Rick William Elkin was born in Pasadena, California,
I wrote recently about how Republicans Are Dogs, and by implication, Democrats Are Cats. In a general way, I do think the analogy holds up, but where I see a significant divergence is with Progressives.
I know, Progressive is the New Ultra Liberal. The term Progressive sounds more modern more educated and by inference, more socially advanced. The term Liberal became too pejorative, too passive, too attached to less activist leaders like Martin Luther King, JFK and Jimmy Carter.
There are still some more moderate and less obsessive mainstream Democrats, who view the world as bigger than themselves, with room for disagreement, discussion, and possibly compromise. Progressives marginalize them as relics of the past.
I believe most ‘Democrats’ still view themselves as open minded, inclusive, peace-loving and engaged. They embrace marriage, in its broadest sense. Most Democrats have Republican friends. You have seen cats and dogs that are affectionate with each other? Well, there are many Republican/Democrat couples, Mary Matalin and James Carville for example. Their life/political strategies are diametrically opposed, but they respect each others intellect, and give space to their differences with humility.
Where Progressives differ from mainstream Democrats is that they aren’t interested in being inclusive, tolerant or engaged. They are singular, insulated and elite.
Progressives reject marriage, period. The institution of marriage, for example, to a Progressive is a prison sentence, and the job of raising children is demeaning.
Progressive writer Amy Glass thinks women are fooling themselves to think raising children is an important job or that managing a ‘family household’ is anywhere as difficult as building a professional career.
“Men don’t care to “manage a household.” They aren’t conditioned to think stupid things like that are important…Women will be equal with men when we stop demanding that it be considered equally important to do housework and real work. They are not equal. Doing laundry will never be as important as being a doctor or an engineer or building a business.”
It makes me wonder, where was Amy’s mom during her formative years? Her anger and resentment and dismissive attitude toward any woman who isn’t ‘career’ oriented gives the impression she suffers from a sense of abandonment.
Nope, as carefree and independent as they profess to be, Progressives aren’t Cats.
Progressives are more like Black Widow Spiders. They live in, and are perfectly happy to stay in, their home spun world. Their web of insulation allows them to ignore accountability, judgment, and standards. In fact, they associate ‘standards’ with a bourgeois straight jacket, especially for women.
They may hook up with a partner for purely selfish reasons, but the relationship is doomed right from the start. At some point, the Spider becomes a Black Widow.
It is hard to name a strongly Progressive couple who have maintained a life-long relationship.
In her piece called ‘Successful Women Don’t Fall In Love,’ Amy ‘The Black Widow’ Glass gleefully states "I am in love with myself, in love with building my work, which will outlive me, and in love with proving people wrong, the ones who told me what I couldn't do– be happy and secure and the center of my own world."
A few days ago a woman in North San Diego County awoke to find a stranger standing at the foot of her bed. She screamed and the man bolted. He was subsequently arrested and the officer found a half-eaten quart of ice cream, taken from the woman’s freezer, in his car.
Now imagine if this situation had gone like this…
“What are doing in my house?”
“I like your house.”
“I don’t know you! Get out of my house!”
“I deserve to be here. I am not leaving. In fact, I have already put my clothes in the bedroom closet.”
“I am calling the Police!”
“Oh, by the way, when you go to the grocery store, buy some ice cream. I ate what was in the freezer. We’re out.”
Jeh Johnson, the Obama appointed Secretary of the Homeland Security Administration thinks all 11 million illegal immigrants deserve a chance to stay in the country and become full-fledged citizens, despite having clearly demonstrated contempt for our laws.
“It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we are as Americans,” said Johnson, speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors held in Washington DC. “To offer the opportunity to those who want to be citizens, who’ve earned the right to be citizens, who are present in this country…”
In his mind, successfully evading ICE and acting like you belong here ‘earns’ you the right to stay.
So if we follow the reasoning of the Secretary of HSA, the guy who fled the bedroom, jumped in his car and was unfortunate enough to get got caught with a half empty ice cream container would have been much better off to pull up a chair in front of the TV and make himself at home.
He earned his way into the family, didn’t he?
By now you have all heard about Meryl Streep’s crazy attack on Walt Disney while honoring her good friend Emma Thompson at the January National Board of Review awards ceremony.
Her words have now completely eclipsed what for Emma was an enchanting night. Worse yet, her condescending and slanderous comments were, predictably, wrong.
