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The Dark Secret at the Heart of Liberalism
The American Enterprise Online. ^ | 7/11/06 | William Tucker

Posted on 07/11/2006 6:35:33 AM PDT by Valin

I have thought long and hard about what it is that motivates liberals and makes them so reluctant to look serious social problems in the face. I have finally come to a depressing conclusion. It is physical cowardice.

Now this may seem harsh and accusatory. But let’s take it one step at a time and see how we get there.

We live in a world where physical force is the ultimate arbitrator of all disputes. That does not mean that the strong always win or that nature is red in tooth and claw. The whole course of civilization has been an effort to limit the impact of physical force and substitute reason and cooperation in its place. To a very large degree, this effort has been successful. But that does not mean that physical force is not always lurking somewhere in the background and that people who “break the rules” cannot gain some temporary advantage.

Twenty years ago I wrote a book on crime (Vigilante: The Backlash Against Crime in America) and came to the conclusion that what we call “crime” is simply the decision by some people that the strong should take advantage of the weak. “Might makes right” is a simple credo that appeals to people who feel more powerful than others. That is why the vast majority of criminals are poor young men. Coming into the world with fresh eyes, they see its obvious absurdities. Why should all the money belong to old, fat bankers while the strong and healthy remain poor? In one-on-one physical combat the young would obviously prevail. So why not reduce the world to one-on-one physical combat? That is what muggings are all about.

The same holds true for rape. What is rape except the conviction by certain men that women whom personal preference and social convention make unavailable to them should be available anyway? Reduced to a matter of sheer one-on-one force, these men have the upper hand. Why shouldn’t they take what they want?

The only thing that the average person has to protect him or herself against this logic is that vast conspiracy of the weak against the strong that we call “the law.” Social consensus says that disagreements should not be decided by violence. It says that people should be allowed to retain their property once they have earned it. It says that women should be free to choose their sexual partners rather than having it forced upon them. These are fine ideas that create a workable, cooperative, peaceful society in which individuals can experience personal freedom—something that ultimately benefits the poor as much as anyone. However, such ideas can only be enforced, ultimately, by giving police power to the state.

Liberals want to forget this. Through idealism, they want to believe that people are naturally cooperative, that a peaceful world will arise spontaneously, and that if certain people remain violent or unsatisfied with the system then there must be some vast injustice or mistake. Now it is always good to be optimistic about people, but at a certain point it becomes obvious that some are not going to be content with this arrangement and must be brought to task.

The vast loosening of the justice system that occurred in the 1960s—the “deprisonization” movement, the Warren Court’s curbs on police investigations, the abolition of the death penalty, the abandonment of the “fundamental fairness” standard in reviewing convictions—was accompanied by an alternative that said there were “root causes” to crime that could be discovered and abolished, doing away with the tedium of having to punish individual criminals.

We never did find the root causes. Poverty, of course, was always suspect number one. Yet poverty has been widely alleviated without having much impact on crime. One of the most astonishing phenomena of modern life is the rap singer—a young man who spouts an endless stream of violence and obscenity and thereby wins a large audience (often middle-class). Rap singers have become fabulously wealthy, but wealth has not made them any less violent. In many instances, it seems to make them more violent. Who would have thought we would ever see a world in which popular singers were shooting and killing each other at radio stations and recording studios? Crime is a social habit, not an economic condition.

The only way to contain crime is to confront the violent people directly. Yet this is the last thing liberals want to do. Instead, they latch on to some neutral object as the “real cause” of crime. Guns are always a favorite but there have been many others. There have been liberal crusades over things as inconsequential as lighting in apartment complexes. (This sits well with trial lawyers, who are often looking for some third-party “deep pocket” to blame.)

