Thursday, January 05, 2006

Two Axioms on Hate

Hate clouds judgment. I'll offer that as an axiom.

So in that regard, the left is lost in a cloud of venom and flying excrement when it comes to any effort they make to link anything (good or bad) to the Bush Administration. To wit, this.

The charge is really so insane as to not even be worthy of defense. But Tom Bevan's point was not to argue the really inane charges that Bush caused the mining tragedy, but to show that suspicion, not facts are grist for the mill of the left's message (if it can be called a message). It shows that the left has lost credibility.

And it's the same reason why people find Howard Dean, Al Gore, Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, Nancy Pelosi, Maureen Dowd, Cindy Sheehan and the like to lack any degree of credibility.

Likewise, it is why people like Joe Lieberman, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Richard Cohen, Bob Beckel, and Alan Colmes are treated as mainstream liberals and reasonable people. Because while many of this latter group may hold many of the same ideas as those in the former group, they have a measure of restraint, and by any reasonable estimation, are more intelligent, and know why they believe what they do. In all fairness, I find those reasons to be hogwash for the most part, but the point is that these people are thinkers rather than angry screamers.

So in that regard, hate is the fool's replacement for and the antithesis of wisdom, just as demagoguery is the same for reason. There's your second axiom.

The left needs to absorb both of those rules in order obtain any degree of respect. But if they did that, would they still be leftists?


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