I finally got around to reading Garry Wills’ op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times. You should file this away for later use. Notice the petulant tone, notice the the wrong-headed analysis, notice the European post-Modern framework, notice the comparison of Christians to Islamists. Wills understands neither the Enlightenment, nor
America. Quite remarkable. I hope they keep this up; they will not win another election in my lifetime! Also note Geitner Simmons’ take on Wills, especially his comparisons of Wills’ earlier opinions on such matters. (Thanks to Instapundit).
And then there is this from Jane Smiley (the novelist): "Ignorance and bloodlust have a long tradition in the United States, especially in the red states. There used to be a kind of hand-to-hand fight on the frontier called a "knock-down-drag-out," where any kind of gouging, biting, or maiming was considered fair. The ancestors of today’s red-state voters used to stand around cheering and betting on these fights. When the forces of red and blue encountered one another head-on for the first time in Kansas Territory in 1856, the red forces from Missouri, who had been coveting Indian land across the Missouri River since 1820, entered Kansas and stole the territorial election. The red news media of the day made a practice of inflammatory lying—declaring that the blue folks had shot and killed red folks whom everyone knew were walking around. The worst civilian massacre in American history took place in Lawrence, Kan., in 1862—Quantrill’s raid. The red forces, known then as the slave-power, pulled 265 unarmed men from their beds on a Sunday morning and slaughtered them in front of their wives and children. The error that progressives have consistently committed over the years is to underestimate the vitality of ignorance in America. Listen to what the red state citizens say about themselves, the songs they write, and the sermons they flock to. They know who they are—they are full of original sin and they have a taste for violence. The blue state citizens make the Rousseauvian mistake of thinking humans are essentially good, and so they never realize when they are about to be slugged from behind." This is too amusing, read it all.
That Jane Smiley thing was worth it all. Just to read that crazy woman really makes my week.
Hatred is thin gruel indeed.
These "open-minded," "tolerant," "liberal" intellectuals are the most judgmental, contemptuous, haughty, and snobbish people. They really are a bunch of elitist jerks who are transfering their contempt and hatred for Bush to anyone who would dream of voting for him. Im really sick of really these diatribes against anyone who holds a different opinion than them. I wish one of them were in the room with me right now.
Lets remember this when left-wingers like Smiley start talking again--probably when the next election gets close--about how much they love America. Perhaps their view is that America would be great if if werent for all those darn Americans.
Why is it that so many really think that we CAN have it all? That there really IS a utopia out there where we dont have enemies, internal or external, and that, gosh darn it, we all just love each other, to paraphrase Stuart Smalley? Life aint easy. Most of us CANT have it all and live livies without pain because its not the human experience. We simply must try our best to respect our differences instead of demonizing them, to want all that we have. Thats about as close to utopia as my little brain can imagine.