The Status Quo of Virtue Signaling

All lives actually do matter. A sports announcer last week lost his job for using the phrase “all lives matter” instead of “black lives matter.” Our cultural superiors insist on certain phraseology these days, or else. It is just another effort in the culture war to make you care and think in particular ways.

The phrase “all lives matter” came about in pushback to aggressive efforts a few years ago by Black Lives Matter activists. This statement of fact is now presumed to be a calling card of white supremacists.

On Tuesday, people rushed to social media to add black squares. Major corporations shut down their websites. People protested in the streets. I saw more than one person shamed for innocently using the phrase “all lives matter” or, as a worse offense, putting up a picture other than a black square on Instagram.


We have replaced virtue with virtue signaling. Activists would have us believe the government that brought us slavery, Jim Crow, anti-interracial marriage laws, affirmative action and police brutality is the government that will solve the problem. The government that started a war on poverty to bring us a great society actually managed to keep people in poverty and destroy families. But this time, just you wait, the government is going to fix it.

Our social betters who demand we use certain phrases as a secular religious rite and display certain empty squares as a sacrament also demand we vote for Joe Biden. The man who served as a vice president for eight years and served in government for over 40 years and who authored the very crime legislation many argue made things worse is now the solution. The man who helped destroy a generation of young black men through aggressive crime legislation now wants to preside over the government, which controls an increasingly brutal police force, and thinks he will solve the problem.

Or not.

Progressives who insisted Americans continue to stay home even after the COVID-19 curve flattened now believe mass protests are fine. Livelihoods and businesses are destroyed. Gather to riot and get a pass, but gather for church and go to jail. Ironically, these same people who think health care insurance is awful think property and casualty insurance will be just fine to make small businesses whole after the riots.

This is not to excuse the other side. Some can watch the George Floyd video and not see a problem. There are people who thought the optics of the park service clearing out a crowd of protestors with pepper pellets and smoke canisters so the President could hold up a Bible in front of a church he does not attend was a brilliant political move. It was not. There are people who think the President's tweets do not stir the pot. They are wrong.

Increasingly, as a society, we do not allow thinking outside tribal comfort zones. Much of the press leans left and is more sympathetic to that tribal thinking. Concurrently, politicians from both sides feed off the grievances in order to gain more power. Neither side has any incentive to find a solution when both profit by keeping the discord going.

Americans would be better off abandoning the quaint and repeatedly proven-false notion that Washington has the solution to what ails us. Washington, inevitably, makes most things worse, outside the core functions of government. Americans are too obsessed with Washington. They are too obsessed with Donald Trump. They are too obsessed with Joe Biden.

People think Washington will provide the solutions if you just put up enough black squares on Instagram. But Washington will not provide the solution, and, most likely, your state capitol will not either. You will provide the solution. Seek the welfare of your city, and there, not Washington, will you make progress. If you can give sweat equity, work. If you can't, give money. Give prayer and support. Give it to the local food bank, the local soup kitchen, the local homeless shelter, the local battered women's clinic, the local public school. Give; work; pray; invest in your city. You, not politicians and political parties, will fix this.


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18 thoughts on “The Status Quo of Virtue Signaling”

    1. That’s what they did and unfortunately we did nothing to stop the violence that clarifies and solves nothing.
      A necessary level of social order is critical to pave the way for objective reasonable dialog and respect for
      diverse views between people of good will and who act in good faith in the effort to bring equality and social
      justice to all people regardless of racial or ethnic background.

  1. Eric is a spineless dude. He as usual caves in and bows to the left by dumping on the police whom he describes as “increasingly brutal.”

  2. Lumping people together like “police force,” IS virtue signaling or tonguing supplication.

  3. It’s not the support of tough crime laws that have ruined our society, it is welfare and state isn’t that have destroyed black families and consequently destroyed our inner cities. I’m surprised you can’t see that.

