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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

The Link 

The only conspicuous link between Iraq and Al Qaeda is the Bush administration.

Monday, June 14, 2004

RIP 

For a change of pace, here's something in a medium I'm more familiar with.


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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Crossing the Line 

What happens when a civilized society crosses the line? My new article on the Democratic Underground addresses this question.

Crossing the Line
By Violet Lake

"Without boundaries, and without meaning, the marvelous human mind is reduced to the dysfunctional output of a sophisticated animal brain. And there is no animal more dangerous - to itself and to others - than a dysfunctional human being."

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

The Vision Thing 

Not to pick on David Brooks, but his tribute to Reagan in today's NYT gives me the opportunity to mention one of the most sublime truths about neoconservatism: it is a movement produced, directed, and performed by traitors to liberalism. Without deviant liberals to lead the bloody way, conservatives would be hopelessly lost. It proves that for people with low standards--a rotten vision is better than no vision.

Brooks writes:

"Once it was liberals who rhapsodized about progress. Even stoic Woodrow Wilson once exulted: 'Progress! No word comes more often or more naturally to the lips of modern man, as if the things it stands for were almost synonymous with life itself.' But since Reagan's time, it sometimes appears that liberals and conservatives have traded places."

Reagan's Promised Land
By David Brooks

Traded places? You think? Nah...

Speaking of Reagan, his funeral is starting to resemble Lenin's funeral; fitting tribute--for the last great usurper of the 20th century.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

The Banana Split 

In his column today, New York Times columnist David Brooks made the following confession:

"I hope to figure out how deeply split the nation is, and what exactly it is we are fighting about — questions that leave me, at present, confused."

Circling the Wagons
By David Brooks

Perhaps it's your partisanship, David, that leaves you "confused." For the most part, we on the "other side" are painfully aware of how split the nation is, and what exactly it is we're fighting about. Your side reminds us every day.

Have you forgotten that your side declared a "culture war" against liberal America, or is your "confusion" a result of your penchant for being deliberately obtuse?

What did you expect? In the span of two decades, your side turned a bridgeable gully into a treacherous chasm. For the sake of power, your side abandoned the rules of fair play. Like a cult, they built their base by vilifying the opposition--liberal America in this case. (There are other ways that your side resembles a cult, but I'll leave that for another time.) The "split" you mention is deep enough to cleave a people in two. That's what happens when one side makes it policy to treat their fellow citizens like enemies.

Without considerable subterfuge, your side would never have been able to dominate the nation, as they do today. By itself, the subterfuge is a sign of their radical intentions, and a warning about the toxicity of their ideology. But after four years of virtually uncontested dominance, the reason for the subterfuge has become abundantly clear: they are indeed peddling a radical brand of poison. Practically everything they touch turns to dirt. And you claim to wonder what all the fuss is about.

What is it about your side that attracts you, David? Is it the Christian folks that want to turn the government into a theocracy? Are you turned on by the thought of "shock and awe" diplomacy? Is it their unconditional support for Israel's every desire? Are you in favor of big, intrusive government with the power to condemn any group it chooses to second-class citizenship? Do you find foreigners offensive? Is it that liberals terrify you? Do you believe in making the rich richer and eliminating the middle class? Are you the kind of guy that needs an enemy to make his day? Or, did you just inherit the attraction from your parents?

I'm attracted to my side because it hasn't declared war on everything I hold dear. Your side has.

The depth of the "split" is a consequence of a war your side declared. If you really don't know exactly what it is we're fighting about, then perhaps your obtuseness is not deliberate.

Friday, June 04, 2004

Abusive Conservatism 

For the Republican leadership, the victim is the target of choice for blame deflection. It's a cold, cynical tactic that can be difficult to defend against. With this in mind, I searched the Web, hoping to find a morsel of wisdom--perhaps from a great philosopher; instead, I found a remarkably concise description of the psychology driving the aforementioned leadership. In the proper context, this list of behaviors reads like a tactical manual for the Republican Party:

Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service
Domestic Violence: In the Mind of the Abuser

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