Explaining the Narcissistic Rage of the Left

How to account for the scorched-earth hatred of Donald Trump?

He inspires a darkly fanatical dislike, disapproval, and disgust in his most ardent detractors.  He is a distillation for millions of unhappy Americans of all things repugnant, repulsive, and wretched.  The fever pitch at which he has been mocked, ridiculed, condemned, and threatened is beyond anything anyone in living memory has been subject to – let alone a sitting American president.  From Colbert’s “holster” to Madonna’s fantasy of blowing up the White House to Kathy Griffin’s decapitation stunt, and De Niro’s thug life wish to “punch him in the face,” the gloves are most certainly off – if only to better grasp a bludgeon.  And that’s just the celebrities.  Even a state senator from Missouri hoped for Trump’s assassination on Facebook.

Why such unabated arch-loathing?  One possibility is that Trump’s triumph dealt the progressive left a narcissistic injury from which they are still reeling.  Is there another explanation for why previously sober, thoughtful Americans have abandoned the rational in such numbers?

The elite see their virtue, rectitude, and moral superiority reflected back to them in the films, newspapers, advertisements, TV shows, and magazines they themselves create, and it is intoxicating – a gauzy reverie of self-ratifying congratulation.  Is it any wonder, after such unmitigated success, that the left is apoplectic about having its echo chamber shattered by a barbarian like Trump?

The belief system of the progressive left includes the shared understanding that leftists have been anointed to determine what is good and right in American life and what is not.  Their candidate was ordained to hold the highest office in the land as the inevitable consequence of this orthodoxy.  That belief system was shattered at 2:30 AM on November 3, 2016, when the Associated Press called the election for Trump.

Cue shock, horror, denial, and a rage that might be termed the VSO – the Veruca Salt Option.  Named after the spoiled rich girl in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, whose nuclear tantrums at not getting what she wants result in her being literally relegated to the nut bin, the Veruca Salt Option is an apt descriptor for the infantilizing behaviors many on the left have engaged in following Trump’s unthinkable electoral college win.

Exhibit A was the spectacle of a “women’s march,” featuring a sea of resisters in the bright pink, knit wool “vagina” hats of first-graders – a march that hypocritically and explicitly excluded pro-life women.  Further instances of acting out included Reza Azlan of CNN calling Trump a “piece of [s—],” Maxine Waters’s unhinged calls for impeachment mere months into the new administration, and Johnny Depp’s mumble-joke about assassinating the president.

The groupthink that the most qualified nominee in history was unbeatable begat a bubble that Trump popped like a schoolyard bully.  In the parlance of the day, this “triggered” leftists throughout the land into dyspeptic, unbecoming tirades that have made for some galling exposures of untethered ultra-bias in media and political personalities.  This is a familiar strategy for a wounded narcissist: blame others, rage, and attack.  But it’s disheartening to see it manifest so baldly.

The specter of Trump in all his gloaming menace, spouting his incendiary, charm-challenged rhetoric, only serves to further infuriate those already suffering great spasms of hate.  Taking exception to a man whose policies you find abhorrent is understandable, but when did the left – in the words of David Byrne – stop making sense?

Trump is in favor of redefining marriage, has a ten-point plan for renewal of the inner city, employs more women than men as executives in his businesses, has been married to two immigrants, and has a Jewish daughter and three Jewish grandchildren.  These would seem to put the lie to claims Trump is racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ.  So why, given these many things on which his opponents might agree with the president, are they unmoved to acknowledge common ground?

Intellectual dishonesty is possible.  Sheer hatred is more likely.  Democratic representative Brad Sherman admitted that the animus against the president is so strong in the California legislature, for example, that he would be forced to oppose Mother’s Day if Trump supported it.  Trump’s win was not only a repudiation of globalism, elitism, and Obamism, but also a devastating rebuke to the core identity of the left.  The rage and denial are, in some ways, easy to understand.

