(by guest blogger Morgan K. Freeberg)
Bruce Kessler's zombie metaphor, which I linked earlier this morning, got me to thinking about a spirited discussion in which I participated yesterday, the subject of which was Mitt Romney's statement about "binders of women" and Cenk Uygur's "fact check" about it:
Now watch this from beginning to end, and take note of two things in particular that Mr. Uygur doesn't really know: One, that the advocacy group really twisted Gov. Romney's arm to hire these binders-of-women, and he never would have done so otherwise; and, two, that when people "weren't looking" anymore, the Romney administration went on some kind of bloodletting binge and fired the women. His entire debunking rests on these two things, which he doesn't know. Being a proggy means you get to make up stuff.
What's this got to do with zombies? Well consider the case of President Obama Himself: You may have noticed He's a black guy. Which is great, because for years and years now we've had these cut-rate bargain-basement science fiction shows on the teevee screen and in the movies, where they show us how futuristic and modern and way-off Utopian their little imaginary world is, by having a black president of whatever. See? It's the future! You can tell because the president is a black guy. No way would we have anything like that in the next hundred years, so this must be the future. So patronizing and so stupid...well...Obama does deserve credit for this much, that's over and I'm glad to see it go.
But the left-wing in our country, doesn't think it's over. This is what it has to do with binders full of women.
- One, talking-point: You know, I don't think the country is ready for a black/woman/gay/Asian/Native American [whatever] of [whatever].
- Two, reality: We get one. In a sane universe, this refutes One. Oh my, looks like we were "ready" for a black president after all.
- Three, zombie-undead-talking-point: Yeah, but it never would have happened without [advocacy group or associated movement] so you see, when all's said & done, we still have such a very long way to go.
That's the zombie spell. That is how the dead argument keeps going. "Yeah, but your arm had to be twisted, you never would have hired her if we didn't make ya." Welcome to the land of the undead.
See, there's something that's been going on over the last several decades: America's left has been in a frantic search for some kind of way to act put-upon and oppressed at all times, even right after managing to get exactly what they wanted. That's because most of the time when they get what they want, it's as a result of acting put-upon and oppressed. It's understandable, really. They don't want to have to trade in next month's paycheck in order to cash today's.
And so we have the zombie minority-hiring argument. Hire more minorities! Uh, okay all right...we did. You did? Well yeah but -- you never would've done it if we didn't make ya. Our raging incurable case of GoodPerson Fever takes precedence over your case of GoodPerson Fever.
Lost in the bloody apocalypse is the honest and simple point that we shouldn't be having any "binders of" anything anywhere, except just-plain-people. I'm not sure how we lost sight of that. Just like a zombie plague, it's happened so fast, and here we are trapped in a shopping mall with zombies clawing at the windows, and nothing left in our arsenal except a weed whacker. Hire this-or-that minority, contract him, elect him, appoint him, accept his application for enrollment...nothing's solved, nothing's settled, ever, because we have made the mistake of attaching the livelihood of a loudmouth to the situation where the problem remains unsettled. So we have the national desire to move past something, but we lack the will. Headshot the zombies again and again, they just keep coming.
Maybe the solution is as simple as: Everyone who ran off at the mouth about how maybe America isn't ready for a black president -- should issue an apology. Admit they were proven wrong. Once that is done, perhaps all the libs who are trying to run with this "Romney wouldn't have hired the women if his arm wasn't twisted" nonsensical argument, will feel some measure of shame and realize they're on the wrong track...uh...yeah, that'll happen.
Cross-posted at House of Eratosthenes.