September 2, 2004

Just Your Average American

I love it when card-carrying Upper Westside Wackos like Donna Leiberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union proclaims "We are not some fringe lunatics, we are the people. We are the mainstream of America!"

It makes me feel good to know that even after years of abuse, Prozac is still working for people like Donna. It confirms my judgment that people like Donna have been so nuts for so long that they actually think the life they lead is normal. I'm all for extending and heightening this delusion for as long as possible so that their crack-up after the looming November Bush Blow-Out will be permanent.

Over the years I probably attended more than two dozen Civil Liberty Union parties and somewhere, to my shame, I probably have a sheaf of cancelled checks. Between the cocaine, the marijuana, and the booze found and served at these little autofornication festivals, I can assure you that at no time did the word "normal" enter my thinking when discussing the parties. Among the many

qualities and mental malfunctions to be found at the gatherings of New York's media elite and certified intellectuals, 'normality' is the one thing in very short supply. I could go on in detail about the late night in the late 70s that involved six qualuddes, a cup of ether, and an ounce of cocaine at one of these events, but since some of those people are probably still alive and still lawyers, I'll keep the details to myself.

Donna made her assertion of normality at a rally in which: Feminists Compare Bush's 2000 Election Victory to 'Savage Rape' -- 09/02/2004

Yes, we're just normal, sane Americans who can't tell the difference between Al Gore deserving to lose and 'savage rape.'

According to the report, Donna spoke to a crowd of similar normal individuals:

The crowd carried signs reading, "Keep your politics out of my vagina," "The religious right is neither," "I don't want a president who believes that I am going to hell," "Keep your God out of my government, keep your laws off my body," and "War is not pro-life."
People who believe that politics can be found in the vagina may be normal, but they do have issues. Likewise those who, having no viable religion since the death of the Soviet Union, have determined that nobody else should be allowed to have one either.

Major Owens, a Congressman, also told the same rally that "the Bush administration 'spits on democracy' and is leading the country down a path reminiscent of 'Nazi Germany.'" Owens is probably up for re-election and couldn't resist appealing to this hotbed of normalcy.

Posted by Vanderleun at September 2, 2004 2:21 PM
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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

History will one day record the long, sad decline of political rhetoric from Cicero's speeches to bumper-sticker and demonstration-sign slogans.

The Left isn't alone in reducing thought to bite-size chunks, but it's particularly prone to it. You get the feeling there are a certain number of word zingers that are virtually interchangeable, like that novelty where you put magnetic words on your refrigerator and rearrange them in any pattern your whim suggests.

Would anybody at the rally have noticed or remarked on it if the signs said, "Keep your war out of my vagina," "God is not pro-life," "The religious right is savage rape," "Keep your president off my body," etc., etc.?

Posted by: Rick Darby at September 3, 2004 8:03 AM

Odd. I thought the complaint about the religious right was that they were religious, not that they were not.

Can't the signmakers toe the party line? Such inefficiency, comrades!

Posted by: Sigivald at September 3, 2004 9:55 AM

2 quick comments re: those "normal" people and their worldviews -

- I'm sitting on a park bench and a man and women, each with their dogs, approach each other. He pleasantly smiles (apparently expecting "doggy" chitchat, etc.), she archly inquires "is it a male?". He hesitates but finally understands that she's asking about his dog and says "...yes". She looks over to me and, in a theatrical aside, says "oh, we're very impressed". Meanwhile, not hip to what's going on, his dog starts to invite her dog to play. Her dog has what looks like a petite-mal seizure. She defiantly avers "she doesn't play". The man (and his dog) look confused. She then proudly delivers her full manifesto. "She doesn't play - she interprets all assertiveness as aggression." My question is, what did she do to help her dog get through these issues?

- a woman swipes her MetroCard at the subway turnstile but it doesn't scan properly so the display helpfully responds "reswipe card at this turnstile". She's dithering and starts to go to the next turnstile, so I say "reswipe the card where you are so you don't get charged for 2 fares." She looks at me like I soiled her karma. I then more fully explain "if you move to a different turnstile, the old reading will stay, and the new one will be read and you'll be charged for 2 fares." She answers in a wounded, quavering voice "I'm just trying to understand what you're saying to me." It's important for some people to constantly state how un-technological they are (in touch with Lilith, et. al.)

Oh, these people probably have political opinions, too.

Posted by: Keith at September 3, 2004 5:40 PM