Vox Blogoli reduxThis post is in response to an indirect request made to yours truly by "radio shock jock" Hugh Hewitt. Well here you go Hugh, glad I could straighten you out on this whole, "how to deal with a liberal" quandary.
Following is the authors premises and then my responses to them.
The authors takes...
Premise #1-“On balance it is probably healthier if religious conservatives are inside the political system than if they operate as insurgents and provocateurs on the outside.
Premis #2 Better they should write anti-abortion planks into the Republican platform than bomb abortion clinics.
Premise #3The same is true of the left. The clashes over civil rights and Vietnam turned into street warfare partly because activists were locked out of their own party establishments and had to fight, literally, to be heard. When Michael Moore receives a hero’s welcome at the Democratic National Convention, we moderates grumble; but if the parties engage fierce activists while marginalizing tame centrists, that is probably better for the social peace than the other way around.”
My takes on the authors takes...
Premise #1) Religious conservatives are on the outside looking in at their own party.If you accept the fact that ostensibly, the president/presidential candidate of each party is the leader of that party-accept for the DNC, where the Clintons still rule supreme- all you need to do is count heads starting with Bush and it seems that half of his campaign/staff/contributors ARE the "religious right". 'Nuff said? 'Nuff said.
Premise #2) Bombers of "clinics" would serve as drafters of republican dogma if given the chance. This concept follows a familiar line of hysterics by the left which is "We are the status quo, and those gun toting, bible thumping moralists are dangerous and just plain wierd." If you respond to it, there's instant legitimacy for this swill. If you try to prove that they are wrong (see "compassionate conservative" and the lefts response to it, "Bush is Hitler/ He betrayed our country!!!/ The Iraq war was made up in Crawford Texas/ Bush will reinstitute slavery and lynch mobs will rule again" and on and on adnauseam) You've already lost. That kind of irrational belief when stated as a common knowledge fact, is literally impossible to respond to effectively. They've drunk the Koolaid by then, they're gone.
#3) If murder bombers and traitors want entry into the republican and democrat parties respectively, let 'em in while humoring the saner, larger mainstream of each parties core for the sake of "social peace". Wow! I had several teachers who tried this method in school. It essentially means that the loudmouth bully wins the day. I really must restrain myself from at least personal mocking of the author at this time, but I'll try to maintain. Sheesh!
As I've stated here before, in order for something to become irrelevant, you must first take that giant step of discontinuing acknowledgment of it.( Law of "polophysics"- the speed with which a democrat (whineous negatorous) becomes a meaningless footnote, is in direct relation to ones ability to lose interest in it) They think they matter , because we tell them so. The left barely deserves a chuckle tossed in their direction. You'll notice that every arguement from the left has become akin to the old Soviet style of court justice,"So mister republican fascist, when did you stop beating your wife?"
Dealing with them just slows everything down. So unless it's an academic excercise, I say just let 'em fall into the abyss they've been working so hard on laying paved road to all of these years. Also, one should NEVER use "How will THEY -the MSM- respond to this?" as a basis for determining the content of a blog or in any way stating what one knows to be fact, philosophical or otherwise (unless of course you find their reaction amusing) for fear of being percieved as a "right wing fascist"(an oxymoron if ever there was-nazi Germany was a LEFT wing state). I for one love that moniker and wear it with pride and good cheer. It's the fringe folks who are bitter and defensive for the most part. Be Right, be proud, have fun.
Finally, I don't care about the author, his publisher or what they believe or what this says about them. This was just another in the endless string of socialist pap that we should know better than to get wound up about. You might as well get excited about something oh, I don't know, say for instance what Dan rather said today. How inconsequential can one get? A little to the left please.