‘Fevered Egos’: Season Three (Or, The Time Has Come to Stop Defending the Indefensible)

Apologies to Bill Hicks – and only to Bill Hicks.

If Ted Cruz transitioned from male to female – without changing any of his homophobic, racist, christianist, anti-worker political ideology – would trans people have any obligation to uncritically accept Cruz?

If Mitt Romney transitioned from male to female – without changing any of his homophobic, racist, christianist, anti-worker political ideology – would trans people have any obligation to uncritically accept Romney?  Would we be obligated to say nothing about the obscene wealth that fuels the Romney ideology?

If the rich kid who got away with murder by pleading ‘affulenza’ transitioned from male to female – without discarding any of his familial arrogance that allowed him to buy his way out of prison by pleading ‘affluenza’ – would trans people have any obligation to uncritically accept the rich kid?

If not, then why are we forced to uncritically accept some obscenely rich lunkhead who happened to win a gold medal in something or another forty years ago – and who has reiterated support for the party of homophobia, racism, christianism and anti-worker policies – just because of a transition from male to female?  Why are we prohibited from saying anything about the role that obscene wealth plays in that person’s support for the party of homophobia, racism, christianism and anti-worker policies?

John Kasich Wants a New Government Agency to “Beam Messages” of Judeo-Christian Values

Don’t worry. All is well.

Caitlyn Jenner will be voting for that guy if he’s the Republican nominee.

Huckabee Calls on Ryan to Prevent Entry of Syrian Refugees, or to Step Down.

Don’t worry. All is well.

Caitlyn Jenner will be voting for that guy if he’s the Republican nominee.

Cruz: Obama Administration’s Support for Trans Teens is “Lunacy”

Don’t worry. All is well.

Caitlyn Jenner will be voting for that guy if he’s the Republican nominee.

Marco Rubio: ‘I Don’t Think A Minimum Wage Law Works’

Don’t worry. All is well.

Caitlyn Jenner will be voting for that guy if he’s the Republican nominee.

Carly Fiorina’s War on American Workers

Don’t worry. All is well.

Caitlyn Jenner will be voting for that woman if she’s the Republican nominee.

Ben Carson: Transgender People ‘Make Everybody Else Uncomfortable’ In Restrooms

Don’t worry. All is well.

Caitlyn Jenner will be voting for that guy if he’s the Republican nominee.

Santorum: Evolution Promotes Atheism, Creationism Is “Academic Freedom”

Don’t worry. All is well.

Caitlyn Jenner will be voting for that guy if he’s the Republican nominee.

Jeb Bush Embraces the Narrative of Christian Victimhood

Don’t worry. All is well.

Caitlyn Jenner will be voting for that guy if he’s the Republican nominee.

Rand Paul Defends Kentucky County Clerk Who Won’t Issue Marriage Licenses

Don’t worry. All is well.

Caitlyn Jenner will be voting for that guy if he’s the Republican nominee.

Trump Won’t Rule Out Database, Special ID for Muslims in US

Keine sorge. Alles ist gut.

Caitlyn Jenner werden dafür stimmen, dass der mann, wenn er von der Republikanischen kandidaten.

Now, all of this stems from a recent Facebook post by someone I have immense respect for, someone who has been an activist and advocate longer than I have and who has accomplished more than I have.

That doesn’t stop her from being dead wrong with this statement:

I have to say it. A lot of the hate toward Caitlin Jenner is fueled by envy. Most of it, probably. It’s sad when we lash out at one another.

Sorry, but I know people – trans and non-trans – who are well-off, some possibly more well-off than Jenner. I know what my feelings are toward those certain people and why.  Some are wonderful folks who I can’t imagine ever having an unkind word for.  Others I would not shed a tear for if they were targeted by ISIS.

With excruciatingly few exceptions (I refuse to legitimize those who misgender her – and by misgendering I mean actual misgendering, not contextually appropriate historical references to the name under which she won the 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medal or honest predictions that she will eventually cash in on a ‘reality’ series entitled ‘I’m Really Still Bruce’), all trans negativity I’ve seen directed toward Jenner is because of her disturbingly obnoxious level of cluelessness about the reality of the lives of the people whose existence she has inflicted herself and her own overly-financed existence upon – and whose existence she has made clear she is willing to inflict an explicitly anti-LGBT president (and the judges and bureaucrats that he or she will appoint) upon.

You support Ted Cruz?

Morally, you are Ted Cruz.

You support Donald Trump?

Morally, you are Donald Trump.

And socially, you should expect to be treated accordingly.

