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Monday, August 17, 2009

The Hold that Predefined Narratives have over the Minds of Leftists

The incident between Officer James Crowley and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr demonstrates just what a powerful grip fictional narratives have on the minds of leftists. All the leftists in the country, from the President on down, fervently believe that Crowley acted out of racial animosity but they can’t explain what action of Crowley’s indicates his racial animosity. Instead, they must rely on a narrative shared by the subculture to convince each other that Crowley must be wrong.

Leftists are clearly caught up in two narratives. First, they have the narrative of black man versus white cop. In this narrative, one need only plug the race and role of each person into the narrative and the narrative will tell them who was absolutely wrong and who was absolutely right. Since Crowley was the white cop, the narratives says he acted wrongly. Case closed.

The second narrative is the hindsight narrative. This is a narrative in which the actions of participants in an event are explained in terms of information known in hindsight, not the information each participant had at the time. In hindsight, we all know that Gates was a legal resident in his home and that the report of break-in was a false alarm. With that information, the hindsight narrative creates a story in which Crowley is clearly a bully harassing an old man for illegitimate reasons.

We can dismiss the first narrative outright because it is simply racist. We should always evaluate individuals based on their own actions not on our arbitrary inclusion of them in some stereotyped group. The second narrative falls apart when we look at the sequence of events and examine the actions of both Gates and Crowley based on the information each had on hand at the time.

Source: Chicago Boyz (Go read the entire article there)


It never enters the minds of most lefties that the facts could be other than what they have had drilled into them day after day, year after year in public schools and from their political leaders.

Part of my definition of what a Lefty is involves anyone who operates with a predefined narrative that automatically casts people in certain roles of good guy or bad guy based on race, ethnicity or role they have in society. That's why I classify most Ron Paul supporters as Lefties because they operate with predefined narratives as well, many of them indistinguishable from ones used by Lefties in the Democrat Party.

A couple or incidents in the Lefty Freakshow that is Asheville, NC follow this perfectly.

The 1st incident was the case of a person who had a belligerent encounter with the police when they checked out why an upside down flag was flying over their house (a universal sign of distress) and the people inside acted just like Gates did, even going a step further an getting into a scuffle with the police. All the usual Lefties and Ron Paul Lefties bought the story based on the narrative that the police are always wrong, and looking to violate citizens privacy or whatever Constitutional Right is on the boiler plate for the day. [Source]

From the US Flag Code:

(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

The 2nd, and most recent incident, happened when an encounter took place that ended with a bicyclist getting shot by an off duty fire fighter.

Be sure to read this commentary thread to see what I mean.