The Atlantic has released their list of Brave Thinkers 2012, and suffice it to say, what they regard as brave may turn your stomach. The list does acknowledge some truly brave people, like the feminist band Pussy Riot, which went to prison for defying Vladamir Putin, and the Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, but otherwise it is almost completely comprised of people who pushed leftist policies. Here are a few prime examples:
Lena Dunham. The Atlantic describes her thus: “witty provocateur serves up a new vision of modern young women.” For anyone who saw Dunham’s vile video in which she compared voting for the first time to having sex with Barack Obama, it’s clear that the only thing Dunham is serving up is soulless sex and shock value. The real question is how would Dunham even remember what the first time was like?
American Nuns. The Atlantic cherishes the idea of radical American nuns spitting in the Vatican’s face:
“A vocal contingent of catholic nuns stands up to the Vatican to push for change … April: The Vatican issues a stern report rebuking the nation’s largest group of nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), for questioning Church positions on contraception, homosexuality, and male-only priesthood while also advancing “radical feminist themes.” An American bishop is tasked with bringing the activist nuns in line.
Yes, acting in blatant contradiction to your religion’s fundamental principles to earn the love of The Atlantic is brave. Here’s a quick look at the leader of these nuns: Sister Simone Campbell. Reviling Paul Ryan’s budget plan as immoral, Campbell championed ObamaCare, which Catholic bishops had denounced:
“Speaking at a Jesuit parish in Charlotte … Sister Simone Campbell dismissed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s efforts to reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) as a ‘Vatican kerfuffle’ and, in the words of the Charlotte diocesan newspaper, ‘scorned the US bishops for their continued opposition to the health insurance law.'”
She’s as much of a nun as I am a saint.
John Roberts. Here’s why The Atlantic saluted him:
Roberts’s choice was brave because he knew how dramatically his decision would infuriate his conservative colleagues … with a decision that managed to be both brave and shrewd, Roberts finally made the Court his own.
No, brave would have been standing up to the Obama Administration and the Washington D.C cocktail circuit and standing up for what was right. Roberts wasn’t brave; he turned tail just when America needed him most.
Michael Bloomberg: “A champion of big ideas proves you can get a lot done if you don’t mind disagreement.” From really trivial ideas like getting rid of the Big Gulp to truly dangerous ones like standing up for the construction of the mosque near Ground Zero, Bloomberg has invited disagreement. That’s because he’s stupid and/or insane. Of course the Atlantic calls Bloomberg brave; he likened the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street.
You had to know that if they are pushing the meme of women’s rights versus traditional morality with the nuns, The Atlantic wouldn’t leave gay rights far behind. So they chose Frank Ocean, hip-hop artist, for coming out with his homosexuality in a field they deem too macho:
The atmospheric, adventuresome R&B songs on Channel Orange, though, are littered with references to Ocean’s unrequited same-sex attraction: “I could never make him love me,” goes one wrenching chorus.
If it’s news to The Atlantic that another pop artist has come out as gay, they are the ones living back in the 50’s. For the rest of us, the novelty wore off around the time Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Madonna exchanged spit on national television.
That’s about all the Atlantic’s list of Brave Thinkers is worth: a bucket of warm spit. Notice they didn’t refer to genuine American heroes like Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who sacrificed their lives in Benghazi to save lives they weren’t even assigned to protect.
The Atlantic’s idea of brave is anything that helps further the liberal agenda while spitting in traditional Americans’ faces.