As any confidence man will tell you, a good swindle involves convincing people that their illusions are real. They will meet you halfway, and your suggestion does not quite meet the level of a legal promise, so you can go free, unless the law finds that you made enough of an assurance that your scam was manipulative.
In the case of diversity, the promises were made, albeit by a mixture of media, politicians, academia and mass culture voices. We were told that we could avoid becoming Hitler, that people from different groups would live in peace and harmony, that our culture would be enriched, and that the days of race riots and ethnic violence were behind us.
To read the media coverage of FBI Director James Comey’s firing on social media Tuesday night, you would have thought that the (not criminal) investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia had all been proven true, and that by week’s end, Donald Trump would be resigning, giving a pudgy little thumbs up while stepping onto Marine One for one last time. His brief, chaotic presidency would suddenly come to an end, swiftly felled by an avalanche of Twitter snark and unproven sources from journalists who believe they are the next Woodward and Bernstein.
It all began with the violent resistance that liberal democrats had to the nomination, and subsequent election, of President Donald J. Trump in November. Their opposition to America’s strengthening conservative movement, festering within the echo chambers of the mainstream media, quickly turned into a game of propaganda-heavy chaos. The so-called “black bloc” tactics being employed by these radical leftists is textbook fascism…or, more accurately, it was textbook fascism until Google quietly adjusted their definition of the term.
By now, most people have probably seen some of the viral videos from Bill Nye’s new show – the cringe-worthy “Sex Junk” rap and the just plain disturbing “Ice Cream Cone Orgy” sketch – and you might think that’s the worst of it. But you’d be wrong.
The Marvel universe has embraced diversity with a passion. And it doesn’t simply mean a glut of new characters who better represent the culture’s ethnic and gender diversity. The comic book company radically transformed its most beloved stars.
Iron Man is now a black teenage girl. Thor is a woman. Captain America is black. Ms. Marvel is a Muslim teenage girl.
And then there’s the company’s partisan storytelling, Last year, Marvel tweaked the classic villain Modok to look and sound like Donald Trump. A recent “Captain America” story cast anti-immigration foes as the villains. More.
It was a huge hit with everyone but the readers. As Marvel’s VP of Sales David Gabriel recently whiffled,
What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales.
Reality check: We believe it even if he doesn’t. Readers’ tastes hadn’t changed at all. The company was being pressured by Correctness thugs, and the thugs are not the market.
This helps us see why political correctness eventually requires government control even of trivial media. Just think, lots of jobs for junior jackboots once they graduate from assaulting the profs with whom they disagree.
Note: Comment of the week, below: Wonder Woman and Rogue were actual characters, not props for Social Justice. If the clowns running Marvel can’t tell the difference, there’s no hope for them.
You’ve heard the news, we’ve reported it for months, that fearing the Trumpster, migrants are flooding to the Canadian border into Prime Minister Trudeau’s waiting and welcoming arms.
Here we have PBS interviewing a couple of Africans who feared if they stayed in the US, Trump would be rounding them up to return them to Africa. Their tales of woe are transparently and obviously fishy!
What the author, and the New York Times, fails to mention is that Barghouti was sentenced in 2004 to five consecutive life sentences for coordinating a series of terrorist attacks on Israeli law enforcement and civilians, including a failed suicide attack that only killed the attacker.
“Mike ran out of family long ago and is survived by his ex-wife and best friend, Teresa Elliott,” the obituary read. “Though their marriage ran aground, their friendship only grew stronger and hers was the last voice Mike heard. And the last thing she said to him was ‘Donald Trump has been impeached.’ Upon hearing that he took his final, gentle breath, his earthly work concluded.”