I don't often wade into politics here, but it's probably no surprise that like most non-union mariners (and, quietly, I expect, a majority of union mariners too, shhhhhh!) I'm conservative, and tend to vote Republican, despite the trope about the Democratic party being supporters of the working man. Which, in their defense, they absolutely used to be, way back when, but not now.
Anyhow, this isn't about that.
It's about an interesting supposition I've heard bandied about lately, about populist liberalism and moral and physical cowardice.
It goes like this, and it may be utter bullshit, but does tickle my pickle in terms of sounding plausible.
It seems like liberals, at least modern American ones, are big on capitulating to power, and choosing very carefully exactly who to submit to in terms of appeasement, and whom to protest.
To wit- look at religion and religion. There's no secret that radical(ish) elements of the muslim faiths are practicing slavery and genocide wholesale, while violently killing people of all other faiths, while destabilizing pretty much the entire world in the process.
Look at Christian bakers and judges, who get in the news and get death threats for not wanting to be included in supporting gay marriage.
Protests: Pervasive and rabid.
Funny thing about Christians- while making up a massive majority of the population of the West, (About 70% is a very conservative estimate), Christians will virtually always prosecute, incarcerate and sometimes even execute others of their faith for harming a non-Christian.
Muslims? Well, not so much. But they might feel bad about it sometimes, if asked. Westernized muslims will not necessarily agree with this, as integration helps.
But look at the constant capitulation by liberal-identifying subgroups, who have made Muslims a protected minority. There's a valid argument that this IS capitulation, that fear is the prime motivator. Why else would you capitulate to a group that hates you and is enslaving and actively attempting to do you harm? Why make those who practice evil a protected class?
Name one muslim society that is defending their religious minorities because it is the right thing to do, rather than politically helpful. Those days are passed, if they ever truly were.
A protester who is going to make noise about a damn bakery shop's business practices isn't going to get beheaded for it.
A Christian hate group, like those dingleberries at the Westboro church, gives birth to multiple counter-protest groups who promptly drink their milkshake, even though the worst thing the Westboro assholes use as weapons are harsh words.
Look at the outcry and internet heroism when a conservative actually HIT a liberal. With his hand! Which was Closed!
Contrast with the furor when a muslim went on a mass killing spree in good old Blighty, using a machete because of badfeels.
Yeah, bet you forgot about that one, huh? Certainly didn't stay in the news long.
But oh my fucking God, someone doesn't want to make a cake for a gay wedding! This is news! This is awful!
You get the idea. There's a pretty good argument to be made that the Liberal set feel inclined to protest only when it's safe to do so. Get some blood on the streets, thought, and it's like Rudyard Kipling said:
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
Also, don't give me shit for being well read. I work on a damn boat. There's fuck-all to do on my off watch.
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