For you see, according to my many critics on the hard right, evidently I am not a conservative. I am an atheist, pro-choice, gay loving, liberal weenie – despite the fact I was on the frontlines of conservative activism when most of my critics were still in books or not even born yet. There wouldn’t be a conservative revolution without people like me and it’s time you haughty, holier than thou, insufferably arrogant party destroying numskulls acknowledged it. You have turned a party with which a majority of Americans identified because of its probity, its strong stands on national defense, foreign policy, and fiscal restraint into the party of anti-abortion zealots, gay bashing louts, and obsessed morality nannies.
My response to the comments:
Look- I like Rick Moran, as he seems to be a pretty decent guy (and is always quite polite when we chat via AOL IM), and I know he really tries to be honest with what he is feeling and thinking, but the fact of the matter is this is about the umpteenth time he has posted something like this. While I agree with his assessment that the GOP is nothing now but religious nuts, Bush sycophants, and some other dead-enders, in a week or so, some asshole (take your pick- Ace, Michelle, Hugh Hewitt, Rush Limbaugh) will make up some bullshit lie about a Democrat (take your pick- Harry Reid, Obama, Hillary, Nancy Pelosi) in which their (again, take your pick- integrity, honesty, sexuality, patriotism) is questioned or smeared, and Rick will uncritically swallow it, bash them for a few days, and then offer a meek apology a few weeks later.
At some point you start to recognize a pattern in all of this.
And today, three days later, Rick writes about the Obama “lapel pin” controversy:
The unspoken message here (actually hinted at by Obama) is that those who actually do wear lapel pins are fake patriots. “True patriotism” or “speaking out” is genuine patriotism while those who indulge themselves in flag waving or flag wearing are charlatans. After all, isn’t patriotism “the last refuge of scoundrels?”
Why is it the de facto position on the left that those who reveal outward manifestations of patriotism are, in fact, hypocrites or worse, fakes? What psychic awareness do they possess that the rest of us don’t, allowing them to glean intent and motive whenever the mood hits them to advance the notion that people who love this country and want to wear or wave the flag are, by definition, phonies?
Sure, the Republican party is a bunch of sleazy, slimy, and corrupt hypocrites and liars, but when you can go out there and fictionalize the evil and nefarious “unspoken message” of “THE LEFT” and compare ’em, what is an honest man to do?
For those of you keeping score, I predicted that:
1.) “in a week or so” – It only took three days.
2.) “some asshole (take your pick- Ace, Michelle, Hugh Hewitt, Rush Limbaugh)” – It was Michelle, Fox news, Jonah Goldberg, and assorted others.
3.) “will make up some bullshit lie about a Democrat (take your pick- Harry Reid, Obama, Hillary, Nancy Pelosi)” – It was Obama
4.) “in which their (again, take your pick- integrity, honesty, sexuality, patriotism) is questioned or smeared” – Ding! Patriotism.
5.) “and Rick will uncritically swallow it, bash them for a few days” – Right on cue.
6.) “and then offer a meek apology a few weeks later.” – Stay Tuned!