Hey Dad, thanks for giving me life and taking care of me. I’m going to throw you under the bus now for a rage bait article on Salon, m’kay…

… Because that’s what overindulged, ungrateful kids do. They write smug, condescending articles about the people who sacrificed and cared for them. And for what purpose? Just to feel validated with their political choices.

In the most astonishing piece of self appeasing rubbish I’ve had the displeasure of reading, Edwin Lyngar publicly mocks his own father for the crime of having a different political opinion. In his epic ode to incurable assholery, Mr. Lyngar writes;

I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria

Old white people are drowning in despair and rage. Here’s how my father lost his mind — thanks to his cable diet

Old, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation. They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.

Old, white, wrinkled, and angry. Flattering description of his father, no?

It’s a fight to read any further after the laughable suggestion that Obama is a “moderate Democrat”. But this is Salon, after all. They’re hardly known for staffing stellar minds. Narcissistic dictator. Hopelessly disengaged. Perpetually on vacation. Violator of Constitutional rights. Any of those would apply… but moderate Democratic.

Is it possible to get any stupider and offensive? Yes. Yes it is.

We’re losing people like my father to the despair of Fox News, and it’s all by design.

My dad is 67 years old, a full year younger than the average Fox viewer, who is 68, according to an analysis in New York magazine by columnist Frank Rich. I’ve read accounts of people my age — 40 or so — losing parents to cancer or Alzheimer’s, but just as big a tragedy are the crops of grandmothers and grandfathers debilitated by Fox News-induced hysteria.

You read that correctly. Mr. Lyngar just equated losing a parent to cancer and Alzheimer’s with watching Fox News.

Keeping it classy, he continues…

When I finally pulled the handle for Obama in 2012, my father could not believe how far I’d fallen. I have avoided talking politics with him as much as possible ever since. Last week, I invited him to my house for dinner with the express purpose of talking about politics and most especially his Fox News addiction. Since he retired, he only watches Fox. As we started chatting up politics, I repeated one mantra over and over: “Please, please, consume another source of information.” I repeated my plea a dozen times.

I’m sure the irony is lost on Mr. Lyngar, begging his father to ingest a different source of information. I expect it is. After all he stills believes in global warming. What type of person invites their father over to dinner with a hidden agenda? A sick one.

“I don’t care to see any more of that liberal bullshit,” he said in one form or another all night.

We rehashed some issues, starting with his absolute skepticism about global warming and evolution. “Science and religion are the same thing,” he said. And, “We didn’t come from a fucking monkey,” he added like he always does.

This is so unbelievable to me. Why can’t Mr. Lyngar respect his father’s wishes and just agree to disagree, like a normal fucking person who doesn’t suffer obsessive issues with having to be right all the time or like someone who was raised to have more than an ounce of respect for their elders.

So what happened?

“I’m overeducated in the humanities…”

Ah. It all makes sense now. Education is not the same as intelligence. Clearly.

If you have a stomach lined with steel and are feeling prematurely penitential for Lent, you can hope over to Salon to continue reading. But be warned, the rest of the article is pure hateful and willful ignorant bilge. Here, I’ll save you the trouble with a highlight reel…

• Mr. Lyngar delights in the death of Fox New’s elderly viewers because with them goes Fox News.

• There’s the ever present white guilt and self loathing that permeates among liberal elitists.

• Archie Bunker references

• Pseudo science and fake intellectualism

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  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    Apparently, being educated in the humanities may lead one to lose his humanity. Or perhaps one’s humanities education was dehumanizing, who knows?

    • Romulus

      The essence of the humanities is a “liberal” education: in other words, an education proper to a free (liber) man. Free men and women do not march in lockstep with such dreary predictability.

      • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

        The fact of the matter is that liberal education has matter of factly been creating armies of fellow travelers imprisoned in rigid shallowness. I offer as evidence this man who, in his 40s, still believes in what the rest of the world calls socialism, or liberalism stateside. And we all know that only someone without a brain stool buys it at 40.

  • Quittin’ time at Tara!

    You know, I need to read me some Salon. I’ll put it on my to-do list under “Hit self in face with hammer.”

  • Neil Leslie

    I’m disgusted but not surprised. The younger generations have been throwing their parents under the bus ever since the ’60s, when the silly, oversexed, drug-addled “Flower Children” turned to their parents–the generation that survived the Great Depression, won World War II, fought the Cold War, and built the world’s most prosperous economy–and said in essence, “F*ck you, you’re stupid, you don’t don’t know anything. We can do better.” We got: The “Sexual Revolution,” which led to the collapse of marriage, the family, and anything remotely resembling Christian or even basic morality. Now we’re experiencing the collapse of our economy, too. Nice goin’, kids!

  • Anna

    “They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as
    veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another.”
    Well, clearly that shows the depth of the problem, that they “sport clothing.” Is the writer a nudist who has a particular hatred of those who don’t live in clothing-optional areas?

  • njlibertarian

    Thank you for writing this, otherwise I would’ve had to.

  • ST

    I could write an equivalent piece about losing family members to NPR: the people who KNOW, you know, what’s really going on in ways that you couldn’t possibly, even if you actually listen to NPR sometimes yourself, because you belong to an intelligence-impaired demographic. We don’t even watch Fox News, or have a television, or wear hats. But we still get lectured a lot about the nature of reality in America, because how else would we know?

