Virtue Signaling Replaces Baseball as America’s National Pastime

April 3, 2021 Updated: April 5, 2021

Commentary

By moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, the morally narcissistic ignoramuses who run Major League Baseball have inadvertently given us the defining moment in the ultimate decline and fall of the United States of America as we know it.

In a sense, we should be grateful to them for the wake-up call, even if the likelihood of it being heard and responded to isn’t sufficiently great. The symbolism is perfect.

Forget the actual details of the Georgia voting law they claim to be protesting. Facts are immaterial. The national pastime has joined the ranks of the “woke” virtue signalers.

Yes, that national pastime has scarcely been what it was for some time, but then what is? Basketball and football are also in decline. No sports are left, really, at least spectator sports.

Virtue signaling itself has become our national pastime.

Everyone, at least that percentage of the country who voted for the current president, practice it on a daily or even hourly basis, like a catechism.

The president himself we could call the virtue signaler-in-chief. He began his “virtuous” journey in law school where he was almost ejected for plagiarism, begged to stay in, and then later told us he graduated at the top of his class. (He actually graduated at the bottom, as would any plagiarist, if they graduated at all.)

And then there were numerous other “virtuous” cases of plagiarism, including from the British politician Neil Kinnock, but no matter. Our great legal scholar president knows the Georgia election law is wrong. Not only is it wrong, it’s racist.

So he led the charge in moving the game out of Atlanta and essentially gave permission to league executives to make their reactionary move.

The result: Baseball is virtually dead from virtual signaling. Call it murder by idiotic ideology.

But baseball is just a game and America is no such thing. It was once the beacon of all humanity when it came to democracy and freedom, but that is no more.

Like any good moral narcissist (i.e., he or she who virtue signals) we are no longer liberty and freedom lovers. We are now woke.

Woke, however, isn’t an American idea. Neither were, completely, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. To some extent, they came from Europe, influenced, as many readers know, by John Locke, among others, but they were developed and enhanced in a uniquely American way by Jefferson, Madison, et al. The Federalist Papers were a flower of the Enlightenment.

Not so woke. Its antecedents are entirely European and have little to do with democracy and freedom and everything to do with a kind of neo-Marxist, top-down power game of a fascistic nature.

The American idea and woke are, in essence, opposites.

Perhaps I’m being a bit snobbish, but I’d wager the MLB executives who just exercised their supposedly anti-racist druthers have never heard of the man many believe is the godfather of woke—its John Locke, so to speak—the French philosopher Michel Foucault.

I’m skeptical our virtue signaler-in-chief has ever heard of him either, or perhaps only vaguely, although I imagine some of his more educated Cabinet members, those who made it through law school without plagiarizing, such as Anthony Blinken, are familiar. And Chuck Schumer may have pretended to have read the Frenchman way back in some Harvard bull session.

But just who is this godfather of woke?

Well, there’s a lot of convoluted graduate school rhetoric, but it turns out the reality of the man may not be very flattering. Rumors of a certain amount of perversion have surrounded Foucault for some time, but now testimony has surfaced that is distinctly “unwoke.”

I have never done this before. In fact, I despise the idea of trigger warnings in general, but if you are easily nauseated, I would suggest you move on before reading the following:

“French-American professor Guy Sorman accused French philosopher Michel Foucault of being a ‘pedophile rapist’ in an interview with The Sunday Times. Sorman, a friend of Foucault, said that the philosopher sexually abused Arab children while living in Tunisia in the late 1960s.

“Stating that he learned of the situation when he visited Foucault, Sorman said: ‘The young children were running after Foucault to say, what about me? Take me, take me. They were 8, 9, 10 years old. Foucault was throwing money at them and would say, ‘let’s meet at 10 p.m. at the usual place.’ He would make love there on the gravestones with young boys. The question of consent wasn’t even raised.’”

Now, admittedly, just because the godfather of woke was allegedly a very sick and deeply evil man, a monster, really, doesn’t necessarily mean all its precepts are wrong, but this should give one pause.

I put in the “allegedly” because it is pro forma, but this has more than the usual ring of truth. The interview, behind The Sunday Times paywall, has become, not surprisingly, the No. 1 topic of the so-called intellos of Paris.

But we don’t have to get lost in those intellectual gyrations. We have our own traditions and country to defend.

America has been led astray, far astray, so far we are in danger of never coming back.

The time to stop this insanity is long past. But, in their abject stupidity, MLB executives may have given us a second chance.

Our disgust with them should wake us up. In their disrespect for millions of people, they are emblematic of the ignorant group think and conformity that comprises the woke.

As the law of physics dictates, their moronic action deserves—in fact, demands and awakens—an equal and opposite reaction.

But it shouldn’t be moronic on our end. It should be definitive.

Indeed, we should break that law of physics, increase the force in any way possible and smash the woke completely to pieces before they destroy all that is good in our country and the world.

Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on Parler as @rogerlsimon.

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