Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Uglification of America

Whenever I go out and about, to restaurants, stores, or any other place with substantial numbers of people, I am increasingly mortified by what I see. I’m not talking about the overt lack of civility, or the buried  heads in smart phones. I’m referring to  how the vast majority of Americans look nowadays.

When I graduated from high school in 1974, in a large class, I can recall exactly one girl who might have been considered fat. There were perhaps 2 or 3 overweight boys. In other words, the fat kids were statistically insignificant. When I drive by my local high school now, I see nothing but fat and obese teenagers. The situation has flipped completely, so that the non-overweight kids are now the anomalies.

The average American woman today weighs just under 170 pounds.  The average height of an American female is about five feet three inches. The average American woman now weighs more than the average American man did fifty years ago. And the average American man now weighs almost 200 pounds and has an average waist size of just about 40 inches. When I was a kid in the 1960s and 1970s, even the heaviest people I knew didn’t wear size 40 pants. Now the average U.S. male does. The average dress size for a woman is now sixteen.

It’s not just weight. One can’t help but notice the absurdly casual, slovenly way most Americans dress now. Not at home. In public. Did anyone envision seeing adults parading around in stores wearing pajama pants? So many men and women just appear to have “punted,” to simply have stopped trying to appear attractive in any way, shape or form. Instead, they slide on their XXL sweat pants, and their XXXL tee shirts, and parade about as proudly as their in-shape ancestors did.

Factor in the gratuitous tattoos that are everywhere now. I see otherwise good-looking young girls with an entire arm, perhaps both arms, completely covered in tattoos. There’s a good reason why, in the past, only pirates and drunken sailors got tattoos. They don’t make anyone look better. And when your skin is mostly camouflaged by ugly conglomerations of ink, it automatically causes others to view you less respectively. Tramp stamps, and all that.

I regularly refer to the increasingly Third World nature of America. With our overgrown median strips, outdated airports and railways, crumbling roads and bridges, and woeful power grids, we don’t look like the world’s wealthiest country. But our people are taking on that Third World look as well. What the world used to castigate as the “ugly American” is now becoming a reality, from the inner cities to the heartland. Just look at any crowd scene from the 1950s to understand what I’m talking about; they all look like super models in comparison. And I’m not talking about color. One way in which our increasingly diverse population is assimilating well is in their weight, their unattractive dress, and their affinity for tattoos.

I realize this is a sensitive subject, especially for women. A few years back, a study was published that concluded that the startling weight gain among U.S. women over the past half century was largely related to a precipitous decline in housework. A collective cry of “Excuse Me!” emanated from every corner of this nation, and that particular study was summarily shoved down the memory hole. That’s the way political correctness works.

The other day, I went to a fast food restaurant to pick up some breakfast. I almost never do that, but my son wanted it for his birthday. The drive-through line was backed up, perhaps fifteen cars. Knowing what I do of the average American’s laziness, I parked my car and walked inside. There was no one in line there. Think about that; Americans are so unwilling to walk fifty feet from their car, that they instead wait twenty minutes in line. For “fast” food. That’s an essential reason for the weight gain; people are just lazier now. Fortunately, it’s not just women, or not just some minority group, that’s lazier. Otherwise, there would be another collective cry of “Excuse Me!” and I’d be shunned from polite society for pointing it out.

Today, while waiting for some food at a high upscale place, I again noticed not only all the overweight, unattractive people, but the truly laughable hairstyles of some. So many females, including one that had to be sixty or so, with purple or pink dyed hair. So many with uncombed, sloppy hair. Too many with that extra short look that often advertises a hatred of men. And the men with all the shaved heads. Are there that many guys who are going bald now? With so many balding men desperately trying to save what they have, or miraculously grow back what they’ve lost, why do so many even young males just shave it all off completely? Again, even forty years ago, that shaved head look advertised potential criminality. Think Lex Luthor.

I guess I sound superficial. Maybe I am, but for those of us who lived in another era, when this mass unattractiveness didn’t exist, and where people at least attempted to look halfway decent when they left their house, it’s a huge culture shock. I know from being an overweight child just how hard it is to resist fattening food, but things have really gotten out of  hand now. I can’t remember the last time I was in a crowd, where there were more non-fat people than fat people. Virtually every guy has some kind of gut on him, and even the more attractive young girls are at least twenty pounds heavier than they were a generation ago.