(If you want first hand evidence of just how wrong Ms. Streep was, follow the link below where a longtime former employee, sets the record straight.*)
As for me, I am not surprised by Ms. Streep. She has a reputation for knee-jerk activism. Remember the Alar apple scare of 1989? Her claims that a chemical used to sanitize apples called Alar could cause cancer and birth defects caused millions of dollars of damage to the apple industry. Later, Science Magazine studies showed her claims were massive over reaction, not supported by any direct, collaborated scientific evidence, and were based on rumor.
Attacking Walt Disney as a bigot is over-the-top disgusting! Meryl Streep, as good an actor as she is, can't carry Walt Disney's jock strap!
Walt Disney has had more positive influence in my life than any other worldly man. And I would be willing to bet, I am not alone.
As a 5 year old, I spent the greatest day of my life at the Grand Opening of Disneyland in July of 1955.
At Frontierland, I rode the Mark Twain Riverboat. At Adventureland, we took a Jungle River Cruise that scared the heck out of me. In Tomorrowland, I was an astronaut on The Rocket To The Moon, and drove a car at Autopia! And the most incredible of all, the Submarine ride at Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
I went home and made a deal with my Dad to buy a piece of real estate in the corner of our yard to build my own version of Disneyland in the dirt. He wrote up a deed and I gave him some money from my piggybank. My first real estate deal at 5 years old!
Our family watched every single episode of Disneyland on Sunday nights. We looked forward to sharing Walt’s visionary ideas and great storytelling. I was inspired to draw cartoons by Goofy; seriously!
The weekly show went on to be the longest running primetime TV series in television history. It’s main sponsor, Coca Cola went on to be the most widely distributed and consumed beverage in the history of mankind. Walt Disney Studios is the largest media conglomerate, in terms of revenue, in the world. I have often wondered, is that a coincidence?
I put Walt Disney in a class by himself. The depth and width of his imagination and influence, in art, music, film and TV entertainment, protecting and appreciating the environment, understanding foreign cultures and practices, far exceeds Steve Jobs, Oprah, Ghandi, Mandela, Gates, Carnegie, Henry Ford, or even The Beatles!
The Disney Brand encircles the World, and continues to stimulate the minds of children and adults with futuristic ideas and exciting amusements, not to mention its worldwide dominance in animation technology and film making. Disney inspired products are serving third and fourth generation families, enjoyed equally by men, women, children and adults in hundreds of languages.
The Walt Disney Legacy of Inspiration…creative thinking!
Disney opened the doors of imagination in many kids. Kids who grew up to become rocket scientists, submarine captains, racecar drivers, cartoon animators, special effects engineers, and ecological conservationists who were inspired by a trip down the Jungle Boat river ride.
The man and his team of writers, artists, musicians and choreographers reached into the inner chambers of children’s minds and gave them permission to dream, and even more importantly, to pursue and build what you dream!
Walt Disney made the intangible tangible. Think about that…
I feel sorry for Ms. Streep. I can only hope she might get an attitude adjustment by spending a day or two at the Happiest Place on Earth.
*To hear the point of view of one of Walt’s oldest artist employees, read ‘Sophie’s Poor Choice’ at Floyd Norman’s blog…..
The Wolf of Wall Street elicits a lot of laughs. Most come at the expense of the victims of the immense fraud depicted in the movie. Like so many Hollywierd movies, the crooks are made to be the sympathetic characters, and the victims are shown as dimwitted, disengaged fools.
Unless, of course the crooks are Big Tobacco or Big Oil.
Martin Scorsese knows how to sell tickets. But to me, movies like The Wolf have a lot in common with Rap music; gratuitous, violent, over-the-top and vulgar, on purpose. Audiences feast on it like wolves.
But beyond that, some of Hollywierd's most popular and influential stars, Leonardo DiCaprio, for example, then go out and reinforce the same wrong headed Glorification of Creepdom thinking it makes them 'cool' I guess.
I really miss stars I could look up to.
I am definitely a dog person. So I can see how someone might come to that conclusion.
I like dogs because we have a win/win relationship. When I call my dog, she comes to me because she wants to. She needs me and I need her. We’re family. Dogs want to be loved. I know a few Republican Senators who want to be loved, but they seem a little too needy. They tend to be RINOs (Republican In Name Only).
