Save Your Whining. If You Enter the Public Arena of Ideas, Prepare to Get Burned
After the Parkland shooting, a wart on humanity made himself a celebrity, aided, no doubt, by a media eager to treat his rectum with constant smoke exhalation therapy. A practice continuing to this day by the likes of CNN, the banana hammock of news. David Hogg and his posse of simpering brats dominated the news cycle because the news cycle made them dominate. David Hoggermeyerweiner leveraged his position as "school shooting victim" to lob insults at law-abiding Americans, the NRA and Marco Rubio while hiding behind his wall of victim status. A wall the media propped up before him like the prissy fan girls they are.
The wall of victimhood remained strong for weeks. No one wanted to call out the pug-nosed brat for what he was. Instead, people "silently" voiced their hatred in comment sections across the blogosphere and social media.
But Americans can only be shouted at from a condescending toe rag for so long. About two weeks ago, I'd personally had enough. So I sent a text to my writing team saying "Let's take it to David Hogg." I wanted to fire a rant at the little weasel. I was tired of him standing behind a wall while he insulted and bullied Americans, without anyone fighting back. Corey and I wrote an open letter, not with the intent for the Hoggface to read it, but as a venting mechanism for every American sick of seeing that balloon-shaped face insulting them daily.
Before I could hit "publish" I disclaimed the hell out of our letter. I knew the reason people weren't striking back at the simpering little bitch baby was that sacred wall of victimhood. Because he may be a minor. Because taking aim at a kid who'd been a victim of a tragedy was just meanspirited and how dare we.
Problem is, no. The second someone enters the arena of politics, gloves come off. If you want to enter a public debate on policy, expect everything to be thrown right in your face. Minor or adult. Victim or hero. There is no right to criticism immunity once you pop off some opinions in the public square. None.
Yet David Hogg, and his simpering lackeys in media -- who're using this kid to push their anti-gun agenda -- is doing just that: throwing himself on the floor, fists pounding the ground, screaming about "it's not fair." He doesn't like that people are making fun of him. He doesn't like that, after over one month of his immature lectures, after all his ad hominem attacks on Americans, some Americans are giving it right back to him.
Well isn't that just a boo-hoo crying shame.
David Hogg is the younger sibling, picking and taunting his older brother. When finally the older brother, tired of David behaving like a gnat, smacks him right across the face. Sending little David squealing to mommy about how unfair it was someone fought back.
Nope, that's not how this works.
If someone decides to go public, to air an opinion in public, especially an "opinion" which seeks to undermine the rights of Americans, that same someone better be ready for an onslaught of criticism. Most of which will not be dignified, civil, or pretty. Humanity is what it is. There's evidence aplenty of how ugly mudslinging can get.
Politics is for adults. If you're going to enter politics publicly, if you're going to comment on public policy and discourse on national television, the internet, or in any public sphere, you will be treated as an adult. And if you can't take the heat, if you don't like people dishing it right back at you, tough. Should've thought of that before demonizing over half of America.
Do I think it appropriate Laura Ingraham mocked Hogginator's college rejections? That actually doesn't matter. David Hogg made himself a target when he gladly accepted the robes of a public figure. Mudslinging is part of politics. It has been since forever. Again, ample warning. See also: history.
I realize some of these points are repeated. Sadly the repetition is necessary.
But David Hogg doesn't like being countered. He doesn't like it when people hit back. Suddenly he thinks squealing to mommy because "they're being mean to me" is good enough reason to call for the heads of those who dare criticize him. While he's been happily criticizing people who make him feel icky inside.
These are the rules of the political game: there are very few rules at all. Politics, political commentary, cultural commentary, speaking in anyway publicly are knockdown drag-outs. Examples of which are legion. David Hogg doesn't get an asterisk by his name when he enters the arena.
If you're here to fight, prepare to get punched right in the kisser. And don't come crying to us when it hurts.
~ Written by Courtney Kirchoff