Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Tokyo Rose of Louisiana?

Riding the slippery slope, neocon style!

Tuesday was garbage day, so I was inspired to trek to the local library. There I found Michael Savage’s latest book, Liberalism is a Mental Disorder. No, that title isn’t a joke! The text, on the other hand, is. Reading Savage’s book, I realized that his content is not all that different from the epithets and accusations hurled at me on a daily basis.

Through 210 pages of trash, Savage (nee Weiner) offers wit and wisdom on the level of a broken Magic 8-Ball with Alzheimer’s disease. Then again, what else would you expect from a man who is described on his book’s sleeve as “to the right of Rush and to the left of God?” Here are a few choice cuts from the book that has me wondering just what the hell happened to publishing standards:

On the real enemy: “Leftist ideology is the driving force behind the enemy within our country.”

On why the War on Iraq failed: “Politicians in Washington who, seeking to placate Peter Jennings and Katy ‘Koran’ Couric of our Jazeera TV, refuse to allow our military to do what must be done in Iraq.”

On why it’s okay to condemn Muslims for the acts of a few: “What kind of religion would specialize in worldwide terror unless a viral infection of vindictiveness lurked within? All of the evidence points to the fact that such hatred must dwell within the minds of Islamists.”

On why it’s wrong to condemn Christians for the acts of a few: “There is absolutely no basis for the ‘Christian terrorist’ label assigned by the media to Timothy McVeigh.”

On Kinsey’s true intentions: “To justify his numerous perversions and, in turn, to open up the so-called sexual revolution.”

On gays: “It wasn’t enough for them that there’s more gay freedom today than anyone—homo or hetero—could have imagined...How much freer can you be than doing thirty men in a bathhouse with no consequences or public outcry?”

How he would know about that: “I walk among the people. One day recently I had my lunch and took a long walk around San Francisco. One of my favorite places to stop is a little-known urban park called the TransAmerica Redwood Park.”

On what he’d say to me if we met: “For far too long you have lived in a cage where liberal ideas—and only liberal ideas—are expressed. It’s entirely possible that you never meet or listen to anybody outside of your small circle of liberal thinkers. And if there is a dissenting opinion raised, which is very rare in your cloistered environments, the person offering that opinion is laughed at as being an eccentric throwback to a more primitive time.”

Which brings me back to here. I maintain this blog as a repository of diverse political commentary, and Goblin Slayer and his compadres ensure that the debate never disappoints. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

But the fun hardly stops here! Over at our other friend's hangout, Aldaynet, we get together a few times a day and weigh in on relevant issues hurl feces at each other. The main players in this saga are myself, Goblin, Tom Alday and guys named Ethan and Eric. Our standard MO is to discuss whatever issue has struck Tom's fancy (the word "asshat" is usually involved). Over the course of several dozen comments, the thread inevitably devolves into a circular discussion of how much I hate America and am just "an unemployed political hack journalist" who "sympathizes with the enemy."

Now, please understand that it takes a lot for me to involve myself in such tedious personal attacks; I usually stop long before the name-calling or when I feel like I've made my point as much as I can. But lately the vitriol has continued at a brisk pace, and I will not stand by idly while my neocon detractors zoom down the low road. Witness this recent missive from Goblin Slayer (who denies any Michael Savage influence), with shitty spelling intact for posterity:

You should also remove your two-faced “tribute” articles to “friends” that are serving in the military right now from your blog. You are the Tokoyo Rose of Louisiana. I can’t wait to hear your take on the Flag Desecration Ammendment. Maybe your hatred for the country will ooze out there, too.

(A quick side note: despite her reputation, Tokyo Rose--at least the incarnation known to most Americans—was an American stranded in Japan who took the job to avoid starving to death. She read the copy she was given with sarcasm and was genuinely surprised when brought up on charges of treason. She was pardoned in 1977 by President Ford. Not exactly the point Goblin's trying to make, but I aim for accuracy.)

But that fun bit o’ libel apparently doesn’t satisfy Goblin, who continues the conversation with Eric:

* He feels he “deserves” to be famous and rich. Just because.
* He despises Christianity. You know, those Crusades were rough on him.
* He believes government is what makes a country, not the people and its capitalistic motivation.
* He feels that he is “entitled” to my stock portfolio, even though it was trusted to me from my immigrant father. You see, I don’t “deserve” that money.
* He hates that I can lawfully carry a weapon and defend myself without having to depend on the police to help me. He would rather me be a victim of a crime and blame that crime on the rich instead of the perp.

