One QUestion I’d Love To See asked has to do with priorities.
You’ve probably read something about the furor surrounding this ad campaign in NYC. All the usual idiots are outraged, of course, in their usual boring thoughtless screechy way. What I’d like to know is this:
Which is worse, these ads or 16oz sodas?
It sounds silly, I know. But stick with me here. A large part of liberalism’s appeal is its endless insistence that, contrary to all decrees of God and nature, you really can have everything. If you seemingly can’t have a healthy committed-but-not-clingy relationship while raising 2.1 perfect kids while making partner at the law firm by age 30 while writing a novel while eat-pray-loving around the world while staying in great shape while enjoying a fantastic smorgasbord of international cuisine while living in an ethnically diverse and vibrant yet perfectly safe neighborhood in a rent-controlled apartment no more than a block away from all major services while finishing your PhD in Women’s Studies, it’s not that this would violate several important laws of thermodynamics. No, it’s somebody’s fault, damn it!
Given humanity’s lamentable propensity to believe pretty lies, and the media’s insistence that reality shall not obtrude upon the public’s consciousness until at least 2016, asking about priorities is the only chance we have of breaking through the veil. We need to ask them to make some hard choices. Even a liberal will admit, I think — if you press them hard enough — that two posters can’t occupy the same stretch of subway wall simultaneously. So: Should we advertise the soda ban, or propagandize for Planned Parenthood? Similarly, I think they would agree — again if pressed hard enough — that one police officer can’t be in two places at the same time. So: Should he spend his time going after secondhand smokers or under-the-counter consumers of oversized colas?
We have to force them to realize there’s an inflection point, even in liberaltopia, even when pursuing two bona fide Good Things. How, for instance, are we going to get the unwed teenage mom all the education she needs about the bounteous cornucopia of public support that is hers by right if she’s spending all her time getting the 24/7 postnatal care that is also hers by right? Which is better: a stint in the Peace Corps, or being a full-time staffer at Organizing for America?
How, in other words, do we rank Good Things?
I’d love to see someone put that to Jay Carney. Of course, we already know how he’d answer….