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Virginia Kruta's Article: An Alternate Perspective

Robert Franklin

Posted on July 27, 2018 18:39

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This week, an article in the Daily Caller written by associate editor Virginia Kruta about her experiences at a political rally for Cori Bush was found plastered on nearly every social media feed. We've mocked it. We've supported it. But what if we're getting it wrong?

"I left the rally with a photo -- in part to remind myself of that time I crashed a rally headlined by a socialist, but also in part to remind myself that there, but for the grace of God, go I."

With all the portentousness of Dostoevsky, Virginia Kruta's article about her experiences at a rally headlined by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made the social media rounds like a bloated king on a pilgrimage to ensure his feet are kissed by every dirty subject in the kingdom. As would be expected with such a grand display of pompous linguistic folly, Kruta's article has drawn ire, becoming a punchline for some because she could see "how easy it would be, as a parent, to accept the idea that [her] children deserve healthcare and education," or "accept the idea that a 'living wage' was a human right," or "accept the notion that it was the government's job to make sure that those things were provided." Contrasting the criticism are some who believe that her insights into the so-called "blue wave" are important in understanding socialist Democrats and developing strategies to ensure they don't gain political ground in the mid-term elections this year.

But just as Ms. Kruta's commentary has yielded a divisive response from the public, her article may also be wildly misunderstood. Don't get me wrong, though. Her diction absolutely lends itself to the assertion that she is genuinely concerned by such things as living wages and people deserving healthcare and an education. The "but for the grace of God, go I" comment even had me sitting at my desk, shivering from discomfort after reading something so grandiloquent. But perhaps she was merely commenting on how she started to fall victim to the left-wing populism in the room? Maybe her article was actually about how easily populism -- the "realty TV of politics" -- can be absorbed by the masses, how easy it is for people to internalize populist rhetoric and use it like a paintbrush to color their perceptions of the world and others in it.

I believe we are at a point, politically, where we're all populists, or at the very least, we are all susceptible to populism as a form of political discourse. The U.S. currently exists in a state of "us vs. them," largely of our own making, with the threat of further division clear and present. We're having a nationwide sociopolitical existential crisis, and Donald Trump, who campaigned on conservative populism, is the current manifestation of that. He was elected, largely, because enough conservatives fell into Trump's populist quicksand and couldn't get out.

And while I don't doubt Ms. Kruta is disturbed by what she experienced at the Cori Bush rally -- particularly the sweeping influence of a "socialist" dark horse who unseated a 10-term incumbent by fifteen percentage points -- her commentary in the Daily Caller, I think, points out a transparent reality in the current state of American politics:

My populist good, your populist bad.

Robert Franklin

Posted on July 27, 2018 18:39

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