My family with Rick Santorum. Left to right: Lisa Graas, Jesse Graas, Rick Santorum, Bethany Graas, Teresa Graas
Today in Santorum, left-wingers are having a field day talking about ‘Modern Family’ “star” Eric Stonestreet and his reported refusal to take a picture with Rick Santorum. Rick Santorum is my friend. I had no idea until I read these articles that this had occurred. I do not dispute that it did occur because Rick Santorum is a very warm and loving person who treats everyone with respect. It is no surprise to me that he approached Stonestreet and asked if they could have their picture taken together. It also does not surprise me that Stonestreet refused. Why? Because he is a left-winger. It also does not surprise me that left-wingers are glorying on blogs today in Stonestreet’s refusal. If you have read a recent trending article, Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist, you will see, too.
Based on Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist, here are ten reasons Eric Stonestreet refused a photo with Rick Santorum.
10. Huffiness – “The disconnect between leftists’ announced value of championing the poor and the leftist practice of expressing snobbery for them stung me.”
Stonestreet’s refusal was snobbish. “Snob - a person who strives to associate with those of higher social status and who behaves condescendingly to others.”
9. Selective Outrage – “I was a graduate student. Female genital mutilation came up in class. I stated, without ornamentation, that it is wrong. A fellow graduate student, one who was fully funded and is now a comfortably tenured professor, sneered at me. ‘You are so intolerant. Clitoredectomy is just another culture’s rite of passage. You Catholics have confirmation.’ [...] The left’s selective outrage convinced me that much canonical, left-wing feminism is not so much support for women, as it is a protest against Western, heterosexual men. It’s an ‘I hate’ phenomenon, rather than an ‘I love’ phenomenon.”
The important thing for Stonestreet was not to respectfully acknowledge Santorum’s gesture of kindness because he is a fellow human being who deserves respect as such, but rather to disrespect him and spread hatred for him as is occurring today in the left-wing blogosphere. The Left will turn a blind eye to any good or to any evil in order to spread such hatred. So it was that Stonestreet turned a blind eye to Santorum’s respect for him and turned the whole situation into a reminder to other left-wingers that they need to hate Rick Santorum.
8. “It’s the thought that counts” – “My favorite bumper sticker in ultra-liberal Berkeley, California: ‘Think Globally; Screw up Locally.’ In other words, ‘Love Humanity but Hate People.’”
Stonestreet and the left-wing blogs having a feeding frenzy today over his story would likely tell you that they love humanity.
7. “Leftists hate my people.” [Working people] – “Leftists freely label poor whites as ‘redneck,’ ‘white trash,’ ‘trailer trash,’ and ‘hillbilly.’ At the same time that leftists toss around these racist and classist slurs, they are so sanctimonious they forbid anyone to pronounce the N word when reading Mark Twain aloud. President Bill Clinton’s advisor James Carville succinctly summed up leftist contempt for poor whites in his memorable quote, ‘Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.’
Rick Santorum represents working people. That is expressed most clearly in 2012 polling results and in his new book Blue Collar Conservatives. Sanctimonious behavior toward him is typical of left-wing denigration of working people.
6. “I believe in God.” – “Read Marx and discover a mythology that is irreconcilable with any other narrative, including the Bible. Hang out in leftist internet environments, and you will discover a toxic bath of irrational hatred for the Judeo-Christian tradition. You will discover an alternate vocabulary in which Jesus is a ‘dead Jew on a stick’ or a ‘zombie’ and any belief is an arbitrary sham, the equivalent of a recently invented ‘flying spaghetti monster.’ You will discover historical revisionism that posits Nazism as a Christian denomination. You will discover a rejection of the Judeo-Christian foundation of Western Civilization and American concepts of individual rights and law. You will discover a nihilist void, the kind of vacuum of meaning that nature abhors and that, all too often, history fills with the worst totalitarian nightmares, the rough beast that slouches toward Bethlehem.”
