We have, of course, the transgender news wherein D-list celebrity and former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner has himself chemically and surgically altered to become Caitlyn Jenner. The media is all buzz about his/her great courage in "coming out" to the "fact" that he is really a she (never mind DNA). Didn't the Kinks sing something along these lines many years ago? Of course, when the Kinks sang about sexual misidentification it was all in fun, "Well I'm not the world's most masculine man/But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man/And so is Lola."
Now, of course and alas, we must take it all so seriously, and see the freakish as the norm. I like the touch thrown in whereby Jenner claims to be a Republican . . . right. It is all so fake and so powerful. And therein lies the core of today's cri de coeur.
I have written (here and here) how progressives are masters at distorting words and redefining them so that they no longer are even close to their original meanings. "Liberal" and "gay," of course, are probably the most such distorted words. Words are the ammunition of discussion and debate, and if one side is allowed to select the ammunition, well, the ensuing discussions and debates are to be expectedly one-sided.
Just as the bullets are altered so we also find repeatedly that the announced target of progressive wrath is not the ultimate target. The target is altered. The simplest example of this is the battle over requiring identification at the voting booth. We heard all sorts of lachrymose tales of how such a requirement suppressed black votes. It seems, in progressive world, that black Americans are simple poor rural folk who live tens if not hundreds of miles from any place where they might get an id card of any sort. They, in addition, are just too stupid to get these cards. Requiring id, therefore, means not letting black people vote!
This, of course, is utter rubbish; the real purpose behind doing away with voter id requirements comes across our southern border every day. It is to allow aliens to vote. These aliens will be made wards of the state and of the progressive controlled electoral machines. As blacks decline in demographic importance as voters, they must be replaced. What better than millions of bitterly poor people from Mexico and Central America? These people will not only clog the voter rolls, but keep progressive social workers employed, progressive community organizers active, and fill the schools with students--benefitting the progressive education industry which will demand ever increasing amounts of money to handle the poor poor folks.
We see a classic example of how this works in what at first blush would seem an unlikely locale: Nevada where a Republican governor successfully pushed a massive tax increase through a conservative legislature. What was the reason for this sudden need for huge amounts of money? Let's turn to the Mainstream Media for an explanation,
Nevada's Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, secured an unlikely victory when the conservative state Legislature approved a huge tax increase at his urging as part of a plan to boost education spending.
The $1.1 billion package raises taxes on businesses and cigarettes, and it makes permanent a $500 million bundle of temporary payroll and sales taxes. <...>
The tax increase will allow Sandoval to pump millions of dollars into programs for poor students and children learning English. The state has lagged behind others for years in education rankings and on school funding, but it has consistently rejected efforts to raise revenue.