Victimhood vs. Reality: The Stratagem of the Left

Where some see cake, others see triggers.

Whole Foods has a wide selection of gluten-free triggers.

Have you heard about the gay pastor in Austin, TX who falsely accused a bakery employee at Whole Foods of writing a homophobic (still not a word, in my book) message on a cake?

Yep, apparently bakeries are a trigger for LGBT activists.

I don’t know if Pastor Jordan Brown is a LGBT activist or even a Democrat, but if it looks like rat, smells like a rat, and behaves like a Democrat, well…

From the piece in National Review by Charles C.W. Cooke:

“At one level I must confess to feeling sorry for the man: What manner of paranoia does one have to succumb to in order to believe that one is likely to be targeted by a gay-activist cake-maker in an Austin Whole Foods? At another, though, I consider his conduct to be unforgivable, and I hope that he is shooed hastily out of all polite society. Leaving to one side that he accused an innocent man of an infraction he did not commit, Brown is evidently unable to see the world with sufficient clarity to operate responsibly within it. At some point in the past, he has decided that the United States is a brutal, unforgiving, and serially ugly sort of place, and having failed to find the evidence to confirm his conjectures, he has resolved to fashion them from whole cloth. There’s a word for behavior like that, but it isn’t “love,” “acceptance” or “outreach.” It’s not “civilized,” either.”

Whether you’re pro-gay, anti-gay, or really don’t care either way, the lesson learned here for all camps is that reality isn’t being accurately portrayed. And this is going to be even more evident between now and November as Democrat operatives glom on to fairy tale victimhood stories like Brown’s and use them to motivate their base.

As I wrote in my last piece, the strategy of the Democrats will be to whip up the anger and ire of every special interest group that aligns with them. Because Leftist ideas cannot stand up to debate or scrutiny they have to be advanced by fabricating false grievances in order to the agitate the base into action, which isn’t hard since the leadership knows their base doesn’t possess even a modicum by way of critical thinking skills.

All the special interests tied to the Democrat party have their own brand of fabricated victimhood: Feminists have their rape culture, war on women, and, of course their oppressive  “reproductive restrictions” to contend with. The African-American community’s Black Lives Matter has America’s profiling, thug police forces to do battle with. The LGBT folk have marriage bans, bathrooms, and bakery discrimination to fight against. And, entering the fray, “the wage-earners” are being convinced that they aren’t getting paid enough to flip burgers (a purely Marxist strategy, BTW).

These groups are going to get loud, proud, and in our faces.

For the record, not all women are feminists, not all African-Americans are on board with the BLM movement, and not all homosexuals are militant trans-types obsessing over bathroom privileges. Oh, and thankfully, pastors engaging in gay activism are still among the minority.

Adding to the frustration, the Republicans will find themselves wasting time and sweating bullets defending their position on these fabricated issues when some furrowed-brow pundit on a news show demands it.

And the Republican can’t truthfully say that the “problem” doesn’t exist to the extent the Left is saying or that it’s simply a false narrative without being branded as a sexist, homophobe, racist, bigot, or greedy one-percenter.

Its going to be maddening to watch.

Keep this in mind during the upcoming months of this election cycle, because these kind of shenanigans are going to ramp up considerably.

Hey #NeverTrump Crowd, Before You Start Batch-calling for Hillary…

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I get it. I sincerely do. Trump was not my guy, either. And it will not be with my full faith and trust that I vote for him. But, seriously, it’s time to muster up some intellectual honesty, no small amount of intestinal fortitude, and take and look at the alternative.

People’s World (PW), the “direct descendant of The Daily Worker“, which was a newspaper published in NYC by the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) from 1924 to the 1950s, has some bone-chilling things to say about the 2016 election. But first, I’ll let PW tell you a little about themselves:

Fear-Driven Benevolence Continues to Beget Immigrant Ungratefulness

From Seneca (4BC-AD65), a Roman philosopher, statesman, and favorite of the early church fathers. You just never stop learning from the Classics.

(Note to whom he is writing. It’s too good to miss.)

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Among the numerous faults of those who pass their lives recklessly and without due reflection, my good friend Liberalis, I should say that there is hardly any one so hurtful to society as this, that we neither know how to bestow or how to receive a benefit.

Tattoos On the Heart: Being Jesus Among the Gangs in LA

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I’m on a reading binge. My nest is empty and the hub flies the friendly skies. Believe me, I’ve got the time. But reading is time well-spent, so I make no apologies.

On the docket today is Father Gregory Boyle’s Tattoos On the Heart. Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, an organization that provides training, support, and hope to “formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women“.

C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium: A Book You Should Read

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Because I love books and am of the belief that everyone should be knee-deep in at least two at any given time, I’m going to post the occasional book recommendation.

I read 17 books in 2015. That’s chump change to some, sure, but in addition to those 17 are Bible studies, backs of cereal boxes, and the People magazines at my hair gal’s place. All in all the 2015 reading feast was a veritable mix of theology, philosophy, and mind-numbing vapidity. I’m all for balance.

One of the best of these reads was Peter Kreeft’s C.S. Lewis for the Third Millenniumsix essays applying Lewis’ take on the fall of Western civilization to “our time and the future.”

I’m a sucker for this stuff.

The Color of Grace: Healing for Child Soldiers in Africa

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“What if grace were a color? What about redemption or love? I finally concluded that these words, these soulful gifts that only exist because of God, would be an array of colors too beautiful for simple words, and they can only truly be seen by living them.” ~ Bethany Haley Williams, “The Color of Grace”

 

If you would have told me three months ago that I’d be reading a book about a woman who is serving the Lord by bringing healing to child solders in Africa, I’d have said you had the wrong person. I’m a self-proclaimed armchair political pundit with no time for such sentimentalities. There are people specifically called to care about such things. I’m off the hook. America is in the throes of the most unserious political cycle in history. The people in Africa can wait.

Prayer and the Not-So-Artistic Journal

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Jonathan Edward’s journaling.

When you can’t be with the ones you love, surround yourself with the things you love. That’s my motto. Since my husband is a commercial pilot and my kids have flown the coop, I’m single much of the time these days, which means I get to hole up and indulge in my favorite acceptable forms of escapism: reading and writing.

Another bonus to the quasi-single life is that I don’t have to pick up after myself. Which is ironic considering how much nag time went into getting my kids to do said opposite.

Question of the Year: Why Trump?

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At a dinner party the other night I was asked the seminal question of 2015-2016, “Why Trump?” Thinking my inquisitor was assuming Trump was my man, I informed her that I wasn’t a Trumpkin. “No,” she said,  “I knew that. I’m just asking why you think he’s even being taken seriously.”

If Time Magazine ever did a Question of the Year, “Why Trump?” would be a close second to “Did a man really just win Woman of the Year?” The collective consternation of the American people over what seems to be a world turned upside down is palpable.

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