I want to devote a post to something in a comment on one of my earlier posts. I know this is a little unfair, but I think this is such a perfect demonstration of the sort of thinking that lies behind American conservatism, that I think it is worth it. The comment is from our friend Derek:
"Were the Pharoahs and Nebuchadnezzar liberals"
Well they most certainly were big government, so in many ways, yes, they were.
"Was the Spanish Inquisition liberal"
"Were the crusaders, who did horrible things to Jews on the way to the Mideast liberal"
Most likely, seeing as how they were big government.
"Were the czars and the cossacks liberal"
Wow, three for three. Yes they were.
Well, there you have it. Two biblical tyrants, the most notorious of medieval religious zealots, the perpetrators of the most infamous religious war in history, the unbelievably Repressive Russian monarchs and a legendary bloodthirsty tribe: all liberals.
Can any of the rest of us even conceive of the mental contortion that would be necessary to convince ourselves that the Pharoahs were liberals? Or are we dealing with a lethal contempt for truth in any form?
There is no possible rational discussion with people who are willing to espouse such lunacy in order to maintain their ugly beliefs. Unfortunately, Derek is not a lone lunatic. He has a thought process, if it can be called that, which is totally in line with the twenty percent of the populace which still considers itself to be Republicans.
These people have moved themselves so far into their malignant fantasy world that there is absolutely no possibility of constructive engagement with them. Hopefully, some of them will eventually realize how self-destructive this behavior is. The rest of them? Do we just have to make up our minds to tolerate a segment of the populace that is going to break out in periodic episodes of hatred and violence directed toward the rest of us? Or will they manage to coalesce to the point where they force use to deal with them in a more direct manner?
Only time will tell how much of our energy, which is so urgently needed for more constructive matters, will have to be diverted to deal with this nearly unprecedented outbreak of hatred, racism and utter contempt for reality. The next couple of years are going to be interesting, to say the least.