The Politics of Low-Hanging Fruit
May 21, 2011 3 Comments
As noted in my previous post, Mark Steyn nails the Left vis. Israel:
[T]his is, I think, the pansy left’s view of the world, that if you…have two parties to a negotiation [and] one party wants to kill the other party…then you’ve got to put pressure on the party that doesn’t want to kill each other to make concessions, to keep throwing in enough concessions in the face of the beast that wants to devour it.
This brings to mind Victor Davis Hanson’s “Two Californias”:
How odd that we overregulate those who are citizens and have capital to the point of banishing them from the state, but do not regulate those who are aliens and without capital to the point of encouraging millions more to follow in their footsteps. How odd — to paraphrase what Critias once said of ancient Sparta — that California is at once both the nation’s most unfree and most free state, the most repressed and the wildest.
Steyn and Hanson have both touched on something we have probably all noticed at one time or another, in disparate forms.
The same Leftist mindset that reacts to a hamfisted comment by an obscure Canadian functionary with “Slut Walks” ignores the systemic brutalization of women and religious minorities by Islamists.
The same nanny state yahoos who would install calorie counters on our refrigerators if they could, defend the wholesale butchery of the unborn.
The same panty-bunched, perpetually-outraged, affluent Marxist-wannabes who hear racist dog whistles beyond Fido’s upper auditory range, think nothing of permitting Mexican Mafia-directed ethnic cleansing against blacks to occur a few neighborhoods away; nor do they appear to be much troubled with unfettered illegal immigration that impacts low-income blacks and (legal) latinos the hardest, or with MS-13 terrorizing latino areas.
If you play by the rules, they make more rules for you. If you ignore the rules, you’re “oppressed” and left alone to do as you will, to whomever you will, as you see fit.
The politics of low-hanging fruit: control the law-abiding in every conceivable aspect of their lives, but cede wide latitude to lawless thugs and so-called “oppressed.”