Running Iron Report reader John Dutcher scouted up what may be a perfect example of a worldview that RIR stands against.
L.A. Times columnist Virginia Heffernan was knocked sideways by a powerful gust of cognitive dissonance when when she discovered that her Trump-supporting neighbors had done her a kindness.
Oh, heck no. The Trumpites next door to our pandemic getaway, who seem as devoted to the ex-president as you can get without being Q fans, just plowed our driveway without being asked and did a great job.
How am I going to resist demands for unity in the face of this act of aggressive niceness?
Of course, on some level, I realize I owe them thanks — and, man, it really looks like the guy back-dragged the driveway like a pro — but how much thanks?
These neighbors are staunch partisans of blue lives, and there aren’t a lot of anything other than white lives in neighborhood.
She resolved her discomfort the way most folks would — by comparing this act of neighborliness to the social outreach of Hezbollah. Seriously. Read the column. Can’t make this shit up.
Heffernan concludes that:
I also can’t give my neighbors absolution; it’s not mine to give. Free driveway work, as nice as it is, is just not the same currency as justice and truth. To pretend it is would be to lie, and they probably aren’t looking for absolution anyway.
But I can offer a standing invitation to make amends. Not with a snowplow but by recognizing the truth about the Trump administration and, more important, by working for justice for all those whom the administration harmed. Only when we work shoulder to shoulder to repair the damage of the last four years will we even begin to dig out of this storm.
I’d say we’ll NEVER dig out of this storm if we insist on looking upon every action in a political context. Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard the arguments that the option of NOT looking at everything through political lens is evidence of “privilege.” Like the “privilege” of having a “pandemic getaway,” I suppose. I don’t buy into purity spirals. As a friend says, if you look at the world through shit-colored glasses, everything looks like shit.
At RIR, what you do is what matters. If you are the kind of person who shovels your neighbor’s driveway out of pure neighborliness, I don’t care if you’ve got a “TRUMP 2020” or a “In Our America” sign in your yard.
Less of Ms. Heffernan, please: More of this…