WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 — America can’t be taken seriously. The world’s greatest power has degenerated into a TV sitcom with rogues like ISIS and China providing the laugh-track. Consultants serve our political parties the same way the Nielsen Media Research company assists the nation’s commercial television networks.
According to Howstuffworks.com, “Nielsen uses a technique called statistical sampling to rate the shows—the same technique that pollsters use to predict the outcome of elections.”
Television networks probe the popular imagination in search of commercially successful hits, just as political parties survey the lowest common denominators in the hunt for “winning issues.” If Big Brother or Survivor is a hit, you are guaranteed a dozen copies, all slavishly following the same formula.
You say you like Masterpiece Theatre but you watch the Kardashians, you get more of the Kardashians.
As on TV, so in politics.
So what happens when a political party decides to “fundamentally transform” the social and political attitudes of its people in service of its fringe constituencies?
You get what happened last Wednesday in Washington.
As President Obama addressed a group gathered at the White House to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, one of the invited guests interrupted him.
“President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop all deportations,” shouted Jennicet Gutiérrez.
“Hold on,” said an obviously perturbed Obama, wagging his finger.
Gutiérrez added that it was impossible for him to celebrate LGBT Pride Month while 75 transgender illegal immigrants languish in the custody of ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
“Hey. Listen. You’re in my house,” said Obama. “You’re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this. I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Shame on you, you shouldn’t be doing this.”
Obama then turned to one of his security minions, “Can we have this person removed, please?”
LGBT attendees, suddenly put on the spot, were forced to choose sides. “Obama! Obama! Obama!” they chanted.
Unlike most of the mainstream media, the Huffington Post knew a man-bites-dog story when they saw it and tracked down the presidential heckler to get a quote.
“I am outraged at the lack of leadership that Obama demonstrated,” said Gutiérrez, a transgender woman who came to the U.S. illegally when he was 15 years old. “He [Obama] had no concern for the way the LGBTQ detainees are suffering. As a transwoman, the misgendering and physical and sexual abuse – these are serious crimes that we face in detention centers. How can that be ignored?”
Gutiérrez tagged the letter “Q” at the end of LGBT. It stands for “Questioning.”
It turns out that Gutiérrez is co-founder of an organization called the Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement. A portion of its mission statement reads, “We are here to help re-vision a new world founded on the principles of self-realized and self-determination.”
If Gutiérrez is “questioning,” it’s because he’s confused. And not just about his gender. He thinks, as do most of the political left, that the smaller, stranger and noisier your political pressure group is, the more influence it should have when it comes to remaking the nation in its image.
When Obama promised a fundamental transformation of America, it had nothing to do with gay liberation or “the war on women,” transgender or otherwise.
If you’re an environmentalist, in favor of same-sex marriage or another of the Democratic Party’s Cirque du Soleil pantheon of bizarre constituencies, you’re just a dupe, a simple sap to be used and discarded by the power elites who view you as nothing more than a vote. And a wasted one at that.
And once you’ve served your purpose, don’t be surprised if you hear the imperial voice of your fearless leader say:
“You’re in my house … Can we have this person removed please?”