...for there were no more Liberals to scapegoat.
Ha! Just kidding.
There are always more Terrible Liberal Conspiracies that someone out there will pay some superannuated True Conservative pedant to whinge about.
But it is a signal event in history of the Collapse of Conservative Public Intellectualizin' when both David Brooks and Andrew Sullivan (who is not a blogger anymore so shaddap!) scurry right past the whole Conservative Beverly-Hillbillies-Meets-Gremlins hellscape that is the maladministration of President Stupid...
...to glom onto exactly the same Liberal Crime Against Civilization on exactly the same day.
First (as I have already written about extensively today) we find Mr. David Brooks of The New York Times blaming a small handful of college campus ruffians who yell mean things at speakers for single-handedly causing the Rise of Trump and the Fall of Western civilization .
You think I am kidding you?
I am not kidding you.
...On American campuses, fragile thugs who call themselves students shout down and abuse speakers on a weekly basis. To read Heather MacDonald’s account of being pilloried at Claremont McKenna College is to enter a world of chilling intolerance.In America, the basic fabric of civic self-government seems to be eroding following the loss of faith in democratic ideals...
See how Mr. Brooks mashes up two things that don't have anything to do with each other in order to reverse-engineer the group he viscerally loathes above all others (Dirty Hippies) into the cause of the problem which vexes him most (President Stupid)?
But what makes this worthy of mention again today is Andrew Sullivan's devoting fully half of his entire blog post today (it's not a blog so just stop it!) to a self-indulgent, privilege-reeking screech on exactly the same, trivial subject:
I’m happy to say that, the week after Easter, the Free Speech Movement just rose from the dead! Yesterday afternoon, Berkeley reversed itself and decided, after all, that it would allow Ann Coulter (I know) to speak on campus...You have to think about those left-wing students today, as so many of their successors focus not on opening up a space for free speech of any kind, but on policing it with ever more diligence. The Coulter Kampf followed the mob attack on Charles Murray and his host, professor Allison Stanger, at Middlebury College, who is still in physical therapy for the concussion she suffered. It happened immediately after the successful sabotage of another talk scheduled to be given by Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna College, in California, earlier this month. A student mob there did not gather to defend her right to speak, but rather to make sure she couldn’t.The campus left, having once pioneered the idea of free speech, is now, sad to say, its most dedicated foe. And this is not some random student foolishness. It’s the logical consequence of an ideology actively taught and encouraged by faculty at elite colleges all over the country: that the power structures of a racist-sexist-ableist-queerphobic etc. society are so oppressive that non-p.c. speech is the equivalent of violence, and so must be shut down. The very existence of marginalized people is allegedly at stake.
He goes on and on like this because I suppose when the only tool you have is a pampered, cosseted life permanently walled up inside of the stale, forsaken Conservative intellectual bubble...
...every problem looks like a Dirty Hippie.
As for me, out here in the middle of Middle America where the likes of Brooks and Sullivan fear to tread, I'm just trying to keep body and soul together and keep the kids from being completely terrified that the president of the United States is a lying racist lunatic who gets his marching orders from Fox and Friends. I'm a million miles away from the rarefied concerns and financial incentives of coddled Conservative Burke-offs and forelock-tuggers.
Just a simple, everyday working stiff who feels about Ann Coulter very much as Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues felt about Illinois Nazis...