The same thing happens in international confrontations. Even the most cursory reading of history should convince anyone that Islamic society is a world in which force and violence have been assigned an extraordinarily high honor. Mohammed was not a “prince of peace” or a wise Confucian philosopher or an ascetic Buddha or an apostle of non-violence like Gandhi. He was a warrior who was astute enough to turn his visions into holy writ. After being expelled from Mecca he raided caravans and eventually raised an army that cowed his native city into submission. After that he invented the jihad and set Islam on a path of world conquest that it has been pursuing ever since.

Western Europe has been confronting this threat since the Middle Ages. Now it is our turn. The distances are great but in a world of the Internet and open immigration, the danger is palpable. Yet liberals don’t want to confront this. They can think of a million reasons why it is all a misunderstanding, a mistake, and all our fault.

The most common response is to blame the person who is trying to deal with the problem. Victims of crime will often do this. They blame the police instead of the criminal. Why didn’t the police come sooner? Why didn’t they prevent it in the first place? Why is this? Because it is safe. The police are bound by their oath of office to respect victims of crime. It is much safer to vent your anger on someone who cannot retaliate.

So it is with the War on Terror. Browse the letters to The New York Times on any given day and you will find half a dozen readers blaming George Bush for Muslim terror. Amazingly, Times' readers also lay the North Korean missile launching at George Bush’s feet—if he hadn’t done “X,” then it never would have happened. It is much safer to rail at the President than to confront the real enemy.

The Times itself plays this game when it reveals military secrets. It knows the American government is too civilized to retaliate. But when it comes to confronting Muslims—by printing the Danish cartoons, for example—the Times and the rest of the press completely chicken out. The risk of real violence is too serious.

What liberalism amounts to, then, is an effort to avoid confrontation with the perpetrators of violence by constantly misdirecting anger toward safer targets—abstract “root causes,” inanimate objects, innocent third parties, and ultimately the very people who are trying to respond to the problem. You might not want to call this “cowardice,” but if you can think of a better word, let me know.

William Tucker is a weekly columnist for The American Enterprise Online.


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KEYWORDS: crime; islam; jihad; liberalism; liberals; violence
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1 posted on 07/11/2006 6:35:37 AM PDT by Valin
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To: Valin

pretty much


2 posted on 07/11/2006 6:41:09 AM PDT by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: Valin
Although my kneejerk reaction was "Yes!" I think this writer is way off. He gets it SO wrong here:

Liberals want to forget this. Through idealism, they want to believe that people are naturally cooperative, that a peaceful world will arise spontaneously, and that if certain people remain violent or unsatisfied with the system then there must be some vast injustice or mistake.

Liberals don't believe this at all. They believe that adults are basically children and need to be guided by a core group of elite, "intelligent" people who "just know" what's right and wrong.

3 posted on 07/11/2006 6:42:57 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Darkwolf377

Yes, I think it's more about power and money than cowardice.


4 posted on 07/11/2006 6:45:52 AM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (I'm suffering from Tagline Dysphoria)
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To: VoiceOfBruck
Having lived in a city where the "elite" brushed up against the underclass on a daily basis, I saw two things. One was the swaggering, rage-filled faces just waiting for their opportunity to inflict violence on those who had more. Second was the mouse-like cowering in that group. I believe the author is on the right track. The threat of violence by the underclass is like a tidal pull that causes elites to embrace appeasement (also known as liberalism).
6 posted on 07/11/2006 6:53:48 AM PDT by ZeitgeistSurfer (The Democrats solution is poison. When the patient is dying, their solution - more poison.)
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To: Darkwolf377
Liberals are motivated by deep seated prejudice and bigotry. They have automatic and unquestioned assumptions about stereotypes they create. Ultimately they are intellectually lazy.

I am certain that a controlled study would reveal that liberals are animated by hate, fear and jealousy.
7 posted on 07/11/2006 6:54:16 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: Valin

Spot-on...


8 posted on 07/11/2006 6:54:36 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Conservatives protect Americans from terrorists. Liberals protect terrorists from Americans.")
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To: Valin

And THIS is why Liberals are psychotically anti-gun. Self defense is unacceptable to a Liberal because it involves some level of courage. Gutless Liberals, instead, shriek that the "state" (i.e. other people) protect them.


