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Meghan McCain Addresses Kelly Clarkson's "Call to Action" on School Shootings
Over the weekend, the original American Idol loaned her pipes to a cause about caring. What better way to insist on change than to cry about insisting on change? Especially if it involves guns. The subject came up on "The View," where Meghan McCain broke it down all simple like:
I get it, a call to action. But what do you mean by action?
Most people feel terrible about any kind of tragedy, an act of violence, or act of evil. But to just say "We need to take action, we need change" isn't actually action or change. It's virtue signaling. It makes the person feel good about themselves, and that's it.
Which isn't to say Kelly isn't feeling all the feelings. But having a stage and saying "We need change!" isn't positive action. It's like smelling a baby's poopy diaper and saying "Ew, it smells. Somebody should do something" then continue playing Bejeweled on an iPhone.
In order to enact change, there needs to be a plan of action which actually works. "Let's ban all the guns" isn't going to work, and it's against the Second Amendment. "Let's talk about our feelings!" isn't a plan of action. "We need to do something different!" isn't actually doing something different. One shouldn't get points for signaling how they feel. Maybe if we spent less time trying to out feel each other, and more time looking at root causes, and no, the Second Amendment doesn't count, we'd have more luck cracking the case.