Intellectuals Without Intellect

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    www.spectator.org/util/print.asp?art_id=7372

    John Kerry possessed reason, George Bush possessed faith. That's the consoling critique of the campaign by defeated liberals. But the truth is Kerry displayed neither. without credibel reason or faith, Kerry had nothing to offer Americans except experiments in radicalism.

    To slavage their self-esteem, liberals are pushing the idea that they have lost the country but retained their reason. I hasn't yet dawned on them that they lost their country BECAUSE they lost their reason. Their irrational anger and tired theories weren't persuasive. The American people rejected Kerry because of an absence not only of authentic faith but also of reliable reasoning. His arguments were quite lame and couldn't hold up under questioning.

    The reason why liberalism lacks any enduring appeal to ordinary Americans is not that it is too lofty but that it is too low. It is beneath the reasom of man. It appeals not to the mind of humans but to their irrational desires. Liberalism is far more about emotion than reason. Want to feel good about being bad? Liberalism will give you plenty of excuses to.But Americans can see that this is childish, self indulgent political philosophy that no civilization can run on for very long

    "The Day the Enlightenment Went Out" was the post-election sob of Gary Willis in the New York Times, and captures the ratiojnalists-versus-religious -boobs analysis liberals are using to pep up their spirits. He wholly identifies liberalism with "reason" and "enlightenment" even as liberalism defies logic and sanctions barbaric practices. His enlightened conceit is a joke in light of the growing list of human rights abuses liberalism routinely justifies--from killing unborn children to the killing of the aged and weak to the cloning of human embryos for harvesting.
    How many of the founders of this enlightened nation could pass the Wills' test? How many of them would agree with Gary Wills' views on abortion, euthanasia, cloning, sexual liberation?...............................
     
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    Excellent post, Bonnie. Every time liberals open their mouths, I'm struck by the Orwellian lunacy of it all.

    A little off topic, but here's a honking irony: My copy of 1984 has a foreword by....Walter Cronkite!
     
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    Now that is ironic :eek:
     
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    Why ironic? Cronkite is a Liberal, and 1984 describes the policies and actions of neocons.


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    Kerry lost because ultimately he was a weak candidate - a career politician with an unremarkable history.

    Why a weak candidate for this election? because in 2003, when Bush numbers were stronger, no "Strong" Democrat wanted to step forward and risk their political capital running against an incumbent.

    Of course, we now know that Iraq was a sham, and it led to deep resentment against Bush - however, with no adequately strong challenger, Bush managed to eek out a win. The narrowest win of any sitting president.

    See:

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    Such a narrow win, against a weak candidate like Kerry, isn't much to get excited about.


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    Oh, yeah - huge, cetralized government, speech codes, thoughtcrime, revisionist history, the manipulation of information for political ends...

    Newt Gingrich is fairly frothing at the mouth.

    If you're an Independent, I'm King Neptune.
     
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    Yes, all features of the Bush administration. I'm fairly certain Karl Rove is using 1984 as a guide book!


    I'm a Libertarian, as should be obvious.



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    What are you smoking, man? Save me some. What the hell 1984 did you read?

    A Libertarian, are you? I stand corrected. I'll rephrase, then. If you're not a liberal, I'm King Neptune. I think the old man's title is safe.
     
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    I don't smoke nor use drugs of any kind, other than Aleve for this damn tooth. The 1984 I read was by George Orwell. which one are you talking about?


    Huh? I'm not a liberal - Libertarians are conservative.



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    Sorry to hear about your tooth. That is hell. Feel better.

    The 1984 I read was George Orwell's frightened wake-up call to the world. He had succumbed to the charms of Stalin and Mao, and saw them as the world's only hope. He then saw the physical implementation of the socialist utopian pipedream at the tender hands of these murderous tyrants, and realized his - and humanity's - horrible mistake. Socialism flies in the face of man's essentially depraved nature, and can only lead to totalitarianism. Human beings, possessing such power, can do nothing else. This is the worldview the liberals embrace so ardently. I will fight it with my dying breath.
     

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