HuffPo on Alec Baldwin: Everything is Relative... Even Abusing 11-Year Old Relatives
In the aftermath of last week's Imus Idiocy Incident, we saw the Left attacking the attackers of the precious speech codes that it itself created when one of its own, Don Imus, violated one.
This week at the Huffington Post, we see the Left, here in the form of author STACY PARKER AAB, making excuses for another of its clay-footed idols, Alec Baldwin, asking, "Who Among Us Can Judge Alec Baldwin?"
She's referring to the leaked voice-mail Baldwin left for his 11-year old daughter.
Some choice excerpts from Alec's narcisstic personality disorder tele-meltdown:
"You have insulted me for the last time. You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being... I don't give a damn that you are 12-years old or 11-years old or that you're a child or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass... You have humiliated me for the last time with this phone.... you are a rude, thoughtless little pig, okay?"
After listening to all that, Stacy -- who, according to her HuffPo bio, has a history of working with children, no less -- spins furiously to put all of Alec's vile, abusive vitriol in its proper hey-everything-is-relative-and-contextual Leftist perspective:
Bottom line? We don't know enough to judge. All we know is that one side went public. And I'm sad that the media have once again been glad participants in broadcasting tapes and accusations for someone else's tactical gain--gains that may benefit the participants, but will not benefit the public good.
Personally, I think about the scraps of my conversations, if set apart, that would paint horrifying pictures of the state of my relationships. Now, think of your marriage. Think of your parents. Who is the loved one that drives you craziest? How well do you think you'd fair if transcripts of your phone calls and emails got broadcast all over the nation? I'm sure Professor Smart could come along and analyze the text and divine all sorts of true meaning, but human beings are always bigger than any mere text they produce, no matter how slaved over, how close to perfect reflection of their thought and mood at the time.
This is by no means meant to belittle the hurtful power of words. There is nothing like repeated belittling and threatening to beat a child (or an adult) down to nothing. There is nothing redeemable about the use of the word "pig." I would argue however that we don't have enough evidence or understanding to truly judge whether his visitation rights should be suspended. That it's easy to get caught up in the "gotcha" of "oh, this sure sounds bad!" and not take into consideration the very real human elements involved. We don't have enough evidence to know if this a harmful pattern repeated or a prelude to violence.
Let me repeat again: words matter. They can hurt you in deep ways. They can foreshadow actions to come. But not always. Sometimes, a word is more steam than steel. Steam that evaporates quickly and is soon forgotten. It takes understanding to know the difference. Something that we, as outsiders, with so little to go on, lack.
And even if a word said is truly mean-spirited, said with intent to hurt, that is only one moment in a relationship. Not the whole.
I feel for Mr. Baldwin, because for the sake of his relationship, and for the sake of damage control, he will not be able to explain himself. At least not now while its fresh in our minds. The slur will stay with us, the proverbial bell that can't be unrung.
For his family's sake, I hope this story goes away fast. And I also hope his daughter can later forgive all those involved in making her family pain some very public news copy.
Forgive me for doubting her sincerity -- actually her own cognitive dissonance has probably forced to to brainwash herself into believing it -- but I don't think for a moment that she is hoping for the story to "go away fast" for Baldwin's family's sake... unless she means his "family" of Leftists like herself and the HuffPo gang.
Some final thoughts:
Leftism has become a religion, filling the God-vacuum for Post-Christians.
Alec Baldwin is one of the High Priests of the religion of Leftism.
Baldwin's verbal abuse of his daughter is metaphorically similar to Catholic priests' sexual abuse of altar boys.
Aab and the HuffPo's reaction to his behavior is metaphorically similar to the Catholic Church's historical reaction to abusive priests -- but here, instead of simply telling the priest to "go away fast" to a brand new diocese far, far away, Aab hopes that the story itself will "go away fast."
Replace with word "hopes" with the word "prays" in her sentence, and the metaphorical similarities between the two religions become even clearer.