Monday, December 14, 2015

Whinyism - The Left Just Keeps Getting More and More Annoying

The left keeps getting more and more whiny and annoying in their demands for whatever it is they think they want. These whiners don't really know what they want, except for some vague sense of entitlement. How are rational people supposed to understand what they want? I call this new trend among the left, whinyism.

Sometime in the not-too-distant past, whinyism replaced the left's attack on America and American culture. Instead of demanding their usual Marxist progressive changes to the economy, government, and social institutions, the whiners now demand that anything deemed offensive be eradicated. In their view, the world should hand them whatever they want on a 24 carat gold platter. Anyone or anything that gets in their way becomes the enemy.

Here are some brilliant examples of whinyism from just this past week.

Whinyism 1 - Uncomfortable 11th Grade Students
Mark Twain's story, Huckleberry Finn, has the dubious honor of being a top banned book in the US. Many argue that Twain's treatment of the subject of blacks is too racist for students' tender minds. Among some teachers and librarians, we should never be exposed to foul language such as the word negro, or especially nigger. (Of course, English teachers have no qualms about exposing students to the most foul and depressing language of, say, Catcher in the Rye.)

Once again, the debate over banning Huckleberry Finn has arisen, in Philadelphia schools (source). This time, however, a group of brainwashed students complained that the book made them feel "uncomfortable" and wasn't being "inclusive." The book was removed from schools in the county where those students complained.

As one school principal put it: "We have all come to the conclusion that the community costs of reading this book in 11th grade outweigh the literary benefits."

Yes, we must never allow students to be uncomfortable with any ideas contrary to progressive dogma. That is a community cost that must never be paid.

Whinyism 2 - Outraged Administrator
In Southern California, Ben Shapiro, a popular conservative radio talk show host, was invited to speak at a high school. His presentation was interrupted by an socialist school administrator who sent the students back to class. The crime? Shapiro made a comment about poor people being bad at handling money (source).

Of course, to progressives, the poor have absolutely no responsibility for themselves or their own welfare. Poor people are a monolith and must be taken care of by taxing the rich.

What struck me as whinyism, however, was the school administrator's reasons for sending students back to class. It is a mass of obfuscation and confusion:
I’m at a point right now where, quite frankly, I’m going to dismiss students. With all due respect, Mr. Shapiro, Mr. Shapiro represents a narrative that he is providing to all of you guys based off of his opinion, what he believes and what he wants to share with all of you. I know that the education was there for all of you to understand, left-side, right-side, whatnot, but also the opportunity to allow for him to impress on you some of his opinions on certain things, and I think a lesson was there for you to understand.
The lesson, of course, is that no narrative that contradicts progressivism will be tolerated. With muddled thinking like this, it's no wonder our nation's education is dying.

Whinyism 3 - What's in a Name?
At a small college in Pennsylvania, students have banded together to demand that one of the buildings be renamed (source). The building, Lynch Memorial Hall, was named after a longtime president of the college. But, of course, to the whiny, offended students, the word "lynch" has racist overtones and offends them.

Perhaps all people with unfortunate names will now be banned from society? Perhaps they will be required to ring a bell and shout "Unclean! Unclean!"? How would Jack Black respond to that? Or how about Christian Bale? Or how about the Austrian footballer Christian Fuchs? (Which of his names is most offensive?)

Whinyism 4 - Too Aryan
If getting offended by a building's name isn't a sure sign of whinyism, how about getting offended by someone's looks? Camille Paglia, a modern socialist social critic, condemned Taylor Swift in a recent article (source). Condemning Swift and her "posse," Paglia suggested that Swift "retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine."

Let's review this one. Paglia feels perfectly justified in commenting on Taylor Swift by condemning her as 1) one of the most evil political movements in the whole of history, and 2) as a doll, because of Swift's looks.

The whinyism of the left grows ever more shrill, unfocused, bizarre, and petty. Yet it is dangerous because it allies itself with politics and the power elite represented by Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama, or Nancy Pelosi. It is especially dangerous as it is now the norm within our educational system. Now that nearly every school has developed whinyism as its central doctrine, entire generations of children will grow old without ever growing up.