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September 03, 2004

All you dubya lovers should be in IRAQ.....Dieing [sic]

A gentleman with the charming name of "Frog" posted the above in a comment thread on this blog. A good cue, I think, to put that particular ridiculous notion, which has been repeated many a time by many a liberal, to rest. The thesis is that if one supports the war, one should volunteer to fight in it, else be considered a hypocrite. This thesis, or a variant thereof, has been bleated by leftists from Michael Moore on down. Has anyone who has espoused this theory considered what would happen if it were put into practice as a more general principle?

Believe that murder should be illegal? Then you must become a cop and dedicate your career to hunting murderers, or else you're a hypocrite. Believe that it's the responsibility of government to provide firefighting and fire protection services? Then go sign up with the local fire department, or else you're a hypocrite. In favor of stem cell research? Then why aren't you in medical school, working to become a biological researcher... you hypocritical scumbag? Pro-choicers who aren't working in abortion clinics? Proponents of public schools who aren't teachers? Believers in welfare who do not dedicate their lives to helping the poor? Hypocrites, all.

This is absurd. To declare that your political opponents, who favor a particular course of action, are required to personally make the furtherance of that course of action their careers is simply a fancy way of trying to pretend that your opponents have no right to an opinion. It's a cheap and easy way of ducking a debate -- we need not talk about whether I'm right or wrong, because my opponents don't have the moral credentials to oppose me. It's dishonest and cowardly. And, to borrow a phrase from Senator Kerry, I will not have it.

September 3, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink

Comments

I say we become french and serve him up with some mint jelly. Dumbass. Losing hurts and so does the truth. Maybe it wasn't botox Kerry was getting - it was prozac? Doesn't seem to be working though. So sorry.

Posted by: Frog-Eater | Sep 3, 2004 10:32:07 PM

"This is absurd. To declare that your political opponents, who favor a particular course of action, are required to personally make the furtherance of that course of action their careers is simply a fancy way of trying to pretend that your opponents have no right to an opinion. It's a cheap and easy way of ducking a debate -- we need not talk about whether I'm right or wrong, because my opponents don't have the moral credentials to oppose me. It's dishonest and cowardly. And, to borrow a phrase from Senator Kerry, I will not have it."

Well said!

Bravo!

Posted by: Nahanni | Sep 4, 2004 1:53:29 AM

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