Pride Goeth Before (During and After) the Fall

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Pride Goeth Before (During and After) the Fall

Pride goes before dis­as­ter,
and a haughty spirit before a fall. –Proverbs 16:18

I spent last week in San Fran­cisco for work. My duties required me to arrive on Sun­day, which means I got there smack in the mid­dle of the Pride Parade. The prac­ti­cal effect of the parade is that it snarled traf­fic enough that my Lyft dri­ver had to drop me off a block and half from my hotel, and the parade lasted for six hours. I had work to do once I arrived, so I didn’t actu­ally attend the parade, but I def­i­nitely saw some of the crowd.

Mostly I found myself won­der­ing what these peo­ple were think­ing. I fail to see how wear­ing lin­gerie in pub­lic and dying your hair orange – as one woman (I assume) I saw in the hotel lobby – or wear­ing T shirts with offen­sive mes­sages “cel­e­brates” any­thing. It was a six-​hour long exer­cise in see­ing who could break the most social norms and get away with it. Appar­ently, you can get away with any­thing in San Francisco.

The tragedy of a once-​great city like this spend­ing so much money on a parade was brought home to me later in the week when I walked about a mile and a half from my hotel to go see a movie (“Infin­ity War” – I’ll just say I’m not a fan). You know all that stuff you’ve read about home­less peo­ple and feces on the street in San Fran­cisco? It’s all true. And it’s heartbreaking.

The car­i­ca­ture of Repub­li­cans is that they are heart­less and uncar­ing, but then you see a Democrat-​run city like San Fran­cisco spend all of its money on Pride Parades and a mas­sive con­struc­tion project to extend the rail sys­tem to the new Chase Cen­ter, the future home of the Golden State War­riors. Yes, the arena itself is pri­vately financed, but the infra­struc­ture costs around it will come from tax­pay­ers. And all of those taxes are being spent to make it eas­ier for peo­ple to hand over even more of their money to the greedy cap­i­tal­ist who owns the team. As Instapun­dit always asks, “why are democrat-​run cities such cesspits?”

Is it pos­si­ble that the Democ­rats who run San Fran­cisco are using the Gay Pride move­ment as a “shiny object” to lure peo­ple to this sup­pos­edly “enlight­ened” city to take their tax dol­lars while dis­tract­ing them from the fact that they get noth­ing in return but the oppor­tu­nity to dress up in weird out­fits and vent for a day? What is there to be proud of in that?

Pride goes before disaster,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.  -Proverbs 16:18

I spent last week in San Francisco for work. My duties required me to arrive on Sunday, which means I got there smack in the middle of the Pride Parade. The practical effect of the parade is that it snarled traffic enough that my Lyft driver had to drop me off a block and half from my hotel, and the parade lasted for six hours. I  had work to do once I arrived, so I didn’t actually attend the parade, but I definitely saw some of the crowd.

Mostly I found myself wondering what these people were thinking. I fail to see how wearing lingerie in public and dying your hair orange – as one woman (I assume) I saw in the hotel lobby – or wearing T shirts with offensive messages “celebrates” anything. It was a six-hour long exercise in seeing who could break the most social norms and get away with it. Apparently, you can get away with anything in San Francisco.

The tragedy of a once-great city like this spending so much money on a parade was brought home to me later in the week when I walked about a mile and a half from my hotel to go see a movie (“Infinity War” – I’ll just say I’m not a fan). You know all that stuff you’ve read about homeless people and feces on the street in San Francisco? It’s all true. And it’s heartbreaking.

The caricature of Republicans is that they are heartless and uncaring, but then you see a Democrat-run city like San Francisco spend all of its money on Pride Parades and a massive construction project to extend the rail system to the new Chase Center, the future home of the Golden State Warriors. Yes, the arena itself is privately financed, but the infrastructure costs around it will come from taxpayers. And all of those taxes are being spent to make it easier for people to hand over even more of their money to the greedy capitalist who owns the team. As Instapundit always asks, “why are democrat-run cities such cesspits?”

Is it possible that the Democrats who run San Francisco are using the Gay Pride movement as a “shiny object” to lure people to this supposedly “enlightened” city to take their tax dollars while distracting them from the fact that they get nothing in return but the opportunity to dress up in weird outfits and vent for a day? What is there to be proud of in that?