It’s humbling to realize that after all of the posts I’ve written in the past few years that I’ve never managed to properly capture the true essence of American liberalism and what is wrong with it.
There’s just something elusive about the movement’s illogic that defies description. Just as particle physicists have difficulty tracking the movement of subatomic particles, so have thoughtful writers such as myself had pinning down exactly what liberalism is and what parts of it, if any, make sense to integrate into our beliefs.
Thankfully, it’s come to my attention that liberals actually exist in the world and can be observed – unlike subatomic particles – without altering their unpredictable behavior.
Thusly, let us turn to New York City where a common bare-breasted liberal has been spotted:
A Manhattan artist arrested by police when she went on a topless stroll two years ago has accepted a $29,000 settlement from the city, her lawyer says.
Jill Coccaro, 27, was charged briefly with indecent exposure despite a 1992 state appeals court ruling that concluded women had the right to be topless if men were allowed to take off their shirts.
Her attorney, Jeffrey Rothman, told the Daily News for its Sunday editions that his client won the civil rights settlement from the city, which did not admit or deny wrongdoing.
“We hope the police learn a lesson and respect the rights of women to go topless,” Rothman said.
Feeley told the New York Post for its Sunday editions that she was not treated well after her arrest. She claimed in an October lawsuit that a police officer yanked her out of a patrol car by her hair and police took her to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Hah! A psychiatric evaluation? Imagine that! And the punchline:
The city settled on June 4.
“I felt like I deserved it,” Feeley said.
“I felt like I deserved it.” And there it is, readers, the very distillate of liberalism, exposed for everyone to see.
I felt like I deserved it. Those are exactly the words I’ve been looking for all these years. Jill, I will always be indebted to you. Thank you so much for clarifying matters for me. I’ve heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Now I believe it!
And as for that judge back in 1992…