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The Left’s So-Called Empathy [Mark Steyn]
National Review ^ | 1/7/2012 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 01/07/2012 9:19:08 AM PST by Servant of the Cross

Edited on 01/07/2012 9:51:06 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Lest you doubt that we’re 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” he’s said and done.

Santorum has certainly said and done many crazy things, as have most members of America’s political class, but the “crazy thing” Colmes chose to focus on was Santorum’s “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 Prize–winning Washington Post columnist, doubled down on stupid and insisted that Deadbabygate demonstrated how Santorum is “not a little weird, he’s 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 Palin’s 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 it’s 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clarity; empathy; hypocrits; left; steyn
Great Steyn piece that exposes the utter, and truly crazy hypocrisy of the Left.
1 posted on 01/07/2012 9:19:13 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross
Already posted under a different title:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2829877/posts

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?

2 posted on 01/07/2012 9:24:03 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Memento Mori used to be common in Victorian times.
3 posted on 01/07/2012 9:24:16 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Good one from Steyn.


4 posted on 01/07/2012 9:34:33 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: martin_fierro
Martin, I think we ought to go for Memento Mori in a *big* way for dead Commies:

Cheers!

5 posted on 01/07/2012 9:35:48 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Former Fetus
Just saw it. Yes, I searched under title and I wouldn't have searched on 'Politics trumps Left's empathy'.
6 posted on 01/07/2012 9:36:04 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Empathy, empathy, empathy: You barely heard the word outside clinical circles until the liberals decided it was one of those accessories no self-proclaimed caring progressive should be without.

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.

7 posted on 01/07/2012 9:44:09 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Servant of the Cross
Great Steyn piece that exposes the utter, and truly crazy hypocrisy of the Left.

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.

8 posted on 01/07/2012 9:48:11 AM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

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


9 posted on 01/07/2012 9:49:42 AM PST by munin (Live free or on the news earlier todayatementched the st die. Put Paul in the hall)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Brutally and painfully honest, this is among Steyn's best. I never fail intellectually to enjoy Steyn's columns, but this is a rare one which I had to read a few times to enjoy the clarity of his ideas.

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.

10 posted on 01/07/2012 9:59:09 AM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Former Fetus

Empathy = slicing the pie differently.

Slicing the pie instead of growing it doesn’t work.

Employment Misery Index increasing! See charts!

http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/unemployment-actually-rose-in-december-nsa-dont-shoot-the-messenger/

This is from Zero Hedge. But this is Empathy?


11 posted on 01/07/2012 10:00:39 AM PST by whitedog57
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To: Former Fetus
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?

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.

12 posted on 01/07/2012 10:04:37 AM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Just goes to show, the left loves humanity, but hates people.


13 posted on 01/07/2012 10:12:30 AM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: munin
From the dribs and drabs I've heard, Colmes actually understands that he did a dreadful thing and is sorry. Not just sorry people are calling him on it. That other idiot that doubled down on the “weirdness” of the Santorum family gave one of those “I'm sorry if you were offended” kind of apologias. Truly a scum bucket. I was listening to Dennis Prager and he remarked that he was over and over amazed at how low the Left can sink.

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.

14 posted on 01/07/2012 10:14:01 AM PST by Pigsley
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To: Servant of the Cross

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.


15 posted on 01/07/2012 10:26:08 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Lest you doubt that we’re headed for the most vicious election year in memory ...

There was no doubt of that, secret Mittbot Steyn, since a couple weeks ago when you were bewailing that Newt made you "physically ill".

16 posted on 01/07/2012 10:28:30 AM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Publius6961

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?


17 posted on 01/07/2012 10:32:15 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: grey_whiskers

You are terrible. But this is why I love you.


18 posted on 01/07/2012 10:38:36 AM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Servant of the Cross
A great Steyn piece of blinding moral clarity.
19 posted on 01/07/2012 10:39:56 AM PST by mojito
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To: Servant of the Cross
A great Steyn piece of blinding moral clarity.
20 posted on 01/07/2012 10:40:29 AM PST by mojito
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To: Servant of the Cross

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.


21 posted on 01/07/2012 10:43:14 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!")
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To: Impala64ssa
Just goes to show, the left loves humanity, but hates people.

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?

22 posted on 01/07/2012 10:45:54 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Mark Steyn skewers the leftist scum that are so desperate to keep the Kenyan Marxist in power that they'll attack a man that they perceive as an enemy to Obama by ridiculing his actions born of grief and love for his recently deceased infant. This kind of gutter politics will be the hallmark of the Obama campaign. Leftist idiots such as Alan Colmes and Eugene Robinson making the initial strike against Rick Santorum are simply doing what the left always does: engaging in the 'politics of personal destruction'. They have to. Obama is a colossal failure and has low public approval numbers so the left tries to marginalize his (possible) opponent, Rick Santorum, in a political preventive strike.

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.

23 posted on 01/07/2012 10:51:11 AM PST by Jim Scott
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To: Servant of the Cross

“In 2008, the Left gleefully mocked Sarah Palin’s 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.


24 posted on 01/07/2012 11:09:26 AM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature=Just Law.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Who the REAL weirdos are:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2829877/posts?page=22#22


25 posted on 01/07/2012 11:16:48 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: Jim Scott; Servant of the Cross
The left is so sophisticated and empathetic, is has to demonize Santorum's grief reaction. The left would mock an Irish wake if they had to, even if it was for Ted Kennedy.

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.

26 posted on 01/07/2012 11:43:31 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Jim Scott
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.

...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.

27 posted on 01/07/2012 12:20:42 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: leapfrog0202

28 posted on 01/07/2012 12:46:50 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Former Fetus
You call me “tiny people” for doing so, what does it say about you?

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?

29 posted on 01/07/2012 12:50:46 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

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.


30 posted on 01/07/2012 4:01:30 PM PST by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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