Andy Divine will never obtain what he most desires, a Red Hat, and the opportunity to sit in The College of Cardinals. Although his vestments could never outshine the Pope’s finery. Andy will just have to settle, like the rest of us, for what he/we could construct out of his and our attempts, to overcome what ever was in our way. Andy’s story is just more fraught with his self-created, excruciating, melodrama.
Andy’s compensation is that he is a writer/propagandist, who arrogated to himself, the right to tell all the rest of ‘us‘, how we are to be, and act in the world. He is the Walmart of political moralists. His latest encyclical takes on Bostock v. Layton County, the opinion written by Neil Gorsuch:
Justice Gorsuch and Andy share a toxic commonality, an animus toward black people: look to Andy’s enthusiasm for The Bell Curve here:
A review of by Charles Lane in The New York Review of Books;
Justice Gorsuch is a Neo-Confederate/Originalist, whose connection to The Federalist Society is a fact, past or present. Gorsuch and Kennedy are fellow travelers, who both masquerade, and masqueraded as ‘Centrists’, on a Court colonized by Political Romantics. Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are the politically necessary triumph of this coterie.
Andy can’t resist the temptation to perform his usual toxic political mischief: ‘intersectional left’ part of his continuing campaign, against that amorphous enemy, that seeks, in Andy’s imagination, to insert itself into any and all political/moral questions, as fodder for their mendacious self-promotion. Because the religious politicking of Opus Dei, is an integral part of his inheritance of dogma, wedded to his religious self-infatuation: its like reading a misbegotten amalgam of the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of reactionaries, Ross Douthat and Rod Dreher.
If current trends are any indication, these groups will simply merge into the broader intersectional left and become as concerned with, say, the rights of immigrants or racial minorities as they are with gay rights. In the political climate on the left at the moment, singling out gays as a separate category is increasingly impermissible. Which is why, for example, at a recent LGBTQ activist conference, there were workshops like “Elephant in the Waiting Room: Self-Love, Health, Queering Fat Acceptance” and “The Politics of Colony and Post-hurricane Politics in PR and USVI.” It’s why some LGBTQ groups keep adding various “sexualities” and “genders” to the long list and why white gay men are often seen as the oppressors, and not part of the “queer” movement, unless they agree to defer entirely to intersectional politics and acknowledge their white cis privilege.
In the world view of Andy Divine, there are Saints and Sinners, and it is his moral, his journalistic duty, to expose these apostates, and publicly shame them.