It's not that easy being green, as Kermit the Frog sang nearly 50 years ago, at the tail-end of the hippy movement. Ride on brother, I feel you. The notable puppet is talking about the difficulty inherent in existence, that you are, for better or worse, trapped inside a shell that is immutable. Kermit, being enlightened, realized by the coda of a two-minute song that there are just some things that we cannot change- they are integral to us. You cannot be someone other than yourself, but you can take joy in that and make yourself a better version of that same self, right? A Radical idea in the late 1960s, and still one today. It must be said, Kermit hasn't quite been the classic frog we grew up with since the death of Jim Henson in 1990.
What then, I wonder, would everyone's amphibian friend make of the modern West? Kermit always struck me as a very self-reliant kind of guy, despite his slightly toxic relationships; and that included making up your own mind about things. I bet he liked Ron Paul. The problem is for Kermit is that we do not live in a world where it is a good thing to make up your own mind, or think very hard about anything at all.
In the light of Kermit the Frog's curious past, I read with interest the new hate crime sentencing guidelines just published by the UK authorities that, as one might expect, still fail to define what they mean by hate crime in any objective sense. Instead, we are reliably informed that;
"Among the cases analysed there were a number of ‘hate speech’ type offences, where inflammatory speeches were given by influential figures with the intention of stirring up racial hatred.
Other cases involved publication on YouTube of content inciting serious violence towards particular racial or religious groups, websites being published including abusive and insulting content, with some activity continuing over a long period of time and intended to reach global audiences.”
This is very un-green. See, it's very hard to produce people who are satisfied within their society and culture when you pose them as the permanent out-group, and create victim-classes held in a perpetual state of having a grievance. Neither party benefits very much from this state of affairs; so, one must conclude that the system itself hates us all equally, but hates some of us more than others.
As I wrote back in December in The Religion of the Faithless Left:
It will stun future generations to hear that we have become such a self-hating society, riddled with such preposterous levels of self-inflicted and undeserved guilt and paranoia.
What Kermit stands for politically is quite well defined.
I don't get too involved in politics, but I am an amphibitarian. I'm in favour of wetlands, green jobs (that's jobs for anyone who is green) and I'm opposed to interspecies marriage between pigs and frogs. - Kermit, speaking to The Guardian, 2012
It appears at the very least, Kermit is identity-woke. He loves his wetlands, and apparently promotes hiring practices that would be discriminatory in every Western nation. I doubt he would accept the position of the UK government that certain protected characteristics need to be enforced with draconian codes offering up to 6 years in jail for anyone hate-filled enough to criticize Islam or transgenderism. Clearly not, given his opposition to interspecies relationships; which one need only explore the depths of Tumblr to realize are already on the agenda of the Movement To Accept Everything No Matter What.
In this sense, we might consider Kermit to be leaning towards Ayn Rand's position when she said:
I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between.
It may not be that easy, being green, but it sure is an authentic reality. He might have some slightly edgy opinions about interspecies erotica (which is the exact opposite of what you might think, in that interspecies erotica is good and you are a bigot) but It doesn't appear that at the end of Kermit's classic hit that he is looking for state intervention to protect his green-ness.
When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder? Why Wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful!
And I think it's what I want to be.
Even though he is a member of a species which has great diversity, Kermit, as you should already know, is thus a racial supremacist and a thoughtcriminal. More than this, he is certainly already guilty of hate-crimes. Britain's Sentencing Council points out that:
The most severe punishments will be handed to those “in a position of trust, authority or influence and abuses their position to stir up hatred,” such as political leaders or figureheads and anyone whose offences are “persistent.”
Kermit the Frog is surely a leader of millions of children (and adults), trusted by them and, therefore, a perfect target for arrest by the British state. Not only on the grounds that Miss Piggy surely exhibits many protected characteristics; despite the fact that she is no-doubt an abuser, violent and also haram. Kermit refused the advances of a creature that society considers fat; and that is body terrorism. Let's not even begin to address the inherent misogyny in Kermit's position, or his blatant Green Supremacist ideals. It cannot be allowed that people say it is okay to be green. Can a body of work over 50 years in length be considered a "persistent" offence? I think so. The solution is clear; we must arrest and execute Kermit the Frog for hate crimes. Only when we bring this fiend to justice can the children of the world sleep peacefully once again.
Ok, I'll break character there and circle back to the start. My point in this exercise is, I hope, clear. There's nothing much to be gained by trying to legislate against human nature- whether that was historic laws against race-mixing or homosexuality or postmodernist laws that, I contend, are designed to facilitate a decidely globalist agenda at a state level and are only effective in sowing discord at a time of great civilizational upheaval.
The simple message of Kermit is surely an admonition against Orwellian state power. Though Kermit is an imperfect character, he understands existential reality in incredibly deep ways- ways that, for whatever reason, institutional powers the world over have failed to do. In fact, Kermit the Frog is the antithesis of the social justice ideology that now informs so much of government policy throughout the Western world. Read that again. Kermit the Frog is a libertarian-identitarian guy.
If I can argue (however weakly) that Kermit the Frog is guilty of hate-crimes, what hope for you and I? As Joe Bob Briggs wrote in Taki Magazine yesterday:
Remember the scene in All the King’s Men when Willie Stark, the Governor of Louisiana, tells his idealistic assistant that he wants some dirt on his political opponent, but the assistant tells him that, no, they can’t find anything, the guy he’s running against is totally clean, honest and upright?
Stark knows better. “Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption,” the governor tells the younger man, “and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud. There is always something.”
Yes indeed, there is always something. Even on Kermit, despite singing on Rainbow Connection which is one of my personal top 10 gay anthems. God only knows how many skeletons are in Gonzo's closet, and Fozzy Bear already dresses like a sex offender. The lens of critical theory is restless, friends.
"Without ridiculous optimism, there's a good chance none of us would be here today." ~Kermit
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