Dogs tend to run in packs. They instinctively accept the need for order. Dogs are loyal, in the same way Republicans are loyal to the Constitution. Like me, they are creatures of habit; when they find something works, they do it over and over, like bringing you the Frisbee. They just know you are going to throw it again!
Dogs prefer the outdoors where there is space to run, play, bark and dig. Republicans populate the wide open states like Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and Montana. Their trusty dogs help them round up cattle, ducks and geese. Republicans like to shoot guns, hunt and fish, ride horses and dig for oil.
Democrats are like Cats. They are wild, independent and selfish. They talk about love a lot, but are weary of it, because it means giving up some of their independence. It is the Democrats who push for gender blurring, freedom from responsibility legislation. Legalizing marijuana, government paid abortions, and all sorts of nanny-state rules about smoking on the beach, protecting darter snails in mud puddles, are all trademarks of Liberal legislatures.
Cats don’t work much. Ever heard of a ‘seeing eye’ cat? However, cats will give up freedom for security. That’s why they make great indoor pets. Give them food and comfort, a nice soft sofa to sleep on, and leave them alone, and they are purr-fectly content.
Democrats need many group constituencies to form a coalition to win elections. Like cats, these groups have very selfish agendas, so they wouldn’t get very far if they had to win elections alone. But, like cats, Democratic constituencies are very clever; they strategically form alliances to serve their greater need, and use their group power to buy favors. Unions have learned how to herd cats; they wave dollar bills in front of them.
There are some rather telling statistics that go along with my line of thinking. A survey found that 9 of 10 states with the highest ownership of dogs went for Romney in the 2012 election. But 4 of 5 states with the highest cat ownership went for Obama. Of course, the high density states like New York are cat states because of their urbanization.
I live in California, the state that elected Ronald Reagan as Governor. But that was many dog years ago….now we have the Ultimate Poll Cat for Governor, Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown.
After watching the MSNBC Films ‘Witness to Jonestown’ I was struck by the obvious question: “Are Liberals literally unable to see the forest for the trees?” Did anyone who works there read Animal Farm?
How can a media outlet as liberal as MSNBC actually research and produce a documentary about the Peoples Temple and the Jonestown Mass Suicide and not make the connection that those people were simply a more desperate version of their own broadcast demographic?
The tone of the documentary is that the Jonestown Mass Suicide was just ‘such a tragedy.’ The surviving witnesses speak of their friends and relatives who died as ‘brilliant’ and ‘kind’ individuals, just trying to live their lives in a ‘meaningful and compassionate’ way.
The survivors portray the Jim Jone’s Cult as a collective community of environmentalists, conservationists, caring and sharing men, women and children who got caught up in a sinister and sick movement that they were simply victimized by.
I am not trying to marginalize their lives in any way, but it is a little hard for me to see how lefties like those at MSNBC can’t recognize the Jonestown Cult’s systemic similarities with all extremist groups who view themselves as victims, who withdraw from society at large, who demonize their opposition, who homogenize their constituents and employ personal humiliation, degradation and indoctrination techniques to exercise control.
The Peoples Temple Church was the very essence of leftist collectivism, Marxism, Communism, and Facism. Their ‘retreat’ they called Jonestown might as well have been called Animal Farm. The pogroms and policies of Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao’s Red Guards, the Nazis SS, the Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge, the Cuban Revolutionaries all employed similar tactics to control and command their people, just as Jim Jones succeeded in seducing families to ‘drink the tea.’
In a similar, but less sinister vein, Democrats appeal to minority groups by painting them as victims of the rich and powerful; they appeal to the young by focusing on their compassion for the environment, their idealistic chorus of ‘Make Love Not War,’ and to the disenfranchised who are looking for a handout or any sense of ‘belonging.’
This was, for the most part, the profile of those who joined the Peoples Temple. It is also the voter profile Democrats recruit. They are, for all intensive purposes, the voter who went for Barrack Obama, believing the ‘Hope and Change’ mantra would actually change the world for the better.
Democrats appeal to mostly irrational fears:
Talk show host Michael Savage has called Liberalism a mental disorder. Perhaps the Jonestown Massacre is the ultimate outcome when the disease goes untreated and metastasizes.
Over a decade after Jonestown, after spending hours interviewing the survivors, researching the major players, and how they were able to conscript support from many local ultra-liberal political and cultural leaders and after reconstructing the events that lead to the Mass Suicide, it appears the producers at MSNBC are still unable to ‘see the forest for the trees.’