WASHINGTON, April 21, 2016 — In 1897, journalist William Fitzgerald described America as a “land of real humor, of ingenuity, of resource. When some important political or other event agitates that great country, topical side shows spring up with amazing promptness.”
Fitzgerald was referring to the lusus naturrae (freaks of nature) among us, exploited for profit by such American entrepreneurs as P.T. Barnum.
“When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show,” said comedian George Carlin. “When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.”
That observation was underscored in a recent editorial appearing in freak-show America’s newspaper of record, the New York Times:
“The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is the first federal court to affirm the Obama administration’s position on this question. The Department of Education and the Department of Justice have asserted in individual cases that barring transgender students from using restrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity violates Title IX, a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.”
In other words, on questions of objective reality—concerning such fundamental distinctions as dark from light, soft from loud, short from tall—male from female is subject to the sex-reassignment surgeon’s scalpel and the imagination of their gender-confused patients.
Not recognizing this freakish new reality is now, apparently, a violation of Title IX “civil rights.”
Former All-Star pitcher and ESPN commentator Curt Schilling sparked controversy by re-posting a meme to his Facebook page showing a man dressed as a woman and bearing the caption, “LET HIM IN! to the bathroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.”
Greek philosopher Aristotle’s Law of Identity states: A is A, a thing is what a thing is, having a distinct nature. His Law of the Excluded Middle states: Everything is either A or not A—something cannot be both A and not A.
Or, as Ayn Rand famously said, “The law of identity does not permit you to have your cake and eat it too.”
Schilling paraphrased Aristotle and Rand in a more down-to-earth way, “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
ESPN spared Schilling the firing squad and instead just fired him.
In his defense, Schilling’s son Grant took to Facebook, “While I will say he’s not well informed in the modern LGBT+ culture, I can assure you he’s made great strides to understand people today.”
Understanding the modern American freak show requires abandoning objective reality in favor of the bizarre and peculiar bounce-house of Aristotle’s Excluded Middle.
In J.D. Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey,” Zachary “Zooey” Glass says, “We’re freaks, that’s all … We’re the tattooed lady, and we’re never going to have a minute’s peace, the rest of our lives, until everybody else is tattooed, too.”
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, with six of its liberal justices appointed by President Obama, along with an easily frightened corporate America, demand we embrace the American freak show and its skewed definitions of reality.
And they won’t rest until “everybody else is tattooed, too.”