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The Power Of Cool

Last week Victor David Hanson wrote an intriguing piece for National Review called The Power Of Cool. melvin_udall posted some excerpts from it ,along with some analysis of his own.

Hanson's article is a pretty good catalog of liberal double-standards, such as the following:

State quite correctly that you can see Russia from parts of Alaska, and you are ditzy white-trash Sarah from Wasilla; state falsely that Franklin Roosevelt addressed the nation on television in 1929, and you are just 'good ol’ Joe Biden.'

A while back I found a glaring example of a double standard that would have fit neatly into Hansen's article. Back in 2010 there was a notorious facebook group with this title:

Dear Lord, in the past year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite musician, Michael Jackson, my favorite salesman, Billie Mays, and my favorite athlete, Chris Henry. I just wanted to let you know..... my favorite president is Barack Obama. Amen.

It aroused a firestorm of protest. Somebody started a petition to "remove facebook group praying for Obama's death" in response.

I understand some of the outrage. The original group was tasteless, asinine, and arguably blasphemous.

But around the same time there was another group called "God. Give Us Back Bob Marley and We Will Give You Justin Bieber".
There were similar ones about Kurt Cobain and other dead rock stars. "We will give you Justin Bieber" pretty clearly means it's OK if Justin Bieber dies. Death is generally what people mean when they talk about God taking somebody.

I never understood why these were OK and the Obama one wasn't. You could argue they were jokes,but so was the Obama prayer.  True, Obama is the President, but I don't think anyone would want to argue it's OK to wish death on anybody but the President.

The big difference is that Obama is cool and Bieber is not. The  moral principle is that is perfectly OK to wish death on somebody as long as they are not cool. As they said in National Review "cool buys exemption".

It's one of those things that makes me glad I'm old.