AN OPEN LETTER TO Glenn Reynolds:
With regard to the article by Walter Russell Mead — When Government Jumps the Shark.
The one disagreement I have with Mead — indeed, with many on the right — is the insistence on comity, ecumenism, and even-handedness. Just because there exist two points of view does not make both of them equally valid. Or well-intentioned. The stated aim of the Progressive movement from the beginning was to bring about socialism — scientific rule by self-annointed elites. This has not changed in over a century. It inevitably means the destruction of Western Civilization. I can’t see an upside to that. It’s not an “unanticipated” consequence. It is, in current parlance, not a bug, but a feature. I keep referring back to the masthead quote on my blog — from Jesse Helms —
Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line – and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?
We really have to stop giving the Left the benefit of the doubt. By this time tomorrow, it will have been over a hundred years they’ve been trying this nonsense. It has all been thoroughly debunked and demystified. The consequences are known and cannot honestly be termed unanticipated. Ignorance of the laws of reality just can’t be taken for an excuse any more. And their claims as to their motives are unpersuasive and disingenuous at BEST.
This is a war. It is a war for the survival of civilization — indeed, of the human race — and the enemy are among us. No quarter!
Esprit d’escalier — by the same token, Fox’s “Fair and Balanced” slogan is a copout. Its apparent purpose is to give journalists cover for dereliction of their duty to report the truth. The Left lies, the Right responds, and Fox –scorn quotes — “bravely” reports both, giving both equal weight. Not on. I can’t view Fox’s output as being any more value than that of the New York Times and of considerably less reliability than the openly leftist UK Guardian.