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As I was wandering through the news headlines this morning, I came upon an item that recounted MSNBC “journalist” Joy Reid’s interview with Pete Buttigieg. Don’t ask me how the topic came up, but Reid took Buttigieg to task for a recent tweet of his that said, in part, that America needed a president shaped by “heartland” values. Poor Buttigieg did not anticipate her response which was that the word “heartland” was “like a dog whistle for white voters.” When I read that, I thought of a recent opinion piece by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal that said in part:
The past decade saw the rise of the woke progressives who dictate what words can be said and ideas held, thus poisoning and paralyzing American humor, drama, entertainment, culture, and journalism. In the coming 10 years someone will effectively stand up to them. Their entire program is accusation: You are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic; you are a bigot, a villain, a white male, a patriarchal misogynist, your day is over. They claim to be vulnerable victims, and moral. Actually they’re not. They’re mean and seek to kill, and like all bullies are cowards.
Although I agreed with Ms. Noonan, the thought struck me; do we really have 10 years before this woke progressivism renders this country incapable of any intelligence in any field? We can look back on any number of watershed moments in American history. Take, for instance, Joseph Welch’s masterful rebuke of Sen. Joseph McCarthy (“At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”), which many historians believe was the turning point in the history of McCarthyism. Would the woke progressives (or even those less woke) even recognize such eloquence? More importantly, would they even want to recognize it? I’m not so sure.
I want, with every fiber of my being, to believe that we have not descended so far into chaos that we can still preserve this republic. However, when I see the idiocy of Ms. Reid and hundreds of those like her, I cannot help but think that we, as a nation, have been educated far beyond our intelligence.