When it comes to national conventions, most people only care about the quadrennial Republican and Democrat affairs. That’s usually for good reason: Most third-party candidates have a better chance of seeing a UFO than seeing 5 percent of the vote, and the fact that their conventions usually take place in a Holiday Inn right off the Beltway doesn’t help things.
The Democratic Socialists of America have increased their presence in recent years — after all, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a member and the kids certainly seem to love socialism nowadays — but even the most dedicated political junkie would be hard-pressed to pay much attention to the group’s convention this weekend in Atlanta.
Oh, but you should have, because you missed so much hilarity. Don’t worry, though — social media did the work for you.
There were plenty of interruptions and “points of personal privilege” during the proceedings on Sunday. For those of you unfamiliar with parliamentary procedure or stuff like that, a point of personal privilege is a motion you make if you think your rights, safety or basic human comfort are being violated as part of proceedings.
And, oh man, were there a lot of them — including one from an individual who was suffering from “sensory overload.”
“Uh, quick point of personal privilege, um guys,” one individual said. “I just want to say, can we please keep the chatter to the minimum? I’m one of the people who’s very, very prone to sensory overload.
“There’s a lot of whispering and chattering going on. It’s making it very difficult for me to focus. Please, I know we’re all fresh and ready to go, but can we please just keep the chatter to a minimum? It’s affecting my ability to focus.”
Meanwhile at the Democratic Socialists of America conference… pic.twitter.com/fT0GfHIFFI
— Young Americans Against Socialism (@YAAS_America) August 4, 2019
Oh, and that wasn’t the end of it. Nosiree, Bob.
It gets better, triggered anxiety comrade has another meltdown. Lmfao pic.twitter.com/lljr4tF0yV
— Shane (@therealShane44) August 4, 2019
The gentleman — who identified his preferred pronouns as he/him — asked for a “quick point of privilege yet again” on the chatter.
“I have already asked people to be mindful of the chatter of their comrades who are sensitive to sensory overload,” he said.
“And that goes double for the heckling and the hissing. It is also triggering to my anxiety. Like, being comradely isn’t just for like, keeping things civil or whatever. It’s so people aren’t going to get triggered, and so that it doesn’t affect their performance as a delegate.”
You may have noticed during this man’s points of personal privilege that there were “jazz hands” being shown. According to Fox News, that’s the way woke people express admiration without clapping, as clapping can be triggering for people prone to sensory overload.
That wasn’t the only triggering thing that happened during the national convention. Apparently, there was gendering going on, too. Not misgendering, mind you. Just gendering, and on the part of the guy who was speaking about the sensory overload. He said “guys.”
“Please do not use gendered language to address everyone!” the individual said after calling for a point of personal privilege.
“OK,” the chair responded.
Oh, and then there was someone who felt that using the word “democratic” in “Democratic Socialists of America” wasn’t a good idea.
But wait. There’s more! pic.twitter.com/blUu5k5cYq
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 4, 2019
Oh, that should make us all feel pretty good about the movement.
Ultimately, what does this do for socialism? Human Events editor Ian Miles Cheong had a great time with this (he posted the clip you see above), but Dave Weigel of The Washington Post thought it might actually hurt the credibility of those who think that socialism is a threat.
“This clip has one DSA delegate saying ‘whispering and chatter’ gives him sensory overload, and another asking for gendered terms not to be used,” Weigel said. “Depending on the day, socialists are a terrifying force ready to overthrow the government, or a collection of snowflakes to laugh at.”
While I don’t think the DSA is about to overthrow the government, they can both be a threat and “a collection of snowflakes to laugh at.” The two aren’t mutually exclusive.
This is a movement we have to deal with, a movement that believes your rights end where their feelings or sensory overload or personal pronouns or whatever begin. That should be both hilarious and scary at the same time.
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