The Comfortable Left’s Emotional Victory in the Boston Bubble World

Saruman:  Victory at Helm’s deep does not belong to you, Théoden Horse Master, you are a lesser son of greater sires.

The Lord of the Rings:  Return of the King (extended version) 2003

Christie:  What’s the quietest Island in the area
Virgil:  I’d say Kemo
Gruber: Yep Kimo, Quiet like a library.
Christie: Well When we land on that quiet little Island what do you think happens?
Ensign Parker: I dunno?
Christie: Binghamtom run smack into a Japanese Scout, he engages him in combat. He saves our whole crew and we send him back to the Officers club a hero!

McHale’s Navy, The Captain’s Mission 1963

I’ve been thinking about what what the results of events this weekend on the Boston Common will be.  There will be significant consequences politically both locally and nationally (although not in the way some might think) But there is one perspective that I want to address because it is independent of the various political agendas out there.

As I mentioned in my post Sunday.  Saturday’s events drew a large amount people who while non-activists have spent their lifetime in the media/academic bubble of liberalism.  I suspect for such people, attending this event was something of critical importance to their self image.

For their entire lives they have heard the stories of those who had come before them.  Their grandfathers and great grandfathers who had fought in World War two,  risking their lives to check the advance of a murderous fascism on the world.  They saw their stories lionized in history and media for (oddly enough the story of those same folks stopping the advance of murderous Communism in Korea thus securing the ability of South Koreans to live modern lives didn’t make the lionization cut). Their parents or grandparents lived in the civil rights era where people actually risked life and limb to secure basic civil rights for those oppressed by Jim Crow also celebrated in media and academia.

Furthermore in that same media bubble they have been told for over a decade that the Gay Marriage debate is not a matter of debate (at least not since Obama’s 2012 election year epiphany) and the Transgender debates that followed were yet another chapter in the civil rights.

They have been assured of all of these things, and have looked at their comfortable lives with the latest phones, and gadgets, entertainment streamed to their homes on demand, attending universities where the going rate for their education is larger than the per capital income of most of the countries of the world an what they spend on cable and Starbucks annually alone is more that the per capita income in different 30 countries.

Yet what had they done or sacrificed or risked to get these things?  What had they done to be worthy of those who came before them?

For such people the events on the Boston Common were a godsend.

For the cost of a train ticket, parking and making a sign they could be seen and counted as standing up to one of the great historical evils at risk to themselves.  Instead of fighting computer generated Nazis online, you would be putting yourself out there for the cause of right and justice and be celebrated for it by the media, by your fellows, and online for doing so.

Yeah I know things weren’t as iffy as they might have been led to believe

Sure the mayor of Boston made sure the police would be there in force keeping deadly weapons out of people’s hands and mitigating the actual risk to nearly zero

Sure the number of people who in the crowd on your side outnumbered those you were counter protesting by a factor of anywhere from 100-1000.

Sure despite the assurances of the media and activists that you were opposing Nazi and the Klan the presence of Nazis and Klansman on the Boston common was more theoretical that actual

Sure the nasty looking guys in black wearing mask were on your side and only a danger to Police or people who dared walk though the Boston Common wearing Trump banners or Israeli Flags.

and I’m sure some who were there seeing facts (which they in fairness had no control over anyway) beyond their bubble world and laugh at their worries.  But a lot of others will go home,  post selfies on instagram and point out the news coverage to family talking about being there in Boston confronting the Nazis.

And in the weeks and months to come in that bubble world they inhabit they’ll, around a beer on the college common, or at their local Starbucks or over a glass of wine at a party or cookout talk about that fateful day on the common to their fellow bubble dwellers sounding something like this:

Captain Binghamton: Oh I tell you it was rough gentlemen rough I don’t care what actions you’ve seen unless you were at Kimo.

To them it will be simple truth because no matter what actually happened on the common that day, they had gone to Boston to prove they they were just as willing to put themselves on the line as those people who came before them and the feeling they made a difference was real and authentic.

That was the emotional victory they had fought for and those who share and depend on that bubble world will celebrate that victory with them for as long as they can keep that bubble intact.



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