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Gutfeld: Conservatives Must Fight the 'Tyranny of Cool'

Posted by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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 13 Nov 2012 

I hate hate.

But I also love hate. You could say I have a love-hate relationship with hate. I hate that I feel that way. Which is why I wrote this book. It's a book I love to hate, and vice versa.

My book is called the Joy of Hate for three reasons. 

One: the original title, "Black, Lesbian and Proud" was already taken. Oddly, by Wink Martindale.

Two: it refers to the biochemical commotion that erupts in my brain when I feel an urge of strong distaste for something that bugs me. It’s an experience that is both exhilarating but ultimately exhausting (as fruitless as self-pleasure). When I feel that anger, I cannot do anything but scratch at it. It's a mental mosquito bite and it feels good to keep digging at it.

Three: the title's stronger meaning salutes the freedom one feels rejecting, hating, or mocking things you aren't supposed to reject, hate or mock — meaning the liberal, romantic, misguided opinions operating under the guise of the greater good.

And four: it exposes people who get off pretending to hate something, or hate you, in order to score political points. These are the phony toleratic — a kook who claims to be tolerant, until he runs into someone who disagrees with him (you). The toleratic travel in packs, called the tolerati. Examples of tolerati: soros-funded bloggers, hyenas, the Manson family, Hollywood. The tolerati traffic in faux hate, as a way to elevate their profile, and lower yours. They will overlook the sleaze on their own side (coming in various forms, like Bill Maher and syphilis), while demanding you apologize for a "cruel joke" that harmed no one.

The people I describe are your laughable enemies. And mine too. I invite you to hate them with me, joyfully.

(And yes, I am aware that initially I said there were three reasons for the title, but I gave four. If you had already spotted the flub and felt compelled to deposit an angry comment below, then this book is not for you. It might be for your spouse. I will ask her when she gets out of the shower.)

The Joy of Hate focuses on the hypocrisy of modern tolerance — that it thinly disguises a growing, acceptable intolerance for the things that made America super-awesome. The origin of this phony intolerance springs from one source: the desire to be cool. Everything done in life these days springs from a fear of dorkiness. I called this "dorkophobia," and every time you use it, I get three dollars. Despite the fact that it’s the uncool who make the trains run on time, it's the cool to get the cred. The definition of cool: mass popularity without much achievement. It's how Obama got elected. Ask anyone who voted for him, "Why did you do it?" and the convoluted, wide-eyed answer will ultimately be translated into: "He's cool and that other guy wasn't." The media pushed this to the hilt; and much of the public bought it; giving stuff away is cool — especially when it's others people stuff — and perceived as philanthropic.

So what is perceived as cool, when it's really the opposite?

- Bureaucrats spawned in teacher's lounges chiseling at your income, to the cheers of a pliant media
- Creating dependency as a romantic lifestyle, independent of achievement
- Ridiculing women, minorities, and gays who reject the culture of dependency
- Fake work that doesn't require building, moving or doing things. In 2008, a community organizer beat a war hero who spent years in a prison camp. Apparently that's cool.
- Movements that reject American values in favor of American guilt (Occupy)
- Anti-Americanism as a needy appeasement to our international adversaries
- Hero worship of celebrities based on artificial edginess (Johnny Depp is not really a pirate)
- Destroying things. Did Pete Townsend ever think of the maid as he trashed his 25th hotel room?
- Victimhood. The elevation of the David and Goliath myth as a universal storyboard dictating that evil can be good, as long as it's smaller than the good. If America was a house, the left would root for the termites.
- Code words. Language that aptly describes things is uncool. However, euphemisms created to avoid hurting the feelings of our adversaries is not. Hence, Ft. Hood terror is workplace violence. Which, I guess that makes Hurricane Sandy a pool party.
- Talking about your identity. If you're gay, bisexual, transgendered, Raelian, or Eskimo, chances are I'll hear about it. If you are less proud of what you do than who you do then you're considered cool. 

Where does the tyranny of the cool begin?

As soon as you realize being cool pays off. When you're a kid. In classrooms across the country, kids are learning to gain favor from teachers and peers, and the elevation of "pretend-caring" as a function of cool gets you grades and girls. Stretch this over a decade or so into college, and it's no wonder the streets are flooded with beta males who talk from the back of their throats as they bowl in Brooklyn — ironically.

The cool's hold on society's throat is seen everywhere. Remember that Jon Stewart rally a few years back; that was a celebration of the cool over the uncool (the uncool being the Glenn Beck rallies, the Tea Party, FNC watchers). The cool owns the film industry, as villains take on intriguing personalities, while anyone with a blackberry or a briefcase is considered worse than evil — uncool.

Being pro-choice is cool. Speculating too much on what abortion really means — that's way uncool.

It reminds me of my old joke. "Knock knock." "Who's there?" "You'll never know."

