One thing that really makes me sick about progressives is their smug sense of morality and superiority. The fact they advocate wrong-headed policies and let emotion and idealism rule their thinking is bad enough. But topped off with an air of sanctimony, it is simply nauseating.
Unfortunately, liberals tend to wear their politics on their sleeve (or on their bumper stickers, as it were). In some cases, regardless of the cause – minorities, women’s issues, baby seals, the environment, electric vehicles, or of late, opposition to genetically modified foods, I am pretty sure that the high libs get from pompously indulging their conceit exceeds the actual benefits to the cause or group for which they advocate.
This brings to mind a few scriptural passages in which Jesus advises his followers not to make a big deal out of it when giving alms to the poor or fasting for spiritual purposes (i.e., do it because it's the right thing to do, not because it enables you to stroke your ego with others' admiration):
"Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.” – Matthew 6:1
"So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full..." – Matthew 6:16
In the case of genetically modified organisms (GMO), liberals refuse to let facts get in the way, and they overlook benefits to the environment and a reduction in hunger worldwide so they can continue to pompously beat their morality drums.
The fact is, numerous government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, and Environmental Protection Agency, have signed off on the safety of GMO food. Ditto for the World Health Organization and British Royal Society. But like Halliburton 10 years ago and the Koch brothers today, libs HAVE to have a bogeyman to beat on, just like a baby needs a pacifier.
Think about it: The U.S. government has been heavily involved in regulating and reviewing GMOs, and given the thumbs up. Isn't government oversight what the left is always asking for? Then why diss something that has passed muster with more than one federal agency?
Secondly, genetically modified seeds create crops that are more resistant to pests and tolerant to drought. Less tillage and less use of pesticides are the beneficial result. But this plain logic escapes emotional, airhead leftists. Don’t let the facts stand in the way of a good, self-righteous morality buzz!
DISCOURAGING LOSS – I predicted MSU would win at Oregon, but hoped that if the Spartans lost, it would be close. Alas, the Ducks won by a large margin: 46-27. Two things I did not foresee: Oregon shutting down the Spartan offense, which happened in most of the second half; and MSU’s vaunted defense having some catastrophic pass coverage breakdowns. Oregon’s high-octane, no-huddle offense mixes up its alignments and just keeps coming at you. MSU’s defensive backs and linebackers too often were confused and out of position, leaving receivers wide open. The Ducks’ dynamic quarterback, Marcus Mariota, really hurt MSU with his Houdini-like ability to evade tacklers and his tremendous running ability.
Perhaps the turning point of the game came in the third quarter when MSU just about sacked Mariota on a third-and-11. Instead, he eluded the tacklers and hit a wide open Royce Freeman for a first down. Thus began a dramatic momentum shift that saw Oregon scoring three touchdowns in 5 minutes, 14 seconds.
Based on the results of Saturday’s games, it looks like MSU is clearly the best team in a woefully weak Big Ten conference. The U-M Skunk Bears got shut out 31-0 against Notre Dame; Ohio State lost at home to Virginia Tech, 35-21; Central Michigan crushed Purdue, 38-17; Northern Illinois beat Northwestern 23-15; and several Big Ten teams barely defeated weak foes: Iowa needed a last-minute TD to down Ball State, 17-13; and the Nebraska Cornhuskers scored a tie-breaking touchdown with 20 seconds left to beat McNeese State, 31-24.
It was delusional to think that a Big Ten team would win the national championship this season, and frankly it could be a long, long time until one does. This is partly because teams based in the most talent-rich regions of the country have advantages such as nice weather year-round or most of the year (thus enabling athletes with their training/practice regimens), and often less stringent academic standards than the Big Ten universities. I am not in a funk; if MSU wins the Big Ten and goes to a prestigious bowl game, that would be fine with me.