And I don’t want to leave out the oldsters. The older generation now is too frequently entitled, as they cut in line and demand the best service at restaurants while tipping the least. Today I saw a kind woman jump to her feet, and hold open the door for an elderly couple. The elderly woman was using a walker, as an alarming number of Americans now are, and neither she nor her husband even glanced at the good samaritan, let alone thanked her. That’s just mind-boggling to me, and reflects the lack of courtesy and civility we see all around us in today’s America. Thank goodness I don’t go to the likes of Walmart, where obese, sometimes half-clothed patrons buzz about the store in motorized carts.

I don’t want America to turn into a Third World country, but our leaders are doing everything they can to make that happen. And the masses they’ve brainwashed into obeying their consistently counterproductive rules and laws, are now starting to really look the part of hopeless, unthinking, uncaring sheeple.

 

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

Sarah Jeong, a new member of the New York Times editorial board, came under fire from right-wing outlets recently for her Twitter history. On July 14, 2014, Jeong tweeted, “oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.” On November 28, 2014, she wrote, “Dumbass fucking white people marking up the internet like dogs pissing on fire hydrants.” And on December 23, 2014, she festively proclaimed, “Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins.” These are just a few examples of Jeong’s ugly history of anti-white tweets.

Predictably, the New York Times doubled down in defense of Jeong, and remained steadfastly committed to hiring her. Black conservative Candace Owens tweeted out Jeong;s controversial posts, word for word, simply changing every “white” to “black,” and was immediately suspended from Twitter. There’s a pretty obvious point there, but it will be lost on today’s establishment “left.”

In fact, few “liberals” consider Jeong’s tweets racist. The incredible explanation has been devised that she was actually the victim here, and was merely responding to the taunts of true “racists,” who were, of course, lily white. Establishment liberals have long maintained that it’s impossible for nonwhites to be racist.

I was born a white male. I had nothing to do with that, just as none of us have anything to do with our race or our gender. I’m not proud of being white, but I’m not ashamed of it, either. I don’t suffer from “white guilt,” because I’ve always treated all people as decently as I could.

We live in a society so twisted that my lack of shame over my skin color will be considered controversial. If I’d been born black, I’d probably feel differently. I certainly would be about as radical a black as the world has ever seen, but hopefully I’d see beyond race and embrace the big picture.

I realize that, by writing this, I may alienate even more people. But I’m confident it will be mostly white people who take offense. A lot of whites are really good at being offended these days, almost as good as they are at feeling guilty about something only a small fraction of their ancestors were ever associated with.

Just as a century’s worth of Jim Crow nonsense was bound to “explode,” as Langston Hughes so cogently warned us, decades of Affirmative Action, Black History Month, and nonstop bashing of whites will eventually “explode” as well. I think. It’s quite possible that today’s white people are so dumbed down, brainwashed, and “cucked,” to use a favorite new alt-right term, that they may indeed be incapable of ever standing up from their perpetual bent-over postures.

As I have noted many times before, if you’re still concerned about the slavery that once existed in America, you really ought to open your eyes to the horrific reality that today there are some 40 million slaves around the world. India, which is increasingly taking over the IT industry, and lowering wages in the process thanks to the deadly H-1B Visa program, has 10 million of those slaves. Where are the angry social justice warriors to demand an embargo of India?

Just recently, the United Nations accused this country of “racial terrorism” against black people, and recommended reparations for them. No one has accused this country’s leaders of more crimes than I have, but the tyranny they inflict daily upon the people isn’t race specific. And there are no black people living today who were enslaved, just as there are no whites alive who ever enslaved their ancestors. Why doesn’t the wise old adage about “the sins of the father” being visited upon the sons apply here? How about a Year of Jubilee instead, which would benefit the mass of humanity, of all colors and genders, who are suffering under this monstrous disparity of wealth?

All of our racial discord comes from the rampant stupidity of our leaders, especially the white ones. Something about treating everyone equally, and forging a color- blind society, has always eluded them. They honestly seem to feel that tearing down a confederate statue, or getting some usually lowly-paid white working stiff fired from his job, will benefit black people. It’s their way of fighting “racism,” which they are increasingly finding everywhere.

In recent years, we’ve been lectured about brown paper bags, or band-aids, being “racist.” And the people alleging this weren’t being satirical. But what is more disturbing is the response from white people to these ridiculous charges. Total silence. No one is pointing out that this emperor, like all the others in our mad modern world, is totally, stark naked. They merely bustle along with their heads down, and hope that no one points an accusing finger at them.

While Martin Luther King spoke of judging people by the content of their character, no one in America today wants to do that. In a fair society, there would be no “race” selection on any business or government form, outside perhaps of the census. The only thing such a selection can do is to create some kind of discrimination. While “liberals” today claim to hate discrimination, they discriminate nonstop against those they hate, and they hate a lot of people. Perhaps they should recall real liberal Bob Dylan’s comedic line about not letting “Barry Goldwater move in next door and marry my daughter.”