9 posted on 07/11/2006 6:55:32 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice
Ditto for the Vietnam "anti-war movement." There was NEVER an anti-war movement. There was a I Refuse to be Put in Danger Defending My Country Movement. When the draft ended in 1973 all "anti-war protests" vansihed even though the war lasted another two years. After the communists conquered South Vietnam and slaughted twenty million people in SE Asia, the Left was utterly silent. It wasn't THEM who were being murdered, after all.

Stinking cowards.

10 posted on 07/11/2006 6:58:10 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Valin
My take is different. Liberals are insecure regarding their own morality. So they must make public displays of morality and "compassion" to convince themselves that they are more moral and compassionate than others. The problem is that they discovered that other people could be forced to pay for their conspicuous compassion. And there is a "ratchet effect"--each act of "compassion" fails to satisfy, so they have to invent an even more splashy and extravagant display--paid for by onerous taxes on others.

The black hole in the souls of liberals is insatiable; it will eat the world if not curbed.

--Boris

11 posted on 07/11/2006 6:59:05 AM PDT by boris (The deadliest weapon of mass destruction in history is a leftist with a word processor.)
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To: ZeitgeistSurfer; Darkwolf377

Theodore Dalrymple would say that the root cause is the inability of the liberal to accept responsibility for his own actions, that the liberal, just like the violent, always has to be blaming someone/thing else for their condition and actions.

Where do you ever see any of these people ever say "It was my fault" ?


12 posted on 07/11/2006 6:59:26 AM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Valin; Lando Lincoln; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; King Prout; SJackson; dennisw; monkeyshine; ...

Nailed It!

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13 posted on 07/11/2006 7:02:43 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Valin
I think you have too narrowly defined them. Liberalism is the quest for a life without consequences. Whether it is sexual behavior, artistic pursuits, foreign policy, work ethic, etc., Liberals want someone else to absolve them of any adverse consequences.
14 posted on 07/11/2006 7:04:22 AM PDT by Natural Law
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To: Valin

ON TARGET, big time.


15 posted on 07/11/2006 7:07:30 AM PDT by Cruz
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To: Awgie
Ultimately they are intellectually lazy.

Many of those I meet here (Boston) have degrees, and they somehow think having a certificate of completion in one narrow field of study makes them all Intellectuals. But these days many, many people have degrees, and the mystique is long gone. They don't seem to grasp that, because how can they be considered intellectual charlatans when they CARE so much?

I am certain that a controlled study would reveal that liberals are animated by hate, fear and jealousy.

I've worked with many, many more libs than conservatives and I can say you're correct, in my experience, at least. I've never heard such bogoted crap about blacks, for example, from libs who think that because they say "African Americans" when a a black person is around then they can't possibly be bigots.

Libs are scared people, and they think by appearing to agree with those they're most afraid of, their fear is disguised.

16 posted on 07/11/2006 7:07:36 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Darkwolf377

Here's a view of US by THEM:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1663644/posts


17 posted on 07/11/2006 7:08:39 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: cinives
Theodore Dalrymple

GREAT writer! SO glad you've given him a nod, and I hope other FReepers check him out. You feel smarter just reading about his reports from the front, where he was a practicing doctor in London, if memory serves.

18 posted on 07/11/2006 7:08:49 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: pabianice

It was more like 2-3 million in the aftermath of Vietnam. Don't overstate your argument on easily refuted facts, it completely undercuts a valid argument.


19 posted on 07/11/2006 7:13:05 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Valin
Instead, they latch on to some neutral object as the “real cause” of crime. Guns are always a favorite....

Well, of course!!! Ignorant right-wing Constitutionalist gun nuts, don't you understand that there was no crime committed before guns were inve... uh, never mind.

