OMG, conservatives are really going for the throat this time. Know how they’re giving us the finger? Giving Obama a big ol’ f-bomb? They’re eating an all-meat diet! That’ll put us in our place!
As noted at the link, this seems to be a combination of multiple things: the imaginary liberals in their head are all harassing them about going vegan, so they have to eat meat; crackpot diet fads; a desire to prove their masculinity (meat is manly!); and a desire to “own the liberals,” infuriating us by doing stuff we hate.
And yes, I’m absolutely horrified and shaken at the thought of those meat-eating right wingers. My blood curdles! Mostly because I doubt it’s good for them, and because pissing off liberals is a poor reason to do anything.
Don’t get me wrong, I get some satisfaction from imagining the religious right’s horror at the Obergefell decision legalizing gay marriage. But that’s a fringe benefit: what’s important about the decision is that it makes America juster and fairer than before. I’m delighted Paul Ryan didn’t get to gut the social safety net and I hope it gnaws at him; that’s because gutting the social safety net is bad and Ryan’s full of bullshit. I look forward to the future conservatives don’t want because it’s a better future than the straight WASP male dystopia they’re yearning for. And I don’t want the government to adopt policies that actually hurt them, the way Republicans are targeting blue state taxpayers.
But “owning the liberals, as several left-wing blogs have pointed out, really is a raison d’etre for some people on the right. Like the guy who told me he voted Trump purely to piss off liberals (although I strongly suspect he was lying about not supporting Trump’s policies). Or human achievement hour, in which the objective is to turn on all your lights and run your appliances “to make up for the hippies turning off the lights for one hour” in Earth Hour. Or hedge-fund manager Jacob Wohl who chortles that “you can do something as simple as pull a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat out of your briefcase, put it on your head, and somebody will start crying. And it’s just incredible. It’s funny. Of course it’s funny … It’s the same kind of humor that you’d see when parents tell the kids that Christmas is cancelled and they say just kidding. It’s like why are these adults acting with such infantile lack of control over their emotions?”
I think there’s an element of projection in this. A lot of conservatives really are horrified by seeing gay couples, women bosses, interracial couples, or anyone Not Them who intrudes on their safe spaces. The “future that liberals want” where Muslims and drag queens share public space amicably is a dystopian hell-hole.
So they imagine we react the same. That the sight of them being not-liberals, doing not-liberal things like eating meat (actually lots of liberals eat meat) or wearing a MAGA hat will trigger us, freak us out and send us sniveling. And it’ll be much worse than right-wingers whining because they can’t get dates or get invited to parties, or Trump sniveling that the death count from Hurricane Maria is all made up to make him look bad.
Maybe there’s some liberals out there who go fetal from being owned, but I’m suspecting there ain’t many.
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