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Thursday, May 20, 2004

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Brian

Nice column. How is it that the United States becomes the blame for everything bad, as if all "evil" has occurred within the borders of this country? I guess most of the world has already forgotten of the atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein on his own people and various other ethnicities.

I have an ultra-liberal roommate with whom I discuss many issues. Being from a more rational, sorry conservative, point of view always makes the conversation interesting. Obviously arguing against the war in Iraq, he stated that Bush is the devil and that we are just in there for oil and the whole WMD argument was an excuse to go in. And turning out that we didn't find a fortress of WMD's, he uses this against me. I wonder this though - do you think that if we would have went into Iraq and found WMD, would Bush be regarded as a hero, or would the liberals still insist on something foul in his intentions?

Andrew

Brian,

It seems to me that there are five possibilities. If the US did find WMD, the left would say:

1) "Of course there were WMD -- America sold them to Iraq in the first place! It's an easy excuse to use, because they knew where it was all along. And that's just what it is, an excuse. BECAUSE ITS ALL ABOUT THE OIL!"

2) "Of course there were WMD -- America sold them to Iraq in the first place! It's an easy excuse to use, because they knew where it was all along. And that's just what it is, an excuse. BUSH JUST WANTS TO GET BACK AT THE GUY THAT TRIED TO KILL HIS DADDY."

3) "Of course there were WMD -- America sold them to Iraq in the first place! It's an easy excuse to use, because they knew where it was all along. And that's just what it is, an excuse. REPUBLICANS ARE JUST INTOLERANT, BLOODTHIRSTY WARMONGERS THAT MUST BE NEUTRALIZED BEFORE THEY DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT!"

4a) "Of course there were WMD -- America sold them to Iraq in the first place! It's an easy excuse to use, because they knew where it was all along. And that's just what it is, an excuse. THIS WAS ALL COVER FOR A ZIONIST PLOT TO ELIMINATE RESISTANCE TO THE ZIONIST AGENDA OF WORLD DOMINATION."

5) "Of course there were WMD -- America sold them to Iraq in the first place! It's an easy excuse to use, because they knew where it was all along. And that's just what it is, an excuse. THIS WAS ALL COVER FOR AN EVANGELICAL CONSPIRACY TO JUMP START ARMAGEDDON SO THEY CAN GET THERE ASS RAPTURED OUT OF HERE."

In any case, none of it would make sense, at least, not any valid sense. But that's not really important. Bush, to his many liberal detractors, symbolizes everything that they reject, condescend, and marginalize in American life: religion, business, "fly-over country," patriotism, authority, traditionalism, and parochialism. These things are intolerable to the tolerance crowd.

To them, Bush is the devil. He's been the devil since the 2000 election. He's the devil because he's from Texas and made money in oil. He's the devil that is trying to reverse a whole bunch of years of progress. He'll always be the devil.

Here's the rub: Liberals have always billed themselves as open-minded. They're not. And, they're not in control of government since the 1930's, they're backed up into a corner and clawing with everything they have. What results from this is a cognitive dissonance that is emerging between the reality of their reactionary intolerance and their ideal of progressive open-mindedness is nearing schizophrenia. It's really quite sad.

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