Not cool.

Assorted slugs on death row are cool; their victims are uncool — for never really getting over it.

Sometimes coolness can be confusing. Nobody smokes in LA. But they all do in movies. Somehow smoking is cool, only if you're already cool. When you see a truck driver or a postman smoking, the tolerant break out the phony cough. They'd never do that around Brad Pitt.

Being political is cool, as long as it's progressive. Conservatives by nature hate politics and politicians. Liberals love it, because it makes them feel cool. Talk to any liberal friend, and they're running for office when they're running their mouth. "I must tell you about the bake sale we had for the Guatemalan water snake." No you don't, but you will. Shut up.

Immigration as an idea is cool neutral. But discussing the definition of a border? Uncool, dude. Sure, other countries have them (the ones people are fleeing from); but discussing the possibility of an American border is smeared as racist in origin — the ultimate in uncool. I'm probably racist for writing that.

Who pushes the cool? The media, of course, who seeks to portray anything traditional as silly, dorky, and outmoded. The stuff that worked, apparently, is stupid, because it worked. Witness how the media mocked a gentle mess like the Tea Party but embraced the soiled rag of Occupy Wall Street. To the network and newspaper hacks, one was simply way cooler than the other. One reminded them of their parents, the other reminded them of themselves. Without a bath.

Why is this duopoly, the cool vs. the uncool, so important? It won an election. Showbiz beat substance. Style creamed success. This happens in a culture that salivates over youth, glamour, and glibness. Fashion has no use for Mitts.

The funny thing about cool? It's not cool. At all. In fact, what's truly cool is the rebellion against the perceived, predictable rebellion of the cool.

Why aren't conservatives cool? Why are they perceived as intolerant when it's the other side who are truly the hateful ones? It's a fair question.

We have the cool message. It's "Step off." Or, for you old schoolers, "don't tread on me," which applies domestically and internationally. It's not cool to have a government intrude into every aspect of your life, under the guise of "help." The new electorate must learn this, or we are doomed.

For we know there is nothing cool about dependency. And there's nothing cool about anti-exceptionalism, increased regulation, government control in all sectors, and a fractional country based on race and gender. What's cool is building businesses, military supremacy (which keeps us free to be cool), unity over division (once called patriotism), and competition (which is the universal engine for self-improvement). All of this may sound dorky, but it's as cool as James Dean. We need to teach people how to love this country for the reasons that made this country what it is.

It shouldn't be too hard to win converts, with a message like that. But we haven't. Which is why last Tuesday was necessary.

The cool cats who claim victory last week cannot be too thrilled. For it is a wake up call for the rest of us, the uncool. It's time for new blood. We have the message. We just need the messenger.

In the meantime, the cool kids have to try to govern. Which is kind of like James Dean trying to drive. Unfortunately, we're all in the passenger seat. But we've got two years to find another driver, folks. Ladies and Gentlemen: start your engines.


http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/11/13/Tyranny-of-Cool

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM
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Ladies, this is a great book. Just started it today. Greg Gutfeld's book is hilarious and has a point.

Gutfeld does a superb job of clearly pointing out the pervasive intolerance today - often from the left, who claim they are the "tolerant" party. Gutfeld says heartily, BS! And then shows examples of this, usually by standing them on their heads. When I read this book at home, I laughed out loud. When I read it in public, I had to suppress the laughs, and felt like I was having a heart attack.

As a fellow English major, it is such a pleasure to read a book where the author clearly has a lot of fun with his unusual, creative metaphors and assorted wordplay. It's like reading Dr. Seuss, only it doesn't rhyme, has a much larger vocabulary, and makes way more sense.

To those of you who want to decry Greg Gutfeld as a damn conservative, he's actually a damn libertarian - says he became a conservative because of liberals, and a libertarian because of conservatives. So there.

This will be the Christmas gift this year - especially for my two lovable, uber-smart, socialist nephews. Gutfeld was leftist himself, and grew out of it by observation and reason.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:36 PM
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I REALLY REALLY LIKE his sense of humor..he just ADDS so much to the FIVE..

mnmomusa
by Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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Quoting SallyMJ:

Ladies, this is a great book. Just started it today.

Kept cracking up in the coffee shop, trying not to make any noise. Kind of like being unable to stop laughing in church, when you are in junior high, while singing the Christmas carol "What Child is This" (the part about "where ox and ass are feeding"). Impossible.

Is it good?  I might have to get it, I love the Five, even Bob Beckel is kind of a lovable liberal.

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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I love love love him!!!! He is so damn funny!

mommasaint
by Bronze Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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I LOVE Gutfeld! I pre-ordered the book and am going to start it this evening! I stayed up late last night finishing "No Easy Day" so I could dig into "Joy of Hate" ASAP. 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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You have to get it. GG cracks me up!!! You know he's a libertarian - says he became a conservative because of liberals, and a libertarian because of conservatives.