20 posted on 07/11/2006 7:15:39 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: Awgie
Good morning.
"Liberals are motivated by deep seated prejudice and bigotry."

I've believed for years that liberalism is a lie built on self hatred. They loathe the idea of America because they don't believe they deserve to live the idea. Because of that, they wish to make it something else, something they will then hate just as much.

Michael Frazier
21 posted on 07/11/2006 7:17:44 AM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: Valin

This is an excellent article. I agree with the headline. It really hits the root cause of Liberalism on the nose!


22 posted on 07/11/2006 7:20:56 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: Valin
...what we call “crime” is simply the decision by some people that the strong should take advantage of the weak. “Might makes right” is a simple credo that appeals to people who feel more powerful than others. That is why the vast majority of criminals are poor young men. Coming into the world with fresh eyes, they see its obvious absurdities. Why should all the money belong to old, fat bankers while the strong and healthy remain poor? In one-on-one physical combat the young would obviously prevail. So why not reduce the world to one-on-one physical combat? That is what muggings are all about.

The same holds true for rape. What is rape except the conviction by certain men that women whom personal preference and social convention make unavailable to them should be available anyway? Reduced to a matter of sheer one-on-one force, these men have the upper hand. Why shouldn’t they take what they want?

Wow! William Tucker understands crime, rapists, totalitarian thugs, and Hollywood elites. Same MO - same underlying belief systems. I'm impressed. Best post this year... Thanks for the ping.

23 posted on 07/11/2006 7:21:53 AM PDT by GOPJ (Conservative MSM Publishers are letting the monkeys run the zoo.)
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To: brazzaville

You could be on to something. I've thought that for a while on about Hollywood.


24 posted on 07/11/2006 7:24:22 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Darkwolf377
"Liberals want to forget this. Through idealism, they want to believe that people are naturally cooperative, that a peaceful world will arise spontaneously, and that if certain people remain violent or unsatisfied with the system then there must be some vast injustice or mistake."

Liberals don't believe this at all. They believe that adults are basically children and need to be guided by a core group of elite, "intelligent" people who "just know" what's right and wrong.

You are partially correct, as is the author. What is missing is the dichotomy between the 2 types of liberals. The first type, mentioned by the author and representing probably 99% of liberals, are the useful (or useless, depending on your POV) idiots. These are your family, neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers, etc. who believe that Chimpy McBushitler and Halliburton are responsible for all the ills of the world, and that a tax increase (on "The Rich" of course) and a few more renditions of "Kumbaya" will straighten out everything.

The second type, representing a small percentage (under 1%, IMHO), are the leaders, the Vanguard of the Proletariat (and, yes, I use that term deliberately) who are not really liberals, they only play one on TV. They are the cynical, power-hungry, despotic, freedom-hating, prejudiced SOBs that direct the cause of "liberalism" or "progressivism" or whatever they call it on any particular day. They are the ones that deliberately set racial, ethnic & religious groups against each other, who denude our defenses, who let anyone in the country in the hope of future votes, who have secret meetings to take away our rights, etc. These are the Kennedys, the Feinsteins, the Schumers, George Soros, the NY Times/LA Times/Wash. Post, ABCCBSNBCMSNBC bosses, etc.

When you look at liberals this way, you are able to understand things much better. Just my $0.02.

25 posted on 07/11/2006 7:27:15 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: Darkwolf377

Your memory is correct. A great thinker and doctor.


26 posted on 07/11/2006 7:28:06 AM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Awgie

You forgot the hallmarks of liberalism; envy and ingratitude.


27 posted on 07/11/2006 7:32:14 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: Ancesthntr

Good points, although I strongly disagree with your numbers--99% as the author describes? I don't agree with that at all, because you could almost say that's a CONSERVATIVE mindset, i.e. the folks that think if you just left people alone they'd be ok.


