Virtue Signaling and Humble Bragging

by Anniel8/16/17
If there were ever two societal evils that belong together “virtue signaling” and “humble bragging” are them. Both sides of the same coin, as usual. After all, our betters must signal WHY they are our betters, and they must also let us know the depths of their humility in light of their great virtue. They do seem to have a very twisted path to walk.

Think how virtuous you are and what you can do to make certain other people will know how great you are, if that is your desire. Some folks can afford a publicist, even members of congress with known deficiencies in virtue can be made to look like choir boys by their “handlers” and staff. Would you, personally, like having a handler and having to live a lie that way?

There are people who seem to have a need to be acknowledged for their power and wealth, which they, of course, in their own minds, deserve. Look at Nancy Pelosi and her ilk in Congress, they have no self awareness at all. They are not bound by the same laws as you and I are, so even insider trading or taking bribes, excuse me, campaign funds, is no impediment to their acquisition of wealth. They must believe they deserve what they have.

Those in the Administrative state are no better, and could be even worse, since there are so many of them and they have been members of the deep state and learned its ways over long periods of time. John Koskinen and Lois Lerner are fine examples of virtue signaling. They are crooked and wealthy beyond belief, and yet willingly speak out on a continuing basis against others, such as the Tea Party groups, as being unworthy of tax fairness. All while preening their own law abiding feathers and being protected by the 5th Amendment, or whatever.

I do not believe the virtue signaling tiara sits easily on Lois Lerner’s head, she has not aged well and looks stressed. At one point even her neighbors wouldn’t open their homes to her. Maybe she’s moved now. But John Koskinen’s crown seems secure for the time being, despite his lack of sisu. One can hope he gets fired soon.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson, infamous race baiter that he is, “shakes down” his own people of color and demands their allegiance as he travels about with his armed goon bodyguards. They are quite visible as they roam the streets of Chicago terrorizing those who would toss them aside if they dared. Tales are rife of Jackson and his thugs’ boorish and sleazy behavior from people who have been unlucky enough to wind up on airplane flights with them where they trash their surroundings. But Jesse virtue signals always as he travels to “help” other blacks, and also humble brags every chance he gets. You’re wrong if you think he doesn’t have a lock on lots of crooked things in Chicago and he shares the wealth with his son (now that Jr. is out of jail and has the Coca Cola Franchise for the city of Chicago.) Money attracts more money for such virtuous people.

There is something in most of us deplorable people from fly-over country who still believe that only evil people refuse to acknowledge their own evil acts, or refuse to sustain the rights of others. People who think the laws do not apply to them. The ones with dead and ugly eyes, but who pretend humility enough to let you know how great they really think they are. Just ask Maxine Waters, or the fake Indian.

I am still baffled by people who think they will pay no price for the harm they inflict on their own country. People like Mr. Jonathan Gruber, who finessed Obamacare for the regime and then publicly laughed at the stupidity of the American people for accepting it. Does he really think that the people he laughed at will forget him? Will virtue signaling and humble bragging save him when push comes to shove and he is in the way of someone with more power? When gangs overrun the land? Or when patriots assert themselves and then he meets his deserved fate?

What happens when the hoi polloi want what they think of as theirs and storm the gated communities where the “better” people live? Where will the great get their food if there are no more farms or farmers willing to sell to them? Or no transportation to bring goods to market. Our betters might face a bare bones existence.

Since we are in the midst of Obamacare’s implosion and the destruction it has wrought on American families, thanks to Mr. Gruber and others like him, we need to be aware of what becomes of health care in the event of a break down of society for any reason. How long do you think your local hospitals will be functional if the transportation system fails and medical supplies cannot be delivered?

All you have to do is visit some local hospital and ask if they have a plan should a disaster or epidemic occur. Most hospitals have supplies of food, drugs and equipment to last for three, maybe four days at most. No more autoclaves to disinfect equipment on site, no sanitary linens and bandages.
No stoves to boil water on, no on-site laundry facilities. You will be better off at home because the spread of diseases is inevitable.

