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I’ve never been terribly impressed by “famous” people. I’ve met, and shook the hands of, a variety of celebrities: movie stars, presidents, vice presidents, senators, representatives, etc. Certainly, I appreciate talent and genuine accomplishment in the arts and other endeavors, but the mere sight of such people does not labor my breath, dim my sight, or raise my pulse rate. Some I’ve found to be interesting and engaging people, others, not so much, but they’re people, as am I.

During my police days, I was assigned to the security detail of then Vice President Al Gore when he made a speech in my flyover country town. I watched from a short distance as he accepted, one after the other, various colorful t-shirts bearing various organizational logos and messages from students of a local college. It was most instructive. When speaking—briefly—with each student, he would express delight at the gift, compliment it and the student, make something that might pass for a personal comment, shake their hand, and then instantly, as though a cell door had slammed and locked, his face went slack– devoid of emotion–as he simultaneously tossed the shirt over his shoulder into the arms of a waiting lackey holding an armful of colorful t-shirts. At the close approach of another gift bearer, the process repeated. It was as though he were a programmed automaton.

To be fair, while I was standing guard over a room full of mining explosives, Gore did approach me, shake my hand, and thank me for helping. He did not, at that moment, seem quite so mechanical, and he didn’t have to acknowledge me at all, so on my “Impressed/Meh” scale, he fell slightly into “meh” territory. All this was before his earth tones period.

I do not, however, look down on those that see such things differently. Meeting the Vice President of the United States is, for virtually anyone, a noteworthy experience, as it was for one young lady, as Zero Hedge.com reports:

When McKenzie Deutsch posted a picture of herself posing with the Vice President of the United States at the White House she probably didn’t expect to set off a mass ‘triggering’ event at her ritzy Southern California private institution of higher indoctrination, Scripps College, but that’s exactly what happened.

According to the Daily Caller, Deutsch, a rising junior at Scripps, was an intern this summer in the office of U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and was excited by the opportunity to meet the Vice President.  So, after snapping the pic below she posted it to Facebook with the caption: ‘The places you’ll go, the things you’ll see, the people you’ll meet… What a day it was in DC!

As we all know, the Left is all about tolerance, diversity and dialogue, and Miss Deutsch was given a lessen in all three by her fellow students:

I don’t know if you understand that Pence want me and the people I love to be erased by any means possible. I don’t know how to express to you how it feels to see a fellow Scrippsie in this photo with someone who has shown himself so willing to commit institutional violence,’ one angry student wrote under Deutsch’s photo with Pence.

VP Pence wants to “erase” such people? He commits “institutional violence?” I’m certain the Media would love to trumpet such actions on the VP’s part, but I can’t recall seeing any coverage of such outrages. Have I missed something?

Posing next to someone who is a direct threat to LGBT+ groups and other marginalized communities and posting this photo with a pleasant caption is not a politically neutral act,’ the student declared. ‘It shows you as a person who smiles with our oppressors for the sake of a photo op.

Uh, what’s the “+”?  Really big LGBTQWERTY types?  Again, I’m missing the Trump Administration oppression. How are they able to hide such crimes against humanity from our dedicated and noble media?

To post this photo with pride is to make LGBTQ+ folks feel unsafe, as Pence has incredibly violent, homophobic views,’ the student wrote, adding that she was ‘shocked at the continued inability to listen to marginalized people about the impact of this picture on us.

I keep forgetting the power of perfectly benign normals to make LGBTQWERTY folk feel unsafe from across a continent, and not by words or actions, no. Merely an image of such icons of hate is sufficient to send precious snowflakes into paroxysms of dread. I mean look at him! You just know that behind that evil smile lurks someone with “incredibly violent, homophobic views.” And he has acted on those views by…he’s done…he wants to…because TRUMP!

I wonder, gentle readers, what must life be for such people? Triggered by microaggressions, plunged into black holes of dread by a mere photograph of a smiling man from across a continent, victimized by nonexistent violence committed by someone who has never committed actual violence of any kind? How do such people manage to get out of bed in the morning and venture out of their mother’s basements into the real world?

One can only hope Ms. Deutsch has learned all necessary lessons from this affair, and does her best to flee from that pit of progressive vipers as soon as possible. There is life in flyover country, and it’s good.