WASHINGTON, February 15, 2018: We live in a new age. A time that can only be described as magical. Move over “Age of Aquarius,” this is the age of gender and self-identification.
Sex-changes usually required long periods of psychological evaluation, followed by radical surgery. Today one only need “self-identify” and, presto change-o, your gender is one of 50 trendy new hybrid identities. A number limited only by a lack of imagination.
An imagination advanced by the transmitters of popular culture: Hollywood and the news media.
Who can forget Rachel Dolezal? She rose through the ranks to eventually head the Spokane, Washington, branch of the NAACP.
That all came to an end with her parents, who are both white, revelation that Rachel is in fact, white.
Last March, Dolezal told NBC’s TODAY,
“I don’t identify as African-American, I identify as black. I am part of the pan-African diaspora.”
Which only exists in her mind.
But with politics being the “art of the possible,” and with the mid-term elections just around the corner, race will soon become the next fungible standard.
The Pocahontas problem
The reason? Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, of course.
It’s more than likely Sen. Warren will become the face of the Democratic Party, endorsing her party’s congressional candidates in the 2018 midterms ahead of her likely presidential run in 2020.
But Warren has a problem. A “Pocahontas” problem.
During her student days, Warren either listed her race as white or as nothing at all. But when she taught law at the University of Pennsylvania, Warren suddenly discovered she was part Native American.
While teaching at Harvard University, the administration revealed in its twofer – a female and “first woman of color.”
CNN, a leader in Fake News
CNN cites a 2012 National Public Radio (NPR) report that claims “a genealogist traced Warren’s Native American heritage to the late 19th century, which, if true, would make her 1/32 Native American.”
But even CNN admits, “The legitimacy of those findings has been debated.”
So, you ask, what proof has she of noble aboriginal heritage?
“Family stories. This is what my brothers and I were told by my mom and dad… this is our lives. And I’m very proud of it,” Warren told NPR.
Her critics, which includes the man in the Oval Office, have had more than a little fun with Warren’s imaginative cultural appropriation. They dubbed her “Fauxcahontas,” a moniker Trump will beat like a war drum throughout the 2020 presidential campaign in the same way he did “Crooked Hillary” in 2016.
The increasingly deranged left is prone to telling tall tales. Example: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” said President Obama in defense of his unworkable, authoritarian health care monstrosity.
Remarkably, none other than the New York Times stepped in to rationalize Obama’s big lie:
“Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that.”
Yes, Obama’s linguistic stretch was a matter of syntax and not veracity.
Its 1984 in 2018
In the appendix to his novel “1984,” George Orwell called Big Brother’s medium of expression “Newspeak.”
In Orwell’s dystopia, describing the world around you has nothing to do with reality. Language is simply a malevolent dictatorship’s means to put forward its…
“… world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees… to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought – that is, a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc [the English Socialist Party] – should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.”
Since Orwell’s term “Newspeak” is totalitarian in connotation, our cultural wordsmiths have given it a much softer and less threatening designation: “political correctness.”
But it was Gloria Steinem who once said political correctness was “invented by people in social-justice movements to make fun of ourselves.”
Today, the gender – self-identity joke is on us.
If engaging in self-identifying, make-believe is problematic these days, thank the man in the White House. President Donald Trump owes much of his electoral success to blunt talk and an unwavering refusal to engage in Orwellian Newspeak.
However, in the spirit of Elizabeth Warren’s imaginative flight of fancy, I have a declaration to make. Since my shirt has a pocket – voilà! – I self-identify as a kangaroo!