Once my daughter was hospitalized and needed some tape on a bandage. The doctor opened a large package to use only the tape and one or two other items from it. Everything else, including surgical grade scissors, was to be thrown away to be completely incinerated. One of the nurses slipped those scissors to me, plus the sterile mop up cloths which she said were the best and most absorbent cleaning cloths she had ever used. I wonder how many nurses would be fired today if caught giving such things away. Hospitals waste so many resources.

Storing some First Aid Kits and other medical supplies at home, even sanitary napkins and baby diapers might be a wise thing to do. When life saving medicines run out, many people will simply die. Life in the raw will come back with a vengeance.

Today I again heard the ultimate virtue signaling occur for the ex-president, Mr. Obama. According to his sycophants, Obama continually “reached across the aisle,” and had the “most transparent” administration in history. He said only nice things about Republicans and the police. Of course he never lied about the cost of health care and keeping your doctor either. Everything he did was for the benefit of Americans. And “fiscal responsibility” was his middle name, even as he enriched himself by raiding every trillion dollars he could. It would appear that the smartest man in the world is so humble he needs the help of his handlers to get the word of his greatness out.

Thinking about the arrogant virtue signaling humble braggarts in action around us makes one think of the fate of the useful idiots when their usefulness ends. There is ALWAYS someone greater waiting in the wings.
Even greater than swamp-dwelling ex-presidents, members of Congress and Bureaucrats.

Maybe there is a group of someone elses pulling the strings today. A group we know little or nothing about. But you can be certain the members are virtuous and humble, and want only the very best for you and me. When they unmask they will tell us so. • (469 views)

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15 Responses to Virtue Signaling and Humble Bragging

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, that person told the opposite of the truth regarding Barry Screwtape Obama. It makes you wonder what world he lives in. But as for why vermin like Jonathan Gruber think they’re immune, well, so far they gave been.

    • Anniel says:

      Our overlords do get away with a lot. And the anger and hatred seem so one-sided. Truth has no meaning anymore and the appearance of virtue seems to be all that is required.

  2. pstmct says:

    All of this now seems impossible to fix. Well it is impossible for man to fix, but with God, all things are possible. Man is broken, he cannot fix himself, no matter how many times he polishes the outside, he is still a wreak on the inside. Depressing post but so true.

    • Anniel says:

      Only the truth will save us, and that is definitely in God’s hands. For many souls the only truth they see is in their own beliefs, which tragically gets further distorted by politics, fakery and lack of critical thinking ability.

  3. David Ray says:

    I read that book about Jesse Jackson. He is genuine toilet film.

    • Anniel says:

      I once got to watch Jesse in action in real life. His goons were awful, and Jesse was appropriating gifts for children that were not meant for him. He stuffed his pockets and mouth with those gifts and dissed every white person in the place. That’s when other folks I knew began telling me about his groups piggy behavior on airplanes and no one has the courage to stand up to him. Toilet film? True.

  4. Anniel says:

    After I finished this article it dawned on me that I had not specifically added anything on GOPe members. We have so many of those deep in the sewers of Washington, D.C., and a lot without the desire to do anything brave or honest. Just looking at Paul Ryan and Lindsey Graham makes me ill.

    What in Heaven’s name does Mitt Romney think he’s doing? And Paul Ryan was his running mate, what a revolting development that would have been.

    Lisa Murkowski is bought and paid for by Alaska Bush and Native Corporation interests. The natives don’t care if she voted to keep Obamacare, they all use the Native Hospital Service for free, including transportation.

    Everyone seems to be about greasing their own palms, at the expense of everyone else.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I think it was Jay Nordlinger over at NRO who said he had only recently heard of “virtue signaling” and wasn’t quite sure what it meant. Nor did he think that displaying virtue was a bad thing.

