Monday, September 15, 2008

Masquerading as Adults

I was loath to add my two cents about the Jill Greenberg/Atlantic Monthly contretemps vis-a-vis John McCain, as it has been so thoroughly and exquisitely covered (see American Digest, Photo District News and Michelle Malkin.) I bring it up at all only to advance a thesis that I presented some time ago elsewhere.

At that time, I proposed that "
the strongest and most direct indictment against progressives [is] that they are children masquerading as adults," adding that they are handicapped by "the lack of any ability to act from a perspective other than the pursuit of their immediate gratification."

Ms. Greenberg has proven as much by her churlish behavior (if you dare, see here, here, here and here) and childlike response when called on it. When asked about the matter by PDNPulse, Greenberg replied thusly:

I am a pretty hard core Democrat. Some of my artwork has been pretty anti-Bush, so maybe it was somewhat irresponsible for [The Atlantic] to hire me.
Surely there is little else that would reveal the essential state of Ms. Greenberg's mind, except her comment that she wanted to "stir stuff up, but not to the point where I get audited if he becomes president."

And therein lies the irreducible kernel of truth about the Left's adolescent mindset. As long as Greenberg is comfortably ensconced in her progressive cocoon such that her actions do not redound upon her
(she doubtless would not retouch an image of Muhammad), she's all about wanting to "stir stuff up." What is there that sets her line of reasoning and behavior apart from that of the joyriding 17 year-old? She even has a teenager's requisite overplayed swagger; even after getting mired in controversy, she has a photo of McCain on her homepage.

While Greenberg frets about avoiding an I.R.S. audit, I concur with the good folks over at American Digest.
Should McCain be elected I am positive he won't take the time or use his power to audit Ms. Greenberg. That, as well as the dishonorable Ms. Greenberg herself, are things too far beneath Senator McCain for him to even notice.
That most people might conclude McCain to be politically, if not personally indifferent to Greenberg speaks to his essential appeal. Set aside his seeming agnosticism towards real immigration reform, his maddening propensity to betray his fellow Republicans in order to capitulate to moderates in the Senate and his squishiness on fully trusting the free market, John McCain has a nobility that allows him to transcend the vicissitudes of pubescent progressives. Americans - or at least the adults who will make up the slender majority of voters who will deliver him to the White House - find McCain's decency worthy to be praised.

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