January 17, 2005

Embedded...

Do read this column, by John Leo. (Thank you Betsy N) He's a conservative "embedded" in Manhattan, and his insights I can, as a San Franciscan, assure you are dead on.

...Finally, I reluctantly report that liberal friends basically reject give-and-take political discussion. Their positions are typically posed in the language of feelings or the language of rights. Either way, there is nothing much to debate--feelings are personal and rights are beyond the reach of argument and majority decision making. My liberal friends are polite and tolerant, but their opinions reflect a body of remarkably settled thought that leaves little room for dissent or new ideas. To their token conservative friends (that’s me), they seem ever more isolated from the thoughts and concerns of their fellow Americans.

From what I've experienced at my humble blog-abode here, he's right. I hadn't thought about the frequent use of the "language of rights" as a way to close off the possibility of discussion, but that's just what it does. And there's a new item to raise your consciousness:

...Over the holidays, I discovered that a relatively new argument about terror is becoming popular: the next terrorist attack on America, if it comes, will likely be minor and tolerable. I was assured that a dirty bomb is the most likely weapon, and that it would probably do no more damage than an industrial accident. So not to worry. The real problems are fear, panic and violations of civil liberties--not terror...

Right. Gotcha. And you promise not to complain about a little extra background-radiation...

Posted by John Weidner at January 17, 2005 7:16 AM
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