On my morning walk through Central Gardens, I noticed that a house that had a Hillary Clinton sign up for a year and a half had finally this weekend taken it down. It was replaced by this one:
It’s not the first one I’ve seen in Midtown; one popped up a week after the election on my street.
Every time I see it I’m struck by the gall of it. Why take such an offensive stand in a neighborhood? Why lecture everyone who walks by? “In this house” is so arrogant it offends.
But scolding is a liberal strategy. They like nothing better than to do it. It must make them feel superior to the rest of us who live in such a horrible world of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, well, you know the whole mantra.
Except the sign makes no sense.
I particularly revolt against the “Love Is Love” meme. Ask a pedophile if he thinks he’s engaging in love. He’d probably say yes. So would an incestuous person. What about the love a sexual predator of animals feels? “Love” can mask a lot of unlovely things.
Then there’s “Science is Real.” Depends on who the scientists are, doesn’t it? Data can be fake and there are plenty of people in science willing to fake it for a grant or two. Ridiculous. These are the same people who believe in consensus when it comes to climate change. I think truth is truth, not what a bunch of people decide is their general opinion.
Who would dispute that Black Lives Matter? All lives matter, theirs no more than anyone else’s. Same with Women’s Rights Being Human Rights. So? Is anyone disputing basic human rights? But those rights include the right to life for all, don’t they?
Is kindness everything? Is it better than goodness or love of God or justice? Sounds good, though, to those who don’t give a thought to anything.
I guess this would have been a bumper sticker, but it’s too long. It’s about the intelligence level of a bumper sticker slogan. At least the people in the house are giving us a warning sign. Reach out to us as neighbors and you’re in for a lecture.
I think I’ll pass.