The Cold in California, in Europe, and in Liberal Hearts ( Updated)

Note: This is a replay.

It’s been an unusually cold and rainy month of May in northern California. Thousands of miles to the east and north, in Paris, France, a May cold record held for sixteen years was beaten recently according to Le Figaro of 5/11/10. I don’t know if any of this means anything in terms of so-called “ global warming” ( a few points don’t make a trend). I am certain however that the climate duffuses would be clamoring if the month of May had been especially warm in either part of the world. Al Gore is speaking in Santa Cruz this week. He is a rich man with no sense of ridicule. He became rich by selling imaginary protection against an imaginary ill, global warming, while living in a giant house and flying in executive jets with his entourage, Hollywood-style. Meanwhile, my wife and I dry our laundry on the line, in the backyard, like both of our grand mothers used to do. I wonder how many climate activists forgo an electric or gas dryer, to help save the planet. I have not found one yet though I keep asking.

Here is a micro story about how liberals think, a slice of life. Last Saturday, I go by a young friend’s of mine who is holding a garage sale. I may find something to buy from her in spite of my wife’s warning that she will divorce me if I bring anything else into the house (except the beautiful quilts I get for her at the flea market, of course). At least, I will bring my friend cheerful moral support. I know I am in enemy territory there, ideologically. It matters not because likability does not follow strict ideological lines and because those who are meritorious by conservative standards are not all conservatives. (A reason for hope, by the way.)

Soon, I drift to the next house belonging to an old hippie I like in spite of her politics. I like her because she is a smiling woman with laughing dancing eyes and because she maintains a great rose garden in front of her house. She introduces me casually to a friend of hers, a woman in her forties or early fifties. The old hippie has declared laughingly that I “pretend”to be a conservative. I guess she cannot reconcile in her heart her comradely liking for me and her political proclivities. It happens all the time with warm-hearted liberals who have not reconsidered anything since 1970. Their stereotypes of conservatives are incompatible with the humorous, affable, enlightened person that I am. (If I say so myself!)

The other woman has an accent. As I have said before, I am endlessly interested in other immigrants. (See: “Why Immigrants are Superior,” posted 5/11/10.) So, I linger to ask the woman how long she has been in the US, etc. We are somewhat alike. She does not miss the country of her birth much and neither do I.

You are not really a conservative?” the woman asks.

Of course, I am. I and my wife are registered Republicans. We voted for McCain.”

How could you do that, in spite of Sarah Palin?”

Well, Sarah Palin had more experience, was better prepared to be President than Barack Obama.”

You must be stupid.” my fellow immigrant declares emphatically.

Three or four minutes have elapsed since we first shook hands. The question of whether I might have some reason that she does not know, some view she does not understand, does not cross her mind. She is not the least bit curious, although I am almost certainly the first registered Republican, and the first avowed conservative, she has met face to face in Santa Cruz. There, at a small neighborhood event, in a friendly part of a friendly town, on the first sunny and warm Saturday afternoon, this woman’s heart is too cold to allow her to ask questions. In my experience, many liberals – not all – simply have cold hearts. Their professed compassion is a cover-up for what lurks there. I think charitable donations figures bear me out, by the way.

Yes, I know, I know, some conservatives are quick to judgment and mindless too. They are not in as dire a danger of uncriticality as are those on the Left because the leftist media are inescapable. You couldn’t shut them out if you tried. If you live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, especially, Lefthought is all around you; you can’t rest your eyes anywhere outside your house without being assaulted by it.

All the same, some left-wing preoccupations astound me time after time. One is this: Whence the instant rage against ex-Governor Palin – a person who occupies no political office – among left-wing women, especially? What chord does her very existence strike that provokes such women to murderous thoughts? My male intuition tells me it has to do with sex (not the category, the fun activity).

Any idea? I would welcome all opinions but those of female readers especially.

Moreover, I wonder how the unmistakable sense of intellectual superiority on the Left cohabits in the same brains with the primitive, proto-human, nearly simian responses evidenced by the incident described above.

I don’t know what the woman’s intellectual or other achievements might be that would account for (but not excuse) her reflexively condescending outburst against a near-perfect stranger. I am going to try and find out because I am a conscientious social scientist (now of the pop-sociology kind).

And yes, feel free to speculate about the raging woman’s country of origin. There is no harm in trying and it’s fun.

Update 5/14/10: The fellow immigrant who thinks I am stupid is an “interior decorator.” In this small town, it means: “self-employed sometimes employed by richer female friends.” There isn’t much going on that requires this kind of service. The occasional big hotel re-decoration is done by big shots brought in from out of town.

Why is life so predictable? Why can’t my guesses be wrong once in a while for a change? This is so tiresome!


About Jacques Delacroix

I am a sociologist, a short-story writer, and a blogger (Facts Matter and Notes On Liberty) in Santa Cruz, California.
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6 Responses to The Cold in California, in Europe, and in Liberal Hearts ( Updated)

  1. Gary says:

    Jacques – You said:

    “What chord does her very existence strike that provokes such women to murderous thoughts? My male intuition tells me it has to do with sex (not the category, the activity).”

    Oh my .. can we talk? A woman scorned is the liberal judgmental woman (like this one) who makes room for any and everything in her life via her affinity to fulfill her life with feelings alone and never consider that truth might trump how one may feel. (And should) I wonder what she would say had you actually been able to engage her enough to say something like “love ITSELF is what some people do *in spite* of how they feel. (and should)(at least until they can make truth the proprietary)

    This topic goes quickly to the issue of gender in politics and what to me is one of the reasons that we are in the political quandary we find ourselves in. I believe that women although great thinkers are by default not good political leaders for the very reason that if they are gender normal(truth) they filter things via a too emotionally charged format because that is the way they were made. They balance men who should then make the decisions
    because men can remove the hysteria and deal with the facts alone objectively.

    Certainly some women can do this- but usually they are childless business women.

    These women are the women in politics that generate political correctness which by default makes feelings of much more import than objective truth.

    This woman is proof and is living evidence of someone who cannot see the forest for the trees and is typical in SC.


    • jacquesdelacroix says:

      I don’t fundamentally disagree with you but I have a more pithy hypothesis (just that, a hypothesis): Liberal women end up with mates that pass some sort of political correctness test. In particular, the mates have to be “feminist” to some extent. It’s almost impossible for a woman to be eroticized by a man who is a feminist. Thus many liberal women are permanently frustrated. Some turn to part-time lesbianism ( a well-known phenomenon in Santa Cruz); some give up on sex but this does not work because hormones are hormones; some have secret affairs with plumbers. Many accept that sex shouldn’t matter very much. None of this is very satisfying, probably. Sarah Palin provokes blind furious envy because she is obviously an independent, high-achieving woman who also seems to have a fully functional husband. Now that I have given readers a head-up on this brilliant speculation, their eyes will open and they will start noticing how many liberal women are stuck with men whom it is difficult to imagine as fully functional!
      A good deal of this speculation, but not all, comes from observation of academia where I spent thirty years and where 95% of the women feel obligated to go by a politically correct, liberal agenda.

      • Lmmore says:

        I guess you pick and choose when facts matter. Liberal and Left are not dirty words, and here we go with a that liberal agenda again. I have never seen a/the liberal agenda.

      • jacquesdelacroix says:

        I am acting angelically patient, as usual. A political agenda does not have to be published to be self-evident. There is a core liberal agenda which consists in enlarging the scope of government, especially of the federal government. The liberal agenda also includes systematic implementation of the confusion between equity (justice) and equality. It requires taking from Paul to give to Peter. Thirdly, the liberal agenda currently includes a strong anti-American component, a form of self-hatred. Liberals were not always anti-American, but right now, it’s high on their agenda. The first two components require high taxes. Taxes undermine economic growth for all, and especially to the detriment of the currently poor. All three components have the effect of reducing individual freedom. It seems to me that this effect is not desired by liberals but it’s nor admitted either.
        I am not sure I know what you mean by picking and choosing facts. If you mean that I don’t try to support my arguments by facts that work against them, you are right. My opinion columns are about opinions, no mystery here. If you mean that I ignore deliberately facts that contradict my opinions. please, correct me. Of course, if some of the assertions I make are erroneous, everyone should correct me.

      • jacquesdelacroix says:

        PS Since you are a local person and you seem to enjoy pain, you might want to listen to my radio program, Sundays 11 am to 1 pm on KSCO 1080 AM in Santa Cruz. It’s called Facts Matter,” of course!. You can be completely sure I will put you on the air, even at the head of the line if you call in. Taht’s as long as you don’t use language that would get the station into trouble with the repressive FCC.

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