Itâ€™s that Chinese curse, â€œMay you live in interesting times.â€
Lately Iâ€™ve been getting lots of outlandish parodies from my huge research staff, which calls itself â€œthe Internet.â€ Hey, stop sending me all these goofy parodies, â€œInternet.â€ Just the facts, man.
The latest is a press release from the New York chapter of NOW, the National Organization for Women. It reads like a spoof of group-identity politics. It blasts Senator Teddy Kennedy for endorsing Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton. I quote:
Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedyâ€™s endorsement of Hillary Clintonâ€™s opponent . . . has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him . . . And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! Heâ€™s picked the new guy over us. Heâ€™s joined the list of progressive white men who canâ€™t or wonâ€™t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton. . . .
Geez, what a crude satire of the notion that an individualâ€™s accidental group affiliation is far more important than the content of her character, or her ideas â€” assuming that even the most blinkered partisan of groupthink canâ€™t grasp the impossibility of playing both the gender-identity card and the racial-identity card in this situation. And what about â€œthe womenâ€ who donâ€™t support Hillary?
Er . . . except itâ€™s not a parody. Itâ€™s an actual press release of the New York chapter of NOW. Theyâ€™re serious. Yikes.
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.