Rick Santorum is certainly a believer in God. That is something to be demonized by the Left. If Stonestreet had acknowledged that Rick Santorum was just doing what Christians do in showing personal respect, he might have returned Santorum’s gesture in kind, but to acknowledge that would be to acknowledge that Christians aren’t really what the Marxists claim they are. So, he refused the gesture.
5 & 4) Straw men and “In order to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs.” – “It astounds me now to reflect on it, but never, in all my years of leftist activism, did I ever hear anyone articulate accurately the position of anyone to our right. In fact, I did not even know those positions when I was a leftist.” [...] ‘Truth is that which serves the party.’ The capital-R revolution was such a good, it could eliminate all that was bad, that manipulating facts was not even a venial sin; it was a good. If you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs. One of those eggs was objective truth.”
I know Rick Santorum. He is my friend. He was being kind and respectful in offering to have his picture taken with Stonestreet. The “straw man” here is that Rick Santorum is ostensibly a bad person. He’s not. The “egg” that is broken is the objective truth about Rick Santorum.
2 & 3) It doesn’t work. Other approaches work better. – “My students do know — because they have been taught this — that America is run by all-powerful racists who will never let them win. My students know — because they have been drilled in this — that the only way they can get ahead is to locate and cultivate those few white liberals who will pity them and scatter crumbs on their supplicant, bowed heads and into their outstretched palms. My students have learned to focus on the worst thing that ever happened to them, assume that it happened because America is unjust, and to recite that story, dirge-like, to whomever is in charge, from the welfare board to college professors, and to await receipt of largesse. [...] After I realized that our approaches don’t work, I started reading about other approaches. I had another Aha! moment while listening to a two minute twenty-three second YouTube video of Milton Friedman responding to Phil Donahue’s castigation of greed. The only rational response to Friedman is ‘My God, he’s right.’”
Stonestreet was cooperating in the narrative that Rick Santorum is a “hater.” Faced with the reality that Rick Santorum is not even remotely a “hater,” Stonestreet opted to close his mind. The closed mind, unfortunately, also closes off people you might otherwise have a friendly relationship with. Does Stonestreet have any friends who agree with Rick Santorum? How could he if he closes his mind to them? Hence, socialism doesn’t work for humanity. It requires you to see people who disagree with it as a problem to be rejected.
1. Hate - “I experienced powerful cognitive dissonance when I recognized the hate. The rightest of my right-wing acquaintances — I had no right-wing friends — expressed nothing like this. My right-wing acquaintances talked about loving: God, their family, their community. I’m not saying that the right-wingers I knew were better people; I don’t know that they were. I’m speaking here, merely, about language. [...] I do have right-wing friends now and they do get angry and they do express that anger. But when I encounter unhinged, stratospheric vituperation, when I encounter detailed revenge fantasies in scatological and sadistic language, I know I’ve stumbled upon a left-wing website.”
Rick Santorum is a kind person who was being respectful to and welcoming of Eric Stonestreet as a human being made in the image of a loving God who has dignity as such. Eric Stonestreet, on the other hand, hates Rick Santorum.
A final note: I don’t watch television, partly because of content such as what I find in the description of “Modern Family,” which Stonestreet is a part of. The difference between conservatives and progressives seems to be that, in general, conservatives hate certain behaviors but never human beings. Progressives are, however, willing to hate other human beings who do not agree with them and they are quick to accuse conservatives of that very thing. In my mind, this story of Stonestreet and Santorum is a prime example of how that plays out in real life situations. Another example is that people who are rightfully upset that our southern border is not secure and that the law is being broken thousands of times each day on the border because of that are called “racists.” Another example is that people who hate the act of abortion are called “anti-woman,” even though the pro-life movement itself is majority female. The Left drives hatred and resentment whereas the Right drives opposition to the bad ideas being thrust upon us. The more people understand the basics of human dignity, the less hatred and resentment there will be in America.