Tuesday, August 03, 2004


In John Kerry's nomination speech he said: "As president, I will bring back this nation's time-honored tradition: The United States of America never goes to war because we want to; we only go to war because we have to. That is the standard of our nation." As it points out here, that is a typical Leftist barefaced lie, justified only by its sounding good. The USA has in fact mostly gone to war when it did NOT have to -- on humanitarian grounds etc -- and often at the behest of Democrat Presidents, including Clinton in Yugoslavia. Qando has some good comments on the matter too -- including the excellent point that the Kerry doctrine is simplistic -- which is exactly what the Left accuses conservatives of being. That good old Leftist "projection" again.

There is a most amusing article in the NYT reporting that America's millionaire Leftists (or as they self-congratulatingly call themselves: "Progressives") have become frustrated at the lack of any new ideas or new Leftward moves in the Democratic party. They have apparently decided that they need to create new Leftist ideas by spending hundreds of millions to encourage fringe Left groups! I liked this quote about how they see the present scene: "Now, you're a 32-year-old Democratic state legislator, and what you do is you learn how to check boxes," he continued. "You learn how to become pro-choice. You learn how to become pro-labor. You learn how to become pro-trial lawyer. You learn how to become pro-environment. And you end up, in that process, with no broad philosophical basis. You end up with no ideas about national security. You end up with no ideas about American history and political theory. You end up, frankly, with no ideas about macroeconomics and economic policy, other than that it's scary."" Who am I to argue with that? Hate and anger and envy are what Leftism has always been about, not ideas.

And here is another Leftist who is depressed at the Left's failure to achieve much in America recently -- despite their dominance of education, the media etc. At least he puts his finger on one of the big problems of the Left -- their elitism: "Can they rid themselves of a nagging contempt for the unhip, the poorly educated, and the God-fearing? If the left is not a movement of and for working people— blemishes and all— then it has little chance to regain its previous influence".

More Leftist encouragement for crime: "Inmates in California prisons may not be learning any job skills to help them stay straight once their terms end, but at least they're being taught to feel good about themselves. In a policy shift so irrational it could only have been designed by the state prison guards union, 300 vocational education classrooms in state prisons were shuttered at the beginning of the year. This might be understandable if it were a cost-cutting move, but the state is saving little or nothing by closing the courses. The instructors who formerly provided inmates a chance to succeed in the outside world are now conducting self-esteem "modules" instead. These use workbooks hammering the sort of feel-good lessons that some prison experts believe increase, not decrease, recidivism... Research shows that California inmates who spend more time in vocational programs are less likely to return to prison. Unless we're prepared to support such programs, we'd better be prepared to build a lot more prisons".

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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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