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Brief Note for @LeftIsRight4U: Why I Never Argue Politics With Liberals

Posted on | October 22, 2013 | 91 Comments

My tendency toward vehement expression makes me ill-suited for discussions intended to convert people to my point of view. And, honestly, I consider such arguments a waste of time.

Democrats tend to be deficient in either knowledge or character. If their allegiance to Satan’s Own Party is a result of ignorance, they will either wise up, or they won’t. And if they are Democrats because of defects in their character — selfishness and dishonesty being the most common vices of liberals — then it’s good that they are Democrats. “Look over there, voters: A party crowded with liars and thieves.”

Bad causes attract bad people, and the economic platform of the Democrat Party is sufficient to make it a mooch-magnet, the political embodiment of Sloth and Greed: “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”

Honest and decent people abhor the encouragement of vice, and what else have Democrats done but campaign on the Seven Deadly Sins, which they rhetorically transform into “social justice”?

A liberal would cheerfully swallow a porcupine, if you called it “social justice,” but as the Nobel Prize economist Friedrich Hayek demonstrated, social justice is a mirage — a deceptive delusion, a phantom, a will-o’-th’-wisp, the elusive quarry of fools. Watching governments pursue this impossible goal, wrecking society in the name of Equality and Progress, one is reminded that when Thomas More wrote Utopia, he coined the title from Greek: “Nowhere.”

Liberalism leads us on the Road to Nowhere, because liberalism has no logical stopping point. Cede their every demand today, and tomorrow liberals will be back to demand more. One realizes eventually that anyone who cedes anything to liberals is rather like Chamberlain at Munich, supposing he had gained “peace for our time” by bargaining away the Sudetenland to Hitler.

Excuse the totalitarian analogy, but it well suits the case. Unable to excuse the (entirely predictable) failures of their policies, Democrats resort to the kind of scapegoating that is characteristic of totalitarianism. Their defenses of the ObamaCare disaster resemble nothing so much as Stalinists blaming the failure of a Five-Year Plan on Trotskyites, kulaks and saboteurs. Constantly accusing Republicans of mala fides — racism! sexism! homophobia! — is an inadequate substitute for sound policy, but Democrats don’t seem to care.

Envy of the rich, and a selfish craving for “free” benefits, are now apparently enough to organize an electoral majority in this country, so America is now Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption, as I said on Election Night. Ignorance and vice have finally triumphed over virtue and truth, and nowhere so much as among the young, who have no memory of the Soviet nightmare, nor of LBJ’s “Great Society” debacle, and who are too lazy to learn anything about the past.

So . . . I don’t argue about politics with liberals.

When I was a young Democrat (as I was until my mid-30s), no one could persuade me I was wrong. It wasn’t until I began to realize the truth, quite independently of any arguments made by any of my friends, that I began to resent my former foolishness.

I had been a chump, a mark, the kind of sucker who thinks he can break even if he plays just one more game of three-card monte.

Once I wised up, by God, I wised up. As I wrote five years ago:

“Bill Clinton, in my mind, had two great accomplishments
as president: He signed the Welfare Reform Act of 1996
and he made me an ex-Democrat.” 

Now, it happens that some liberal Democrats, including @LeftIsRight4U, share my contempt for the Axis of Assholes on Twitter who, on the one hand, have been cheerleading Neal Rauhauser’s online harassment of Brett Kimberlin’s enemies even while, on the other hand, harassing liberal Democrats active in the #UniteBlue project.

Because of this convergence — Rauhauser’s profound viciousness means that his enemies tend to accumulate — the #UniteBlue people now stand accused of being “fake” progressives because they happen to have a common enemy with some of us on the Right.

As I often say, however, “sociopath” is not a political philosophy, and the hateful dishonesty of those trying to destroy #UniteBlue is something anyone can and should despise, whatever their partisan or ideological allegiance. Bad causes attract bad people, and wherever Neal Rauhauser goes, evil is sure to follow. It is sad to see political passions become aroused to such a point that some people embrace the nihilism expressed by the radical slogan, “By Any Means Necessary.”

Start thinking like that, abandon decency and honor, and you will eventually disgrace whatever “cause” you hoped to advance. Good causes need never resort to dishonorable means, and how good could any “cause” be, if it is supported by the likes of Neal Rauhauser?

Contemporary discourse is hopeless because Democrats have cynically exploited irrational sentiments, taking advantage of the widespread ignorance of history — and economics and, for that matter, basic arithmetic — to convince naive idealists that the only reason the streets are not paved with gold and lined with money trees is because of those greedy racist Republican teabaggers.