    I’ve just been reading Orwell’s War Commentaries, whose excellent introduction deals with the propaganda war being waged on all sides during WWII (I mean, I belong to an intelligence-impaired demographic, but if I keep a dictionary and a world map at my side as I read, I can just about understand the words). Anyway, the overall effect of this reading has been to make me believe that unless you’re actually physically present at some newsworthy event (war, bombing, March for Life, press conference), there’s no way you’re ever going to know what really happened, because no media outlet is ever going to tell you the whole truth.

    In light of that, I find this faith in NPR to tell us “what we won’t hear anywhere else” very touching. I mean, yeah. Nobody else is going to do that feature on the guy in Oregon who sells raw yak milk out of the back of his pickup on the edge of the farmers’ market, and I’m as much a sucker for that guy as the next person. Tell me more! On the other hand, that’s airtime given to a yak-milk guy, while other things continue to happen offstage.

    • george-a

      Back in the days when I listened to NPR, they were all about cowboy poetry.

    • Anna

      Totally agree about “unless you are physically present…there’s no way you’re going to know what really happened.” Any news story I’ve had first-hand knowledge of has invariably been mangled in the press, even if there was no political connection at all. And if they can’t get things like the date of a body’s recovery right when they’ve no motivation to get it wrong, I see no reason to trust a news outlet to give the whole truth when they do have an interest in the public view of the story.

  • Faithr

    I have friends who are in their late forties, early fifties who have the same exact political ideology they held when they were 19. They have not changed an iota. Isn’t that kind of weird? To me they are stunted and irrational in this aspect. This guy sounds the same. He identified with one particular political point of view in his youth and now anyone, even his own father, is threatening to him because of their very existence. How do you spell n-a-r-r-o-w m-i-n-d-e-d?

  • Romulus

    No, Lyngar is not over-educated in the humanities — not unless learned self-esteem is now one of the humanities. Coming across as narrow to a dogmatic degree, Lyngar is probably like most of the modern American credentialed class: educated just enough to be useful to Big Business and Big Brother, but not educated enough to step outside his frame of reference and ask Big, Awkward Questions that might overturn the ambitions of Big Brother and Big Business to be the source and summit of his life.

  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    It goes without saying, boys and girls, that this is how children snitched on their parents in Nazi Germany and in the Soviet Union: they threw their parents into the jaws of killing machines to get the applaud of their peers and masters, who were more than happy to write that off as broken eggs in the making of the Master Race or of the Socialist Man omelette.

  • crossdotcurve

    It is correct that the President is not a moderate democrat. He’s actually a moderate republican, circa 1980.

  • Christine Hebert

    He is over educated in the false humanities. Catholic world view humanities would find him finally understanding truth. You r “highlight reel” was enough of that nonsense for me. My parents are around the age of Mr. Lyngar’s parents. They are liberal democrat, so his assumptions that all boomers are now Fox news addicts are wrong, too.

    I will not discuss politics or abortion or homosexuality with my parents. I find it hard to believe sometimes that the same people who taught me That abortion and homosexuality were (are) wrong now espouse all the rhetoric of the liberal agenda about them. Pray is all I can do.

  • http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ CT Catholic Corner

    Parents beware of what schools and colleges you send your children to for “their education”… they too often come out with the views this mental midget vomits about his father.

  • LisaTwaronite

    Ha, I would throw my parents under the bus, too.
    But I would do it the way this guy did it:
    http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2013-09-20/tea-party-warm-and-fuzzy-father-son-campaign-commercial/

  • Brian

    Wow…you people are amazing.

  • AnonCollie

    If you honestly believe it’s throwing under the bus, then you really don’t get it.

    It’s not that at all. It’s watching people we love be completely twisted away from the good men and women that they are into something dark, angry and intolerant to any opposing points of view, no matter how much we attempt to reason with them.

    They go down roads we can’t follow to the religious left or right, or the political left or right, and instead of the kind and generous people we thought we knew best, they become a shade, a spectre of those good people. You sit there, wondering if there’s anything you can possibly say that might change their minds, all knowing that what contact you are allowed with parents and friends deep in those black holes amounts to socially polite conversation, instead of the conversations you both need to hear.


    “This is so unbelievable to me. Why can’t Mr. Lyngar respect his father’s wishes and just agree to disagree, like a normal fucking person who doesn’t suffer obsessive issues with having to be right all the time or like someone who was raised to have more than an ounce of respect for their elders.”

    Because Mr. Lyngar *cares* about his parent, no matter what you say. He doesn’t want his father to be the man he’s described. You want to respect their wishes, but as this kind of poison spreads, it also sours their relationship with you.

    It’s feeling of powerlessnes, as you alter between hopelessness and resolve trying to find some justification, so variable that you can reverse that is making them this way. And in Mr. Lyngar’s case, there’s one variable that stands out – Fox News. I guarantee that if you look hard enough, you’ll find someone who says MSNBC is equally guilty for corrupting their relative.

  • MollyB

    Did you see where this twerp son wrote a follow-up piece trying to justify himself after his dad was interviewed on Fox? The son accused Fox of “tearing apart” his family – but apparently his writing about his dad as a brainwashed idiot is OK.


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