Crisis Envy

LET’S Call It Trumpvirus, chirps Gail Collins in the New York Times. By “it” she means the crippling existential ennui of ‘progressives’ like her in the Age of Donald J. Trump. If there’s one thing leftists like Collins resent far more than a conservative who isn’t Doing Something in a crisis, it’s a conservative who is doing something in a crisis. That’s because the latter are inevitably ‘temperamentally unfit’ to deal effectively with – well – you name it: Brexit, fire, pandemics, phantom recessions, North Korea, anything. Leftists want one of their own in charge. Crises are teddies ‘n tealight teaching moments for others and emotional release for themselves. When Jacinda Ardern was praised for comforting the grief-stricken after the Christchurch massacre, the horrifying death toll was less moving to her admirers than that she wore a veil. This showed she wasn’t a “racist.” More important, it satisfied the left’s psychological craving for a “right-wing” terrorist to offset thousands of Islamist murders that had gone before. That pressure was really starting to get to them. The apologia pantry was bare of ‘mentally ill’ and ‘lone-wolf’ variations. The burden on Waleed Aly alone was crushing. Let’s call this sociopathic yearning for the ideological joy to be found in misery Jacindaphrenia.

In 2017, Pauline Hanson went one better than Ardern. She wore a full burqa in the Senate to protest the abusive control which that horrid sack – now banned in Tunisia, Austria, Denmark, France, Belgium, Tajikistan, Chad, Latvia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, China, Morocco, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka – both causes and constitutes. Remember the ovation for George Brandis who so ‘passionately’ lectured her? A woman decrying a garment meant to symbolise the chattel status of other women was censured by a man. Hear hear, they roared. Last week, the same senators who lambasted Hanson for linking misogyny to violence excoriated Bettina Arndt for not linking misogyny to violence. In the left’s taxonomy of grievance some men are less than men; not quite so morally culpable. Associate women, almost. And some women – the right-wing ones – are less than women. They’re treated as associate men. This is the true racism and sexism of our time.

During the summer, woke folk (including most journalists, by definition) promoted the idiotic calumny that Scott Morrison was somehow responsible for “unprecedented” fires (which, in fact, were historically unremarkable) because he hadn’t Done Enough about ‘climate change.’ There was absolutely no link between ‘climate change’ and the bushfire disaster. As with the Ardern cult and the senatorial “stripping” of Bettina Arndt, the lie about Mr Morrison and the fires hit the ravenous spot for leftists. They resented that a Liberal had won another ‘climate election’ and was at the helm during the emergency. They were letting off steam – much like the smokestacks they once used to disingenuously decorate their ‘global warming’ columns – only theirs was (and is) far from harmless.

Summa cum laude and summa don’t

In the same vein of mendacious, jealous rage, extremists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the United States are now attempting to blame the Trump administration for mismanaging COVID-19. Miss Cortez – who holds an undistinguished BA from a Boston arts degree mill – attacked Vice-President Mike Pence (a graduate of one of America’s top law schools) as some sort of bumpkin – ill-equipped to head the US task force on containing the virus. Ted Cruz – Princeton (cum laude) and Harvard (summa cum laude) – intervened hilariously on Pence’s behalf. The Guardian newspaper sprang chivalrously into action, calling the Cruz-Cortez Twitter bout for the lady by giving readers the false impression she is a microbiologist. She is no more a microbiologist than Mike Pence is a death metal drummer. The Vice-President is also accused by Miss Cortez (and her media servants) of having caused the deaths of a cluster of drug-addicted AIDS sufferers in Indiana in his gubernatorial days. Here it is worth pointing out that Miss Cortez once interned for Ted Kennedy. He didn’t fail to provide clean needles to suicidal junkies intent on killing themselves one way or another. He failed to provide AOC’s predecessor with a rescue attempt as she slowly drowned to death in Poucha Pond.

I’ve been handling these emerging contagions for about 20 years now, and I have to tell you, I’ve never seen one handled better.”

Medical Professor Praises Trump Admin for Coronavirus Response.

 
In Australia, journalists would go after Scott Morrison (again) if they could for a purported mistake in relation to the coronavirus. But not only are they unlikely to score another gift horse holiday in Hawaii, they are also far less interested in the subject; alas, it has no connection to the climate. The country’s emergency protocols are long-established, initiated by fiat and service a polity far simpler to manage epidemiologically than any other ‘Western’ nation in the world. But that hasn’t stopped Michelle Grattan and David Speers from linking the two. Not causally but as political tests of equal importance, as comparably imminent threats to life. Not only is this absurd; it’s also a transparently sour attempt to counteract any plaudits the PM is given for managing a real crisis by reminding the public of his allegedly poor management of a phony one. This is the very definition of partisan politics and fake news. Ardern as heroine, Hanson as racist, Arndt as misogynist, Morrison as arsonist and Ocasio-Cortez as microbiologist. These people have neither standards nor shame.

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30 Responses to Crisis Envy

  1. John of Mel

    This was a pleasure to read CL. Thank you!

  2. bollux

    Well said. As is often written, if the Left didn’t have double standards, they’d have no standards at all.

  3. Ed Case

    Not only is this absurd; it’s also a transparently sour attempt to counteract any plaudits the PM is given for managing a real crisis by reminding the public of his allegedly poor management of a phony one.

