"But war, in a good cause, is not the greatest evil which a nation can suffer. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice – a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice – is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other."

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cognitive dissonance

Because I'm too nice to call it hypocrisy.

But not nice enough to not try and piss people off while I'm wallowing in my own pity.

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent give-and-take with an old high school classmate on Facebook on the recent health care package shot-gunned through Congress. Honestly, I haven't heard from this guy in ten years until some recent remarks of his directed toward his "American Republican friends" (I'm assuming he's referring to some Platonic archetype, since we had no American Republicans in our high school [unless you count me and I couldn't even vote in America yet], he's spent the last ten years in a local Torontonian rock band [not a haven for ex-pat GOPers], and to my knowledge hasn't left the mother country during that time to visit any SarahPAC conventions. But I could be wrong). His overall take was that, since knuckle-dragging conservatives were no longer in power, America was now catching up to the rest of the world in building its own all-encompassing entitlement state (Bree, take a shot). All editorializing aside, it was enjoyable since I rarely have the time anymore to write anything on my blog or Facebook worth arguing about. Sorry I dropped out at the end, guys, but I had to spend a week on a wind-blasted hill in Yuma with no cell phone reception. Very unsporting of me, I know.

Anyway, while I don't have much time to write, there's always time to take a few seconds here and there to follow the news, and lately I've been amusing myself in observing ever-increasing levels of cognitive dissonance take hold among the left's guiding lights. It's funny listening quotes from finger-wagging pols and talking heads who apparently think the rules of Google don't apply to anything they said during the last eight years.

For instance, opposing any part of the president's agenda makes a critic racist, unpatriotic, and possibly secretly hoping that grandma and/or poor people die. No, we never said that dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

There's a lot of right-wing anger out there, most of it from white racist homophobes clinging to their sky-god and boomsticks. Those people should really watch what they say, lest they instigate violence against the powers that be. Sounds like the days leading up to Oklahoma City all over again. No, we never wrote any plays or made any movies actually showing the sitting president of the United States getting assassinated. We never asked, in our despair, where today's Lee Harvey Oswald or John Wilkes Booth was. No, our protests never once said that we supported our troops only when they shot their officers.

Lots of crazy conspiracy theories out there too these days, claiming that the president might be Muslim or not even be eligible to hold office. Can't believe how many wackos there are on the right. No, we never said that Bush invaded Iraq to steal its oil. Or that 9/11 was an inside job. And we sure never saw sitting members of Congress attend a documentary that argued all of the above.

You also need to stop calling the current administration a "regime". That's a dirty word and makes it sound like the president and his Congress are tyrants, flaunting the will of the people. This is a republic where all leaders are duly elected by an intelligent voting public. No, there are not 1.5 million hits when you Google "Bush regime." No, no one on MSNBC ever once used that phrase during the last eight years. Not one.

And seriously, you need to stop all this name-calling. Stop calling the president a socialist, communist, and typical Big Government leftie. No, we never called Bush a Nazi, or Bushitler, or a fascist, or a tyrant, or a genocidal dictator, or a crook, or the anti-Christ.

This exercise in cognitive dissonance has been brought to you by Google, YouTube, and Al Gore's greatest contribution to humanity, the Internet.

Again, not hypocrisy. I'm too nice.

I shouldn't blog when I'm bitter.

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