I came upon this quote by Theodore Dalrymple. Its applications to the general state of the Commonwealth are many:
“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” ~ Theodore Dalrymple
I want to talk about the new moral busybodies. They make the famed “Religious Right” look like pikers. They’re everywhere, and you can find them attacking what they call “religious bigots” every time the subject of conscience rights come up. They often casually assert that there’s a balance that needs to be sought between “religious rights” and “anti-discrimination.”
I don’t know whether this false dichotomy its intentional or reflexive, but what it is, is disgusting. I don’t want a “religious exemption” for people who assert that reality is favorable to government’s fantasies, I want everyone to enjoy the fruits of living in the light without being told they are morally suspect.
When Did Churchgoers Become Villains?
It must be horrible to go through life thinking everyone who goes to a church hates you. When did the people who run the majority of the world’s food drives, anti-poverty programs, and charitable efforts become the bad guys?
Officialy Imposed Dishonesties are not Heroic; Opposing them is not Villainous:
When did repeating obvious lies become the only moral good the government imposes on people? When did people become so morally empty that they join every crusade for “equal rights” and fluff themselves up as white knights for the oppressed, when they didn’t even know the claimants of those rights existed 5 minutes ago?
I sometimes get criticized for being “against” things rather than “for” them. What I’m FOR is leaving people alone to conduct their affairs in peace. Governments keep passing laws -which are enforced by people who can legally rob you of your property and throw you in jail – that do not leave people alone, and do not allow people to speak against those laws without the presumption of moral failure. Lots of these laws are getting passed, all the time. If I don’t speak out now, I guarantee you the only way I’ll be able to speak out is like Martin Luther King Jr. who had to make his arguments from a jail cell.
Human history is not the story of freedom ringing without cost, it’s the story of armed conflict followed by eternal vigilance. So if I’m pessimistic it’s because I notice trends, and humanity doesn’t trend upward when governments impose the favoring of fantasy over reality.
So instead of fighting “toxic masculinity” like MTV or “religious bigots” like all the newly minted moral crusaders, I’d rather spend my time pointing out the obscene stupidity of all these laws and mock the empty fakery involved in supporting them. The bathroom law the governor is about to sign is stupid on its face, and turns every woman who acts in the interest of her own personal safety into a potential hate criminal.
Conclusion: Bad Law is Bad Law:
This law is unnecessary. Not a single person who is struggling with their identity is benefited by the massive attention brought on this matter, because all this has done is put the majority of the population on alert for subtle differences and behaviors. This law is rife for abuse exactly from the people who would abuse it, because it shifts the burden of proof from the person entering the space for nefarious reasons to the person acting in their personal safety. The person entering the bathroom for the purposes of using the bathroom was already doing so, often without attracting any notice whatsoever because bathrooms were not presumed to be the likely scene of a hate crime. This law changes that presumption.
So the obvious lies being pushed to promote this legislation – that it’s about “fighting discrimination” or “equal rights” – deserve to be rejected and fought. I will do so. A pity if that lowers my estimation among the moral rent-a-knights and political operatives, but at least I stand for truth instead of fantasy. This law doesn’t help people. This law makes personal safety more difficult. This law creates an exploit for the worst actors in society.
This law deserves a veto, but it probably won’t get one.
There’s still time. Maybe if I boo the Governor loud enough he’ll consider doing the right thing?