    Morrison is yet to jump the shark on Corona-Chan but that doesn’t mean he won’t. If the media screaming gets loud enough to give him cover he’ll Cuck, no ifs buts or maybes.

  4. Delta A

    Another excellent post, C.L.

    I especially appreciate all the links you provide. (AOC a microbiologist? Ya learns sumfin new every day.)

  5. The Guardian newspaper sprang chivalrously into action, calling the Cruz-Cortez Twitter bout for the lady by giving readers the false impression she is a microbiologist. She is no more a microbiologist than Mike Pence is a death metal drummer.

    She is more of a mircobiologist than Bettina Arndt is a clinical psychologist.

  6. stackja

    Leftists don’t care about anything but the gullible people who fall for their lies. I note usual suspect still doesn’t get it.

  7. Anonandon

    The State pollies, particularly Andrews had the unmitigated gall to join in on the pile on of Morrison for the bushfires. The hypocrisy was stunning.

    The whole thing reminds of the Man, the Boy and the Donkey. So many timeless lessons in those fables.

  8. Roger

    Re the senate, if there is one thing Keating got right, it is that they are unrepresentative swill.

  9. Pyrmonter

    AOC has degree in economics, of sorts, from Boston University. THE ranking 61. Scott Morrison has a degree in economic geography (a field Pyrmonter always thought infected with left wing nonsense about spatial monopoly) from UNSW. THE ranking 71.

    AOC’s arguments are rotten. There is neither any need nor any merit in the ad homs: if anything, they attract sympathy for her.

  10. a happy little debunker

    She is more of a mircobiologist than Bettina Arndt is a clinical psychologist.

    Because getting a 2nd place award for a high school experiment beats years of applying an actual Degree in Science and a Masters in Psychology?

  11. Kneel

    “…[burqa is] now banned in Tunisia, Austria, …”

    I prefer Ataturk’s way to deal with these things – they told him he couldn’t ban it, so instead he made a law that says prostitutes MUST wear a burqa in public. Not surprisingly, not many women were prepared to be so associated by their clothing and stopped wearing it. Success!

  12. TBH

    Bettina Arndt:

    In 1971, after completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the Australian National University, Arndt moved to Sydney and studied at the University of New South Wales where she completed a Master of Psychology degree in 1973;[5][8] her thesis was on orgasm dysfunction.[7][9]

    Whether or not she is a practicing clinical psych, she at least has some qualifications in the field. AOC has a BA from Boston University and absolutely no qualifications in the field of microbiology (other than winning a prize in high school on the subject. I’d say Arndt is more qualified to talk in her chosen field.

  13. Tiny Dancer

    Fresh from visiting old mate, Steve from Brisbane, m0ron intentionally misses the point. Back to the doughnuts fatboy

  14. Snoopy

    Monty, please post a link of Arendt CLAIMING to be a clinical psychologist.

  15. areff

    Lad, you’re a champ. Magnificent!

  16. Tom

    Thanks, Doomlord. The Cat is now a sheltered workshop for the most shameless disinformationists in the history of trolling and wrongology.

    It’s quite ironic that someone who used to claim he was a journalist because he once momentarily wrote advertorials for a computer trade magazine should attack a post by one of the blogosphere’s finest writers.

  17. Tony Tea

    That’s like the Coalition ushering in SSM. The trogressives will never forgive the conservatives for pinching and solving their pet issue.

  18. Lee

    I lost any last shred of respect (not that I had much left after he helped backstab PM Tony Abbott) I had for that despicable little man, George Brandis, after his attack on Hansen in parliament, and more specifically his support for barbarous, misogynistic, repressive headwear.

  19. areff

    Brandis actually called it a “sacred garment”, choking back tears as he did so. That moment pretty much sealed the transfer of my Senate vote to ABL: anyone but Liberal

  20. Professor Fred Lenin

    Trump virus is a debilitating disease developing into Trumpitis ,the patient behaves in an erratic manner ,dispansing with truth and reason ,exhibiting frantic behaviour and speaking nonsense continually . They contiually fail to recognise they are ill and invent elaborate excuses to try to explain their erratic impulses .
    There is no known cure ,however a similar affliction known clinically as Abbott Derangement virus which displayed similar symptoms to Trumpitis seems to have diminished in Australia . Some attribute this diminishing to the defeat of Abbott in the last election ,further research is needed before this can be proven .
    Following this theory however Trumpitis could be eliminated by comrade Sanders defeatingthe sitting President in the November election ,but the chances of this happening are seemingly remote .
    So it looks like we will have to listen to the ravings of the Trumpitis afflicted for another 4 years .
    Try to be sympathetic please ,these are sick people worthy of your pity ,the condition is not infectous if you have a brain in yout[r head it is spread by word of mouth so wear earplugs .

  21. Tom Atkinson

    “Jacindaphrenia”. Bravo, CL!

  22. egg_

    Planet America on Aunty is a whole program dedicated to TDS – it must be therapeutic or summut.

  23. Squirrel

    “In Australia, journalists would go after Scott Morrison (again) if they could for a purported mistake in relation to the coronavirus.”

    Indeed – and their frustration at the absence, to date, of something they can get their teeth into is palpable and very, very satisfying to observe.

  24. pete m

    Brandis is all good in my books. He helpfully passed a law which should do my clients very nicely.

    CL great read. Being of the left means never having to own any hypocrisy.

  25. dover_beach

    It really is a shame that this quality of writing is not in The Australian. Still, we are being treated royally.

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