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Last night my wife and I were at a dinner party for a friend’s birthday. We got on to the topic of what everybody was watching on the telly, which is to say, what we were streaming on our various devices because nobody likes to sit through commercials and everyone likes to binge watch.
The guests were all from a small liberal arts (and I do mean liberal) college from Maryland called Goucher, just west of Baltimore. This group have a bit of the ol’ Leftist moral superiority about them in that they went to college, do not go to church, and go out of their way to overcorrect their accents when they talk — it’s quite comical to hear, actually.
One of the shows brought up was “The Newsroom,” the HBO original that features Jeff Daniels as an old-school news anchor who is also a Republican, but is utterly fed up with the face of the Party being Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann types. I was told that I might actually “love this show” to which I politely stated that “I had heard it was good” in the hopes of moving along. But they persisted, all knowing that I am a Republican — well, a Conservative who votes for Republicans who are not wimps. So they began to explain to me what it was about.
My retort was that it was a show that was full of excrement which raised the gaggle’s hackles. I explained that their assumptions about who is the face of the Republican Party is just wrong and the writers of the show do not have a clue what they are talking about because they do not know people like me so they have to caricature us.
This brought about the quip, “but Robert, you are a smart Republican; surely you don’t identify with the Tea Party?” Leading another to claim, “right, the Tea Party is the Taliban wing of the Republican Party.” This is where I sternly asked if they could name for me any Tea Party member who wants to throw acid in the face of women who want to go to school. Of course they could not, but there was the attempt to say that many of them wanted to. Again that was met with the claim that what the speaker was saying was more reminiscent of what comes out of the other orifice.
So what does it mean to be a “smart Republican?” Does this mean that we actually have no principles and just smile politely when we hear the absolute crudest of people in society besmirch the country and those who make the country work? Does it mean that we trash fellow Republicans in front of Leftists, which I do, but in a manner in which they too trash them? For those who are quick to bestow upon one the title “smart Republican,” can they actually point to a “smart Republican” in elected office so that we might have an idea of what type a Republican is “smart?”
I tried to make the point last night that one cannot take the word of those who know nothing about the people they denigrate when it comes to explaining who it is they denigrate. The writers for “The Newsroom” have no more knowledge of what it is to be a Conservative as I do for what it means to be a Martian, so how on earth would they know who is and who is not the face of the Republican Party?
I made the point that if I were to claim that Cynthia McKinney, the former Georgia Democrat House member who in 2002 on the floor of the House accused the Bush administration of knowing that 9/11 was going to happen, was the face of the Democrat Party, it would not be a fair claim. I would be taking the most extreme example and saying that was the mainstream. Their attempts to make Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin the face of the Republican Party is also off-base because neither one hold any sway with the Party leadership and not much sway with the Party voting base.
It’s rare that I actually confront the sheer idiocy that can come from our friends on the Left. Usually I just smile politely and ignore it and wait for the next topic of conversation to come up that is actually more entertaining and jovial. For some reason I did not pull back on this one. Perhaps it’s because the message to “The Newsroom” is that folks like me, who simply want the country to be as free for our children as it was for us, are the real threats to the country. Or that being compared to a rabid bunch of Satan worshipers like the Taliban simply because we want a limited government that doesn’t sanction the wanton murder of children in the womb of their mothers proves that there can never be any compromise with such people and therefore they must be defeated. One thing is certain: I don’t know exactly how the Left defines “smart Republican” but if it means sitting back and allowing those types of accusations to fly without defending myself then it seems more stupid to me.