December 15, 2009 8 Comments
One odd difference between left-leaning and right-leaning people is that the left inject politics into everything. I was at a dinner party where the subject of Nana Moskouri came up. Nana Moskouri is (or was, if she’s not still alive?) a Greek singer and that’s about all I know about her. (Actually, I guess I also know that she has a great voice, if you like that sort of thing, which not everybody seems to, but I’ll admit I like her music.) See, there was a Greek person at the party. The person who mentioned Nana Moskouri was obviously just trying to make small talk. Quick, how many Greek pop star types can you name? Face it: realistically, the list is either 0 long or it is 1 long (if you have heard of Nana Moskouri).
Anyway, so at hearing the name, the Greek person at the table scrunched up her face and said “well, her politics are very right-wing” (which I hadn’t known). Huh? No one was talking about her politics. Who even cares about some pop singer’s politics? Of course the guest then later acknowledged, as if begrudgingly, that she had a nice voice.
Why do lefties feel the need to do this?
As a conservative, if I were to behave like this there would be virtually no music (or movies, or TV..) conversation free from politics. I mean, I like, say, Green Day and all, and I could talk about how I think Green Day have been making some pretty good music to any Green Day fan. But let’s face it: approximately 3 of the last 2 Green Day albums have basically been song cycles about how stupid they think George W. Bush is. Their politics are not exactly a secret. Do I bring that up in Green Day conversations though? Hell no. Lefties, just imagine how annoying, obnoxious, and (on some level) rude that would be. And it’s not only Green Day. The list of such musicians/actors/etc for which I could inject politics into any discussion, but don’t, is endless. Somehow, I am able to look beyond their politics. It’s not like it’s that hard or anything.
So why can’t lefties do it? 99.9% of pop stars are lefties, and I don’t bat an eye. The 0.1% of pop stars who aren’t lefties, however, seem to drive lefties so nuts that it becomes all they can see about them.
The reaction is somewhat like the reaction you’d expect from a religious fundamentalist upon seeing a heretic. There would be no “yes, he’s a heretic, but he makes good french toast” or “yes, he’s a heretic, but he’s an excellent gin rummy partner“. It’d just be: he’s a heretic, period, and that person can and should be dismissed, banished from further consideration. The left behaves this way towards non-lefties. The right doesn’t behave this way towards non-righties. In a sense this may mean that on a fundamental level right-wingers just don’t care that much about politics. Not like lefties do, anyway.