Recently Emma Sulkowicz graduated, and that chapter of the drama closed. But a very interesting part of that drama was the reaction of her allies. Quick to jump on her bandwagon was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. She invited Ms. Sulkowicz to attend the President’s State of the Union Speech. Naturally enough, this was intended to put Ms. Sulkowicz and her cause front and center.
This all was very odd. Normally when the “progressive” types want to push an issue, they are clever enough to find the absolute best “poster child” they can for the cause. The idea is that sympathy for the victim will clear the way for new legislation. They are trying to take advantage of the maxim of hard cases make bad law. In effect, by using this approach, they are acknowledging that they want to pass bad laws. Here in the U.S., pretty much any law named after some type of victim is suspect.
The very odd part is that Ms. Sulkowicz is not a particularly sympathetic victim. First of all, there are very serious doubts about her story. Second, her mattress carrying stunt is more laughable than sympathetic. The question that is begging to be asked is, “Are the ‘progressives’ losing their touch”? Here are some possible explanations,
1. They think that they are winning and basically all they have to do from now on is just show up.
2. They are not a clever as they used to be.
3. They believe that the people are less intelligent than before.
So what gives? Please chime in.