Kathy Shaidle

What keeps Oliver Willis up at three in the morning?

Posted on November 11 2009 9:00 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Oliver Willis (photo courtesy of Oliver Willis)

Today’s leftists are convinced that harmless adjectives are actually coded curse words. If you describe someone as “gay” or “black,” even if that happens to be a relevant aspect of your story, you’re a “homophobe” or a “racist.”

Such pointless gnostic “code breaking” helps leftists conveniently avoid dealing with real social problems, while providing them with the thrilling illusion that they’re performing a brave and necessary public service.

The craving to experience these little frissons of self-righteousness never sleeps, it seems. Around 3AM this Veterans Day morn, Media Matters‘ Oliver Willis was sufficiently roused by outrage to object to an AP reporter’s description of President Barack Obama as a “novice Commander in Chief.”

Which he is. As Willis himself allows. But that’s not the point, dammit! The point… is… uh… that same reporter once gave John McCain a donut. With sprinkles.

Ah well. ”In a real dark night of the soul,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, “it is always three o’clock in the morning.”

How long until Willis objects that “dark night” is racist, I wonder? And don’t get him started on “soul.”

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