Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Baizuo Boilerplate


 I'm sorry I haven't been visible for the past three weeks, but I've been tied up editing a novel for my book publisher.  I simply had to come up for air to voice my not-so-humble opinion on the political convention circus that's been playing all over TV while I've been working.  In brief, the Republicans have been remarkably coherent, the Democrats both fakey and hysterical, and the Libertarians invisible as usual.      

To start with the last, have the Libertarians even held their convention yet?  Does anybody know?  You have to search the internet to learn anything about them.  The major, and even minor, news media try their damnedest  to avoid mentioning the word "libertarian", even without capitalizing it.  They're still hoping that if they ignore it long enough, the Libertarian Party will go away.  Fat chance.  Everywhere that the LP is on the ballot, it will collect the Disgruntled vote from citizens disgusted with the antics of the Big Two. 

The Republicans, so far, have concentrated their attention on the economy: how good it was, especially for "minorities", before the Covid lockdown, how fast it's been recovering since, and how much faster it would recover if certain Democrat governors would stop trying to keep it locked down.  So far, they've also soft-pedaled their strongest selling-point, which is how the Democrats have excused and encouraged AntifaBLM riots all over the country.  Perhaps they're holding off until the latest police scandal dies down, a case in Wisconsin where some incredibly stupid and incompetent cops shot an unarmed Black man in the back -- seven times, point-blank, in front of cameras and witnesses -- and didn't even manage to kill him.  At this point any candidate who recommends taking away the police's guns and clubs and arming them exclusively with stunners -- hand stun-guns for close work, stun-batons for medium range, and Tasers for long-distance -- would harvest a million votes easily.  

Ah, but the Democrats have shown themselves as almost psychotically out of touch with the majority of voters by their convention-coverage.  At this point it might be wise to look up the Wikipedia entry for the Chinese word "Baizuo".  Here's the short version:

aizuo (/ˈbˌdzwɔː/Chinese白左pinyinbáizuǒ, literally White Left)[1][2] is a derogatory Chinese neologism and political epithet used to refer to Western leftist ideologies primarily espoused by white people.[3] The term baizuo is related to the term shèngmǔ (圣母聖母, literally "Blessed Mother"), a sarcastic reference to those whose political opinions are perceived as being guided by emotions or a hypocritical show of selflessness and empathy.[4]

initially used as a general critique of certain socialist values in the American left.[3] the term evolved to criticize some people among the left who seemingly advocate for positive slogans like peace and equality to boast their sense of moral superiority, but are ignorant of real-world consequences, and utilize destructive behavior like political sacrifice and identity politics.[3][5]

Substantial use in Chinese Internet culture began in early 2016, at first at MIT BBS, a bulletin board system used by many Chinese in the U.S., during the 2016 United States presidential election. Baizuo was used there to criticize the Democratic Party's emphasis on affirmative action policies perceived as discriminating against Asians.[5]

After the United States presidential election of 2016, the term came to be more widely used in reference to perceived double standards of Western media, as well as in relation to the tolerance of left-wing activists for manifestations of Islamism (see regressive left).[4]

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Given that the Chinese sense of humor has always been subtle, you'd have to be really publicly stupid to become a Chinese joke.

First, the Dems' convention was almost entirely "virtual" -- done electronically, with a lot of the speeches pre-recorded, and almost nothing real-time, let alone spontaneous.  It was edited, and *looked* edited.  The whole program *looked* like one big infomercial.  Seventy years of TV watching have conditioned most Americans to distrust TV ads, so the convention *looked* insincere from the start.  

Second, the "platform" the party put together was a collection of unrealistic Utopian drivel that doesn't stand up to logical examination, largely because along with the usual boilerplate it added planks from the way-out AntifaBLM fringe.  Medicare for all, including illegal aliens: who's going to keep track of the money, and where's it going to come from?  Free college for all, including illegal aliens: ditto.  Defund police and hire social workers: so who do you call when a burglar's breaking into your house?  And of course the Dems are all for gun control, while the citizens are busy buying up firearms at a ferocious rate.  

Third, the Dems did not show any serious interest in putting an end to the AntifaBLM "protest" riots which have been plaguing the US for the past two months and more.  If anything, they sympathized, adding to the "protesters'" list of demands and targets.  It's as if they were appealing to the left-most fringe of the voters, and largely ignoring everyone else.  They seem to be listening only to what the mainstream media are currently covering, and not noticing input from lesser, more local media, including the Internet.  I can't think of anything else that would explain the Dems' devotion to a platform of such Baizuo boilerplate.

And of course there was the ballyhoo about Biden's choice for Vice President;  that too was boilerplate.  Kamela Harris is a woman (oooOOOoooh), and part Black (oooOOOoooh), and part Asian (oooOOOoooh), and a second-generation immigrant (oooOOOoooh).  If only she were a transgender lesbian, she'd be perfect.  Never mind her questionable performance as a state Attorney General;  she covers nearly all the "minority" identities of the left-wing Identity Politics that the Dems have been trumpeting for years. 

It's not surprising that a Rassmussen poll taken just a few days ago shows that Trump's popularity rose to 51% after the Democrat convention ended.

There's an ancient Greek saying which holds that you should never interrupt your enemy while he's engaged in ruining himself.  At this rate, the Republicans need do nothing more at their convention than simply re-nominate Trump and Pence, and then all go off and celebrate.  The three national TV ads they've broadcast already, showing AntifaBLM mobs in action and slow police responses to emergency calls, are quite enough to swing the election, and I don't think they'll be the last.  The Repubs can win the election by doing nothing more than pointing out the excesses of the Dems.  If they also add a "back to normalcy" plank to their platform, Trump's victory is guaranteed.

This is why the TV news has been so fascinating this past week, and promises to be equally bizarre in the week ahead: bizarre and Baizuo.

--Leslie <;)))><