Wednesday, August 04, 2004


As most readers of this blog will be well aware, my primary interest is in the psychology of Leftism. I have been studying and researching the psychology of politics generally for around 40 years, however, so I also have some pretty firm ideas about what conservatism is and what motivates conservatives. I have put my account of that into a long article here. As it is pretty clear by now just where GWB fits into the history and philosophy of conservatism, I have recently added to my article a substantial section on him. So click here to go straight to an account of where GWB fits into the history of conservatism. I think it is pretty interesting, myself.

LOL: Talk about "projection" (seeing your own faults in others)! The Democrats are now accusing Republicans of being unpatriotic! Even that most anti-American of anti-Americans, Michael Moore, is doing it. It's not mentally ill, though. It has always been a useful strategy to confuse the issue and divert attention from your own faults. I am pleased to note that an awareness of projection as a Leftist tactic is catching on. See here, for example.

Mike Tremoglie has a good article on far-Leftist Janeane Garofalo -- showing what an elitist she is. Leftists really loathe the ordinary people they claim to be "compassionate" about. When Leftist accuse conservatives of lacking compassion, that's projection too. And as I noted two days ago, when Leftists say conservatives are dumb, even that is projection.

Gigot on the hypocrisy of the Democrat convention: "I had to rub my eyes sometimes to make sure these were Democrats. Some of the rhetoric was so hawkish I half expected Donald Rumsfeld to show up. "You cannot run. You cannot hide. And we will destroy you," said John Edwards about "al Qaeda and the rest of these terrorists." Whatever happened to all that shouting over the last year about Iraq? What about the reckless folly of pre-emption, the "illegality" of the war because we haven't found WMD, and the necessity of U.N. approval? Last week all that vanished. Joe Wilson and Paul Krugman were kept in undisclosed locations, while someone must have slipped Howard Dean a Prozac".

Prager on the hypocrisy of the Democrat convention: "The show-stealer was Oakland's Ilana Wexler, 12, who brought down the house with her suggestion that Vice President Dick Cheney get a 'timeout' for using foul language. Within hours she became an international star, media outlets clamoring for her attention, fans seeking her autograph." And yet it is the Democrats who laugh at conventional morality and mock any notion that there is such a thing as obscene language!

LOL: Limbic Nutrition thinks that John Kerry is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and may be a "nut about to crack"!

Hitchens on Leftist moral dishonesty: "A few years ago, many ... liberals and leftists were quoting improbable if not impossible numbers of dead Iraqi children, murdered by the international sanctions imposed on Saddam Hussein. Even at its most propagandistic, this contained an important moral point: Iraqi civilians were suffering for the sins of their dictatorship... OK, then, we'll remove the regime and lift the sanctions. Happy now? Not at all! It turns out that 1) the Saddam regime was only a threat invented by neo-cons and that 2) we don't owe the Iraqi people a thing. Also, we could use the money ourselves. This would mean that all the protest about dead and malnourished Iraqi infants was all for show". (Via Common-Sense & Wonder)

Don't Vote for the Party of Racism: "Four decades ago, Congress passed landmark legislation mandating equal rights for all races-- the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Today, there is a political party that vigorously opposes the principles espoused in that legislation. When you enter the voting booth in November, you would do well to consider whether you want to support such an organization".

In case you have not seen it already, here is a link to the now famous and highly amusing article about GWB by Leftist Tom Junod. He hates GWB even though he thinks GWB is right about major questions! You may have to refer back to my post about Bush-hatred of a few days ago to understand such irrational behaviour.

I must confess that this story gave me a laugh: "A Malawian court convicted a Catholic priest and a nun of disorderly conduct Thursday after they were caught engaged in a sexual act in a parked car with tinted windows. "These people were caught in a sex act," Assistant Superintendent Kelvin Maigwa told Reuters. Officials in the Roman Catholic Church, whose priests are barred from sex or marriage, declined to comment. Passers by alerted police at Lilongwe International Airport after the parked Toyota Corolla, which had tinted windows, began shaking in what police described as "a funny manner.""

"Godless" at Gene Expression rightly makes the point that the New York Times are holocaust deniers in the sanitized way they describe the Mao era in China.

I have just transferred Chris Brand's latest postings on multicultural lunacy in Britain here. I am getting lazy in my old age so I have not included the few hyperlinks that Chris has given -- but you can find them at the bottom of Chris's original page here if you want to follow anything up.

For more postings, see GREENIE WATCH and POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH. Mirror sites here and here


Perhaps the original example of Leftist "projection": Marx condemned conventional religion as the "opium of the masses". Why? Because he had an opiate to peddle.

Why can those who claim to understand the dangers of meddling with a complex ecosystem like the natural environment, not understand that government interference with a complex system like the economy is perilous too?

The conflict between conservatives and Leftists is not usually a conflict between realists and idealists. Mostly it is a conflict between realists and people who will say anything to win applause

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