British politics isn’t all tea time and snobbishness. Once in a while Brits make surprisingly refreshing points when it comes to the realm of politics (see AWESOME: UK’s Nigel Farage Blasts EU’s Pathetic Response to #Brexit). Take Daniel Hannan, for example. He has a few thoughts when it comes to “virtue signaling,” or patting oneself on the bottom for moral superiority. Also know as the backbone of Hillary’s campaign…
Declamatory politics has become a substitute for actual lawmaking. Positioning yourself correctly is now the aim, and it doesn’t matter if there’s no impact on the real world.
Almost all bad laws begin because politicians want to use the legislative system not to tackle an actual grievance, but rather to let the world know what nice people they are.
This is an age that has become moralistic rather than moral. We are more interested in signaling the right opinions than in doing the right things. And I’m afraid in this respect, we’re getting the politicians we deserve.
Firstly, I love it when Brits dish out insults to crappy politicians. They’re always so classy about it, because Britishness and whatnot. Cheers Mr. Hannan.
While Hannan is talking about British politics, it’s still especially relevant to Americans – because our politicians are equally guilty of virtue signaling. Hence the pandering (see EPIC: Crippled Conservative Goes Off on DNC Handicap Pandering).
Everything sounds better with a British accent…
Hannan is right: modern leftists care more about “being moralistic than moral.” Appearances mean more than actions, intentions more than results. Example “Women’s rights” sounds good, so tossing unwanted babies out with the bathwater is totes okay.
It’s refreshing to see someone call out the suckery of politics. Especially when said person calling it out is a politician themselves. It’s an authenticity Americans crave (see Good News? Pennsylvania Sees HUGE Democrat to Republican Voter Registration Shift). Some people vote Trump because of it, and some simply don’t vote at all. It’s not all that surprising after having years of shallow, political, fecal matter shoved in our faces.
Speaking of fecal matter…