Potomac River south (downriver) view from Jones Point, Alexandria, Va., 4:24 p.m., August 1, 2020
For this entry, I'm reposting in full a piece by Victor Davis Hanson that appeared on National Review Online last Thursday (July 30th) on the topic of how suffocating, culturally toxic "WOKENESS" social justice politics on the part of professional sports figures is likely to destroy the very same American professional sports franchise -- precisely because it is so virulently offensive to so many.
Above: The UR-DADDY of WOKE Thought Police Horseshit, Colin "Horse Head" Kaepernick
Ironically, right after this piece appeared, there was actual ratings evidence that this highly toxically destructive virus known as "WOKENESS" is signs of doing just that.
Let me say upfront that, personally, I'm fine with that. I've always fucking hated American professional sports, to include all those decades when it was obnoxiously patriotic in a cartoonish way. Pick the sport and the league -- just name it -- and I hate them, except, perhaps, for some baseball teams.
But let's consider this from a broad societal perspective to include millions of people who have long loved various professional sports teams and players and the astonishingly offensive nature of what is happening. Here we are in this societally highly destructive time of Cultural Marxist-Leninist BLM / anarcho-terrorist Antifa violent civil unrest and the ever-more-phony Covid-19 media pandemic panic porn ...
… during which phalanxes of dementedly self-obsessed, totally immortality-minded Baby Boomer oldsters and ass-hatted, douche-baggy deranged Millennials gad about in places as vulgar, vicious, and late stage imperial vacuous as here in Washington, D.C., in their obscenely stupid, make-shift hazmat suits (yes, that's the next requirement) …
… and the first attempt by sundry professional sports leagues to make their triumphant return features an endless roster of multi-millionaire athletes -- with the active approval of billionaire team owners -- engaging in a smothering social justice preening. This preening is characterized by a "FUCK YOU!" hubristic and ignorant contempt of the very country that most of these fans love and that also treats these athletes so mind-bogglingly well with astronomical salaries that simply make no rational sense.
And let's not forget how many of these fans have been horribly impacted by the brutal and self-defeating lockdowns to "stop" the virus. But all these fans are hearing is a braying media/entertainment complex telling them how irredeemably evil are they and their country.
Little wonder that the first evidence is it is slipping and falling on its morally silly, ethically twisted ass.I refer to this Breitbart piece [link embedded]: Ratings Crash for NBA, MLB After Protest-Filled Debuts.
I love the opening:
As the NBA and MLB return from their coronavirus-imposed hiatus, it appears TV viewers are not interested in what the increasingly woke leagues have to offer.
With both baseball and basketball draped in all sorts of Black Lives Matter and social justice symbolism for their opening games, a substantially smaller number of fans tuned-in to the rest of the week’s games.
Just FYI, this piece presently, somehow, has 166,000+ comments -- mostly internet sewage type, but still …
Yes, these nihilistic, bling-bling-laden, Lamborghini-driving, multi-millionaire clowns -- forever dancing for billionaire team owners -- are deigning to lecture the vast swath of Middle America fans of their "systemically racist" country, effectively giving a finger with that "taking a knee" shit thus, and accusing the fans who enable their cartoonish lifestyles of being irredeemably evil.
And, somehow, when this nonsensical horseshit invariably fails to produce the gloriously WOKE dystopian results that they actually expect it to, they take that to mean it times to double, triple, and quadruple down on the hectoring, bullying, insulting garbage.
Anyway, that is a good segue, I guess, to the Victor Davis Hanson NRO piece, which I am reposting in full below -- interspersed with my Saturday images. Oh, and yes, I still intend to post a follow-up entry on Hurricane Isaias and its frenetic race up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard today.
The entry is broken up with additional pictures from my Saturday trek down to Alexandria and thence back to D.C. via a water taxi to the District Wharf. Except for the lead one, I'm not captioning the pictures but the image files contain place / time information.
Our Summer of Cultural Suicide
By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
July 30, 2020 6:30 AM
Cultural suicide used to be a popular diagnosis of why things suddenly just quit.
