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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Good Intentions, Bad Thinking

I think that title pretty well sums up the state of the average American liberal. I don't mean the raving lunatics (see a couple posts ago), but the neighbor next door who still has a Kerry/Edwards sign out in their yard. Case in point, my new liberal friend over at http://liberalrapture.blogspot.com.

"sock monkey" (SM from here on out) took the time to respond in great detail to a post I made on his(her?) website, so of course I'm going to return the favor. I suggest reading her post first, but if that sort of thing makes you cringe it's not necessary, I'll give you the gist of it.

My original post asked SM to explain why they stated that Republicans push their will on America while Democrats stand up for the will of the people. I found this odd considering the fact that most of the liberal victories we hear about these days are achieved through the courts, undoubtedly the least democratic institution of the government.

"SM" first brings up gay marriage, and asserts that the left has already won that argument and it will only be a matter of time before it is accepted throughout the country. On the face of it the court decisions in San Francisco and Massachusetts, and the civil union legislation passed in Connecticut last week probably seem like a growing wave. Unfortunately it ignores the anti-gay marriage referendums passed in 11(or so) states in the 2004 elections. Furthermore, of the three examples I cited, only one was could be interpreted as representing the will of the people.

"SM" has an answer for this however, comparing these cases to the courts ending segregation (Brown vs. Board of Education). "SM" advocates using the courts with the same good intentions, but once you think it through you realize that the courts were also responsible for making segregation the law of the land to begin with (Plessy vs. Ferguson), and before that, for upholding slavery (Dred Scott case). The lesson is that the courts are not infallible, and in politically charged cases their decisions can have more to do with personal politics than the rule of law. Even those on the far left are starting to realize that litigating through the courts can only take you so far, but ultimate acceptance of any movement must come from the people.

Inevitably, "SM" also brings up the war as an example of "forcing an agenda", along with reforming social security and insisting on judges being "people of faith". If you're a good liberal, you fight those causes with the best of intentions, but slow down and think for a second. Like them or hate them, they are all included in the constitutional privileges of the president. Although you may not accept it, the people voted for him, and he's carrying out the wishes of his constituency. If John Kerry had won you'd be cheering him on for "forcing" your agenda on all the poor Republicans, and you'd probably think it was a pretty good idea.

What's interesting is that "SM" also mocks Bush for not proposing a constitutional amendment banning abortion because he knows it will be defeated. Liberals expect conservatives to suggest such an "outrageous" amendment despite their good intentions, but a thinking conservative knows that A.) the amendment would probably be defeated, democratically and B.) the issue of abortion was always up to the states, not the federal government, until the Supreme Court made it the law of the land, undemocratically. I think we've established a pattern here...

There's also some stuff in there about the corrupt right-wing media, but I'll just direct you to read "Weapons of Mass Distortion" by L. Brent Bozell, which rebuts that nonsense all day.

I hope sock monkey reads this post and responds, because I think its a debate that every American on opposite sides of the aisle should be having. I'll be posting a link to his/her blog so you can follow the debate, and I hope "SM" will do the same.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really love your ideas, and would love to subscribe to the Limburg Letter. How do I sign up...

If you couldn't tell I was being sarcastic!!!!!!

4/26/2005 03:05:00 PM  
Blogger Leviathan's Nemesis said...

Great response! And you posted as anonymous. Like the limp-wristed liberal you are.

Brash - you're too much republican, and not enough conservative.

4/26/2005 03:08:00 PM  
Blogger Michele Malkin said...

You are wimp. You should be interred.

4/27/2005 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Who's a wimp? And why?

4/27/2005 08:19:00 AM  
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