In spite of or because of their outsized antipathy for Trump, this might have been an important moment for the Democratic left to undertake a clear-eyed accounting of why they lost an un-losable election.  Instead of honest forensics on their efforts, the left became a verb and began flame-throwing the administration early and often with an impressively hateful and single-minded campaign.  But a funny thing happened on the way to impeachment: Democrats stopped standing for anything at all, other than pitched loathing and hysteria.

The Democrats of old, authors of the flawed but well intentioned Great Society programs and champions of working-class Americans, have self-abnegated in recent years to become ghosts of their own past.  Riven with identity politics, the progressive left is shot through with a central hypocrisy: that diversity is revered above all things – except for diversity of thought, which is reviled.  This core intolerance has resulted in an abasement of everything for which the left formerly stood.

The real-time destruction of the left has been brought about by the wrecking ball that is Donald J. Trump.  He represents the razing of everything they stand for – for the impeccably curated façade of caring, competence, and open-mindedness the left has traded on for decades.  The tragedy of it is Greek in proportion.

The left, and the many “conscientious conservatives” who Venn-diagram them, have lost power, influence, and reason like gouts of blood from the infliction of this narcissistic wound.  With historically few seats held in Congress and at the state level; no cogent message beyond “Trump is a goat rodeo on fire”; and a series of perverse policy positions on immigration, the First Amendment, and school choice, the Democrats have now reached a watershed moment.  Do the progressive left and the elites who lead them acknowledge that political correctness, however worthy it might have been, has Frankensteined into a kind of creeping McCarthyism?  Do they unpack this slow-motion train wreck of a once consequential party to seek the truth of their own responsibility for its demise – or do they continue to resist?  (And by resist, I mean tantrum.)

I’m rooting for them – every yin needs a yang.  But the odds on entitled brats evolving into mature adults who take responsibility for their actions aren’t great.  Why take a long, hard look in the mirror when you can smash that mirror instead – and unleash the Veruca within?

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Report: Nearly 30 Percent of Public School Teachers Chronically Absent

Unionization plays role in shaping absentee rates


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Public school teachers are three times more likely to miss large chunks of school days than their peers at charter schools, which could hurt student learning, according to a new report.

An analysis by Thomas B. Fordham Institute senior research and policy associate David Griffith found that more than 28 percent of public school teachers miss at least 11 workdays a year.

Hawaii led the country in absenteeism with 79 percent of public school teachers taking off at least 10 days. Educators’ truancy rates are far higher than those in other industries. An average teacher will take eight personal or sick days each year compared to the nationwide average of three-and-a-half, according to the report, titled, “Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools.”

“The percentage of teachers in traditional public schools who take more than ten sick and personal days is almost four times higher than the percentage of employees in other industries who take at least ten sick days—despite the fact that teachers have significantly fewer work days than employees in other industries,” the report says.

High absentee rates are unique among public school teachers. About 10 percent of charter school teachers are chronically absent from work—closer to the national average of 7.7 percent of workers with access to paid sick leave.

In states with extreme absentee rates the gap between the public and charter schools is more extreme. While nearly 80 percent of public school teachers use 10 or more sick days, fewer than one in four charter school teachers do so. American public school teachers also stack up unfavorably to teachers overseas, with between 4.4 and 5.2 percent of the workforce calling out sick on a typical school day compared to 3.2 percent of British and 3.1 percent of Australian educators.

The report also found that unionization played a role in shaping absentee rates. Teachers at unionized charter schools were twice as likely as those in non-union institutions to miss large chunks of workdays, though both fell below rates at public schools.

Nationally, union charter schools saw 18 percent of teachers exceed 10 sick days, compared to 9 percent in non-union shops. Green Dot, the largest network of fully unionized charter schools, has absentee rates three times higher than other leading charter school. Its Los Angeles charters experienced a 34 percent rate—eclipsing the 21 percent rate of the city’s public schools.

Missing workdays can take its toll on students, as substitute teachers are less familiar with the classroom curriculum and student familiarity with the material. Other research has found that student achievement in mathematics falls 3.3 percent for every 10 days of absence by a primary teacher.

“From the students’ point of view, that’s an educational disaster from which few are likely to recover,” the report says.

