Tuesday, August 14, 2012

VDH: Our Best and Not So Brightest

Victor Davis Hanson takes a look at our media and academic betters.

"In most of these cases, the above are servants of the progressive cause. They operate on assumption that they are our self-appointed censors, vigilant to spot class, race, or gender bias and unfairness among those less well-branded. But as our morals police, they do not fear any policing of themselves."

And then:

"In short, our top pundits, our political elites, our very president all believe that they can blast the unfairness of high capitalism while doing everything in their power to enjoy its dividends — and demand an ethical standard from others that they habitually do not meet themselves. It is as if the more left-wing one sounds, the more anti-left-wing his tastes; the more the ethicist lectures on morality, the more he is likely to be unethical; the more green an advocate, the less likely the 800-square foot cottage replete with recycled water, a solar toilet, and 70-degree hot water."

Rush Limbaugh has pointed this out in the past.

Whatever a leftist screeches about, it tends to be a more accurate reflection (an actual reflection) of his or her own personal failings and personal Achilles heel.

It's important not just to examine the content of the criticism but as always, who it is coming from.

Ditto (heh, see what I did there) for advice.

Take not advice from the rotund fitness instructor.

Get not your hair done by the lady-man with the butch buzz cut unless you are going into the army.

Don't get your make-up done by the lady wearing that horrible brown lip liner that is darker than her lipstick.

Don't take parenting advice from people without kids, or marriage advice from the single.

You've gotta walk the walk, not just talk the talk for me to take you seriously.