The Left Hates Inequality

On the surface, that doesn’t sound so bad. The Left hates inequality. Nobody need be better or worse than anybody else.

Trouble is, enforced equality is socialism, communism. Instead of bringing people up from the bottom, equality is enforced by shackling the achievers. When you see a special tax on oil profits, opposition to school vouchers, and tax breaks, you’re seeing opposition to programs designed to make people equal.

Dennis Prager at Townhall has an excellent article on this, be sure to read the whole thing. Here’s a snippet:

From the 1930s to the 1950s, liberals and social democrats vigorously opposed communism. But the rest of the world’s Left, especially its intellectuals and artists, not only did not oppose communist governments, they were the greatest defenders of communism.

By the end of the Vietnam War (begun and prosecuted by liberals), however, most liberals abandoned anti-tyranny, anti-evil liberalism and joined the rest of the Left. Thus, when President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” the liberal world condemned him. The Cold War, once regarded as an epochal battle between freedom and tyranny, came to be regarded by liberals as an amoral battle between “two superpowers.”

Likewise liberals almost universally mocked President George W. Bush when he labeled Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, North Korea and Iran an “axis of evil.” It takes a mind that either has little comprehension of evil or little desire to confront it to object to characterizing three of the worst regimes in modern history as “evil.”

How else can one explain the Left’s enchantment with Fidel Castro, the totalitarian ruler of Cuba? Clearly his evil is of little consequence. What matters to people on the Left is that there is free health care and almost universal literacy in Cuba. Whereas non-leftists believe that it is far better to be illiterate but free, leftists believe that it is better to be a literate slave.

Today, this inability to either recognize or to hate evil is manifested in the liberal opposition to the war in Iraq. As I pointed out in a previous column, opponents of the war should be asked to at least acknowledge that America is fighting evil people and an evil doctrine in Iraq. But even that is difficult, if not impossible, for most people on the Left.

As noted above, everyone hates someone, and that includes people on the Left. The problem is that because they don’t hate evil, they hate those who oppose evil. That is how liberals went from anti-communist to anti-anti-communist. To paraphrase one of the greatest moral insights of the Talmud, those who show mercy to the cruel will be cruel to the merciful. So, George W. Bush, not the Islamic terror world, is the Left’s villain; life-embracing Israel is the Left’s villain, not their death-loving enemies; and religious Christians who note moral weaknesses within the Islamic world are the real danger, not the moral weaknesses within the Islamic world.

Disgruntled Conservatives

When Bush pushed for Harriet Miers, I balked. The Republicans are not only not acting like the majority party, but the few battles they win seem like they’re for the other side. The size of government balloons. From the lack of social security reform to the nomonation of Harriet Miers, I’m done giving Bush the benefit of the doubt. The Republicans are winning elections because they talk conservative. Then they forget to act on it.

Another conservative blows his lid today for the same reason.

Okay, I have had it.

Not a damned thing distinguishes the Republicans from the Democrats anymore…not a damned thing. “No Child Left Behind” in essence, and unconstitutionally, federalized education. The GOP-engineered federal prescription drug subsidy program for seniors was another huge and costly step toward total socialized medicine. The Administration’s response to recent natural disasters — here and abroad — establishes the premise of federalizing all local emergencies globally, and reducing the U.S. military into becoming the logistics wing of the International Red Cross.

And so on, and so on.

During George W. Bush’s first term, you could argue (I did) that his tougher foreign policy against Islamofascist terrorists distinguished him from the Democrats. But even that is disintegrating now. Many top Republicans, succumbing to PC critics and sinking polls, are turning tail and running from the war against the perpetrators of 9/11.

Politically, their effort to ape the Democrats won’t work, of course. Me-tooism never does. Voters will ask themselves: Why get our liberal welfare statism on the rocks, when the Dems offer it straight up? As a result, the GOP is going to be badly, and deservedly, chastened at the polls next time. (It already started to happen during this past week’s elections.)

But this leaves the glaring problem of where people like me — the lonely advocates of rational, principled individualism — are supposed to turn, politically.

For now, nowhere. (No, the incoherent Libertarian Party is not an option.)

Excellent reading thanks to a tip from Right Voices.

What Is Your Name?

From the children’s book, “Captain Underpants, & the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants” by Dave Pilkey.

