Proud To Be In-Touch With Mainstream America
by sethco, Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 07:01:20 AM EST
George Clooney has been given a little press boost today following his comments at the Oscars last night. The Republicans at NRO's Corner are saying, "See, even they admit it!" While some liberal bloggers have given a nod to Clooney's defiance.
"And finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while. I think it's probably a good thing. We're the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular. And we, you know, we bring up subjects. This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy. Proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch."
I think Clooney misses the point, though, and, by trying to appropriate the right's "out of touch" slur, does little to combat the meme.
I grew up in Tom DeLay's district. Not the upscale Sugarland part, but the working-class area outside Houston. I grew up in a place that values God and country and baseball and country music. It's a place where Rush Limbaugh and David Brooks would be uncomfortable and out of place, even though they like to talk about how much it's "real" America.
It's also a place where the good Christian girls sometime get whisked away for a secret abortion to save the family shame. Every once in a while, the football player turns out to be gay and transfers to another district. The well-scrubbed son of the local dentist might just have a drug problem, so he ends up in a private school, far away from prying eyes. In other words, it's full of "real" Americans - just like everywhere.
Growing up in "real" America, I noticed something. The people who were "out of touch" were the parents and teachers who repeated these Limbaugh fantasies of a bygone era where everything was nice, clean, and convenient. They didn't have any practical solutions to teen-pregnancy or drugs. They offered solutions like "just say no" which did nothing to help anyone who was struggling.
Liberals and Democrats are not "out of touch" with mainstream America. They are mainstream America. Real, mainstream Americans are gay. They have gay kids. They get pregnant by accident. They have struggles and obstacles that they wrestle with every day. They have trouble paying the bills, and sometimes they make poor choices and stupid mistakes.
Liberals and Democrats are in touch with mainstream America. They recognize these problems and work honestly to come up with efficient and effective solutions - real solutions that will make real people's lives better.
So, don't tell people that you're proud to be out of touch. The only people out of touch are those who refuse to face the realities of life. Our nation is suffering some real crises right now not because of Hollywood liberals, but because the people who are truly "out of touch" are running the White House, the Congress, and the Supreme Court.