Green Dot disputed the conclusions of the report, saying the author used old data. It pointed to its analysis from the 2015-2016 school year, the most recent available, which showed a chronic absenteeism rate of 6 percent—below the national average for both charter schools and workers in other industries.

“While we appreciate that Fordham recognizes the excellence of our schools, Green Dot Public Schools (GDPS) and [its union] Asociación de Maestros Unidos (AMU) dispute both the accuracy and intent of this report,” Green Dot and the union said in a joint statement. “We are of course, committed to further reducing chronic absenteeism in all of our schools.”

UPDATE 2:15 P.M.: This article has been updated to include a response from Green Dot charter schools.



This Is What Happens When An Actress Talks About The Constitution

I have loved Janine Turner ever since she starred in Northern Exposure.  She played a young pioneer woman in Alaska – in the current times.  She and her daughter live on her ranch in the area where I live near Dallas Texas.  This story is about how she gives her all in spreading the word of the US Constitution, and how she was treated by sharing her book and her love to kids in a Dallas school….Yea, deep in the heart of a red state of all places.  Jimmy

Janine Turner

Janine Turner

9/20/2017 4:40:00 PM

One of the greatest joys of my life is speaking to children in classrooms across America about the United States Constitution. I focus on empowering the students with the tools in their toolbox given to them by the U.S. Constitution. I have given over 230 constitutional speeches to approximately 20,000 people.

I have spoken to many school districts across the country and statewide including HEB ISD, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Dallas ISD, Garland ISD along with charter, private schools and national civic groups. My longtime dream, however, had been to speak to the schools in my community, Colleyville, and Southlake. I have owned a home in Colleyville, and my church is in Southlake.

On September 12, 2017, I spoke to 600 middle school students at Eubanks Intermediary School of the Carroll Independent School District in honor of Constitution Day. Since Southlake, Texas is my community it was a special occasion for me. The kids had fun, and all of the teachers and administration were very excited after the speech, and grateful. Social media photos and posts abounded from the school.

Constituting America’s speeches are always upbeat, conversational and include video clips from former student winners of our We the Future contest, so that they may be inspired by other kids like them. The contest includes categories in the arts and STEM and the winners not only receive prizes and scholarships but mentor trips and something no other foundation provides – the promotion of their winning works, their careers, and dreams.

Our best song winner has had 24 million impressions of her song on the First Amendment over 65 radio stations, and our best high school winner’s PSA has aired on television in approximately 5.9 million households. Our best elementary artwork and poem winners’ works are marketed as notecards across America, our best middle school song winners from the DISD’s Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy have performed their winning rap song on Good Morning Texas amongst other venues and our best STEM and entrepreneurial winners star in our documentary.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students. When I discovered that a derogatory statement about my experience at the Eubanks School had been released, I was astounded and disappointed. I first read about it in a social media post posted by a former board member where he posted the entire letter from CISD, followed by his offensive, insulting and damaging commentary. I was disappointed in the letter that the CISD sent to every single parent about the contents of the folders which used vague wordage such as “inappropriate,” leaving it open to wild speculation and interpretation as to what had been put into the folders, and commenting that they had urgently removed them from the children’s desk. I was disappointed that the CISD acted as if I had not been forthright with them about what was in the folder since March, again in May and the day before the speech. I was horrified by the comments that the former board member was making on social media about me – and my daughter – which included calling me a “little actress,” and I was disappointed that we at Constituting America had disappointed some parents. Our intentions are always for the best interest of the students and never to disappoint a school.

What was in the folders? Since this is now being speculated across the nation, allow me to explain exactly what was in the folders and how the CISD always knew about it.

I launched Constituting America in 2010, after being inspired by the remarkably relevant Federalist Paper 62 by James Madison where he writes, “It is no avail to men to elect men of their own choice if the laws are so voluminous they can’t be read or so incoherent they can’t be understood.” I subsequently wrote 85 essays on the corresponding Federalist Papers, four essays on George Washington’s Farewell Address along with scores of other opinion editorials published in leading newspapers across the country. I have dedicated the past seven years to constitutional awareness, which has included two published books, a radio show, numerous television appearances, and speeches.

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