Saturday, April 15, 2006

Moonbat update

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Maybe they felt the need to balance out the Domenech debacle, but the Other Paper (OP) has a wonderful takeout on the moonbat brigades [with my comments]:

Not that long ago, it was the right that was angry and the left that was, at least comparatively, polite. [Gotcha. Remember the thing where Julianne Malveaux was so "polite" about Clarence Thomas?] But after years of being the targets of inflammatory rhetoric, not only from fringe groups but also from such mainstream conservative politicians as Newt Gingrich, the left has gone on the attack. [This is also Osama's excuse, I believe.] And with Republicans in control of Washington, they have much more to be angry about.
"Powerlessness" is O'Connor's explanation. "This is born of powerlessness."
[This reminds me of something Rush Limbaugh likes to say. Rush is going to have a feast on this come Monday.]
To what, effect, though? Do the hundreds of thousands of daily visitors to Daily Kos, who sign their comments with phrases such as "Anger is energy," accomplish anything other than talking among themselves? The founder of Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas, may have a wide enough reputation at this point to consult regularly with Democrats on Capitol Hill, [Dems: Moonbat alert! Listen at your peril!] but what about the heart and soul of Daily Kos, the other visitors, whose presence extends no further than what they read and write on the site? ...
Put another way, can one person sitting alone in a living room, typing her fingertips numb on a keyboard, make a difference?
"Rage, rage against the Lying of the Right" is the subtitle of O'Connor's Web site.
"If I can't rant, I don't want to be part of your revolution" is how she signs her comments, in the place other people might write "Sincerely."
"I was not like this before," she says. "I was riddled with empathy for everyone suffering in the world. Classic bleeding-heart liberal."
[Empathy? How about "pity"? And do you think your erstwhile pity was any more helpful or productive than your current rage? It's not about you. Here, Mary, try reading an excellent Thomas Sowell book. You need this. Trust me. I feel your pain.]

Go read the whole thing. Big hat tip to the always excellent Don Surber, who observes:
Finkel's article was good journalism. And that is what really bothers Glenn Greenwald. Gee, maybe there is something wrong with the left. Instead of cursing the mirror, maybe the left should change its face.
See? Such is Surber's excellence that he's persuaded me to acknowledge magnanimously that the OP is capable of "good journalism."

As mentioned here (and on C-SPAN2) the moonbats who have put the Democratic Party into the hands of such as Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel, and who are actively campaigning against Sen. Joe Lieberman, seem determined to sabotage the Democrats' best chance in years to recapture Congress. But again, as mentioned in Q&A during my Capitol Hill presentation about DONKEY CONS, the Democrats never listened to me when I was a Democrat, so I doubt they'll start listening now.

Anyway, Mary needs our prayers, just as does Cynthia McKinney. Don't make me do a Ned Flanders for Easter, OK?


UPDATE (v.4): I am grateful to my new Stanford University friend Eric for helping inspire the following dissertation on this weird moment in American history, which now has been slightly edited:


One of the remarkable things about post-9/11 politics is that many of my paleocon and libertarian friends have drifted toward a de facto alliance with the Chomskyites. Well, it's a free country, and people are entitled to their own opinions. Furthermore, people are entitled to change their opinions, or to ponder alternatives, something I have done many times over the years. (Remember, I was a yellow-dog Democrat until about 1995.)

As I said on Capitol Hill, one of my earliest journalistic heroes was Hunter S. Thompson, who coined the phrase, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." These are weird times, and the shifting of the tectonic plates of American politics is an interesting thing to watch. Just as some paleocons are drifting toward Chomskyland, for instance, it was shocking to find a feminist like Phyllis Chesler favorably citing Jean Raspail in her new book, The Death of Feminism.

Ms. Chesler was recently interviewed by The Guardian -- and published in The Washington Times. The going is truly getting weird, folks.

Labels are an obstacle to understanding. (OK, OK, I just realized that this is a post about "moonbats." I plead guilty to the sin of being human!) It was a Democrat -- indeed, Hillary Clinton's immediate predecessor in the Senate -- who observed that while we are entitled to our own opinions, we are not entitled to our own facts.

Let me conclude by quoting a Democrat, Thomas Jefferson, from the Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom :

Almighty God hath created the mind free ....

[T]ruth is great and will prevail if left to herself ... she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.

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