In such an anti-intellectual climate, attempting to explain why Democrat policies are harmful is a waste of time. Anyone who was such a fool as to vote for Barack Obama twice is beyond reach of facts or reason. Had I the eloquence of Cicero, I could not persuade them.

Therefore, there is no danger that #UniteBlue will commit political treason (for so they are accused by the Rauhauser crew) by a mere tactical alliance with Rauhauser’s “right-wing” targets including myself. And if any of the #UniteBlue people turn into greedy racist Republican teabaggers, certainly no one could ever blame me.

Because I never argue about politics with liberals.



91 Responses to “Brief Note for @LeftIsRight4U: Why I Never Argue Politics With Liberals”

  1. JudiciousJane
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    RT @JohnLaraway: #GOP #tcot #UniteBlue Very Nice Piece RT @rsmccain “Honest and decent people abhor the encouragement of vice …” http://t…

  2. JBinRC
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    Brief Note for @LeftIsRight4U: Why I Never Argue Politics With Liberals : The Other McCain via @rsmccain

  3. A great rant on liberalism by The Other McCain | The Universal Spectator
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    […] I agree with every word of this. […]

  4. BobBelvedere
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    RT @JohnLaraway: #GOP #tcot #UniteBlue Very Nice Piece RT @rsmccain “Honest and decent people abhor the encouragement of vice …” http://t…

  5. Quartermaster
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Good response Adjoran! For once.

  6. Quartermaster
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Ban him, then you don’t even have to see him. When he asks, give it to him with the bark on. Then, sit back and watch the ‘splodey. It’s entertaining.

  7. LD Jackson
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    I did remove him from my Facebook friends list. He hasn’t questioned me about that, but at least, I don’t have to see the trash he posts. I refuse to be drawn into his world, as doing so is a colossal waste of time and energy.

  8. tlk244182
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Do you know what ‘three-card monte’ is? I ask in complete seriousness.

  9. rmnixondeceased
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Hmmm … a “Honey Pot” based in Thailand, preferred destination of sex tourists and pedophiles …
    ADDED: And the gravatar looks like a zombie bunny …

  10. rmnixondeceased
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Harumpf … Utter balderdash! Your entire comment is rife with misperception. Perhaps this is a good view into folks who believe themselves conservatives and actually are liberals. Often they call themselves “compassionate conservatives” when in reality they are closet liberal surrender-monkeys.

  11. rmnixondeceased
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 9:10 am


  12. rmnixondeceased
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    We at the Dead Citizen’s Rights Society are working in conjunction with the Dead Republican Party (DeRP) to change that. The cemetery population demographic that is

  13. DiverGuy1960
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    RT @rsmccain: “Anyone who was such a fool as to vote for Barack Obama twice is beyond reach of facts or reason.”

  14. LeftIsRight4U
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    RT @rsmccain: @LeftIsRight4U And you should read this: “Why I Never Argue Politics With Liberals” I wrote it for you!

  15. robin
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    I was wrong to politely ask Mr. McCain to tone down the rhetoric and generalizations. My mistake. It won’t happen again.

  16. LeftIsRight4U
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Hey, @rsmccain I bet you were damn sexy as a democrat! 😉

  17. Art Deco
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    I will offer a partial dissent. I know local politicians active in the Democratic Party who are reasonably decent and performance oriented. There is within the Democratic Party a large distinction between local and state and national in the degree of care they give to public affairs (as can be seen by looking at the figures on public sector borrowing).

    You are never going to get a consensus on normative questions or involved factual questions. Disputes on such questions will continue among parties manifesting good faith. The trouble with the intramural culture of the Democratic Party today is a disrespect for law, fair play, and democratic discretion when it stands in the way of their plans (really, an escalating problem since 1933) and a complete incomprehension of the opposition (elucidated by Jonathan Haidt). You have some decent Democrats (Harold Pollack, Richard Cohen), but these are increasingly eccentric. Alan Grayson is now the archetype.

  18. FredBeloit
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    In addition Truman would not recognize the coalition of anarchists, atheists, pacifists, carbon heads, race-baiters, the illegally present, the wet-dreamers, never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste crowd, gimme gimmes, and Marxists that constitute the Dem party today.

  19. FredBeloit
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    That’s the Litany of False Charges ploy that the libs developed for G.W. Full automatic fire of unproven accusations requiring great patience to counter.

