Then a buffoonish rapper Kanye hijacks a music awards show, to scream out that he prefers the loser to the poor embarrassed winner, standing mute before him with the trophy. But how can the audience that honors the violence and degradation of hip-hop / rap, then be outraged that they get a live version of such crude behavior before them of what they buy on CDs?I guess this narrowly qualifies as not completely idiotic since Kanye West did talk about how George Bush didn't care about black people, but it's not like the liberals liked what he did. Umm...
Plus, in an article that is ostensibly about how uncivil the left is, he not only includes such red herrings as the West bit, rehashes the Dan Rather memogate, and the "Chicago political style". Seems like something they're throwing that around a lot--I don't get it. Obama isn't Mayor Daley, he's not really corrupt, and Michelle Malkin's book might sell to the dittoheads but this is as bizarre, insular, and fruitless an attack as the one about the Czars, or the Census, or whatever Glenn Beck has been thinking about today.
The weirdest part of the article is that I'm not quite sure what his argument is. Here are three quick quotes from the piece:
- "The truth is that a new generation of boors has come of age without sober wise people to teach them how to act. A Rep. Stark or Rep. Wilson, whether left or right, were Sixties people, a generation known for its hip crassness and uncouthness."
- "The Left is now furious that, as the new establishment, the rules of discourse are not more polite. But from 2002-8, they (Who are “they”? Try everyone from Al Gore to John Glen [sic] to Robert Byrd to Sen. Durbin [sic -- parallel construction]), employed every Nazi/brown shirt slur they could conjure up. NPR’s folksy old Garrison Keiler [sic -- does PJM even have an editor?] was indistinguishable from mean-spirited Michael Moore in that regard."
- "The solution, of course, is for the majority to simply say enough is enough, and declare a personal code of decency: 'I will not stoop to smear and slur, won’t interrupt a speaker, won’t call anyone a Nazi, won’t do to others what they’ve done to me.' Only that sort of code will end the craziness."
So, basically, Davis Hanson has now hit the wingularity. Godspeed, Vic.