by Brad Nelson 2/24/14
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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