The Donald J. Coyote syndrome

Wile E. Coyote must have eaten quite a lot of roadrunners in his time, even if not that roadrunner. Sylvester has to have eaten his fair share of birds, even if he never quite gets to Tweety. The big bad wolf may not have eaten those three little pigs, the ones with the clever oldest brother who built his house of brick, but he has certainly eaten his fair share of others. These are all extremely robust animals, whose fame rests on their role in never actually finally despatching their movie co-stars before the camera. But each looks very well fed and each is strictly a carnivore.

But these are just cartoons, right? Unfortunately it is a mentality that goes far wider that has helped to infantise the American public. The rest of this is a reflection on a movie we have just seen. No spoilers here, since I have now deleted the title having seen that knowing which film it is doesn’t affect what I want to say. Although this one is at the extreme end, there are many examples now showing from which you can learn that harm that shallow sentimentality has caused political judgement.

But this is not a movie review; this is a discussion of the American left as represented by its insistence that all film endings be Hollywood endings. In a Hollywood ending, whatever might be the set up, everything works out fine. Probabilities and reality have nothing to do with plot lines. Audiences must have endings that do not upset them. Reality must never intrude. No lamb is ever torn to bits by wolves. No bird is ever devoured by cats. No chicken is ever eaten by a fox. No one is ever harmed by members of protected minority groups.

You might say that movies are movies and the real world is something else. Everyone knows the difference and movies are just for escapism, right? Except that politics as presented by the media has now become a form of escapism as well, and the editors of our media organisations understand the kinds of news that must never be reported since it would upset the delicate fake news narratives in which everyone is classified as either victims or villains. Some groups are Wile E. Coyote and others are their victims, and if you are the first, everything you do is bad, and if you are one of the second, then you are presented in the most positive way possible.

It may well be that humankind cannot bear very much reality, but the left cannot, it seems to me, bear almost any at all. The left, in their delusion that they are making a better world, are the creators of a large measure of the political evil we find, but even so, demand that they are never presented with an accounting for the horrors they have helped to create through their passive acquiescence. They are determined never to have to confront the evidence and consequences of their misjudgements, and the mainstream media fully intend to conspire with them in ensuring the problems they cause are never brought to their attention.

And while it hardly needs saying, anyone whose political opinions are influenced by the megastars of the entertainment industry will pay a very high price in the end. Whether known for their acting or musical performances, these people have no education of any kind in any of the major issues on which they pontificate, they know next to nothing about reason and logic but build their careers on their ability to fake emotion and provide surface impressions, and are so insulated from every form of harm that they cannot imagine what the world is like for ordinary people. Lindy Chamberlain had some idea of what a hard life can be like. Meryl Streep has none at all.

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28 Responses to The Donald J. Coyote syndrome

  1. herodotus

    Has Hollywood noticed that their lefty-agendum-driven plots lose money? That should be number one, two and three in their limited attention spans. Making money is all they live and strive for. When will they tap into the zeitgeist, or should I say rightgeist?

  2. iamok

    BAM. Suck that Hollowood.

  3. Tom

    That’s an excellent final paragraph, Steve. Hollywood is a fairytale and the left believe in fairytales — which would be fine if leftist ideology was a bedtime story and not a vicious witchhunt that destroys the lives of ordinary people. In the past 12 months, leftist denialism about the real world and the left’s Stalinist fanaticism have become so extreme that there can only be hard landings for their zombie disciples. I am feeling the pain of this personally in a family member who gets her political “information” from Facebook.

  4. Ross B

    Hard to gauge what independent thinkers all these Hollywood a-lister types are. What with their rising and gushing in unison as Streep layered it on with the worlds most well worn Hollywood trowel. She’s a saint I reckon. How else can someone convert every champagne in the room to Kool-Aid.

  5. .

    Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn did not look impressed.

  6. J.H.

    Meryl Streep gave a convicted pedophile a standing ovation at the Academy Awards…. and so did the entire auditorium of Hollyrude morons. They stood and cheered Roman Polanski wildly when he won an Oscar in 2003.

    These people have no moral or logical compass…. They castigate Trump for “Grabbing the Pussy” of a consenting woman…. But they’ll wildly applaud a convicted Pedophile and absconder.

    These friggin’ people are weird….. truly weird.

  7. L inden

    I think Rita Panahi’s piece in the Herald Sun (Melb) today was as good as any demolition job done on Meryl Streep, and her acolytes in tinsel town,

  8. sfw

    I was a keen fan of Bugs Bunny and all the rest, loved the early Disney shows. However I knew that the they were unreal and that the real world is different. I shot and killed rabbits, caught fish and killed them and ate them. I think s precis of your post is that there are people who really don’t like to think about the real world, they know it is out there but hope that by their fantasy they can change the real world to reflect their fantasy.

    I don’t know how to reverse this but a start would be to destroy the ‘Every child wins a prize’ and the ‘It’s better to compete than win’ mentality, to do that we need to change the school teachers and that will take money, toughness and balls. It’s not going to happen in the short to medium term.

  9. sfw

    I meant to add that I was born in 56 and so grew up in the 60’s

  10. Beliaik

    For an excellent essay on the socialist basis of the field of economics, and for a pretty good explanation of economics versus catallactics (and the term “catallaxy”), have a look at James Corbett on The International Forecaster website –
    (Apologies if this link has already been posted – it’s from 3/12/16)

  11. banz

    Headed “company intel report” (wtf)

    Golden showers, watching anime porn with Russian hookers, its got everything, blow back is gonna be so much fun 🙂

  12. ella answer-key

    Steve, Cats:

    “Hans Christian Anderson had the courage to write stories with unhappy endings. He didn’t believe that you should try to be good because it pays……but because evil stems from intellectual and emotional stuntedness.”

