It’s been a long-standing position on the right that progressivism can, and if given enough time will, ruin everything. It’s a joyless, cheerless, hopeless ideology that breeds misery and thrives on perpetual discontent.
The latest pieces of evidence in that regard comes from recent attacks on Christmas classic. Start with the #MeToo movement attacking the holiday anthem “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Apparently, it’s just a little too rapey for progressive sensibilities. But wait…there’s more. A recent post from the progressive flagship, Huffington Post, attacking of all things, the claymation Christmas classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Acknowledging it as a timeless classic, the left-wing grievance-mongerers unleashed a torrent of politically correct, intersectional criticism that included these gems:
“Yearly reminder that #Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a parable on racism & homophobia w/ Santa as a bigoted exploitative prick.”
Can’t imagine that’s going to land anyone on the nice list, it’s even more remarkable that someone can actually manage to find racism in a movie largely about non-human talking reindeer.
“Santa’s operation is an HR nightmare and in serious need of diversity and inclusion training.”
Again, these are little clay figurines positioned and photographed to make kids believe in a Christmas fantasy. I think someone might be reading a bit too much into it.
The gatekeepers of liberal thought at HuffPo proceeded to scold the children’s show for a list of progressive sins:
Rudolph’s father verbally abuses him
Santa Claus Berates Donner for his son’s nose
The school coach encourages bullying
Donner forbids his wife from joining the search for their son
Clarice’s dad is a bigot
Normal people – that is, sane people – just don’t think like this. It’s why I firmly believe that the best argument against progressive thought is the exposure of progressive thought. Promoting conservatism certainly has its merits, but it requires thoughtful and careful articulation.
Denigrating progressivism requires only revealing it as it is – a path promising utopia that actually leads to abject misery. The public may not be deep thinkers about political philosophy; but there’s only a tiny percentage of people who would actually choose to live in a culture that finds the Rudolph story “troubling.”