A letter from an unnamed Democrat insider reveals that “(t)he rot is even worse than you think” inside the party on the issue of gender identity. The person revealed how conference registrations “now require nametags with preferred pronouns” and have ejected people who don’t use preferred pronouns, and claimed that he himself has faced harassment for merely revealing his baby’s sex to co-workers.
The letter was published Thursday by senior editor and notable author Rod Dreher at The American Conservative, who said the individual who sent it to them was “a political professional working with the Democratic Party.”
The man was responding to an article Dreher wrote called “Rosemary’s Theyby,” which criticized the ludicrousness of current gender dogma within the ranks of the American left, including a widely-shared article in New York Magazine about parents “trying to raise their children with no consciousness of gender at all.”
Even though Dreher was hard on those buying into the dogma, the unnamed Democrat said Dreher was underestimating just how bad it was.
“The rot is even worse than you think,” the insider wrote. “You have no idea how highly this has infected the low and middle levels of the Democratic Party.”
The insider said that commentators make the mistake of “focusing on what the high elites in parties think, rather than what you could call the middle management. Elites are close to retirement, really, and while they do exert pull on the rest of the people, they can’t pull too much.”
“Middle management, however, controls everything,” he wrote.
“Not long ago, when my wife was pregnant, a coworker asked if we knew what we were having. I told this friend, and we were all excited.
“Another coworker immediately started lecturing me in front of everyone about how this was grossly cis-heteronormative and that rather than forcing an identity on my child because of genitals, I should cultivate an environment in which the child would be able to flourish and explore the play of gender,” he continued. “This went on for fifteen minutes.”
Even though the insider acknowledged that he was known for a hot temper at work, “(t)he points gained from performed holiness … were worth the risk of my explosion, possibly, but more terrifying was that this colleague of mine simply didn’t care about the risk of my temper and was so committed to this gender nonsense that she just went for it.”
Now, keep in mind that this writer is no closet conservative on this issue; in his response, he called “reasonable” ideas on transgender rights as including the ideas “that gender dysphoria is real, people should be able to get a diagnosis, transition easily, have their transitions respected and live without fear … that same sex relationships are morally neutral and not socially destructive … (and) that strong gender roles can do real damage to both men and women, in that for women, it can teach them to be passive and helpless, and for men, that they have to go it alone, etc.”
However, even those beliefs aren’t enough in the new Democrat Party, he writes.
“People elder to me and younger to me in the ranks of the party’s candidate class, campaign staff class, permanent bureaucracy class, etc. are all jumping in on this,” he writes.
“Registrations for conferences now require nametags with preferred pronouns. A friend of mine was ejected from a conference for accidentally misgendering someone. Seriously.”
In the response, he said that he hoped that Republicans would, (i)nstead of being as inflexible as the ideologues that have “taken over the left … make a bid for the reasonable people” who are tired of this nonsense.
“Honestly, if any Republican wanted to do that, I would probably switch sides to help him with that research,” he concluded, adding, “Jeez, I can’t believe I just said that. Dumb pronouns make friends of us all, it seems.”
The pronoun battle is one of the most bizarre arenas of the wider cultural war, and it’s one where the Democrat Party is largely colonized territory.
The anonymous writer makes a good point here, regardless of how serious his commitment to liberalism may remain now that he seems to want out: while the party elites haven’t taken a particularly strong stand on the furthest reaches of gender issues, within the party ranks, those issues are settled and it’s not in favor of those urging any sort of moderation.
Given how much of this country’s national conversation that the left control, that should be a frightening prospect for anyone who values free expression.
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