According to A.J. Dellinger, writing at Salon, “Ron Paul’s popularity has doubled in the past four years for one simple reason.” Wait for it.
It’s because Dellinger and his liberal doodbro cohort are “the screwed generation.” They’re mad as hell, they’re stamping the feet for attention, and they’re not going to take it anymore! Dellinger tells us how badly used and abused his “generation” has been:
“We are the generation that continues to pay into Social Security with every paycheck but suspects we may never see the benefits of it.”
It’s completely lost on Dellinger and all the doods like him that he belongs to the class of people that has reaped the vast majority of the economic goodies for a long, long time. But, oh no, that might have come to an end!
Meanwhile, women have been paying into Social Security for as long as it has existed, yet continue to make only 77 cents to every dollar that men are paid. Women don’t just suspect that the work they do won’t be fairly compensated, it never has been, and no woman alive today really believes that she ever will be. While Dellinger is wringing his hands over the terrible treatment of his “generation” (that’s his code for “all the guys like me”), he seems to have forgotten that half of it is made up of women who get doubly shafted economically.
Does this concern men like Dellinger? Probably not; he’s too busy worrying about himself and his future.
“In short, we are the screwed generation. The decisions of those before us has left us with an uncertain future and little opportunity to fix things through traditional means.”
When it happens to men, it’s a tragedy. How dare things not fall into line for Dellinger and his “generation” (remember, that’s code). But the people making decisions “before” and now have been overwhelmingly male. In the U.S., women currently make up less than 17% of Congress overall, a woman has never been President, and all the while white men like Dellinger have made up over 95% of the membership of the U.S. Congress over the history of its existence. His gender and their concerns have been wildly overrepresented in the U.S. government, but that doesn’t stop Dellinger from making it sound like suddenly there’s a problem.
And every single person in his “generation” feels just as he does! He’s sure of it.
“The ever-present skepticism of youth is even greater within the collective consciousness of Generation Y. With our first real chance to make a splash in the world, we got behind Barack Obama in overwhelming numbers.”
Do you think he really cares what everyone in his entire generation thinks? Don’t bet on it. The young, liberal doodbros voted for Obama and what did they get, dammit?!!
When Hillary Clinton ran against Dellinger’s hero Obama, she was treated to the worst misogyny imaginable, and lost to someone with far less experience and far less knowledge because Dellinger and liberal doodbros fought tooth and nail against her. Do you think Dellinger remembers that? Probably not, but you have to be incredibly self-centered to not have noticed that women have had the vote for nearly 100 years and continue to be second-class citizens when it comes to politics, political representation, and public policy — especially when living with the results of those.
But let that happen to men? All hell will break loose and they’ll “begin to serve their own” interests. Selfish? Who, liberal doodbros? Dellinger throws down the gauntlet:
“So when the traditional liberal means of protecting ourselves — uniting behind the government to promote action that benefits the common good — no longer serves our best interest, we begin to serve our own.”
Gee, we thought that’s what they were doing when they threw a far more knowledgeable and capable politician under the bus to vote for a inexperienced man instead. Notice also how Dellinger self-consciously (the rare instance) throws in that part about benefitting the “common good” — in between selfishness Ayn Rand would applaud. Hell, she couldn’t have said it better herself:
“We have a new set of morals that have been established because the old ones were no longer cutting it. […] Many of the universal views of our generation come down to holding a permissive attitude toward the behaviors of individuals.”
In other words, “we” (him and everyone just like him) should be able to do anything “we” damn well please. You know, as long as those “individuals” are of the male variety. Because all of this outpouring of emotion has been in the service of the completely and unapologetically anti-choice, anti-woman candidate, Ron Paul.
You didn’t think this was really about the “common” common good, did you? Nope. Who do you think Dellinger is seeing in his mind’s eye when he says things like this (hint: it isn’t women):
“This is why libertarianism — and the Ron Paul candidacy — has been so appealing to young voters. […] It’s no fluke that the old guy preaching liberty and personal freedom is getting the attention of the youngest demographic, either. Because Paul supports sending social issues down to the states, he’s no longer having those discussions; he’d rather talk economics.”
Sure, except for when Ron Paul has repeatedly said that he is against abortion and will actively work to overturn Roe v. Wade. Or when he said that “those who experience sexual harassment in the work force should just quit.” Too bad if “those who experience sexual harassment” are overwhelmingly females who probably need the jobs they have and in any case, should probably be able to work without being harassed, don’t you think, Mr. Dellinger? Or were you only concerned with some people in your generation?
According to Dellinger, there’s a fight for liberty and personal freedom that must be won and people are joining that battle!
“It’s no fluke that the old guy preaching liberty and personal freedom is getting the attention of the youngest demographic, either. […] “This is what makes the Ron Paul movement truly important. His audience is overwhelmingly made up of college-age kids. […] And Paul has “continually dominated the youth vote in nearly every primary.”
Funny how that “demographic” slants majority male — by a large margin. It’s abundantly clear if one is paying attention why Dellinger and others like him think the Ron Paul movement is truly important: Ron Paul’s audiences are overwhelmingly young men just like them. The code words and fake community spirit cannot hide what the camera tells us.
But maybe Dellinger is just accidentally delusional.
“Because Paul supports sending social issues down to the states, he’s no longer having those discussions; he’d rather talk economics.”
Maybe while gazing at his own very important navel, Dellinger missed the news that Ron Paul is rabidly opposed to women’s right to choose what to do with their own bodies and has said so repeatedly. Maybe Dellinger missed the interview where Paul said that there is a difference between “honest rape” and other kinds of rape (like when women pretend to have been raped so they can get an abortion — those crafty bitchez).
Clearly, Ron Paul and Dellinger are the true freedom fighters. You just have to know what side they’re fighting for.
But wait, Dellinger said this earlier in the article:
“The fact that there are still discussions between contending candidates about whether women should have the right to have an abortion is shameful in the eyes of the youth vote. We’re done with those debates.”
Well, I guess that makes a kind of sick sense. Paul certainly is done with these debates and he has decided what’s best for all women, all the time. And Dellinger has decided that he will support Paul and claims his whole generation does too.
“There may not be a total consensus, but it’s pretty clear where the majority of our generation stands.”
Yes, I’m sure it’s all very clear if you can only see and hear what the men in your generation have to say. And women can just shut the fuck up while men like Dellinger spin the facts of the situation.
“By jettisoning social issues, Paul is able to have a conversation about fiscal policy with a bunch of kids who are growing up in a new economy.”
Excuse us, but if those “kids” expect anyone to listen to their political ideas, let alone believe that they are ready for adult conversations, they should be able to prove that they’re actually capable of understanding what Paul’s intentions are and how those would affect the women in Dellinger’s generation.
But when Dellinger (and other liberal doodbros) say things like this: “This is an example of our generation trying to take care of our own as much as it is trying to create change,” we’re going to understand that they are just like their forefathers — Ron Paul among them — who have been (and are) only too happy to keep women from having full human rights, while men continue to be the default representatives for all human experience and arbiters thereof.