Keep in mind, he made these assumptions based on a comment I made about Gitmo needing to be investigated. Not that I'm surprised, because the slippery slope is just too stimulating to pass up. Even so, I’m impressed on a consistent basis how much clairvoyance these guys get from just a few political comments. Perhaps they could market it to the rest of us.

These types are seriously convinced that anyone to the left of them is a terrorist on par with Osama bin Laden. That observation alone should preclude anyone from taking them seriously. Equating liberalism with terrorism is one of the most disrespectful and irresponsible things that one can do in discourse.

Sentiments such as these make it all the more crucial that the Democrats discontinue their efforts to reach out to these people. Nothing, absolutely nothing, will make them change their minds about anything. And I'm certain that there's far fewer of these extremists than their forcefulness might suggest. So why appease them? That's exactly what they want, and they'll laugh at the Democrats the whole time.

So be aware of these popular neocon rhetorical tricks. This kind of speech speaks far more about those saying it than those they wish to attack.


Phillip said...

maybe it's not so much an effort to enlighten neo-cons as much as it is an innate belief in human beings' ability to be reasonable that we argue. i agree, nothing ever gets accomplished - it always ends with name-calling and circular logic (or illogic).

The Goblin Slayer said...

Funny how you didn't mention my civility and concern for you while on your job hunt.

I arrived at those bulleted points because of what you say and write.

Everyone on your blog knows you are anti-gun, anti-Christian, anti-rich (unless it is you, of course) and in step with the Radical Left when it comes to debasing military or George Bush, not matter how void of facts.

All of your blog content, except for an occasional Subway rant, fortifies your left-wing bias.

However, the difference between you and me is that I applaud the fact that we have rights allowing you to voice your opinion. You on the other hand, would enjoy and probably orgasm if I have my voice silenced.

One other thing. I firmly believe that you and Zac are not terrorists. Do you embolden them with you disdain for the War on Terror? Yes. Would you like to see us be beaten in Iraq so that you can tout how bad W is? Yes. Does it really bother you? Nah. You need to break a few eggs in order to make an omlette, right?

The Goblin Slayer said...

Just one more thing. WHen I suggested taking down your posts regarding the military, Iwasn't speaking about your family in WWII.

I was speaking about the "tribute" ones to people in the Louisana area that you someone aligned yourself with.


for an example.

Ian McGibboney said...

Goblin, I do appreciate the comments on the job hunt, even if some of them were condescending.

But it really doesn't balance the fact that you write multiple comments, here and elsewhere, telling me what I believe. And you're dead wrong about most of it.

I don't know why you think you're such an authority on me, even considering you take the time to read my blog. Have you ever met me? Have I ever said I WANT the War on Iraq to fail? Have I ever called for the confiscation of your guns? Have I ever debased the military (top brass aside)? Do I want to silence you? No, no, no, no and no.

What you do is take what I say to its most ideological extreme, and them condemn me as a person for it. And that's what a lot of righties do. If you have a problem with what I say, attack the message itself instead of the messenger. That the far right's greatest weakness: they're so busy insulting the character, career and morality of their targets that they never say anything substantial about the ISSUE. Anger over reason.

As for taking down the troop posts: absolutely NOT. If I know someone killed in Iraq, or if they're otherwise local, I will feature them here if I damn well please. It's not necessarily an endorsement of their political beliefs, or theirs mine. It's called a tribute, and it's something sorely lacking in many right-wing blogs. So they stay.

The Goblin Slayer said...

I wasn't trying to be condescending at all. It was heart felt guidance from someone who has experienced the wrath of the career world.

Do I want to silence you? No, no, no, no and no.

Uh, then explain this quote from Aldaynet:

In a comment replying to Eric, you said But there is one idea of America that I could do without. Yours.

Ian McGibboney said...

Goblin, I said that to Eric precisely because HIS idea of America is one in which myself and people like me are silence and forced to leave "his" country because of some false perception that I am commie-socialist. He told me so several times. Whereas I'm closer to you in that he is allowed free expression in my America.

Flamingo Jones said...

Ian, when are you and Zac going to start inviting the rest of us to your weekly commie-socialist planning meetings?

Phillip said...

yeah, i feel the only girl not dancing.

boy! i mean boy!