Friday, April 16, 2010
LIU IN THE HEADLIGHTS
Steven Sailer over at VDARE.com posited the question, why do Asian Americans vote Democratic? His opinion, which I share, is that Asians tend to see success as mastering advancement in already existing structures. In short, they are conformists, serving the power structure. And who can deny that the ruling elite of this country is leftist to the core? So in a curious way, their cultural conservatism drives them into the ranks of the left-managerial state. They see who has the power and money and they just want to fit in.
This "What makes Sammy" run element in their character leads them into opposition to non-elite elements in the societies they come to inhabit, in this case, the very large number of fellow citizens who see the elite as rejecting their culture and overthrowing traditional order. For Liu, with his pretty white wife and his academic and appointive career under his belt, all the hullabaloo over his writings and the Constitution must seem a vulgar trial, forced upon him my the lower, less education elements of society. Liu must feel humiliated by these bumpkins who seem to think that his enlightened views are simply the cost of admission to respectability and advancement. Liu has worked very hard to get where he is. He studied hard, took the right courses, engaged in all the right after school activities. He adopted the wise opinions of his teachers. He made himself useful in their institutions and causes. In short, he did everything he could to be the perfect mandarin, while never quite becoming an American along the way.