Archive for February 5th, 2010

If only conservative voices could be heard.

Feb 05, 2010 in Clueless Conservatives, Economy

Ah, those arrogant liberals are at it again! Looking down their noses at real Americans and trying to force their political correctness on all of us. It’s as if they think we’re fucking retards!

Gerard Alexander affirms
what all conservatives have internalized in their heart of hearts already: that conservatives and their ideas are reflexively maligned because elitism and condescention are innate, unique qualities possessed by liberals. You’ll never go broke if you’re getting paid to tell right-wingers that they’re being victimized and imposed upon by Volvo drivers who think that they’re smarter than them. It’s their bread and butter.

This condescension is part of a liberal tradition that for generations has impoverished American debates over the economy, society and the functions of government — and threatens to do so again today, when dialogue would be more valuable than ever.

Because, you see, conservative ideas weren’t able to make it to the surface over the past eight years because they were drowned in a sea of domineering liberal discourse.

These four liberal narratives not only justify the dismissal of conservative thinking as biased or irrelevant — they insist on it. By no means do all liberals adhere to them, but they are mainstream in left-of-center thinking. Indeed, when the president met with House Republicans in Baltimore recently, he assured them that he considers their ideas, but he then rejected their motives in virtually the same breath.

This works if you ignore the fact that Obama responded to their proposed ideas using logic and reason. The president didn’t stand up in front of them at the House Issues Conference for an hour and a half and merely reject their motives. During that time Republicans got exactly what Alexander is suggesting they didn’t receive; a reasoned debate over their suggestions for fixing a broken economy. Not only that but it was face to face on live television on their own turf. I don’t know how much more open and accommodating to Republican suggestions the president could have been.

Like a lot of right-wing think tank groomed intellectuals, it doesn’t matter to Alexander whether “conservative” ideas can be refuted by sound reasoning or logic. We need to implement them anyway because they’re “conservative” and if we don’t we’re condescending ideologues who refuse to take them seriously. Here’s a fresh, new idea; instead of spending your time whining about how arrogant liberals don’t respect you why don’t you concentrate on developing more cohesive arguments.

-mg

This is one of my favorite demonstrations of what Gerard Alexander would refer to as “liberal condescension”. Daniel Ellsberg eviscerating the Very Serious ideas of great conservative thinker William Kristol.

Isn’t it a tragedy that liberals routinely brush aside the sage advice of this wise and humble man? Perhaps someday in a more civilized future, conservative greats like Kristol, Krauthammer, Broder, Kaplan and Hanson can have a platform from which to speak freely and have their ideas heard.

 

Teh funny.

Feb 05, 2010 in Politics

Wes Anderson’s Spider-Man:

See Fantastic Mr. Fox if you get the chance…

-jb