Yes, you. You know who you are.
You’re liberal; an academic, perhaps, or a writer/journalist/opinion-shaper of some sort. You spout the liberal line (I’m not really sure whether you really believe it, or just realize that it’s a good gig that pays well) to your adoring audience, who gobble it up and regurgitate it to others ad nauseum.
This I can deal with.
What I cannot deal with, what I cannot comprehend, is the dangerous mentality that sometimes accompanies basic liberal elite thinking. The mentality that actively wishes harm on our country and its citizens–all in the name of progress, of course.
First and foremost among those execrable examples of human waste is the extremely unamiable James Wolcott, who not only roots for hurricanes to strike, but also bemoaned the fact specifically that Hurricane Katrina didn’t actually kill enough people:
“Casualty figures are often high-ranged at the outset, dropping as the smoke and water clears. But any number substantially higher than 3,000 dead presents a political and symbolic dilemma for the most avid advocates of the War on Terror…”
3,000 dead seems to be the cut-off point between simple politics and deep symbolism for Wolcott.
In line right behind Wolcott is Joel Stein, who famoulsy wrote in the LA Times that he doesn’t support the troops:
I don’t support our troops. This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car…
“…[W]hen you volunteer for the U.S. military, you pretty much know you’re not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So you’re willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism, for better or worse.
Our latest entrant into this cadre of evil-wishing liberals is the despicable Paul Krugman, whose Tweet yesterday wishing that the East Coast earthquake had been far worse, was apparently a hoax…
…but who said pretty much the same thing about Japan’s earthquake back in March:
And yes, this does mean that the nuclear catastrophe could end up being expansionary, if not for Japan then at least for the world as a whole.
Krugman also recently called for a fake “space aliens” scare to stimulate the economy:
…[T]here was a “Twilight Zone” episode like this in which scientists fake an alien threat in order to achieve world peace. Well, this time, we don’t need it, we need it in order to get some fiscal stimulus.
Really, what in the heck is the matter with you people? If government would get out of the way, there are plenty of folks who are just itching to expand, hire, start new businesses, and do all the things that are really necessary to get our economy back on its feet.
People who wish for disasters and actively scorn those stalwarts who keep this nation safe are the dregs of the dregs, and why they have such public platforms to spout their opinions, I really couldn’t say.
But am I out of line by gently hoping that their chosen disaster comes and gets them personally?