Our President has been consistently regarded by the dinosaur media as the “smartest guy in the room” regardless of whoever else is in the room. He and his sitting Cabinet Secretaries inspire awe in the media for their intellects, with particular emphasis on Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, our Secretary of Energy.
We have it drummed in our ears that these people are the best, the brightest, the most empathetic and caring that this nation can offer.
The inference is, of course, that ordinary citizens should just sit back and not worry our pretty little heads.
We absolutely should not worry ourselves over things like taxes, deficits, the national debt, illegal immigration, security along our southern border, the fact that we are currently involved in not one, not two, but (count ‘em) THREE wars, that the costs for us to drive our cars, heat our homes, power our factories and deliver our food has doubled in the past 24 months and any control over our personal healthcare will be disappearing in the not too distant future.
Why should we not be concerned over these things? Because the wunderkind in the White House and his equally brilliant Liberal / Progressive / Democrat staff have the situation well in hand. Ask them, they’ll tell you all about it.
Of course one has to ask, if one is still uneasy about the situations that we’re told not to be concerned about, are the people making these decisions, and addressing these problems qualified? Yes, they have multiple degrees. Yes, they are all graduates of prestigious universities. But are they rational, or are they deluded ideologues?
An article in the London Telegraph caught my eye this morning, although in all honesty after reading it I forced myself to double check the URL for the site, since I was convinced that it originated with The Onion.
A group of what appear to be Liberal/Progressive academics in Britain have founded a new publication – The Journal of Animal Ethics. Now, before leaping to a conclusion that this academic journal concerns cruelty to animals in the sense of physical cruelty to domestic animals whether or not they are to be slaughtered for food, take heart! That’s not what it’s about at all. It’s apparently about hurting an animal’s feelings be referring to yourself as a pet “owner” or referring to an animal as “wildlife.”
This is not fiction, sadly. Apparently these folks are in earnest.
The Telegraph excerpted a few short sections of the editorial that Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, a theologian and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and Professor Priscilla Cohn, of Penn State University wrote for the first issue of their new Journal:
“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers.”
“Again the word ‘owners’, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.”
“We invite authors to use the words ‘free-living’, ‘free-ranging’ or ‘free-roaming’ rather than ‘wild animals’
“For most, ‘wildness’ is synonymous with uncivilized, unrestrained, barbarous existence.
“There is an obvious prejudgment here that should be avoided.”
Absolutely, let’s not be judgmental! There can be no exceptionalism allowed in the animal kingdom, any more than it can be allowed to exist among human societies. All creatures are created equal, and to treat any creature differently than you would treat another is the worst form of discrimination and bigotry.
That Great White shark, moving toward you at 30 miles-per-hour with its teeth on display is probably only greeting you with a happy smile. Don’t you dare prejudge him (or her).
These are perfect illustrations of the L-P-D idiocies that motivate the ruling class in Washington, who are also graduates of prestigious universities, and in many cases have been professors at similar universities, just as Professors Linzey and Cohn.
It is also the reason that I, speaking only for myself, will not stop worrying anytime in the near future about where we are going.