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:
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.