|| by Will Galloway ||
Columbia – Yesterday, the smugness of the liberal elite was on full display. In a grotesque and horrific attempt at “comedy,” Kathy Griffin held up what appeared to be the bloodied, decapitated head of President Donald Trump. This picture, which has an uncanny resemblance to the iconography of Jihadis in the Middle East, clearly illustrates the problem with what we’ll call the “Champagne Socialists.”
The terms “Champagne Socialists” and “Limousine Liberals” are ones that I have borrowed from the United Kingdom’s political discourse. It refers to the liberals who advocate for left wing politics, who donate to the most liberal candidates for public office, but who lead a lifestyle in direct contrast to the policies they advocate. They are liberals because it makes them feel good. They advocate the politics of convenience, not the politics of compassion or conviction.
This is a group that has prospered under the Obama years, even as most of the country was stuck in the recession. They neither can nor wish to comprehend the anger that propelled Donald Trump to the White House. They direct their anger and condescension at those Americans who stood up for their country last November, those they call “deplorables,” “racists,” misogynists,” and “backward.”
They’ve struck before – such as when Samantha Bee attacked a cancer patient’s “Nazi Haircut” and when Stephen Colbert made his distasteful joke about President Trump and Vladimir Putin – but Kathy Griffin’s actions yesterday were the worst examples of this left wing smugness.
It is time for the Champagne Socialists to put up or shut up. It is time that they make a coherent, moral, and rational argument for their point of view, or to those on the right and left who genuinely care about the American people to bring about positive political change.
Now this is not to say that there are not good liberals. There are, and we have good faith disagreements with them, but we both care about the country. And this is not to say that there are not hypocrites on the right (I’m looking at you, Milo Yiannopoulos), it is to say that those on the left have been more prominent, vocal, and distasteful in recent weeks.
And it is to say that it is time for them to stop – stop dividing the country, stop attacking their fellow countrymen and their president, and time to stop leading the crusade against our form of government.