24 November 2010

The Whiniest Whiners Who Whine

This morning, while brushing my teeth, I was rank-ordering political arguments based on my contempt for them, as one does.  The top three were surprisingly easy to identify.  Of all the whiny whiners who whine, the one's for whom I have the most contempt (in alphabetical order) are:
  • 9/11 Truthers;
  • Anti-vaccinationists
  • Fathers' rights activists (this is probably the least known of the three; for a primer, go here).
But when it came to determine which of the three I most despise, I was a little caught out.  These idiocies are a veritable feast of contempt.  The 9/11 Truthers are loud, obnoxious, and try to exercise political power.  The anti-vaccinationists tend to present as reasonable middle-class parents but are for that reason the most dangerous.  The fathers' rights people are just gross and are basically pissed off that they have to pay to support their children and try to present themselves as civil rights victims, which I don't even like from (non-black) people who probably are actual civil rights victims.

On the other hand, it's impossible not to feel some empathy for the anti-vaccinationists, even while realizing that they must be mercilessly crushed.  Their desire to find someone to blame and extract large cash settlements from that someone is fundamentally human (hmm, evolutionary psychology?  Contemptible, but not top three material).

The 9/11 Truthers can't actually effect the world until they put down the bong; and once they quit smoking dope they discover that the towers really did fall because Muslim fanatics flew planes into them.  Plus, they do provide hours of laughter, like the woman truther who, finally convinced that the government couldn't have wired explosives in the towers in the weeks leading up to 9/11, surmised that every skyscraper in the country must be wired with explosives during construction.

As a result, for having no redeeming value whatsover, fathers' rights activists are, of all the whiniest whiners who whine, the whiniest whiners of all.


erp said...

What a great opening sentence! I usually save rank-ordering for the dentist chair or flying.

Barry Meislin said...

I'd say it's a cultural thing.

In certain cultures, fathers wouldn't dream of whining.

Just not done. Admirable, no?

Harry Eagar said...

Possibly not typical, but the one time I got involved (as a witness) in a custody case, the father got screwed.

Wife was crazy, refused to comply with court orders.

He never saw his children again.

David said...

Fathers often get screwed in family court, particularly from their own point of view. Most of the time, though, by "screwed" they mean forced to pay child support. It doesn't make whining about it any less contemptible.

Harry Eagar said...

My friend paid not only child support but used all his inheritance to try to keep in contact with his children.

The mother, who was a paranoid-schizophrenic, won. Not him. Not the kids.