  20. Good Stuff
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    I have posted comments before on your site… the location is south of Bangkok. I live east of Bangkok

    The Kids were here over the week end with their wifi devices and there were a lot of drop outs

  21. Good Stuff
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 11:15 am


  22. MarineMom0621
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    @leftisright4u, thank authors of Constitution 4 ur right 2 voice corrupt socialist ideals. #PJNET #tcot @piersmorgan

  23. rmnixondeceased
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Nope, just the results for the IP address and my personal opinion on the region it is based in.

  24. bet0001970
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    That would be an interesting conversation.

  25. Jason
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    I think it’s pretty cool that despite our political differences, all affected can come together against a jerk like Neal Rauhauser and his cronies.

    This isn’t the first time as I recall. It’s happened before. I think it shows that some people will not turn a blind eye to something they know is wrong simply because that person votes a particular way.

    As I understand it, what happened to UniteBlue was that they were held responsible for having a pedophile in their midst, which they were unaware of, but Shoq was well aware of (therefore, probably so was Neal). They couldn’t control those folks so they made a big deal out of it. Their website was subsequently hacked and their personal character publicized and defamed as much as possible. Forget RICO, I think they have the lawsuit.

  26. rsmccain
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    RT @LeftIsRight4U: Hey, @rsmccain I bet you were damn sexy as a democrat! 😉

  27. Wombat32
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    as a Dem, he’s top 3. as a Repub, not even top 5K RT “@LeftIsRight4U: @rsmccain I bet U were damn sexy as a Dem!

  28. _POI_BK_
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    “@LeftIsRight4U: Hey, @rsmccain I bet you were damn sexy as a democrat! 😉” <~ LOL ^5s

  29. Quartermaster
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    It’s no problem. We just took care to inform you of your grave ignorance and enlightened you.
    You’re most welcome.

  30. Quartermaster
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    Dat ‘splains it!

  31. Quartermaster
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    “You have some decent Democrats (Harold Pollack, Richard Cohen), but these are increasingly eccentric. Alan Grayson is now the archetype.”
    I agree with the insane depravity of Grayson, but the other two I can’t agree with you. Cohen is a preening idiot, while more moderate, still supports the insane depravity that Dimocrap party represents.

  32. Adobe_Walls
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 5:32 pm


  33. Adobe_Walls
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    ALL libruls/progressives/socialists/democrats and Bolsheviks are merely different points on the arc leading downward into serfdom and darkness.

  34. justturnright
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    RT @thatMrGguy: Brief Note for @LeftIsRight4U: Why I Never Argue Politics With Liberals

  35. politics_right
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    RT @rsmccain: “Honest and decent people abhor the encouragement of vice …”

  36. Bob Belvedere
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

    Stacy wrote: Envy of the rich, and a selfish craving for “free” benefits, are now apparently enough to organize an electoral majority in this country, so America is now Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption, as I said on Election Night….

    A certain wise dead white guy from Roanoke predicted back in 1829 that such a situation would occur:

    …Among the strange notions which have been broached since I have been on the political theatre, there is one which has lately seized the minds of men, that all things must be done for them by the Government, and that they are to do nothing for themselves: the Government is not only to attend to the great concerns which are its province, but it must step in and ease individuals of their natural and moral obligations. A more pernicious notion cannot prevail. Look at that ragged fellow staggering from the whiskey shop, and see that slattern who has gone there to reclaim him; where are their children? Running about, ragged, idle, ignorant, fit candidates for the penitentiary. Why is all this so? Ask the man and he will tell you, “Oh, the Government has undertaken to educate our children for us. It has given us a premium on idleness, and I now spend in liquor, what I should otherwise be obliged to save to pay for their schooling.”

    -John Randolph of Roanoke

  37. BobBelvedere
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    Wherein Bob proves that @rsmccain & John Randolph of Roanoke share DNA!

  38. robin
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    Sorry, Mr. McCain. I’ve enjoyed your site, but the nasty comments make it not worth reading anymore. I’ve tried to initiate several discussions before but it isn’t worth the insults. They aren’t good for my soul. I wish you success and I’ll pray for your son. Respectfully, Robin

  39. Dandapani
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    For me the Democratic brand is ruined. (Repubs are a close second, also.) I wouldn’t vote for my best friend running for Dog Catcher on the Democratic ticket. I proudly carry a NPA voter id card.

  40. Good Stuff
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    I think it’s just a case of me being paranoid

    Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean that the aliens are not out to get me

  41. Quartermaster
    October 24th, 2013 @ 5:55 am

    Kids’ll do that to you. Insanity, after all, is genetic. You get it from your kids.