Bob Dylan also wisely counseled us that poor whites are merely a “Pawn in Their Game.” Today’s liberals, many of whom were once probably Dylan fans, would advocate firing and even imprisoning those poor whites if they could be proven guilty of uttering “racist” comments. That’s today’s Left for you; uncover the “racism” that is apparently latent in all white people everywhere, and cause their lives to be destroyed in the process. Black people will somehow “overcome” because of that.

At this point, America should not still be talking about the same things we talked about in the 1960s. Numerous civil rights laws have been passed. School integration should have assured that all children are getting the same (generally subpar) education. Very, very few whites today are “racist.” Blacks are no better or worse, by virtue of their skin color, than anyone else.

“White privilege” exists, but it’s the privilege of power, not of race. Most of our leaders are undeniably white, as well as undeniably corrupt. Liberals today appear to actually believe that the poorest people in America, the whites in Appalachia, have some kind of “privilege” that Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and countless other black One Percenters don’t have.

White college professors want to eradicate “whiteness.” Courses exist in which the primary focus of the curriculum is an intense hatred of white people. Michael Moore writes a book titled “Stupid White Men.” Moore is a white man, stupid or not. I often marvel at these self-hating social justice warriors, whose words condemn their own parents, siblings, children and ancestors. They really should walk the walk, and give everything they have to some non-white who doesn’t have their “privilege.”

Laws should apply equally to everyone, regardless of ethnicity, gender, income, or anything else. Rules and standards of conduct, and general expectations, should be the same across the board. Affirmative Action, race norming of tests, is just as discriminatory as separate bathrooms once were. The Old Boy Network was odious, and still exists in some form in lots of places, but the social justice warrior system is just as unfair, because it’s not based on any kind of merit or fairness.

Identity politics, and racial politics in particular, are a distraction from the very real class war that has been going on for a very long time, which is the subject of my book Survival of the Richest. Allowing black workers to get away with things that white workers are routinely fired for does nothing to advance civil rights, and creates more prejudice within those who are victimized by it.

When we hear the media or politicians talk about having a “dialogue” about race, we know what they mean. This “dialogue” will consist of angry black people accusing whites everywhere of “racism,” with perhaps a token submissive white on board, to look suitably guilty. Whites have become experts at apologizing for things they never did, or had any control over, or for simply expressing an unpopular opinion. And they’ve been asked to apologize a lot. A whole lot. What is lost on these anxious apologizers is that the apologies don’t pacify those asking for them. They still get fired, their careers are still ruined, and they still get called “racist.”

I won’t say I have friends who are black. That would be one of the million or so examples of “racism,” according to today’s Left. I have, however, worked with and socialized with hundreds of black people over the decades. I’ve always spoken my mind around them, which they, naturally enough, seem to appreciate. No black has ever called me a racist. Frankly, I think they admire the few white people who don’t act condescending towards them.

When we have reached the point where simply saying “all lives matter” is “racist,” all debate on the subject of race is impossible. You can’t solve a problem when all parties involved are not permitted to give their input. Racial relations won’t improve by one racial group accusing another group of “racism” over and over again, without the accused group having the right (or really the willingness) to defend themselves. It’s tantamount to a continuous rigged trial, where there is no defense attorney, and the sentences meted out are forced apologies and ruination of careers.

Our civilization has embraced the culture of ignorance and violence which naturally festers in the pockets of poverty we find in most of our big cities. The entertainment world, the fashion world, the political world, and obviously the sports world have permitted ghetto culture to not merely seep in, but in the cases of sports and entertainment, to completely dominate. The pigeon English-style of slang that rules ghetto culture has been christened respectfully as Ebonics. Recently, it has been suggested that proper grammar itself is “racist.”

No one is speaking up more for the rights of the poor and dispossessed than me. I wrote Survival of the Richest to expose the sinful disparity of wealth in America, and it does indeed impact blacks significantly, who are disproportionately in the lower income levels. But the unequal distribution of wealth isn’t “racist,” it’s class warfare, being waged by the rich against the poor and what’s left of the middle class. The victims of this class war are all colors, creeds, ages and genders.

John F. Kennedy, during the struggle for real equality in the early 1960s, put things eloquently when he declared, “Race has no place in American life or law.” It doesn’t get any simpler than that. As my favorite (and he happens to be black) character on The Walking Dead says, “All life is precious.”