Historians such as Oswald Spengler and Arnold Toynbee cited social cannibalism to explain why once-successful states, institutions, and cultures simply died off.
Their common explanation was that the arrogance of success ensures lethal consequences. Once elites became pampered and arrogant, they feel exempt from their ancestors’ respect for moral and spiritual laws — such as the need for thrift, moderation, and transcendence.
Take professional sports. Over the past century, professional football, basketball, and baseball were racially integrated, and they adopted a uniform code of patriotic observance. The three leagues offered fans a pleasant respite from daily barroom politics. As a result, by the 21st century, the NFL, NBA, and MLB had become global multi-billion-dollar enterprises.
Then hubris ensued.
The owners, coaches, and players weren’t always racially diverse. But that inconvenient truth did not stop the leagues from hectoring their fans about social activism — even as they no longer honored common patriotic rituals.
All three leagues have suffered terribly during the viral lockdown, as American life mysteriously went on without them. And they have almost ensured that they won’t fully recover when the quarantine ends. Many of their often-pampered multimillionaire players refuse to honor the national anthem. In the NFL, players will now broadcast their politics on their helmets. They will virtue-signal their moral superiority to increasingly turned-off fans — as if to make sure that their sources of support flee.
Lots of American universities became virtual global brands in the 21st century. Sky-high tuition, rich foreign students, guaranteed student loans, and Club Med–like facilities convinced administrators and faculty that higher education was sacrosanct. The universities preached that every successful American had to have a bachelor’s degree, as if the higher-education monopoly deserved guaranteed customers.
But soon, $1.6 trillion in aggregate student-loan debt, lightweight and trendy curricula, ideological hectoring, administrative bloat, reduced teaching loads, poor placement of graduates, and the suspension of the Bill of Rights on campus began turning off students as well as the public.
If students can Zoom or Skype their classes from home this fall, why pay $70,000 a year for the campus “experience”?
Supposedly woke and informed rioters this summer incoherently toppled or damaged the statues of everyone from Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant to Frederick Douglass and Miguel de Cervantes. So the public might begin to wonder how the nation’s multi-trillion-dollar investment in higher education actually serves the country.
Soon, popular fury will beget more dangerous questions for American universities. Maybe the country should subsidize the training of more essential electricians, plumbers, contractors, and masons instead of unemployable environmental and ethnic studies majors.
If a university president wanted to devise a plan for how to destroy his university, he could not have come up with a better one than what has happened on campus in recent decades.
Hollywood should have been ecstatic over 21st-century globalization, which should have made filmmakers and stars even richer and more popular, with a potential audience of more than 7 billion. But the quarantine has shut down most theaters.
Amazon, Netflix, and Facebook, along with cable TV, have sent theater revenues diving for years. Silicon Valley can create filmmakers who have no need to get near Southern California.
In response, Hollywood counts on bringing comic books to the big screen, or on making poor remakes of old classics. When directors try to make a serious new movie, the result is often the monotony and boredom of thinly veiled woke propaganda.
Viewers can take only so many heroic green crusaders, diverse superhumans, and beautiful feminists — and only so many villainous cardboard-cutout Russian oligarchs, toothless and twangy Southern Neanderthals, and corporate yes-men.
The hypocrisy gets worse when the Chinese government often adjudicates movie content as the price of entering a Chinese market with more than a billion potential customers.
And will viewers seek out theaters for more lectures from beautiful multimillionaires on their racist, sexist, homophobic country?
Professional sports, universities, and the motion-picture industry all know that what they are doing is bad for business. But they still believe they are rich and powerful, and thus invulnerable. They also are ignorant of history and cannot be persuaded that they are destroying themselves.
At this late date, all that matters is that the country itself learns from these suicidal examples and heals itself. If the U.S. is not to become an extinct Easter Island, it must rediscover a respect for its past, honor for the dead who gave us so much, the desire to invest rather than spend, and a need for some sense of transcendence.
If we do not believe that what we do today has consequences for our children after we are gone, there are ancient existential forces in the world that will intervene.
And it won’t be nice.
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