have been a huge force for good, as no woman in the workplace should have to indulge her boss’s disrespectful behavior in order to advance at work. No one wants to go back to the working environment of “Mad Men” --- except for the teakwood paneling and cool shag rugs, but I digress.
But something else was nagging at me, not just #MeToo, and I couldn’t put it into words. Heather Mac Donald’s appearance on Wednesday’s Tucker Carlson show helped me figure out what it was.
Mac Donald described the modern PC world as one in which “there’s no forgiveness, there is no acceptance of differences, of behavior --- we’re all supposed to be for diversity, right? How about accepting the diversity of an older generation that has a different style of engagement, that has not been terrorized into frigid self-criticism by the feminist harpies that cannot understand that there are different human beings, there are different ways of relating to people. This is going to end normal human intercourse as we know it if they are allowed to get away with this.”
She implicates Biden in helping to bring in and solidify the very campus PC culture, rape culture and war on due process that, ironically, is victimizing him now. In a way, she thinks of his current problem as a case of “turnabout is fair play.”
“What’s at stake here,” she says, “is the livability of human society. Young people have to understand --- [with] old people, people have to be a little flexible. But the feminist world view is brittle, it’s intolerant, it’s unforgiving, and it’s utterly narcissistic. These females are saying their world view, their subjective experience, should be now the norm for everybody else, regardless of whether it is objectively reasonable what their interpretation is.”
In other words, what matters is if THEY get triggered, not you. What THEY feel about any interaction you have with them, not you. And they get to interpret it any way they want. Your behavior will be controlled according to their whims.
Mac Donald warns about going down that PC path, because, as she says, “there’s gonna be a whole line of Republican politicians who deserve to succeed who are gonna have photos taken of them when they’ve got an arm around somebody...”
The concept of “consent,” she says, once novel on college campuses, has now been taken so far that it’s even being applied to platonic touch, as with a daughter who objects to her mother hugging her because she didn’t get consent. This is where we’re going, towards a completely sterile world of superficial interaction.
As I’ve said many times before, leftists ruin EVERYTHING!
As a singer of romantic old jazz songs from before my time, I deeply lament the unromantic age in which we live. Romance was for older generations, not us in 2019. Today’s kids are culturally deprived. Today it’s trashy hip-hop, fleeting hook-ups, social media, mandatory genderless pronouns and campus consent forms. It’s a strange, cold combination of the Junior Anti-Sex League and abortion in the delivery room. Whatever happened to “Some enchanted evening...you may see a stranger...”?
But as far as I’m concerned, this is the worst problem of all: The criticism of Biden’s cluelessness inevitably comes down to his age, when it shouldn’t. Leftists see an OLD guy. (White, too, which makes it worse.) As Tina Brown put it, he’s from the “crustacean period” of gender relations. In this time when diversity seems to be the most important thing of all to leftists --- much more than wisdom, intelligence, competence or experience --- diversity of age is not valued. Just the opposite; it’s something to be avoided, along with all other reminders of the past. Lip service is sometimes given to it, but that is all. Older people need to move out of the way; it’s so much easier to get a group that thinks as one when everybody’s about the same age.
Clearly, when Biden grasps the shoulders of a 13-year-old girl and whispers in her ear, he really does look like the cliché of a creepy, dirty old man, and he’s got to bring himself to understand the discomfort such behavior causes. (The fact that this hasn’t been made a serious issue until now tells me this really is all about politics.) In his mind, he likely does not mean his actions in a perverted way, but that’s the way they come across. No matter how friendly he wants to be with new acquaintances, he absolutely can’t be the slobbering puppy dog he wants to be. And all young girls need to know that no one, not even someone in a position of authority like a former Vice President, may presume to invade their personal space like that.
Given that, Mac Donald helped me understand that the Presidential race is being viewed as a generational thing, when it should not be. Anyone who says the Presidential candidate needs to be “young” and “fresh-faced” and needs to act in just the right PC way and express everything in just the right PC way and phrase his repeated apologies for being old (and white and male) in just the right PC way IS EVERY BIT AS BIASED AND INFLEXIBLE AS THE DINER OWNER IN 1952 WHO WOULDN’T LET BLACKS EAT AT HIS LUNCH COUNTER. It’s called “ageism,” you hypocrites. YOU, “progressives,” are the prejudiced ones for looking at people this way, and history will show you for what you are.
Here’s the irony of this “diversity” garbage: that what leftists want isn’t diversity at all, just variations on their one overarching politically-correct theme, offered up in fixed proportions of skin tones, hair textures and sexual orientations, but, underneath, disturbingly alike. No diversity of thought, no diversity of expression. Liberal as he is, maybe an “old” guy like Joe Biden just doesn’t fit with their idea of people with whom they prefer to associate.
This makes it sound as if I’m defending Joe Biden, when the very idea of that is surreal, as I do think he’s far too familiar with women and girls and I absolutely do not want him to be President. But as I hope my original commentary made clear, there are other, bigger reasons for not wanting him to be President, and these have nothing to do with his age, his generation or even his wandering hands. They have to do with positions he’s taken, indefensible things he’s said, and potential involvement in some pretty huge corruption scandals in China and Ukraine. But it must be said to “progressives” who are all excited about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: People of Biden’s age belong to a great generation that I think we should all be sad to see go.