28 posted on 07/11/2006 7:32:42 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Valin
is an effort to avoid confrontation with the perpetrators of violence by constantly misdirecting anger toward safer targets

COWARDS

29 posted on 07/11/2006 7:36:01 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: cinives

"Where do you ever see any of these people ever say "It was my fault" ?"

Well, not in the first person singular. But liberals are always going about saying, "It was our fault."

Recall Clinton on Rwanda, WW II Japanese internments, slavery, etc., for example. Usually these vacuous apologies are made merely to distinguish the speaker from his countrymen.


30 posted on 07/11/2006 7:43:46 AM PDT by RBroadfoot
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To: Valin

I've always thought that the lack of physical bravery is why liberals are so anti-military.

They just cannot believe that these young men (and women) serve not because they are brainless dupes of the "military-industrial complex", but simply, among other reasons, because they have more raw physical courage in the third metatarsal of their little finger, than in the whole pale, withered, pony-tailed body of say, your average college professor.


31 posted on 07/11/2006 7:44:11 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: EyeGuy

metatarsal of their little finger.....

ahem...


32 posted on 07/11/2006 7:53:07 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Awgie

They are also motivated by the concept that nothing THEY want to do is immoral.


33 posted on 07/11/2006 7:54:55 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: RBroadfoot

Correct but remember - right after they say it was OUR fault they come up with a scheme to ameliorate THEIR guilt with OUR tax dollars.

If they used their own money I'd agree with you.


34 posted on 07/11/2006 7:57:49 AM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Valin
The only thing that the average person has to protect him or herself against this logic is that vast conspiracy of the weak against the strong that we call “the law.”

This guy missed the boat on several things. I'll just comment on this one to the effect that "God made man, Sam Colt made men equal"

35 posted on 07/11/2006 7:57:56 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: Dudoight
They are also motivated by the concept that nothing THEY want to do is immoral.

Morality is what each ordained liberal believes it is at any given moment.

36 posted on 07/11/2006 7:58:22 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: Ancesthntr

Like most mental diseases, modern liberalism has many risk factors. Certainly physical cowardice is among them. But there are many other risk factors associated with modern liberalism that are independent of physical cowardice. My own experience with modern liberals suggests that envy is a far stonger risk factor than physical cowardice, but I don't have an adequate statistical sample to make a scientific conclusion. I think this would be a very interesting topic for an objective scientific study.

However, a scientific study is not necessary to confirm your dichotomy of liberals. As you suggest, Type II liberals (your VoP) exploit the mental illness of Type I liberals (the clueless 99%) for their personal gain. By validating the deranged worldview of modern liberals, Type II liberals exacerbate the delusions of Type I liberals and generally mess things up for everybody.

BTW, you left out a very important group that perpetuates the interests of Type II liberals. The liberal academic elite at universities and the NEA will provide a bumper crop of Type I liberals in perpetuity.


37 posted on 07/11/2006 8:04:26 AM PDT by RBroadfoot
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To: Darkwolf377

The difference is that Libs think all people (except for evil conservatives) are good, whereas conservatives tend to be more realistic - we understand that there are negative aspects to human nature, and try to plan accordingly (both individually and on the public policy level).

Also, the "system" that the Libs think is so great is a socialist, know-it-all, "benevolent" government...hardly a conservative position. It is we conservatives who are unsatisfied with that system - much to their consternation.

I stand by my figures. Most Libs are utter idiots, sheep-like followers of the uber-wise Liberal Obie Wans. It is the latter that we have to worry about, not the masses.


38 posted on 07/11/2006 8:05:33 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: cinives

I didn't mean to suggest that there is anything virtuous about a liberal's apology. Like a liberal's charity, it almost always is at the expense of others.


39 posted on 07/11/2006 8:07:06 AM PDT by RBroadfoot
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To: Valin

Pretty good theory. Psychiatrists around the globe have been trying to solve the riddle of the "liberalism" mental illness for decades. This guy's theory is as good as any.