Participate in something is ridiculous as this:

And expect to be treated accordingly…

both by people who will never be able to afford to pay that much for anything as well as by people who have that much money to spare but who would rather spend it to watch Mike Tyson give a lecture on nuclear physics or perhaps to watch Don Rickles be serious for ninety minutes or perhaps to watch the Philadelphia Phillies.

Long, long before Jenner came out many, many people – trans and non-trans – had honestly and legitimately developed a valid hatred of Jenner via her connection to and her voluntary participation in the tumor on America’s collective intellectual psyche commonly known as the Kardashians.

I am sick of people – many of whom who should know better – attempting to defend Caitlyn Jenner by declaring that criticism of her is based solely on envy of her money.

Making this claim is a form of oppression, pure and simple.  It insults the intelligence of all who are able to see, recognize and call out all aspects of the disgusting anti-intellectual freak show that Caitlyn Jenner forever attached herself to via voluntary association with Robert Kardashian’s ex-wife and spawn long before transitioning.  And it seeks to elevate not just Caitlyn Jenner’s current vomitous, nonsensical words but her entire existence into the realm of ex cathedra.

After all, we’re implicitly expected to never mention a certain fatal car crash on a certain Pacific Coast Highway involving a certain former Olympic decathlon gold medal winner.  Sure, investigators found her not at fault – and maybe she wasn’t at fault.  Yet we’re not allowed to even suggest that had a certain black Cadillac SUV involved in that collision been driven by a trans woman lacking Caitlyn Jenner’s name, money (and, yes, skin color) cops would have found a way to charge said trans woman with something.

It is not Jenner’s money as money that is being criticized.

It is the money as catalyst.

Or, in arson terms, think of it as an accelerant.

Candles aren’t inherently evil.

Gasoline isn’t inherently evil (fake wars concocted by real war criminals – Republican war criminals – to acquire oil notwithstanding.)

But throw gasoline on a lit candle and you have a problem.

Lack a fire extinguisher and you have a bigger problem.

Was the criticism of Mitt Romney solely about his money?  No – it was about how he has immorally acquired it by destroying businesses, it was about how he unashamedly views the people of America who actually do the work to be the nation’s parasites. and it was about how he used his inherited wealth (not just financial but political) to buy his way out of a war – and the draft which fed it – that he supported.

The money was a catalyst for his douchebaggery.

And lets not forget that it is the douchebag that sets the catalytic action in motion.

That douchebaggery may or may not have been in Romney’s DNA (his dad was generally regarded as being a decent guy), but I have trouble believing that he wouldn’t have found a way to screw (or try to screw) people over even if he hadn’t been born with money.  (Paul Ryan, anyone?)

Heard many (or any) trans people (or liberals in general) ripping on Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s money per se?  I haven’t lived in Minnesota during his administration (though I did while he was a senator; in 2000 I talked to him about trans-inclusion in ENDA and said that the obstacle in Congress was Barney Frank and his response was “Shame on Barney.”) If I did I’m sure I would have noticed some policy of his that I’d disagree with.  Its going to happen.

But he ain’t Mitt Romney.

Ted Kennedy?

An HRC-addict on ENDA policy, but he was not Mitt Romney.

Gov. Ah-nuld?

Problematic in some respects, but as governor he was not Mitt Romney.

And so on….

Lana Wachowski has committed at least two unforgivable sins.

But until she blames the second and third Matrix movies on her being trans….

More seriously, yes, Wachowski did have a bout of cluelessness and HRC-itis.  But most people have been willing to give Caitlyn Jenner a pass or two.

Now, however, we’re at the point of needing scientific notation to keep track of the bouts of cluelessness that the League of the Defenders of the Indefensible are having to rationalize away.

And all of those bouts of cluelessness are things which trans people who do not have Jenner’s money will have to live with – because we cannot use Jenner’s money to insulate ourselves from the negative reverberations of Jenner’s cluelessness.

MidlerJenner

Remember, it ain’t the money as money.

Its the money as catalyst.

I tried to give Jenner a pass when she first played the Republican victim card.  I was willing to take the chance that perhaps she had never paid attention to politics while cashing on Olympic gold (and then Kardashianism) and simply – and unfortunately – only remembered Republicans of her Olympic era.  Yes, there were scumbags but there were still a few moderate and liberal ones – even some pro-trans ones.

Sorry, Caitlyn.

It is 2015.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is ineligible for the presidency and the ones of old are either deceased or too old – and probably too smart to try to navigate a party that is now immune to the operation of Godwin’s Law.

Sorry, Caitlyn-defenders.

You’re now defending the indefensible – and when you lambaste those trans people who live in the real world and, as such, see calling out Caitlyn, Inc. as what she is to be a moral and political imperative, you’re being part of the problem, not part of the solution.

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