January 04, 2016

Meet "Justin and Dustin": Which one are you?

Joshua LiebleinRebel Blogger

I'd like to kick off 2016 by introducing you all to two very good friends of mine: JUSTIN and DUSTIN.

You might not know them personally but you might recognize something of yourselves in them.

JUSTIN and DUSTIN are about 25-30 years old and live in Ontario.

JUSTIN votes Liberal and is very proud of it while DUSTIN votes Conservative but is secretly kind of embarrassed about it.

DUSTIN posts articles about how Ontarians are getting ripped off on their hydro bills on social media. His conservative friends like and share but nobody else does. He tries to explain to people why their hydro bills are going up but since he doesn’t really understand why himself, they don’t really understand him.  

JUSTIN isn't worried about things like the federal Liberals not meeting their end-of-year refugee targets or the fact that transit projects in the city of Toronto aren't on track, or that the provincial debt is still out of control. He understands that these things represent "investments in the future" that "will pay dividends for future generations" or something like that.

DUSTIN is a member of his local riding associations, which hardly ever meets, and of the Albany Club, where he pays lots of money to drive into Toronto and listen to speeches by well-connected Conservatives where they say things he already knows. He would like to become friends with these well-connected Conservatives so he can become a well-connected Conservative himself, but they are always “reeeeeeally busy.”

JUSTIN has a vibrant circle of racially diverse young friends who are proud to call themselves activists in their various communities. Some of them will rise to become important pillars of those communities and if anyone in those communities wants anything done, they will have to go through one of Justin’s friends.

DUSTIN has a job where he wears a suit and tie and is very concerned about his reputation because everyone around him is also concerned about their reputations. He doesn’t want to be seen as an activist or express any strong opinions because he might embarrass himself or lose his job. Despite this he constantly finds himself in situations where he has accidentally offended someone and must apologize.

JUSTIN doesn’t have what you would call a “real job” but that’s OK because he’s a full time activist. You might find him heading up a website demanding that ordinary people “have a right to know” what’s going into GMOs, or fronting a band that is dedicated to fighting white privilege. His network of fellow activists provide him with everything he needs: food, clothes, shelter, sex, what have you -- and he is happy to return the favour.

DUSTIN drinks Labatt beer, supports the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, and Toronto FC, gets his Internet and phone bill through Rogers, and hopes nobody will ever ask him about that one time he took a puff on a hookah at a party.

JUSTIN and his friends smoke exotic forms of pot to deal with their anxiety, regularly tune into RuPaul’s Drag Race, legitimately see Star Wars Episode 7 as a step forward for cinema because it prominently featured a black male lead without making his blackness a thing, and draw cartoons that PERFECTLY explain consent which get reblogs in the six and seven digits on Tumblr.    

DUSTIN appreciates that Canadians made their choice in 2015 to punish the CPC for taking things too far, but knows in 2016 they will realize the error of their ways.

JUSTIN’s faith in humanity and the American people is renewed by "Bob from Calgary"’s pro-taxation comment on the NYT website. 

Do these guys seem familiar?

We'll check back in with DUSTIN and JUSTIN after a few months and see what, if anything, is new.


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commented 2016-01-06 16:12:00 -0500

The problem with your position is while many may be FISCALLY conservative – they are SOCIALLY liberal, which to a hard core conservative and to most people on this website – isn’t conservative at all.

Just a varying degree of liberal.
commented 2016-01-05 17:44:48 -0500
We’ll have to disagree on that assessment Michael. I rub shoulders with lots of science and business types and most are in fact conservatives, but that’s as anectdotal as your own account so it doesn’t really matter. Most of the things you mention probably are dominated by liberal and progressive thinkers— television, marketing, promotion, entertainment and acting types are jobs borne of, and rely upon, affluence. Though I find it odd that you list these as dominated by liberals and yet mock the idea that they influence the message. It truly is a case of the media being the message. Regardless, they don’t necessarily constitute well-paying jobs. Actors and are practically insufferable, though you’re right they do stick to that dream—most fail.

Executives typically are conservative, and those aren’t jobs borne of giving up one’s dream, nor of low education. Most small business owners are also conservative—those are hardly people who “give on up their dream.” Most farmers are conservative. It’s hard to say with other demographics, though it would be an interesting study: athletes, actors, etc.—if there are trends it would be interesting to know where—in fact someone likely would have done that already, probably in the aforesaid advertising and marketing jobs.
commented 2016-01-05 11:08:23 -0500

Who do you think is working all the dream jobs – it’s liberals. You know – the “evil” mainstream media, the film industry, television industry, advertising, marketing and promotion, entertainment management and law, new media, technology, etc.

It’s full to the brim with millions of liberals.

The difference between liberals and conservatives is that conservatives give up on their dreams pretty quickly and go work some safe and boring soul sucking job – where as liberals go for their dream come hell or high water and get great jobs that conservatives wish they were working, but didn’t have the balls to go for.
commented 2016-01-05 09:26:02 -0500
Michael – in this we agree: it’s called the Public Sector.
commented 2016-01-04 23:08:42 -0500
I think it’s funny that conservatives think that liberals don’t have real jobs or contribute to society financially. In many cases, liberals have the kind of jobs that conservatives would kill for – it’s not that exciting being an accountant.
commented 2016-01-04 20:07:51 -0500
The truth in a simple easy to understand format. If only we could ram this down the Libbers and Dippers throats, perhaps they would wake up.
commented 2016-01-04 18:36:04 -0500
Justin sounds like Obama. Full time activist who slipped into another non-working role as a Senator.