40 posted on 07/11/2006 8:09:23 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Darkwolf377

"Liberals don't believe this at all. They believe that adults are basically children and need to be guided by a core group of elite, "intelligent" people who "just know" what's right and wrong."

I thik you are right when it comes to public social policy, but I think the author is right when it comes to foreign policy and confronting evil. If there is one trait that I have observed as common to virtually all liberals, it is cowardice.


41 posted on 07/11/2006 8:09:40 AM PDT by Laserman
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68
"ahem..." Yes, right then. Your choice: metatarsal of their little toe.... -- OR -- Third metacarpal of their little finger. Ah yes, the errors that occur when posting during multi-tasking. Also, I am after all EyeGuy, not HandGuy or FootGuy.......
42 posted on 07/11/2006 8:14:22 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Valin

I LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


43 posted on 07/11/2006 8:31:59 AM PDT by Edgerunner (Proud to be an infidel)
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To: EyeGuy

good sport, LOL.....how 'bout those phalanges and fingernails, eh?


44 posted on 07/11/2006 8:55:16 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Valin; All
“Conservatism, we are told, is out-of-date. The charge is preposterous and we ought boldly to say so. The laws of God, and of nature, have no dateline. The principles on which the Conservative political position is based have been established by a process that has nothing to do with the social, economic and political landscape that changes from decade to decade and from century to century. These principles are derived from the nature of man, and from the truths that God has revealed about His creation. Circumstances do change. So do the problems that are shaped by circumstances. But the principles that govern the solution of the problems do not. To suggest that the Conservative philosophy is out of date is akin to saying that the Golden Rule, or the Ten Commandments or Aristotle's Politics are out of date. The Conservative approach is nothing more or less than an attempt to apply the wisdom and experience and the revealed truths of the past to the problems of today.” – Barry Goldwater, The Conscience Of A Conservative, 1960.

Barry Goldwater, The Conscience Of A Conservative.

45 posted on 07/11/2006 8:58:52 AM PDT by PsyOp (A nation can survive its fools…. But it cannot survive treason from within. – Cicero.)
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To: Ancesthntr
Most Libs are utter idiots, sheep-like followers of the uber-wise Liberal Obie Wans. It is the latter that we have to worry about, not the masses.

...Liberal Obie Wan

46 posted on 07/11/2006 9:21:31 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Fake but Accurate": NY Times)
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To: Valin

I have to agree with the author's analysis.


47 posted on 07/11/2006 9:32:09 AM PDT by TexanToTheCore (This space for hire...)
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To: NativeNewYorker; Peach; Brilliant; SusaninOhio; GeorgiaDawg32; rhombus; Westbrook; cripplecreek; ...
So it is with the War on Terror. Browse the letters to The New York Times on any given day and you will find half a dozen readers blaming George Bush for Muslim terror. Amazingly, Times' readers also lay the North Korean missile launching at George Bush’s feet—if he hadn’t done “X,” then it never would have happened. It is much safer to rail at the President than to confront the real enemy.

The Times itself plays this game when it reveals military secrets. It knows the American government is too civilized to retaliate. But when it comes to confronting Muslims—by printing the Danish cartoons, for example—the Times and the rest of the press completely chicken out. The risk of real violence is too serious.

What liberalism amounts to, then, is an effort to avoid confrontation with the perpetrators of violence by constantly misdirecting anger toward safer targets—abstract “root causes,” inanimate objects, innocent third parties, and ultimately the very people who are trying to respond to the problem. You might not want to call this “cowardice,” but if you can think of a better word, let me know.

Great read ping...

48 posted on 07/11/2006 9:58:06 AM PDT by GOPJ (Conservative MSM Publishers are letting the monkeys run the zoo.)
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To: Valin
"It is much safer to rail at the President than to confront the real enemy."

Nail on the head.
49 posted on 07/11/2006 10:11:47 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: Valin

bttt


50 posted on 07/11/2006 10:12:44 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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