In the December 31, 2014 issue of The Washington Post, Dana Milbank asks “how can America inspire the ‘slacktivist’ generation to action?” Milbank laments a generation that wears color-coded bracelets in support of causes, “likes” causes on Facebook, tweets out hashtags for causes, gets water dumped on them to fight diseases, and generally isn’t living up to standards Milbankian.
Tough donuts, Dana.
The Slacktivists are yours, and you were covering them with kisses when they were voting en masse for an Obama Presidency and pajama boying for the ACA.
Milbank is everywhere with an opinion on everything. I think he writes three columns a day, none of them reaching a centimeter beyond well-worn liberal talking points. Today he digs up an old favorite of the left; National Service. He says Compulsory National Service is needed because these kids are only useful when voting mindlessly but dependably democratic. Beyond that, like virtually everything American, they just aren’t running efficiently enough to satisfy Milbankers. Dana wants to get under the hood with his beaurocratic tools and fix… what is wrong… with… everything. If good old Dana were allowed to adjust the rotation of the earth there would be no need of that stupid and wasteful leap year thingy.
This type of column satisfies the tinkerer aspect of liberal psychosis. They tinker and tinker and tinker until they have completed a useless contraption Rube Goldberg would disavow, and then they stand back and say “Well, it would work if only we could change the way people are! Maybe Compulsory National Service will make our machine here work!” See how quickly individuals are lost to liberal mindset? The machine matters, you don’t.
So we get Pre-School programs for three year olds. We get Head Start programs for five year olds that liberals packed into welfare ghettos. We get all day kindergarten for 6 year olds. Call it Early Institutionalism. We get twelve years of sometimes excellent and sometimes excruciatingly horrific public education. Did you see Rachel Jeantel testify during the Trayvon Martin trial? I will not pick on that poor, over-matched soul; so afraid, so defensive, so unprepared to deal with big shot lawyers and judges who pad to the dinner table in golden slippers to partake of an arugula salad and discuss the needs of the masses.
Dana, Rachel Jeantel belongs to you. You folks had her for the first 18 years of her life. What are you going to fix with another two years of Compulsory National Service? I shudder to think. I understand that Miss Jeantel is on a career path today, God bless her because Public Education provided her with nothing. Nothing, as in zero. Mathematically this works out to:
0 x Goldberg Educational (Institutional) Contraption = 0
Dana, leave the poor tortured soul alone. Allow her time to heal. Please, in the name of all that is decent, do not sentence her to Late and Continuing Institutionalism.
In the late 60’s and early 70’s the left wanted rid of the draft, they got it. Full circle, a draft by another name, Compulsory National Service is now necessary.
In the late 60’s and early 70’s the left demanded coed dorms at universities, they got it. Full circle, a culture of rape secured by easy access now demands compulsory male re-training.
To make a long story short, a current list of human shortcomings to be corrected by compulsory coursework would include white privilege, gender classification, deviance normalization, Please Say Nothing That Will Offend Me In Any Way Ever As Long As I Must Live On This Planet, and that ever present campus favorite from the late 60’s and early 70’s, Liberals Good, Conservatives Bad.
In true liberal fashion, Dana Milbank must find someone to blame for the slacktivism now torturing his brain. Milbank stays well within the yellow lines liberals have painted on the intellectual pavement of modern America. When assigning blame crossing one centimeter over the aforementioned well-worn liberal talking points is out of the question. Milbank wouldn’t want to trigger any …er…thought. So he reaches into the bag and, let’s see, police brutality, no, corporate greed, no, clinging to guns, not quite, religion, close but… Ah, here it is! Blame George W. Bush. Just needs a little dusting off and, look! Good as new!
Milbank, “This can be traced back to September 2001, when President George W. Bush launched wars without calling for sacrifice from Americans — other than to spend money. “Fly and enjoy America’s great destination spots,” he said. “Get down to Disney World in Florida. Take your families and enjoy life, the way we want it to be enjoyed.” He also asked Americans to “hug your children” and to pray for those in uniform.”
Yeah, Dana, how awful for anyone to marvel at the beauty of their country, enjoy their life, and hug their children. Heavens, Milbank, what would the world look like if everybody did that? Why, you would destroy years of liberal institutionalism! George Bush, he a very bad man.
Volunteerism is down so Milbank desires compulsory volunteerism. After reading that does anyone besides me see Moe, Larry, Curly and Dana fixing the shower plumbing?
“On January 24, 2014, the entire Supreme Court granted the Little Sisters of the Poor an injunction pending appeal…” from “Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell”. Google it.
Request to aid the sick and comfort the poor DENIED. See you in court.
Gee, I wonder why volunteerism is down, I mean outside of George W. Bush.
I respond to Milbank with a paraphrasing of Luke 4:23; Autocrat, institutionalize thyself.