Seth MacFarlane is an interesting character. Anyone who has seen the “Family Guy” knows that he’s extremely liberal – some might say annoyingly liberal – but also sides with us mostly on outrage culture, and is at least open to listening to other ideas.
That’s why this seemingly throwaway tweet is so interesting…
You never hear the expression "pet peeve" anymore because people believe their pet peeves are serious matters that require legislation.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 10, 2015
Besides being a witty way of explaining what many of us believe, this tweet perfectly sums up a key reason why a lot of us fight. More importantly, it’s coming from someone who is openly liberal, who has a bigger audience than any of us do that range from openly liberal to conservative, with a lot of apolitical in between. That group of “apolitical” is the ball game. Not to be confused with self-professed moderates (who are really just leftists in disguise).
This is why it’s so important to play outside the echo chamber. It’s where minds are changed. Seth MacFarlane should not be expressing anti-athoritarianism so much more effectively than we do, but we should at least be smart enough to take advantage of it when someone like him does.
There’s a whole big world out there outside of “Obama’s a socialist!” If you don’t stop to look around every once in a while, you could miss it.
Right now, Conservatives are.