I’m 35 minutes into the movie Deepwater Horizon on DVD.
Here are some lines spoken by the character of a lead engineer played by Mark Wahlberg speaking to the company executive who’s pressuring the rig workers to proceed with the next phase of the work faster than they feel comfortable with.
“I think you all tryin’ to run out of fuel as the wheels touch down.
Runnin’ out a gasoline as the plane lands is not smart.
It’s flawed thinking.
It’s hope as a tactic.
Hope ain’t a tactic.”
Dang. Tru dat.
Liberalism is hope as a tactic.
That’s the difference between left and right.
Hope as a tactic vs facing reality head on.
Dreaming about things that never were and asking why not vs dealing with what actually exists in the real world.
The reason those things never were is because that’s not the way the world actually works.
I like what Mark Wahlberg is doing with his movies.
He’s depicting everyday people just doing their jobs.
Finding themselves in difficult situations.
Continuing to do their jobs.
And ending up being the real heroes.
There’s dignity, even heroism, in just doing your job.
You know who those people are?
They’re the inhabitants of flyover country. The “red state wasteland” that is looked down upon with revulsion by the coastal bubbles; by the 78% in NYC who voted for Hillary.
They’re the cops, the roughnecks, the soldiers.
They are, in fact, the true strength of America. Its spine.
They’re Trump voters.
All this talk about nationalism and populism and authoritarianism completely misses what’s going on right in front of us.
It passes right over the head of basic humanity and human spirit to latch onto academic theory and self-congratulatory intellectualism.
It’s why Hillary lost.
It’s why, if the left keeps it up, Republicans will have 8 years, if not more, in the White House.
I find it strange that someone would make a connection between Donald Trump and reality. In fact, it is Trump’s tenuous grasp on reality and his promotion of an alternate reality supported by ‘alternative facts” that is his defining quality. Empirically speaking, 69% of what he said as a candidate and 70% of what he has said during his time in office are somewhere between mostly wrong and flat out lies.
But since Conservatives no longer read John Locke, I guess empiricism, like the truth and reality are considered over-rated by today’s right. From George W. Bush to Sarah Palin and now Trump, the right-wing alternative reality bears precious little resemblance to the actual real world we live in. After the coal miners and factory workers who live in the great and wonderful midwestern parts of the country figure out what a conman Trump is , as the people of NY, Atlantic City, Scotland and Trump U. already have, his historically low ratings will sink even deeper. Afterall, he’s less than 100 days in and already running out of places to bomb.
It’s rich, ironic, pot calling the kettle black, for any leftist to accuse the right of being unmoored from reality or of embracing fact facts.
From the time of Jean Jacques Rousseau to today leftism has been based in a conception of human nature that amounts to anti-science magical thinking with no basis in fact.
If not for denying reality and embracing fake facts leftism in all its forms, including liberalism and progressivism, could not, would not, exist.
The news is no more or less fake now than it’s ever been.
The only thing that’s changed is the left’s whining about it, now that the left has lost its monopolistic control of the flow of information.
Obama, and Democrats and liberals more generally, are far less moored to reality than are conservatives.
This has always been the case.
Read The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. It summarizes the social science finding on this.
Social science reveals that there are at least six evolved psychological mechanisms of social perception and awareness, and that conservatives use all of them roughly equally whereas liberals use about half of them, and of that half mostly just one.
Studies show that Conservatives understand liberals and human nature better than liberals understand conservatives and human nature.
Here’s R. R. Reno’s conclusion about liberalism in his review of the book:
Here’s a passage from the book: