Monday, February 04, 2008

Name calling

With a semi-recent shift in the Chicago talk radio landscape, I've been listening to more right wing radio than I should. A theme keeps coming up, and that's this assertion that the left "believes in nothing" and engages in moral relativism.

But then they criticize McCain and others like him ("the radical left") for their stance on waterboarding. So they construct a nightmare scenario to try to break the anti-torture people. "What if there was a nuclear bomb about to go off and you had the only guy who could stop it. Would you waterboard then?" The reactionaries want to hear you say no so they can make fun of you for not wanting to protect The People. Isn't that like textbook case of relativism? If the stakes are high enough, it's OK to break with what you believe in?

(Their success story for waterboarding is that it was used successfully to find out who the masterminds of 9/11 were. My answer is a respectful, so what? It still happened. No lives were saved.)

Another similar situation is the courts. Both with the tort reform boogeyman and the enemy combatant issue. It's ok to deny these people the standard of justice we guarantee others because we don't like them.

And then there's the abortion one. Abortion is killing babies, murder most foul, the worst thing possible. Unless the baby's daddy is a rapist. In that case, perfectly OK to murder the baby.

You can take it even further, if you want. It's OK to advocate for religion in public life if you love the Baby Jesus, but if you happen to be Muslim, you're a terrorist.

There's a lot wrong with everyone, but this crap is really hypocrisy at it's finest.

[Sorry for using the "murder most foul" thing twice so recently.]


At Tuesday, February 5, 2008 12:51:00 PM CST, Blogger cljo said...

You've got to stop listening to that crap. Its the same reason why I can't read comment streams on most blogs. Post after post of personal attacks, illogical arguments, and off topic rants.

BTW, you suck. You suck because this post contained too much nostalgia. Finally, don't you love cheese?

At Tuesday, February 5, 2008 1:22:00 PM CST, Blogger gc said...

Actually, I switch between Rush, the Liberal Rush clone Ed Schultz and newsradio.

I turn either of them off when they start taking calls for the reasons you detail.

Nostalgia? Did I accidentally boil down 30 years of political discourse into 150 words?

At Tuesday, February 5, 2008 10:03:00 PM CST, Blogger cljo said...

No, you see, nostalgia was my "illogical argument" in the comment-hatred trifecta.

At Wednesday, February 6, 2008 8:40:00 AM CST, Blogger gc said...

Well done. Way over my head.


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