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Who Will Beat the Left?
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The Democrat Party is collapsing; that’s obvious. Poll after poll shows the trouble they’re in, and the Democrats’ performance in, well, everything proves they’re an entity dedicated to the proposition that competence and faithfulness to things that are objectively good and true are irrelevant to success.

And it turns out they are relevant.

So when you put them in charge of a university, enrollment drops as student debt mounts. When you put them in charge of Hollywood, you get The 355 and The Power of the Dog, and a sea of red ink. When you put them in charge of energy policy, you get $100 fill-ups at the gas station and a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

And when you put them in the White House, you get Ketanji Brown Jackson and her mediocre — at best — judicial record as a Supreme Court nominee.

The inevitable outcome of this sustained failure is … failure. Charles Krauthammer said, “that which can’t continue, won’t continue.” This is true of the Democrats.

Unless someone comes along and fails even more spectacularly than the Democrats do.

Seth Dillon, the proprietor of the world-famous satire site the Babylon Bee, does not fail. To the extreme contrary, Dillon has built a spectacular brand by using satire to illuminate, hilariously and with no punches pulled, the truth.

As such, the Babylon Bee responded to the utter idiocy of USA Today naming a man named Richard Levine as its Woman of the Year by naming Levine the Bee’s Man of the Year. If the previous sentence gave you a headache, it’s easily unraveled. Levine, who looks nothing like a woman even at his fairest, calls himself a “transgender” individual and presents in a dress. He’s a bureaucrat in the Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services and goes by Rachel Levine now.

Levine, before being hired in his present job, was one of the state-level public health bureaucrats guilty of killing hundreds or thousands of senior citizens with COVID by stashing virus patients in nursing homes and fueling the pandemic in those institutions, placing a mortal threat in proximity to the most vulnerable among us with predictable results. Levine made sure, moreover, that his own 95-year-old mother was safely ensconced in a hotel rather than her nursing home before doing so in Pennsylvania, where he was the secretary of that state’s Department of Health.

That performance earned him a bump up in status and pay. Levine is now your assistant secretary of health in the Biden administration and, somehow, a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. This despite any evidence that Levine has done anything particularly well other than to appear as a very obvious man in a female sartorial ensemble.

For that, USA Today decided he was so exceptional that none of the real women out there could compete with his feminine achievements and made him their Woman of the Year.

Yes, USA Today is confused. Its employees think that Twitter is real life.

The award was met with instant and well-deserved ridicule, and no — this does not signify that the editors of USA Today are brave. It signifies that they are morons, and that they are far more afraid of their fellow morons on Twitter and the cancel-culture reaction if they had found a real woman to make their Woman of the Year rather than a man in a dress. It is fair to say that American women had a bad year in 2021; so did America as a whole.

Still. The Woman of the Year should actually be female rather than just very badly pretending to be, no?

No, apparently. Because, well, Lia Thomas.

Dillon thought that award was idiotic, and the Bee acted accordingly.

The Babylon Bee has selected Rachel Levine as its first annual Man of the Year.

Levine is the U.S. assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he serves proudly as the first man in that position to dress like a western cultural stereotype of a woman. He is also an admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. What a boss!

Rachel’s original name is Richard Levine, but he changed it to Rachel for some strange reason a few years ago. Who cares? Who says a dude as accomplished as this can’t be named “Rachel?” This king doesn’t care what people think about him! He often wears a dress, which some people think is weird—but he doesn’t care one bit. Come on! Men in India wear dress-type garments, don’t they?

Twitter responded by suspending the Babylon Bee’s account. Just as Twitter responded to the New York Post’s accurate reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop and the wanton corruption and criminality it revealed by suspending the New York Post’s account.

Dillon’s response was absolutely perfect. He said he wouldn’t remove the tweet to the Bee article naming Levine as the Man of the Year because to do so would be helping Twitter to “eradicate objective truth.” He doesn’t give a damn if that means the Bee won’t ever get its Twitter account back.

“The initial attacks that we face from the media and Big Tech came from this angle that we’re spreading misinformation, and we need to be fact checked, and it was really weird how they were treating these jokes so seriously and giving them a truth rating,” Dillon said. “That didn’t really work out too well for them, they actually faced a lot of backlash for that, they were mocked very heavily, so there seems to be this shift in strategy. We’re now, instead of focusing on the misinformative nature of our satirical claims, they’re focusing more on the fact that we’re punching down without jokes or aiming at the wrong targets.”