    From: “The Importance of Being Scared.” – Polish Nobel Laureate, Wislawa Szymborska, on
    Fairy Tales and the Necessity of Fear.

    Review: – Maria Popova.

  13. Art Vandelay

    It may well be that humankind cannot bear very much reality, but the left cannot, it seems to me, bear almost any at all.

    I’ve been watching Lefty heads explode on social media today in response to David Leyonhjelm’s fairly reasonable comments that people ought to bear the cost of childcare for their own children and that government red tape is responsible for the huge rise in costs in the sector.

    These Lefties have been through school and uni without ever having encountered a contrary opinion, so they react with childish rage and tantrums when they realise that not everyone shares their narrow worldview.

  14. JohnA

    Lindy Chamberlain had some idea of what a hard life can be like. Meryl Streep has none at all.

    Should win the internet of understatements for today.

  15. ella answer-key

    The idea that humankind ‘cannot bear very much reality’ is expressed in Shakespeare’s famous soliloquy: Hamlet – “To be or not to be.”

    Of course, T S Elliot would have known this part of the soliloquy:

    “………. Who would *fardels bear,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
    But the dread of something after death,
    The undiscovered country, from whose bourne
    No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we kmow not of….

    * burdens bear


    T S Elliot’s Four Quartets (Burnt Norton)

    “Go,go, go, said the bird: humankind
    Cannot bear very much reality,
    Time past and time future
    What might have been and what has been
    Point to one end, which is always present.

    It has been suggested that both quotes express the human condition is such that we cannot bear thoughts of the world without being in it ouselves. Therefore we avoid confronting reality because to take this step in our thoughts would create an unbearable burden.

  16. ella answer-key

    Unsurpassed: ‘ puzzles the will.”

  17. PeterF

    Let’s not forget Meryl Streep led a standing ovation for a pedophile director in Roman Polanski.

  18. Bean Counter

    ella (6.15am)…

    “His soul stretched tight across the skies
    That fade behind a city block,
    Or trampled by insistent feet
    At four and five and six o’clock;
    And short square fingers stuffing pipes,
    And evening newspapers, and eyes
    Assured of certain certainties,

    The left to a T. Or else from the 2016 Literature Prize Winner, more than 50 years ago had today’s zeitgeist pegged already…..

    “While some on principles baptized
    To strict party platforms ties
    Social clubs in drag disguise

    Outsiders they can freely criticize
    Tell nothing except who to idolize
    And then say God Bless him”

    Meryl to a T. Obama to a T.

  19. Ellen of Tasmania

    I got this in an email from Tom Woods. The bazaar world of leftism:

    “I want you to read something written by a senior editor at ThinkProgress, the left-wing thought-control site funded by George Soros.

    You really need to read this.

    This afternoon, I had a plumber over to my apartment to fix a clogged drain. He was a perfectly nice guy and a consummate professional. But he was also a middle-aged white man with a southern accent who seemed unperturbed by this week’s news. And while I had him in the apartment, I couldn’t stop thinking about whether he had voted for Trump, whether he knew my last name is Jewish, and how that knowledge might change the interaction we were having inside my own home. I have no real reason to believe he was a Trump supporter or an anti-Semite but in my uncertainty I couldn’t shake the sense of potential danger. I was rattled for some time after he left.

    I’m very privileged insofar as this sense of danger is unfamiliar to me. And I know I felt it much less acutely than a lot of other people right now. I’m still a straight, white guy who can phenotypically pass for gentle. Plus my first name is pretty WASP-y.

    But today was a reminder that ambiguous social interactions now feel unsafe and unpredictable in a way that never did before. And even if Trump is gone in four years, I don’t expect to ever reclaim that feeling of security. That’s just one more thing you voted for, if you voted for him.

    Now some people have had perfectly crushing replies to this, such as: substitute “black” for “white,” and imagine if the guy would get away with this.

    But on a much more fundamental level, this whole passage is simply crazy and bizarre. On the basis of absolutely nothing — seriously, nothing at all, except wild, fact-free leftist speculation about a politician — this guy lives in fear of the plumber.


  20. Mother Lode

    Saki wrote a story about the kind of story kids get compared to the one they would like to hear.

    The Aunt’s version is Hollywood. The Bachelor’s isn’t.

    The Bachelor’s story starts on page 6.

    (I was going to copy/paste but the relevant part is too long.)

  21. Mother Lode

    There once was a Prez called Barack,
    Who won office because he was black.
    To the media’s cheers
    What he lost in eight years
    Will take decades to ever get back.

  22. jupes

    Bravo Mother Lode. Well done.

    Except The Donald will ‘get it back’ pretty quickly.

  23. Dr Fred Leni

    The left are in a hole ,and as socialists do they are digging it deeper , is the desparate lies are coming thicker and faster daily as they scramble to keep the one world government plan on track . Trump is at the crease playing a blinder a Don Bradman game . Every lie and contrived gotcha they bowl ,he hits for six ,they are lining up tp try to get him out,soros and his ilk ,the career elitists and pollies of all parties ,the academic narxists ,the party stenographers ( ” journalists”) the hollywood millionaire SJ WANKERS,not one can get him out , he is far too good for this motley crew . The big worry is the socialist industries they set up might lose taxpayer funding and die . The career politics industry, climate scam industry, renewable energy ,EPA industry destruction industry,open borders industry, Immigrant industry , gay industry ,grievance industry The UN industry ,the EU industry , and the lawtrade that makes a fortune out of all those others . The number of clever people he will hurt is huge and it couldnt happen to a more deserving pack of scumbags . Go Donald ! Where is Australias Donald ? Come on up Mate!

  24. Pat Warnock

    Be careful what you do Ms Streep – people have long memories – applauding a paedophile is not your finest hour.

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