Urbin Report

Monday, April 23, 2007

The attack of the Gulfstream Liberals

By way of Ed Driscoll and Libertas, comes the story of how "Gulfstream Liberals" have one set of rules and another for the "little people" (also know as the Breck Boy's "Other America").
Case in point, Hollywood Trophy Wife Laurie David:

Even worse is David's chic but hypocritical environmentalism at her summer home in Martha's Vineyard. She was issued a "notice of apparent violations" for building a 26-foot-long barbecue station, stone-and-concrete bonfire pit, and outdoor theater on an environmentally sensitive patch of their 14-acre North Road property without the proper permits. They were also cited for tearing up protected vegetation to make way for a lush, sodded lawn, among other crimes against nature.

The commission has since ordered her to remove the offending structures and restore the area to its previous state. All these violations were allegedly done to prepare for a political fundraiser hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (another faux Green). Alas, there's no such thing as cheap environmentalism on the Vineyard.

Laurie David has been labeled a "Gulfstream liberal" by Eric Alterman, himself a proud member of the Left and a regular columnist for the Nation. He recognizes that Ms. David's brand of environmentalism is nothing more than a facade, a distraction from the financially secure yet intellectually boring life of the fabulously wealthy. But this hobby has dire consequences for the rest of us. By transforming her politics into a religion, and by demonizing all who question her positions, including the author Michael Crichton, who actually is a Harvard trained scientist and physician, Laurie David makes the environmental movement seem bizarre and more than a bit ridiculous.


Update: Ace jumps in with both feet:
...this is the moral sin form of hypocrisy, advocating a standard and seeking to impose it on others -- against their will -- when one flagrantly ignores that standard oneself, without even making a pretense of attempting to comply with it.
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Fact: Laurie David could easily reduce her own "carbon footprint" more than anyone but the top 10,000 richest people on earth simply by scaling back her lavish "lifestyle choices." She could do far more to reduce "greenhouse warming" by merely living as a member of the lower upper class rather than the upper upper class.

Fact: Laurie David refuses, outright, to do so.

Fact: And yet Laurie David demands all of us reduce our standards of living by a few rungs down the class ladder.

If Laurie David cannot even manage to reduce her consumption levels from "stinking rich" to merely "filthy rich," how exactly can this harpy demand that the middle class begin living like the working poor, and the working poor like the destitute?