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December 1, 2005

Do these people really hate America?

Mary Madigan -on Dean's World- has been inspired by Neo-neocon to contemplate just why someone like Ramsey Clark would even think of legally defending Saddam Hussein. After all, Hussein is one of the worst sleazeballs down the pike since at least Idi Amin.

Does Clark hate his own country that much?

I think I have an answer.

It's very simple. Recall one of the basic elements of modern liberal mindset which has nothing to do with hating America, blue-collars, or anything else: the tendency to orient towards a morally binary ("all or nothing") point of view.

So, war is either inherently good or fundamentally evil. A law is either just and necessary, or corrupt and should be abolished. Any goal which is not perfectly just is -be definition- wrong.

Let us refer to an historical example, the Civil Rights movement. Anything which advanced the cause of black Americans was just, and proper. So any erosion of individual rights, states rights, or arrogation of power to the federal government was ignored. Their cause was just, hence any actions taken were just. Anyone who protested the steps taken were labled racists, no matter their reasons. This resulted in Barry Goldwater being lumped in with the Klan, since he was on the "same side" as the evil people.

You can see the same attitude today, which is frequently confused with "America hating," since both groups corrosively criticize the United States. The difference is that the haters are just that, while the "all or nothing" crowd use the following reasoning: The United States has committed an immoral/evil act (McCarthy, My Lai, Watergate, etc.), and is therefore evil.

First corollary is that America is just as evil as the USSR, Libya, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Nicaragua, Cuba; take your pick.

Second corollary is that the US must persue a perfectly moral path in order to speak or act with moral authority. Since that's impossible, they regularly condemn America, no matter what America does.

This explains Clark, as well. Since he sees the world in morally binary terms, Hussein must be innocent or guilty; no "maybes." And -since a true liberal refuses to prejudge anyone, especially a lawyer- there must be a doubt about his guilt. Hence he is owed a true defense.

See? No hating, no deep, ulterior motives. Just a very simple worldview. One that is highly moral, within its precepts. Alas, those precepts far too simplistic.

Just in case any conservatives are tempted to pull a holier than thou attitude, let's recall the decades-long popularity of the Frankensteinian "communists bad, anti-communists good" mentality; no matter how much of a repressive, murdering rat bastard that anti-communist was.

December 5, 2005

Arrgghhh! got SMASHed

LT. SMASH is happy, and John of Arrgghhh! is glum.

In fact, I bet SMASH is wearing a smile just like Rummy's:
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Congratulations to the Navy team for breaking the tie!

December 11, 2005

Christmas for the guys overseas

Just dropped by Castle Arrgggh!!!, and read that John had gotten a note from Deb over at Marine Corps Moms (which -if you haven't yet- should add to your booksmarks right now).

Apparently Deb has run into some last-minute glitches for Operation Santa this year:

We're wrapping up Operation Santa for this year - over 12,000 stocking mailed so far - but we just got the following request:

The problem is we have some units in Afghanistan and Iraq that will not receive their MWR dollars in time to plan a Christmas holiday for the troops.

Don't have an exact number of troops, and the Master Sgt that e-mailed
me from Afgan (whom I know personally) has not been able to re-email me since.

But if some stockings could be sent to their unit commander that would really help. Please let me know for sure though so I can tell them to expect something. Thank you again, and bless you both for all you are doing for our service members and their families.

I'll be working this weekend to fill this request - if you'd like to donate to help with the cost of filling an additional 217 stockings, hit the PayPal donation button here or on the Marine Corps Family Foundation site (be sure to note that it will be for the 1107th AVCRAD effort).

I really don't have that much extra money right now (forget Christmas shopping, I'm just saving up to fix the exhaust on my car), but I think I scrape a bit together for those guys. Lord knows they're working harder, and risking more than I am right now.

I'll repeat the above from Deb: be sure to note that it will be for the 1107th AVCRAD effort.

December 14, 2005

Slam down, thank you, m'am!

I'm late to the bandwagon -although quick in the comments {g}- but I decided to link to Baldilocks' most precise and eloquent smackdown with a clue by four.

Please note that I do not use phrases such as "precise and eloquent" lightly, as I tend towards puristic language use.

In this case Juliette did a magnificent job of schooling a self-described "white [college] student," as if being a white college boy provides some sort of moral superiority.

Good riddance to Stanley Williams, although I hope (for his sake) that his own sense of redemption will stand up to the test before the Real Thingtm.

December 29, 2005

Le sang nouveau est arrive!

The VodkaPunditerri has yielded a fine new vintage!

And yes, I know I'm mixing my metaphors... {harumph}

A beautiful boy, from beautiful parents. Let's wish good fortune to Preston Davis, which shouldn't be too hard, considering his antecedents.

Good on ya, Stephen and Melissa.

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