“They’re making judgement calls based on your motives and who you’re joking about, whether or not your jokes really count as jokes or if they count as hate speech,” Dillon said. “That’s this tricky area that we’re landing in doing comedy as conservatives whose views simply differ from the popular narrative.”

Dillon said the Babylon Bee’s comic style might not align with coastal elite media members and Big Tech executives, but he feels the average American is on the same page as the Bee.

“We don’t concede for a moment that we are speaking hate speech here,” he said. “We’re punching back, not down, and we’re poking holes in the popular narrative.”

Seth Dillon understands that we’re now in a war to preserve our culture. This isn’t the culture war the Religious Right has been fighting for the last half-century. That war was lost. What we’re fighting for is to maintain our very right to criticize what the Hard Left has done with their victory.

You’re not even allowed to satirize a politician with objective truth about who he is. That’s where we are. It takes people of an iron constitution and a dogged determination to carry on a fight against such a regime. Seth Dillon is such a person, and he will force Twitter to back down just as he has done in the past.

When the Left is stood up to, they lose. They can’t win a fair fight, which is why they never allow one. But you can’t rig the game forever, particularly when you stink even at the rigged game. Just look at the Biden administration.

So it should be a rather obvious imperative that those of us on the right who wish to see the Democrats and their cultural apparatchiks turned out on their ears, giving us an opportunity to revive America, would insist on not failing.

Not everybody gets that message, though.

Back to Ketanji Brown Jackson, whom Ken Sondik perfectly summed up as a D- judge with A+ credentials here at The American Spectator. It turns out she’s not only a very mediocre jurist but also has a disturbing soft spot for sex offenders — something which might well have endeared her to the serial creeper and sex pest who nominated her. That record of permissive treatment toward people with even more pronounced perversions than Joe Biden demonstrates with disturbing frequency caught the attention of Sen. Josh Hawley, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee:

I’ve been researching the record of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, reading her opinions, articles, interviews & speeches. I’ve noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children

Judge Jackson has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, both as a judge and as a policymaker. She’s been advocating for it since law school. This goes beyond “soft on crime.” I’m concerned that this a record that endangers our children.

Hawley goes on in great detail to show Jackson’s clear leniency toward kiddie porn and other sex offenses.

This is a rather savage critique of Jackson’s record on a subject that matters a great deal to ordinary Americans. It also happens to be a political weak spot for the Democrats, and not just because Joe Biden is a slightly better-behaved version of Uncle Ernie from Tommy.

Because of this, the same people who suppressed the New York Post’s Hunter Biden reporting and who continuously attempt to put Seth Dillon out of business immediately declared Hawley’s research to be “debunked” and thus not worthy of vetting in the context of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. You already know this, but nothing Hawley is saying has been debunked.

But those same people were then joined by one Andrew McCarthy of National Review.

McCarthy proceeds to lecture us that Jackson’s leniency is toward consumers of kiddie porn, which isn’t the same as generators of it. And that therefore Hawley’s attack is dishonest.

Which got McCarthy mentioned by the dishonest, corrupt Chicago Democrat Dick Durbin, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, on Monday.

And Hawley’s critique, which has the kind of rhetorical “oomph” which could wedge us into the real questions about Jackson’s weak judicial record and fitness for the Court without having to wade through the usual identity politics bilge Democrats live on (bilge they disregard completely when it’s time to destroy black Republicans attempting to participate in the political process), is now wounded by “friendly” fire.

It’s war. You can win it with the Seth Dillons of the world willing to put their livelihoods on the line. But you can’t win it with people like McCarthy on your side.

Andrew McCarthy won’t even put invitations to cocktail parties in New York and D.C. on the line so that we can at least discuss the lousy judicial record of Joe Biden’s Supreme Court diversity hire. He says himself that he doesn’t favor the nomination, but rather than opine as to his own misgivings about her, he trashes Hawley. Hawley’s critique isn’t boring enough.

If you’ve come to the conclusion that the Babylon Bee is now a more serious ally in the cultural fight for America than is National Review, you’re correct. That is where we are.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics. He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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