WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 — Twitter emotional idiocy is a 2014 phenomenon started by women generally regarded as intelligent. When radical Islamist terrorists Boko Haram kidnapped Nigerian girls, First Lady Michelle Obama held up a sign that read #Bringbackourgirls.
Many female members of Congress adopted the slogan. Then the backlash came, and the ridicule was swift and harsh. The Nigerian girls were not “our” girls. We are Americans, not Nigerians. In addition to being inaccurate, the sign begged more questions. Why were these girls more important than all of the other Americans being held hostage in various nations across the globe?
FLOTUS defenders immediately claimed that hashtag diplomacy is good because it “starts a discussion.” Critics claim that discussion leads to more discussion, which leads to endless discussion with zero action. The hashtag brigade point out that freeing the girls and others means combating radical Islam. This led to one columnist creating the contra hashtag #BringbackBaracksballs.
The next idiot hashtag appeared after a crackpot went on a killing spree — not a shooting spree; he killed half his victims with a knife — murdering six people in Santa Barbara, California. Because the male killer expressed misogynistic rantings before his killing binge, the war on women was clearly in full fury (only a third of the victims were women, but never mind). The pattern was typical. Emotions trumped facts, and all men are potential woman-killers.
#Yesallwomen is the new battle cry. Four of the six murder victims were men, but the ya-ya blah-blah sisterhood had their marching orders.
Another example of Twitter idiocy comes with the new battle cry of #Checkyourprivilege. This is one isn’t just for women; it is popular with liberal, minority college students. White people should apologize for being white, men should apologize for being men, attractive people should apologize for their beauty and check their privilege at the door.
Naturally, white people who have endured hardship resent being told that their white skin makes their lives easy. Some Holocaust survivors have pointed out that escaping the Nazis is not the typical way to start a normal life. An MSNBC leftist told Holocaust survivors that their white skin gave them the privilege necessary to survive the Holocaust. Toure Neblett had no explanation for the whites burnt or gassed to death.
Neblett may or may not be a metrosexual, but he is not female. He may not be an alpha male, but he is of the male gender. An honest social scientist would have to reject the null hypothesis that Twitter idiocy is an X-linked trait. An alternative hypothesis is that it is a problem of liberals and leftists. This hypothesis may have more evidence to support it.
Hashtags are the new ribbons. Beginning in the 1980s, liberals wore a different color ribbon for every social cause. Red ribbons were to combat AIDS. Pink ribbons meant being against breast cancer (as if anyone is in favor of breast cancer). Multi-colored ribbons were meant to show solidarity with gays. The list grew and grew. Wearing a ribbon was a meaningless symbolic gesture to show concern without having to actually do anything.
Ribbons communicated awareness to other people who also wore ribbons but did nothing to solve problems.
Conservative whites can check their privilege when leftist college students check their idiocy and get real degrees in real subjects followed by real jobs.
Conservatives will not blame all women for problems created by a select group of liberal, female grievance-mongers out to libel and slander all men.
Liberalism has a long history of preaching caring and sensitivity and rewarding intentions rather than results. If it feels good, say it, show it, do it, and pat yourself on the back. Moral superiority comes not from deeds, but from holding hands across the information superhighway with other people unable to solve problems. Liberalism has become one huge chatroom where feeling bad about cancer is as good as finding a cure, as long as the words #Yeswecan are repeated ad nauseum.
Maybe liberals should be forced to pass a background check before being allowed to use social media to spread anti-social messages. They may not be too stupid to use Twitter, but far too many of them are certainly too irresponsible. Until these people actually do things that solve problems and benefit lives, no more #Yeswecan social media nonsense should be tolerated.
No, they cannot. If they could, they already would have.