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Arnold Ahlert / March 15, 2021

It’s Time for a Cancel Culture Bash-Fest

Perhaps mockery and derision is the way to defeat this leftist sick-think.

The entire foundation of today’s Cancel Culture rests on the premise that today’s morality is so transparently superior to all previous manifestations of it that wholesale revisionism, artifact destruction, and censorship is eminently justifiable. So let’s take a good look at today’s “morality.”

Since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, an incredible 62.5 million abortions have been performed in the United States. Since the current population is approximately 332 million people, the number of abortions performed amounts to nearly 19% — or nearly one in five Americans who would otherwise be alive today. A sane society might characterize the willful elimination of nearly a fifth of its population as genocide.

In America, it’s euphemistically called a woman’s right to choose, even when that “woman” may be in her early teens. Moreover, in several states, minors can not only get an abortion, but they can do so without parental permission or even notification. Is there any other surgical procedure where parental rights can be routinely usurped by government fiat?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. The so-called “transgender” agenda, the one that presumes biological and chromosomal reality must be subsumed by “gender fluidity,” has been officially sanctioned by the Biden administration. That agenda is also being disseminated in the nation’s schools, beginning with children as young as five, often with no parental opt-out rights. Some school districts have also proposed regulations requiring teachers to use the pronouns and names chosen by those children, even if parents object, assuming they are notified at all. And in California, a proposed bill would allow minors to have sex-change surgery without parental knowledge.

Tragically, they’re late to the party. As the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) website reveals, doctors are already performing double mastectomies on healthy 13-year-old girls, even as it admits professional guidelines “lack clarity … because there are no data documenting the effect of chest surgery on minors.” A 2018 custody case in Austin, Texas, centered on whether or not seven-year-old James Younger should undergo the chemical castration necessary to satisfy his physician mother’s wishes to turn him into a girl named “Luna.”

Again, in a better nation, performing mastectomies on healthy 13-year-old girls, chemically castrating seven-year-old boys, or giving children puberty blockers linked to thousands of deaths would be seen as both child abuse by parents and medical malpractice by a medical community already aware that the overwhelming majority of gender-confused children will accept their biological sex after passing through puberty.

The latest number of gender “identities” has supposedly reached 112. In other words, anyone can be whatever gender they choose simply by saying so, and anyone who disagrees will be labeled a transphobe or a bigot. The larger implications? If reality itself can simply be self-declared, then two plus two can equal five — with all the attendant totalitarian permutations fully intended.

Yet perhaps nothing resonates more among our modern-day “moralists” than their repellant efforts to divide Americans by race. And once again, children are their primary target. Critical Race Theory — the claim that American institutions, laws, and history are inherently racist — is being taught in schools around the nation. And despite desperate efforts to give it a patina of legitimacy, it boils down to all white people being “privileged” oppressors, and all people of color being their “oppressed” victims. That such generalizations epitomize racism and the collectivist groupthink that is the hallmark of totalitarian societies?

For those who champion the Cancel Culture, that’s precisely the point: Either conform or be marginalized.

And nothing abets their efforts more than “woke” corporations and social media. This insidious alliance, which now permeates virtually every aspect of American life, seeks to ban and/or destroy everything from books, movies, and historical artifacts to dissent — and human beings themselves. This digitized guillotining is reminiscent of the French Revolution, yet its clueless supporters remain wholly ignorant of historical reality:

The same wholesale indiscrimination that led to the leaders of that revolution ultimately being executed also applies to this one.

In short, ask not for whom the Cancel Culture bell tolls, wokesters. Sooner or later it also tolls for thee, as its latest victim, Teen Vogue’s new editor Alexi McCammond, is belatedly discovering. As has become routine, damning homophobic and racist tweets she made as a teen have come back to haunt the now 27-year-old, putting her career in jeopardy. And like so many others, including musician Winston Marshall, whose “sin” was liking a book about antifa authored by Andy Ngo, or actress and former Fox News pundit Stacey Dash, who now regrets her “angry” commentary, McCammond is hoping a profuse apology will merit redemption.

Redemption granted by whom? The burgeoning legions of useful idiots and their enablers, suffused with a sense of intellectual and moral superiority, yet so fragile they require trigger warnings and safe spaces to insulate them from anything and everything that challenges their carefully cultivated — and wholly homogenized — worldview?

People whose ignorance is exceeded only by the arrogance that comes from being America’s self-anointed gatekeepers?

Columnist Glenn Reynolds nails exactly who they are. “Historically, it’s not the good guys who are out burning books and censoring speech,” he writes. “It isn’t the caring, empathetic people who try to destroy lives based on something someone said years ago, often while young, often taken out of context. It isn’t the good guys who take undisguised glee at the ruining of lives, families and careers.”

He adds, “You know who does these things? Horrible, awful people. Selfish people. People with serious mental and emotional problems who seek some sort of vindication for their deficient characters by taking power trips while imposing suffering on others.”

How long can it continue? Mao Zedong’s Red Guard Cultural Revolution enveloped Communist China from 1966 to1976. Ultimately, infighting over which subgroup was the purist in Maoist thought precipitated its self-destruction.

What about America? “The methodology of cancel culture is utterly incoherent and unsustainable,” columnist Victor Davis Hanson asserts, adding that if “the author of The Cat in the Hat is now an enemy of the people, then anyone and all can be so designated.”

Yet is goes far deeper than that. Behind the facade of arrogance is a level of fear and insecurity so all-encompassing that one is almost moved to pity our social justice warriors. Like their Red Guard counterparts, they must hide behind collective indignation lest their individual merit — or lack thereof — be discovered.

And found seriously wanting.

Yet salvation can be found, as the most damning aspect of the Cancel Culture is the millions of younger Americans growing up with no sense of humor whatsoever. It is long past time for America’s humorists to access the tons of comedy gold waiting to be mined by those brave enough to do so, as ridicule and laughter may be the most effective antidote against these Buttercup Bolsheviks and their loathsome “morality.”

Perhaps we could call it “circling back” to sanity.

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