how our betters view us

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 05, 2004

In case you're curious about how thoughtful, balanced, well-educated and good-willed persons regard those of us who are not so happily endowed, herewith a sampling of editorial wisdom à propos:

Sidney Blumenthal in the UK Guardian:

Brought along with Bush is a gallery of grotesques in the Senate: more than one new senator advocates capital punishment for abortion; another urges that all gay teachers be fired; yet another is suffering from obvious symptoms of Alzheimer's. The new majority is more theocratic than Republican, as Republican was previously understood; the defeat of the old moderate Republican party is far more decisive than the loss by the Democrats. There are no checks and balances.

Doug Ireland in the LA Weekly:

Scurrilous gay-baiting literature abounded. And, of course, the Bushniks could count on the fervent homophobia of Bush's shock troops from the Christian right (heavily subsidized by taxpayer dollars through patronage disguised as "faith-based initiatives") to hammer home the Sunday-go-to-meetin' anti-gay message -- and the sweeping Republican victory. ... The Democrats were bereft of any strategy to fight this politicization of the anti-gay backlash.

Dan Kennedy in the Boston Phoenix:

From Howard Dean's youth-driven campaign to projects such as P. Diddy's "Citizen Change," from delightfully crude anti-Bush songs such as "Ignorant Son of an A******" to more-polished efforts by the likes of Public Enemy and Eminem, from Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 to Jon Stewart's Daily Show, an unprecedented amount of attention has been lavished on young people in the hopes getting them to participate in self-government. After all that, nothing changed. ... The forces of reaction masquerading as morality are ascendant. Four more years. For more years of war, of global warming, of trampling on our civil liberties, of secrecy, of threats to women's rights, of more tax cuts for the rich and bigger deficits for the rest of us, of right-wing court appointments, of continued inequality for lesbians and gay men.

Katha Pollitt in The Nation:

Maybe this time the voters chose what they actually want: Nationalism, pre-emptive war, order not justice, "safety" through torture, backlash against women and gays, a gulf between haves and have-nots, government largesse for their churches and a my-way-or-the-highway President.

It has to be tough to reach this level of tranquil, clear-sighted objectivity.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 06, 2004 10:48 PM ET USA

    If I might be so bold to a superior, "V" Like moths to a flame... An excellent but terrible example of the blinding and destructive power of sin... They speak with "convinced" hearts... as though their positions were completely reasonable... In fact... they are exalting what in the end will ultimately destroy them.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 06, 2004 10:39 PM ET USA

    For people who say don't impose your values on us, maybe they should take some time and figure out what 'us' wants. Is us just 'I' or is us the people of the US. I think some are waking up, figuring out there are more than just their view. Not everyone wants to have their kids see adults exposing themselves during of all things the super bowl. Some may see marriage as something more than a fun adventure for a couple years. Abortion! if they did it to animals the PETA people would be upset.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 06, 2004 10:23 PM ET USA

    It would be interesting to see what would happen if people began to ponder The Two Great Commandments and the Decalogue, virtue, grace and effects and meaning of the Sacraments, but one can't give what one does not have, and these valuable necessities of Catholic Faith seem to be things of the past in Catholic Instruction classes. sad. Thousands flocked to see "The Passion of the Christ", and what effect resulted? Seemingly a big, fat, 0!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 06, 2004 5:08 PM ET USA

    There is a danger in this. Several liberal commentators have noticed that people don't like to be sneered at, and that having Britons (as some of them in Manchester apparently did) phone strangers in this country to tell them how to vote may well persuade them to vote as you don't want them to. The danger is that they may learn their lesson and next time they may not do it.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 05, 2004 6:02 PM ET USA

    Are all the mental hospitals filled to capacity, or have they all been closed down ?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 05, 2004 2:41 PM ET USA

    The jackals are snappish tonight, eh wot? Pity. Poor chaps must be hungry. Four more lean years for them coming up, eh wot? Yes, some will die hungry. Pity.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 05, 2004 1:03 PM ET USA

    It rather makes the fantasies of the John Birch Society appear sane. Then again, the writers on the Left are frustrated novelists who sit with writers' blocks whenever they have to create something that may have a modicum of worth. Will the Americans among them be lining up soon at the Canadian consulate offices for residency applications?

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 05, 2004 11:48 AM ET USA

    As for the liberal Brits and the Europeans in general, it makes me rejoice that the Atlantic is so big... ...but as for the smoldering hatred and amoral dissenters within our own country... "...and a my-way-or-the-highway President." (from the last article) could almost be tempted to wish that that were true...

  • Posted by: - Nov. 05, 2004 10:55 AM ET USA

    It is impossible to work with people like this who deliberately blind themselves to the truth - whether it be religious or political. They just have to be defeated. Happily in America that defeat is political, unlike barbarian cultures of other areas of the world where "might makes right" and disagreements are settled at the point of a gun.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 05, 2004 10:25 AM ET USA

    Makes you want to sit back, smoke a cigar and enjoy it for awhile. Nothing quite so satisfying as a good smoke after trouncing your opponent. Isn't it great that they never learn anything by their defeats? It's like having box seats to watch the Egyptians just march on into that Red Sea.