April 24, 2007
Too true, very funny...
Don't miss this one. The Big White Lie, by Andrew Klavan...
The thing I like best about being a conservative is that I don’t have to lie. I don’t have to pretend that men and women are the same. I don’t have to declare that failed or oppressive cultures are as good as mine. I don’t have to say that everyone’s special or that the rich cause poverty or that all religions are a path to God. I don’t have to claim that a bad writer like Alice Walker is a good one or that a good writer like Toni Morrison is a great one. I don’t have to pretend that Islam means peace.
Of course, like everything, this candor has its price. A politics that depends on honesty will be, by nature, often impolite. Good manners and hypocrisy are intimately intertwined, and so conservatives, with their gimlet-eyed view of the world, are always susceptible to charges of incivility. It’s not really nice, you know, to describe things as they are.
This is leftism’s great strength: it’s all white lies. That’s its only advantage, as far as I can tell. None of its programs actually works, after all. From statism and income redistribution to liberalized criminal laws and multiculturalism, from its assault on religion to its redefinition of family, leftist policies have made the common life worse wherever they’re installed. But because it depends on—indeed is defined by—describing the human condition inaccurately, leftism is nothing if not polite. With its tortuous attempts to rename unpleasant facts out of existence—he’s not crippled, dear, he’s handicapped; it’s not a slum, it’s an inner city; it’s not surrender, it’s redeployment—leftism has outlived its own failure by hiding itself within the most labyrinthine construct of social delicacy since Victoria was queen.
This is no small thing. To rewrite the rules of courteous behavior is to wield enormous power...(thanks to Orrin)
It's all so true; it's the ground rules of my daily existence. Keep my mouth shut, don't tell the truth! How long could I circulate in San Francisco if I told people that the main reason Iraqis are being slaughtered by car bombs is to elect defeatist Democrats so the US will abandon Iraq and be crippled in the War on Terror? That my fellow citizens—soft-headed "liberals almost all of them—are teaching terrorists to put truck bombs in marketplaces? Rewarding them for every dead woman and child? Ensuring that this behavior will go on for long into the future?
Ha ha ha. Mum's the word.Posted by John Weidner at April 24, 2007 6:13 AM