Many years ago, I went out on a date with a woman who was a pretty “out” DFLer. Public employee union member, second generation DFL activist (at least), and predictably emotion-driven in her approach to all things political.
We went out 3-4 times – “dates” that almost always involved being out with quite a number of her friends, and an amazing paucity of one on one conversation.
Nonetheless, when “fish or cut bait” time came along, she said “I’m just not sure I can trust you to be kind”.
Bear in mind, nothing about me or my senses and practice of kindness, charity or anything of the sort had ever come up. But my conservatism had. Literally, the only thing she knew about me was the stereotypes she had of conservatives.
It was, if unwittingly, one of the nastiest things anyone’s ever said to me.
I thought about that when reading this New York Magazine piece about women who are abandoning relationships and marriages in a flurry of “Lifetime Network”-caliber pique and huff…
David Thompson fisks one of the interview subjects to a fine sheen – go and read it – but that was by no means all:
[the writer] goes on to share other tales of bedlamite sorrow. A woman named Samantha complains that her husband of 25 years, a fellow lefty, has “much less rage” than she does, specifically about “white privileged men,” and doesn’t wish to spend every evening equally infuriated by the existence of people whose politics differ somewhat. “Anger,” says Samantha, is her “de facto mode.” Though she’s trying to “get rid of it through therapy.”
A Brooklynite named Betsy boasts that “cultural change is like a steamroller. It flattens distinctions, and some people will get hurt,” by which she means men falsely and maliciously accused of rape, before adding, “and I’m okay with that.” Betsy and her husband are currently in counselling.
Another lady named Sarah tells us that her marriage became unsustainable “after the 2016 election, when I ramped up my political activism.” Sarah’s husband is described as “completely aligned” politically, a feminist, even, albeit one who doesn’t care to spend every waking hour raging about politics. “Talking about the Trump election,” says Sarah, “makes me more emotional than the end of my marriage.” And presumably, more emotional than the thought of her children losing the stability and reassurance of a family structure. But hey, priorities.
It’s not a new, original observation to say that progressivism is to the left what faith is to the cultural right. Far from it.
But some parts of “progressivism” are becoming downright cult-like.
SIDE NOTE to Minnesota Republicans fussing about “Sharia Law”: Progressivism will destroy this nation long, long before anything else will.