12 Jan 2011

Liberal McCarthyism


George Will eloquently addresses liberal efforts to link the Tucson shootings to “vitriolic” conservative political speech, to Sarah Palin, and to the Tea Party movement.

On Sunday, the Times explained Tucson: “It is facile and mistaken to attribute this particular madman’s act directly to Republicans or Tea Party members. But . . .” The “directly” is priceless. …

This McCarthyism of the left – devoid of intellectual content, unsupported by data – is a mental tic, not an idea but a tactic for avoiding engagement with ideas. It expresses limitless contempt for the American people, who have reciprocated by reducing liberalism to its current characteristics of electoral weakness and bad sociology.

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This is all part of the liberal mantra that behavior can be attributed to one’s environment. If one assumes that (you sort of have to assume it because there isn’t much evidence to support it), then two things follow:

1. When someone acts up, they are not truly responsible for their actions, but a victim manipulated by those around them.
2. If we simply allowed the Smart People to control (with the strong hand of government) the environment and devise ever more complex social engineering, we could eradicate all the unpleasantness.

A corollary to this, of course, is that since conservatives thwart this “progressive” approach to perfecting society, they are to blame for all the bad behavior one might observe.

Officer Krupke, where are you?


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