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LeBron James is the most prominent athlete in the NBA – a multi-national organization that generates billions in revenue. The NBA entertains sports fans all over the world, and is a powerful force in the world of entertainment and sports. Mr. James is widely considered to be one of the best players of all time. He has also become very outspoken in the realms of politics, social justice, economic equity, and so on. Some have questioned why his ability to play basketball would lead him to view himself as qualified to speak on other matters that have nothing to do with sports. Mr. James responds to his critics, “I will not just shut up and dribble … I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important.”
While it may be true that basketball is not as important as the topics of worldly significance that he often speaks on, this does not mean that he has any particular expertise in these fields. But he continues to share his views on the matters of the day. He clearly views himself as above his occupation (playing basketball), and above the organization that made him famous (the NBA). He apparently believes that his brilliance on the basketball court translates into brilliance in many and varied other unrelated fields.
Prince Harry is one of the most prominent members of the British Royal Family – an organization of enormous historical significance that is closely followed by millions of people all over the world. He has been world-famous since the day he was born, and his membership in this exclusive club, due simply to his birth, has given him opportunities that most people could only dream of. He has also become very outspoken in the realms of politics, social justice, economic equity, and so on. Some have questioned why his royal birth would lead him to view himself as qualified to speak on other matters that have nothing to do with, um, with his area of expertise. Whatever that is. Prince Harry recently announced that he is writing his memoirs, which may seem odd for a 36-year-old who has done little in his life other than be rich and privileged. But he explains:
“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become. I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story—the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned—I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think,” he said in a press release. “I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
So humanity will soon be blessed with the insight of a 36-year-old English Prince. He clearly views himself as above his occupation (being a prince), and above the organization that made him famous (the British Royal Family). He apparently believes that his birthright as a prince translates into insights that are worth sharing with people around the world.
Pope Francis is the leader of one of the most historically important organizations on the planet – The Catholic Church. He has also become very outspoken in the realms of politics, social justice, climate science, economic equity, and so on. Some have questioned why his occupation as a religious leader would lead him to view himself as qualified to speak on other matters that have nothing to do with Christianity. But he continues to use his position to promote leftist politics.
He speaks on religion too but spends an extraordinary amount of time on topics that would seem to be beyond his job in The Catholic Church. He clearly views himself as above his occupation (Pope of The Catholic Church), and above the organization that made him famous (The Catholic Church). He apparently believes that his position as a religious leader translates into brilliance in many and varied other unrelated fields.
A basketball player, a prince, and a Pope would seem to have little in common. But these three have one prominent quality in common – they are all devout leftists.
Many leftists seem to believe that they have a deep understanding of topics on which they have little apparent expertise. PJ O’Rourke touched on this topic with the great quote, “I’m not a liberal, so I have a poor grasp of stuff I don’t know anything about.”
This really does seem to be a common trait among leftists. LeBron James. Prince Harry. Pope Francis. Greta Thunberg. John Kerry. David Hogg. Al Gore. AOC. Nikole Hannah-Jones. Leonardo DiCaprio. And on and on and on.
This says a lot about leftist leaders.
But I think it says more about leftist voters. If you listen to basketball players, teenagers, actors, and so on as voices of authority on, well, on anything at all, then you must be a leftist.
And you must be a fool.Published in