Alec Baldwin as a Spectator Sport

by Brad Nelson   2/24/14

I found a link to this article on The Drudge Report this morning: Alec Baldwin: Goodbye, Public Life.

Whatever his shortcomings, Alec seems like an intelligent and somewhat thoughtful man, at least in this letter (f-bombs notwithstanding). In this open letter he is basically saying that he’s had enough of public life in New York because of the paparazzi and liberal fascism.

Except, he doesn’t actually refer to “liberal fascism” which is the real nature of, and answer to, at least some of his questions.  But he has no vocabulary to describe such a thing. In his world, “the right” are all mean-spirited hateful racists and homophobes. To him, he’s on the right side (the correct side) where such things can’t happen. His side is the side of niceness and tolerance.

One has to sort of read between the lines that Baldwin writes given that he lives inside this liberal bubble and thus has a limited way to express his thoughts. But you can hear him thinking, “I sacrificed to all the liberal gods, including the homosexual lobby and the racial grievance lobby. Why didn’t the gods protect me?”

Alec’s sins? Well, supposedly he said the word, “faggot,” a word that faggots themselves (oops, sorry…I mean “gay” people) use all the time. So it can’t be the mere utterance of the word that is dispositive. And those on the Left routinely use the very words they forbid everyone else to say, so I admit I’m not quite sure why Alec’s serial apologies haven’t worked the usual magic.

Maybe he got a bad-guy image because of that recording that surfaced of him yelling at his daughter a couple years ago. It’s hard to know how all this works, the balance sheet on the Left of sins allowed and sins forgiven. But it is indeed odd that Alec Baldwin did not have immunity given that he is one of the archbishops of the Left, his stature having been formally acknowledged by such movies as Team America where he is the master liberal villain. But for some reason, he’s been defrocked. As Baldwin laments, everywhere he now goes in the once friendly (if not fawning) streets of New York, he is known as the chief homophobe.

In this long letter, which touches on many topics, you can hear Baldwin trying to come to terms with the weird universe he inhabits (and helped to make). One can understand someone in his profession having to genuflect to the PC gods just in order to have a career (which should have been a gigantic clue to the nature of this beast) and then things perhaps getting a little out of hand. No one is immune to zealotry. But given that he has received some of the treatment he has given others, he lacks the kind of introspection needed to sort this stuff out. That liberal bubble is just not made for such self-examination.

Perhaps if I could sit down and have a beer with him and spend an hour talking with him, I might find out that he ultimately has a little more of his brother, Stephen, in him (a Christian conservative who often appears on Sean Hannity’s show). Some of Alec’s thoughts and instincts show at least a proto-conservatism, including his love for family, a disdain for the superficiality of MSNBC (where, it seems, he had in mind to do a sort of thoughtful Dick Cavett-like show), and especially in his musings about why mere common sense can’t rule. (And, truth be known, how can you not have a least a little sympathy for a guy who thinks Shia Labeouf is a jerk?)

But he doesn’t understand the truly fascist nature of the Left. Alec rightly decries all the hate that our culture is drenched in, but he is oblivious as to the source of much of it, even when he is a victim of it.

But one can understand the consternation of someone living inside this liberal bubble, where no good alternative is said to exist (the right are all hate-mongering homophobes and racists, don’t you know). The blinkers are in place and institutionalized. How do you make sense then out of what we on the right correctly term “liberal fascism” when your side is supposedly the loving, tolerant side?

One can hope for the sake of his family (which he truly seems to cherish) that he figures this stuff out. Something tells me that his brother, Stephen, might soon come knocking on his door.
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5 Responses to Alec Baldwin as a Spectator Sport

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    After Princess Diana was killed in a car crash provoked by pursuing paparazzi, a friend of mine commented with a damnation of them. Perhaps Alec Baldwin would agree. But he does seem to have “anger management issues” — speaking as a notorious hothead myself (my temper was being compared to Mount Vesuvius by a friend 50 years ago, though I have mellowed a bit as I grow older).

    One interesting lesson in the effect of political correctness on those who want to live up to it but don’t know what the standards are. In the novel Starship Troopers, Heinlein compared the normal means of training a puppy not to poop in the house (rubbing its face in the results) with the punishment of juvenile delinquents in that day (very little at all, then an occasional brief detention, and eventually very severe punishment if he has failed to learn). Perhaps this sort of inconsistency is the problem Baldwin is trying to deal with.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I don’t revel in Alec Baldwin’s misfortunes. He’s a talented actor and a productive member of society…when he’s not having a public tantrum. Although he’s a mindless mouthpiece and useful idiot for the Left, he’s not quite the institutionalized Commissar that, say, Rachel Maddow is. And, again, anyone who takes shots at Rachel Maddow can’t be all bad.

      Just as many people have an awakening to religion, so it can be supposed that one can have an awakening to common sense. What a positive it would be if someone of Baldwin’s stature stood up and said, “Sticks and stones. This homosexual lobby can dish it out but they can’t take it.” That’s something that many New Yorkers would applaud.

      From his letter, you get the feeling that Alec is beginning to understand the cesspool that liberal culture is. It’s interesting to watch these people. They really are stuck between a rock and a hard place. It’s not easy for the “nice” and “tolerant” people to overcome their prejudices about who “the right” supposedly are.

      And I don’t expect Baldwin to ever do so. But if anyone ever was ripe for waking up to the nonsense of the Left, he seems to be a possible candidate. One can only hope.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        “A conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged.” Sometimes the mugging is verbal rather than physical, but it’s still a mugging. So it’s at least possible for Baldwin to learn better. We shall see if he actually does. Perhaps, if his side rejects him sufficiently, he’ll be able to accept one of the consequences of learning better (i.e., losing all the intolerantly liberal friends he used to have).

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Probably when one is so attached to one’s sense of moral and intellectual superiority, that’s going to be a difficult thing for Baldwin to do. In his profession, liberal orthodoxy is not just the norm, it’s required.

          But, if he has the gumption, instead of worrying about what the Liberal Mafia is saying about him, he can live his life with a big middle finger shown to them. Perhaps he can at the very least follow the trail of Camille Paglia who at least show signs of independent thought and intellectual honesty while still, more or less, believing in the same set of liberal prejudices/values.

          That could be a start. His letter, of course, says he is getting out of the public eye (apart from his career which is inherently public, of course). But I don’t see that happening. But if he does, it might be the best solution for him. His love for his family and the desire to spend time with them sounded sincere.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Michelle Malkin has an article about Alec Baldwin: Alec Baldwin, Drama Queen.

    I’ll make no friends by saying this, but the article is in what I call the “conserva-nag” style. It’s basically just a negative rant. Nothing she says, so far as I know, isn’t true. But along with conservative commentary, I like a little wit or at least interesting introspection (which is certainly why I’m a fan of Mark Steyn).

    These types of articles should not only be factual but fun to read. And I’ve grown tired of the nag style, even if aimed at a louse such as Alec Baldwin.

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