    No one person gets to define a word. But I would say that “virtue signaling” is not hypocrisy, per se. The virtues being signaled may or may not represent a person’s personal beliefs and behavior. The basic point is moral exhibitionism, not sustaining and ratifying a particular virtuous belief. We know from those who do virtue signaling that the only ratification of any particular virtue is how it echoes in the echo chamber of the Progressive mob. There is often no underlying structure. What is virtuous today could quite literally be the opposite tomorrow.

    And the medium has much to do with the message. If someone Tweeted (and context for virtue signaling is everything…it has to be public, preferable social media) “I don’t beat my wife,” he is virtue signaling. First off, no one asked him, which is one component of virtue signaling. It’s gratuitous and general, not sincere and particular.

    “I washed my dog, gave him flea powder, and a good brushing,” even if aired on Facebook, shows the virtue of care and maintenance. But “I love dogs” is more about virtue signaling. You are establishing, via the echo chamber of the usually online mob, that “I’m one of you virtuous people too.”

    Indeed, I like dogs as well. But I would be more inclined to talk about experiences with particular dogs. Still, there’s nothing wrong with admitting an affinity for dogs in general. I am inclined to like them. But to get online where no one particularly asked you about dogs and to shout “I love dogs” is virtue signaling. It is gratuitous. It may not qualify as “moral exhibitionism” as much as “I hate Nazis” would. But it serves the same purpose. You’re saying, “Please, you mob out there, validate me.”

    Real virtue, of course, should be validated. But perhaps something written 2000 years ago shows that there was wisdom even before the time of the virtuous Social Justice Warriors. From Matthew 6:3: “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”

    Perhaps virtue does not require a megaphone. Anyway, that’s the way I see it.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      As I see it, virtue signaling isn’t boasting of good behavior, but rather boasting of devotion to the Cause. For example, denouncing Confederate statues (or those of slave-owning Founding Fathers) shows one’s anti-racism, regardless of how one treats any blacks one encounters.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      What is virtuous today could quite literally be the opposite tomorrow.

      Here is a pertinent quote from Mr. Douglass,

      “There is no such thing as new truth. Error might be old or new: but truth was as old as the universe.”

  6. Anniel says:

    I had watched humble bragging in action for a long time, but virtue signaling was a relatively new idea I was just beginning to catch on to. It seems to me that they go hand in hand, you can’t have one without the other. I think a truly virtuous person really does not want attention drawn to himself. He doesn’t want the right hand to know what the left hand is doing. Virtue signaling is used to raise the “helpers” public presence, and also places the people being “helped” in a subordinate and inferior role. Then the helper gets the right to humble brag to that inferior subordinate, and to the other members of his cause. For him it seems like a win-win proposition.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Virtue signaling is used to raise the “helpers” public presence

      Annie, I agree. And I think two bible quotes explain it all:

      1) Ecclesiastes 1:9: “There is nothing new under the sun.”


      2) Matthew 5:16: “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others.”

      God bless the virtuous man or woman. They seem to be a rare commodity. Let us not underrate virtue, silent or seen. Our world would not be worth living in if we didn’t have even the little that we have.

      One can debate the value of Moral Exhibitionism. Perhaps in some sense, it’s the only moral virtue many can connect to in this culture of artificiality. It’s the finger-painting version of virtue for the simple. And maybe virtue signaling, although obnoxious and superficial, still acts as a way to keep people virtuous, if only skin-deep, which might be better than nothing.

      I can’t help thinking that virtue is its own reward, like many of the true, good, and beautiful things. They, of course, need emulating but we can give them little defense because they are much larger than we are. We don’t build them. They build us.

      In this Facebook world where every blessed act must be put on display and subject to (begging for, really) “Likes,” the idea of not letting the right hand know what the left one is doing makes no sense. Unless it is “shared” (and applauded), it’s as if it didn’t happen.

      “That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”

  7. Anniel says:

    Brad: Amen and Amen.

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