Skip to comments.The Left’s So-Called Empathy [Mark Steyn]
Posted on 01/07/2012 9:19:08 AM PST by Servant of the CrossEdited on 01/07/2012 9:51:06 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Lest you doubt that were headed for the most vicious election year in memory, consider the determined effort, within ten minutes of his triumph in Iowa, to weirdify Rick Santorum. Discussing the surging senator on Fox News, Alan Colmes mused on some of the crazy things hes said and done.
Santorum has certainly said and done many crazy things, as have most members of Americas political class, but the crazy thing Colmes chose to focus on was Santorums taking his two-hour-old baby when it died right after childbirth home, whereupon he played with it. My National Review colleague Rich Lowry rightly slapped down Alan on air, and Colmes subsequently apologized, though not before Mrs. Santorum had been reduced to tears by his remarks. Undeterred, Eugene Robinson, the Pulitzer Prizewinning Washington Post columnist, doubled down on stupid and insisted that Deadbabygate demonstrated how Santorum is not a little weird, hes really weird.
The short life of Gabriel Santorum would seem a curious priority for political discourse at a time when the Brokest Nation in History is hurtling toward its rendezvous with destiny. But needs must, and victory by any means necessary. In 2008, the Left gleefully mocked Sarah Palins live baby. It was only a matter of time before they moved on to a dead one.
Not many of us will ever know what its like to have a child who lives only a few hours. That alone should occasion a certain modesty about presuming to know what are weird and unweird reactions to such an event.
Excerpt, read more at National Review.
The problem is that both posts are using the "correct" title for their respective sources, thus searching the title would not help. Any suggestions, Mod, JR?
Good one from Steyn.
For libtards empathy is important because they consider it the essence of morality. Their logic of empathy is this:If you really feel what another person feels, and if you want to feel a sense of well-being, then you will want that person to experience a sense of well-being. Therefore, you will act so as to promote a sense of well-being in that person. The flaw with this is that they believe that the morality of empathy is a justification for some to use force against others and to violate their natural rights to make them be consistent with the libtard ideal of what empathetic behavior is.
There's no hypocrisy on the left. That would mean they have a conscious and they don't. They're nothing but pure evil. They folly in darkness and all things perverse. They're going to hell and want to drag the rest of us with them.
Santorum is a great human being, Allan Colmes is not a think before you speak kind of guy and more of a humanist than a human being, hope somone send Steyn’s article to him or better yet, read it to him
Whether morals and ethics is based on secular philosophy, or the complex network of religions, that stream of historical links between past present and future human history, the bottom line is what counts is not what is claimed, but the results. A human being can be a political giant, but a moral imbecile. It always shows. Cognitive dissonnance may be an explanation, but never an excuse.
Evil is evil regardless of the fancy words it may use, or the fancy dress it may wear.
Thank you, Mark, for putting words to the disgust many of us feel for the "leadership" under which we suffer.
Empathy = slicing the pie differently.
Slicing the pie instead of growing it doesnt work.
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This is from Zero Hedge. But this is Empathy?
Unless the postings are within minutes of each other, I see no reason to belabor the point. I am happy to have been able to read this thread, which otherwise I might have missed altogether.
After almost 14 years at Free Republic, I have yet to find a way to devine finding a thread I have no way of knowing was posted several hours ago.
Posting police : tiny people.
Just goes to show, the left loves humanity, but hates people.
Why is this the business of anybody but the family?
I can't imagine having to say goodbye to a baby you have fallen in love with and only could look at them a brief time before burial. How dare these creeps make ANY comment. The Left as a group are sick and disgusting.
Can you imagine how Mrs. O would handle the news that she was carrying a Down Syndrome baby? Let's just guess that she and the Mister wouldn't want to be punished with it.
They all make me ill. The same scum that get so teary over a cop killer being executed.
Alan Colmes only “made it” because Hannity needed a stooge for his show. Colmes is an idiot and probably wets himself whenever he thinks (mistakenly) that he has said something witty.
There was no doubt of that, secret Mittbot Steyn, since a couple weeks ago when you were bewailing that Newt made you "physically ill".
Actually the postings were done hours apart, but I was the first one to mention that the different titles made it impossible to know that the first one had already been posted. Now, considering that, and that you are not the poster of either one, why does it bother you so much if I mention it? You call me “tiny people” for doing so, what does it say about you?
You are terrible. But this is why I love you.
A serious Steyn pens a must-read article. I knew about Colmes smarmy comment but not about Robinson’s “doubling-down.” Eugene and his loved ones better pray the karma god was not listening at the time, the cosmos has a strange way of balancing these things out.
An insightful comment.
It is akin to a similar -- and equally truthful -- observation about the left and race: Liberals love the black race, but are universally contempuous of the individual black.
Does anybody think that the average liberal personally admires and respects the Jesse Jacksons or Al Sharptons?
However, they clearly over-reached and if this kind of rubbish becomes the standard for the Obama campaign (always carefully executed by surrogates, never Obama or his associates) it will certainly cause a backlash. The left live in a world where dead babies are celebrated as a 'right' and cannot fathom why anyone would grieve over a newborn that did not survive when the same leftists push for 'partial birth abortion' laws to be repealed. Alan Colmes is a guttersnipe and is easily dismissed as such but he may have inadvertently shown America the depths the left will wallow in to win an election for a man who was not qualified to be president in 2008 and is far less so, in 2011. One hopes that Americans will be repulsed by this kind of indecent, scurrilous attack against a decent man, Rick Santorum.
“In 2008, the Left gleefully mocked Sarah Palins live baby. It was only a matter of time before they moved on to a dead one.”
Worth repeating-—how EVIL the MSM actually is.
Who the REAL weirdos are:
Make no mistake, with Santorum as the nominee, it hits the left where they are the weakest, the white working class. They would prefer to wage their class warfare campaign against Mitt.
...and speaking of partial-birth abortion...
They hate Santorum for this, for his actions cause the demon-inspired slashes in their own souls (from the slaughter of their own children in the womb) to throb.
NO cheers, unfortunately.
It says about me that I would have missed another remarkable thread.
In case I was not clear, perhaps you can expand on the satisfaction you get, doing something of absolutely no value to anyone else. Self centered, are we? Makes you feel superior? What?
It’s not hypocritical; it’s entirely consistent with their beliefs. The Left truely believes that they are superior to conservatives, not only in their political views but as human beings, that conservatives are worthy only of contempt, mockery and derision. And so they act accordingly.
It probably never even occured to Eugene Robinson or Alan Colmes that they were way out of line, or that they were mocking and making fun of another human being’s tragedy. So what? They’re only conservatives, after all. It’s not like they’re on the same moral plane as us anyway.