There was one hilarious thing he said on "The Five" before the election - (would have been great if the assumption had been correct, that the polls had oversampled Democrats). GG said that it's like polling kids whether they prefer ice cream over spankings, and then calling it a tie. I must have watched that piece 15-20 times over and over.

He makes me cry hysterically from laughter over his metaphors...   He's way cooler, and quite a bit more scandalous than I. But he is very gifted at describing things in ways that are easy to understand, and having way too much fun with words. Another English major. Typical. 

Quoting mnmomusa:



Quoting SallyMJ:

Ladies, this is a great book. Just started it today.

Kept cracking up in the coffee shop, trying not to make any noise. Kind of like being unable to stop laughing in church, when you are in junior high, while singing the Christmas carol "What Child is This" (the part about "where ox and ass are feeding"). Impossible.

Is it good?  I might have to get it, I love the Five, even Bob Beckel is kind of a lovable liberal.


Clairwil
by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 4:47 AM
Quoting SallyMJ:

The people I describe are your laughable enemies. And mine too. I invite you to hate them with me, joyfully.

I think I prefer Jesus' approach.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 4:58 AM
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Hey Clairwil,

I too believe in Jesus's approach. This is satire, my dear. :)   The book is about fake outrage (ie, politically correct tolerance and intolerance). Some people are "tolerant", except toward people they disagree with....Then they are intolerant. But if he had called his book "The Tolerance of Intolerance", it just doesn't quite have the same ring as "The Joy of Hate."  The author is using artistic license to prove his point. Not sure if you had the opportunity to read the whole article here (it's a bit long). On first blush, it may seem outrageous. But the author very much believes in treating people the way he would like to be treated, ie, the Golden Rule, Jesus's approach. To show this, he is using humor to speak against phony outrage, by using phony outrage. As he says in the ending chapter of the book, "There is no joy in hate."  :)

Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting SallyMJ:

The people I describe are your laughable enemies. And mine too. I invite you to hate them with me, joyfully.

I think I prefer Jesus' approach.


Clairwil
by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:12 AM
Quoting SallyMJ:
Quoting Clairwil:
Quoting SallyMJ:

The people I describe are your laughable enemies. And mine too. I invite you to hate them with me, joyfully.

I think I prefer Jesus' approach.

Hey Clairwil,

It's satire, my dear. :)   The book is about tolerance and intolerance. Some people are tolerant only except toward people they disagree with....Then they are intolerant. "The Tolerance of Intolerance" doesn't quite have the ring of "The Joy of Hate." The article here pretty much shows this. Artistic license. Read the whole piece and you will get the idea. I agree with you that can sound a bit much. But he actually believes in treating people the way you and I do. As he says in the ending, "There is no joy in hate."

Call me a cynic, but I'm skeptical that that's actually the take-away message that many will be left with after finishing the book.   I fear too many will enjoy the ride, take the excuse to cut loose with their hate ("Hey, it is ok for me to hate, 'cos you do it too and at least I'm not being hypocritical about it.")

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

HI Clairwill,

FYI, this morning I heavily edited my earlier post to better explain. I was tired last night when I wrote the first version, and today hoped I could beat you to it before you read it, because I saw I wasn't as clear as I would have liked. But you were too quick for me! - probably because of the time difference.

Please reread my revised previous post, and see if it is any clearer. I'm an English major, as is Gutfeld, and in our studies, we learn the technique of satire as a humorous way of demonstrating a truth nearly all people would agree with. The classic, deeply satirical work "A Serious Proposal" from the 1700s or early 1800s uses an absurd argument to discuss his serious concern about people starving in England. Gutfeld uses the same humorous literary technique, to a lesser degree, to show the absurdity of phony outrage by some toward beliefs of people they disagree with politically, that are not outrageous at all.

Sorry if I offended you - not at all my intention.  :(

Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting SallyMJ:
Quoting Clairwil:
Quoting SallyMJ:

The people I describe are your laughable enemies. And mine too. I invite you to hate them with me, joyfully.

I think I prefer Jesus' approach.

Hey Clairwil,

It's satire, my dear. :)   The book is about tolerance and intolerance. Some people are tolerant only except toward people they disagree with....Then they are intolerant. "The Tolerance of Intolerance" doesn't quite have the ring of "The Joy of Hate." The article here pretty much shows this. Artistic license. Read the whole piece and you will get the idea. I agree with you that can sound a bit much. But he actually believes in treating people the way you and I do. As he says in the ending, "There is no joy in hate."

Call me a cynic, but I'm skeptical that that's actually the take-away message that many will be left with after finishing the book.   I fear too many will enjoy the ride, take the excuse to cut loose with their hate ("Hey, it is ok for me to hate, 'cos you do it too and at least I'm not being hypocritical about it.")

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.


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