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‘All I Wanted Was a Pepsi’

Posted on | June 15, 2023 | Comments Off on ‘All I Wanted Was a Pepsi’

Former Biden administration official Sam Brinton

So you’re gonna be institutionalized.
You’ll come out brainwashed with bloodshot eyes.
You won’t have any say.
They’ll brainwash you until you see their way.

For many years, I’ve complained about the “Compulsory Approval Doctrine” of the gay-rights movement, which seeks to forbid anyone from expressing disapproval of homosexual behavior or, for that matter, criticizing any public policy favored by LGBT activists. This is a lot of what “cancel culture” is really about — the coercive enforcement of a false consensus in public opinion. News flash: People don’t like being told what they’re permitted to say. And another news flash: Forcing people to shut up (by threatening to get them fired from their jobs, for example) is not an acceptable substitute for persuasion. Most people have a “live and let live” attitude toward homosexuality, but this is not the same as approval, and when they find themselves being bullied on the subject, they’re apt to resent it, resulting in a backlash.

Why have Bud Lite sales plummeted? Why is Target being boycotted? Why are all these lousy “woke” movies bombing at the box office?

Because STOP TELLING US WHAT TO THINK, that’s why.

Educated, responsible, taxpaying adults do not enjoy being lectured as if they’re misbehaving third-graders, which is what we’ve been getting from the Tolerance Mafia lately, and we’re long past sick and tired of it.

So anyway, I was pondering this early Wednesday morning when I was reminded of a song that used to crack me up:

Many years ago, when I was just out of college, my friend George Hall introduced me to a punk rock song from the soundtrack of the 1984 film Repo Man. “Institutionalized,” by the group Suicidal Tendencies, is the darkly comic saga of a teenager named Mike who finds himself committed to a psychiatric facility merely because he asked his mother for a Pepsi. The chorus of the song contains this frantic refrain:

I’m not crazy. (Institutionalized!)
You’re the one that’s crazy. (Institutionalized!)

Lots of Americans are feeling that way these days. We live in an increasingly crazy world, and yet it is we — those of us still stubbornly clinging to reality — who find ourselves accused of mental disorders by the maniacs who are now running the asylum. This madness is everywhere, including the White House, which saw fit to celebrate “Pride” month by inviting a transgender social media personality, Rose Montoya (who boasts more than 100,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 800,000 on TikTok), to an event where Rose exposed his/“her” surgically enhanced breasts on the South Lawn. When this stunt provoked widespread criticism, the Biden administration quickly issued a statement condemning Montoya’s “inappropriate and disrespectful” behavior, promising that Montoya would “not be invited to future events.” Unspoken was the question every sane person must have been asking: Who in the administration thought this event — with its guest list of assorted weirdos — was a good idea to begin with? . . .

Read the rest of my latest column at The American Spectator.




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