“I have heard the languages of apocalypse, and now I shall embrace the silence.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Endless Nights
We float about aimlessly in the age of inversion. Land and sea, body and soul, empathy and reason have collapsed into one big Russian reversal where we don’t use irony, but irony sure as hell uses us. Who did this to us? Officious boomers, brawny and rapacious “refugees,” soy-stuffed, scarf-wrapped hipsters -- the Degenerate has many faces, but even more targets.
And no victim is more vulnerable than language itself. War is peace, freedom is slavery, (social) justice is unjust, diversity is hegemony of thought, and now, apparently, courage is cowardice, at least according to the JFK Library Foundation.
The foundation gave its Profile in Courage Award to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for bravely fleeing from the consideration of history by tearing down the city’s four Confederate statues. Under the cover of darkness. Like a common arsonist. Except history is worth a tad more than that mosque burned by yet another Muslim hate crime hoaxer.
“Mayor Landrieu turned a difficult and divisive issue into an opportunity to reflect on our nation’s history and to recommit ourselves to our founding principles of equality and justice,” JFK’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, said in a statement, adding that it was a close race but Landrieu just barely beat out ISIS at gallantly eviscerating national history.
Wew lad. T.S. Eliot wasn’t mincing words when he said the world ends “not with a bang but a whimper.” Caving to hysterical harpies with their bottomless, Soros-laden pockets is one thing, but doing it under the veil of night is entirely gutless. And the celebration of such spinelessness as its antithesis, particularly when most Americans still favor keeping the Confederate statues, is a prime example of just how hopelessly detached elites are from those they govern.
Of course, nothing is quite so condescending nor pathetic as when one of these elites drools over his own perceived cleverness with a statement like “a white southerner confronts history,” part of the title of Landrieu’s new book, “In the Shadow of Statues.” It’s really emblematic of the left’s lust for assigning collective guilt based on immutable traits. The risible subtext is “since I happen to have been born white and in the south, I must reckon with all of the sins of my ancestors, so give me a cool $15 so I can self-flagellate about them to you for 240 pages.”
“Completing [Landrieu’s book] was not hard to do since it is written at a high school level,” Tulane University professor Richard Marksbury said. “In addition, since every [fifth] word was ‘I,’ reading it went faster.”
Marksbury proceeds to issue the mayor a savage spanking, lambasting Landrieu for condemning the alt-right but ignoring Antifa, omitting New Orleans’ status as the city with the most freed black slave-owners, and allowing the city’s murder rate to jump by 30% while embarking on his monument crusade.
Landrieu’s publisher should’ve considered renaming “In the Shadow…” “Jumping at Shadows” to most cogently capture the fathomless schizophrenia endemic to the governor’s worldview. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Landrieu identified more than just monuments as beacons of bigotry; indeed, he suggested President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan was a “dog-whistle” to African Americans that sent “shiver[s] down their spines,” a body part which, unlike the mayor, the African Americans presumably possess. As for the dog-whistle part, color me shocked to see southern Democrats refer to minorities as animals.
It’s incredibly fitting for the mayor’s term to end on May 7, also the day a debate started which culminated in the resignation of Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of Britain. Both Chamberlain and Landrieu preferred appeasing a totalitarian ideology to fighting it tooth and nail. Perhaps the mayor will be replaced with a contemporary Churchill. If not, well, May 7 also marked the inauguration of Vladimir Putin. Both have bigger balls than Landrieu.