If you reside on the political right, you’ve probably experienced the subtle condescension that occasionally erupts from a “sophisticated” sort who realizes you’re not on their side of the aisle. The left, in the eyes of many, is the correct and educated political alliance to choose: They have “nuance,” you see, and “worldliness,” and “science.”
We poor saps, at least as viewed from inside these particular heads, are stuck mooing about in our rock-filled, wire-fenced dirt pastures, drifting in and out of various spittin’, shootin’ and taxidermin’ contests, with only Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A, and Kim Davis to keep us company.
“Wow,” you might be thinking. “Chick-fil-A? That’s delicious!” Fair enough. Regardless, on Monday, it was fascinating to watch President Obama address the United Nations General Assembly—the apogee of global political sophistication, really, if you don’t look too closely at certain members of their Human Rights Council.
“I stand before you today,” Obama said, “believing in my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion. We cannot look backwards. We live in an integrated world—one in which we all have a stake in each other’s success.”