    1. Stop blaming police, slurring them as “brutal.” And the President’s tweets are VITAL to getting truth out! Skewed nihilist pundits otherwise dominate the public sphere and mold the cultural zeitgeist of American Society.

  4. It seems that since Obama ruled, when Blacks are stopped for whatever reason, they became angry and belligerent. Doesn’t this seem that it would upset the policeman and nothing good is going to happen with this type of overt behavior?

  5. What exactly is the science behind people using a black square instead of a picture. I think it is absolutely stupid and it just goes to show that people do not and I repeat DO NOT think for themselves anymore. That is what is wrong in the country. Please God Bless America and keep our President and family safe.

  6. Erick, AG Barr and Press Sec. K McEnany already said bullets and smoke weren’t not used on Monday when the president went to the church. It was earlier when the crowds had been told 3x that they had to leave because of the damage they had done that more aggressive measures had to be used. Please don’t repeat the media’s lies as fact in your articles. Go to the WH for information, not hearsay. Otherwise you just sound like a women’s sewing circle talking about the preacher’s wife 🙄🙄

  7. Jim Crow, KKK terrorists, Confederate leanings==> see Dem party history.
    Anarchy, BLM/AntiFA terrorists, pro-Communist stance==>see Dem party history.

    ‘nuf said.

  8. All lives matter and any other racial specific jargon is without question racist!
    Do you know who the next racial slurs will be directed and there not related to a single race but all races !
    Snowflakes and x generation Americans of all races!
    Their complete lack of worth and marketable skills along with suspect education or should I say lack of will become the butt of racial slurs! This should calm the people of color for they will no longer be able to say they are the most discriminated humans unless of coarse they themselves are snowflakes or x generation ages.
    Our last two generations have no value to society whatsoever! I retired and ended a 25 year old international company that utilized 1000’s of workers involving trade skills to perform their jobs and was forced to stop solely because outside of talking on a phone or texting these to entire generations are unemployable! Let’s not forget the majority are promoting communism as well!
    I’m sorry but these 2 generations promoting communism are spitting on the sacrifices of Our Great Military Heroes whom have given their lives and health for centuries to protect this Great Country from Communist regimes! These kids are treasonous traitors they deserve to be a racist slur !
    All Lives Matter!
    Vote Trumplican!

    1. Read Yuri Bezmenov’s insight on indoctrination of US from a few decades ago. Exactly what has happened before our eyes.

  9. Don’t do the crime and put yourself into the position of being detained , accidentally shot or killed by police. Police are people to with a major exception! They have to deal with crime and violence for their living every day! With so many criminals and the criminals “rights “ America, that’s you , are asking Policeman to risk their lives to keep non criminals safe! When you are a criminal committing a crime in this case passing counterfeit money and become unruly when confronted by a police officer arresting you for a crime you just committed You Loose all Rights by Your Actions!
    Yes holding you down with a knee for 10 minutes is excessive! But your there because You committed a Crime!
    Clearly the job had gotten to the policeman but he was training new recruits and a big part of training is protect yourself that is the police officers right! Think about it if you were Wrestling down a criminal trying to get away and in the moment your adrenaline is pumping and 10 minutes is a short half life of adrenaline anyone could make a mistake!
    I’m not saying this wasn’t excessive force but I will say the actions by these so called peaceful riots have killed others ether directly or indirectly as the other present police officers are being implicated as they should be to the killing! That does however mean that every demonstrator at these peaceful rights where Humans were killed or injured and or property was lost or damaged share the guilt of these murders, injuries and property destruction
    That’s right every protester for black lives matter share in the murder of those who were killed during their peaceful demonstrations
    Think about it!
    All lives Matter!
    Vote Trumplican!

  10. “There are people who thought the optics of the park service clearing out a crowd of protestors with pepper pellets and smoke canisters so the President could hold up a Bible in front of a church he does not attend was a brilliant political move. It was not.”

    Where are your facts to say that the president actually did this? This does NOT sound like unbiased reporting to me.

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