The evil Professor forces everyone to assume new

Use the third letter of your first name to determine your new first name:

a = snickle
b = doombah
c = goober
d = cheesey
e = crusty
f = greasy
g = dumbo
h = farcus
i = dorky
j = doofus
k = funky
l = boobie
m = sleezy
n = sloopy
o = fluffy
p = stinky
q = slimy
r = dorfus
s = snooty
t = tootsie
u = dipsy
v = sneezy
w = liver
x = skippy
y = dinky
z = zippy

Use the second letter of your middle name to determine the first half of your new last name:

a = dippin
b = feather
c = giggle
d = burger
e = chicken
f = barffy
g = lizard
h = waffle
i = farkle
j = monkey
k = flippin
l = fricken
m = bubble
n = rhino
o = potty
p = hamster
q = buckle
r = gizzard
s = licking
t = snickle
u = chuckle
v = pickle
w = hubble
x = dingle
y = gorilla
z = girdle

Use the third letter of your last name to determine the second half of your new last name:

a = butt
b = boob
c = face
d = nose
e = hump
f = breath
g = pants
h = shorts
i = lips
j = honker
k = head
l = tush
m = chunks
n = dunkin
o = brains
p = biscuits
q = toes
r = doodle
s = fanny
t = sniffer
u = sprinkles
v = frack
w = squirt
x = humperdink
y = hiney
z = juice

Thus, for example, George W. Bush’s new name is Fluffy Chucklefanny.

Blogger Interview

One of the blogs I’ve just started reading is Amy’s Humble Musings, winner of the 2005 Best New Evangelical Blog. I stumbled across it at just the right moment; she’s starting a Interview Game as part of a “Blog-a-thon” at Buried Treasure Books to raise money for an Ethiopian orphan named Azanou who needs eye surgery.

Whew. No wonder she’s winning Evangelical awards. Anyway, here are the interview questions she’s asked me:

1. Favorite book?

My favorite Christian book has to be the one I’m reading at the moment, Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. I’m on Chapter 37, “Sharing Your Life Message.” My favorite book for casual reading is Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth.

2. If you were a fly on the wall, who’s house would you like to be in?

George W. Bush’s, assuming the White House uses inferior pesticide. I’d love to see how a man of faith faces the serious issues of the Presidential office.

3. How do you drink your coffee?

The more disguised, the better. Even though I drink coffee almost every day, I dislike black coffee. My current favorite is a low-fat, sugar-free vanilla latte.

4. Link us up to your favorite post.

I have to assume she’s asking about my favorite of my own posts, as opposed to somebody else’s. That’s got to be “Patch and the Blustery Day,” one of my first posts.

5. Tell us about your family.

She’s managed to nail the one question I’ve skirted since I first started blogging. For most of my adult life, I’ve been a single father, raising a son since he was four. Alex is now 19 and currently a freshman at college studying Criminal Justice and recently joined the Army Reserves. I remarried nine years ago, divorced, then became a Christian. There’s more to this story, but it’s not quite ready to be revealed. I have a testimony to give to my church Sunday regarding this, and I promise to spill the beans after that. You’ll have to come back. 😛

Now, here are the rules for this Christian Blog-a-thon. I’ll offer to interview the next three people to respond to this post that will follow these rules:

1. Leave me (Michael) a comment saying “interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions here on Chasing the Wind. They will be different questions than the ones above.
3. You will update your blog/site with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

I have a bible study tonight that will keep me out late, but I’ll try to get the interview questions posted as soon as I can.

Not Interested

At lunch today, I looked for news to blog about about. I found a lot of stuff that doesn’t interest me. So I’m going to blog about that.

  • Paris Hilton. Apparently hackers broke into her Blackberry and posted her address book on the web. Somewhere. All the news is gaga over the fact that Paris knows some famous people. Paris bores me, so this news bores me. She’s a rich socialite that likes to party, zzzzz.
  • Hunter S. Thompson. Some author I’ve never heard of invented a writing style I’ve never heard of and wrote a bunch of stories I’ve never heard of. Apparently he was a mean old depressed man who abused drugs. Somehow that made him famous in a weird counterculture sort of way. Then he killed himself and all the news reports it as news. Zzzzzz.
  • Doug Wead. Apparently he taped George W. Bush in 1998. George Bush said some things that sound a lot like George Bush sounds today. No earth-shattering revelations found in the transcripts. Wead says he didn’t do it for the money, although he does have a book coming out. Zzzzzz.

The most exciting thing today appears to be that it’s President Day that only the post office and banks celebrate. Zzzz.

Students at Rather's Alma Mater to Protest His Reporting

When I saw this story, I couldn’t help but notice:

September 13, 2004, 19:20:32 EDT
Dan Rather–a journalism graduate from Sam Houston State Teachers College, which has since renamed itself to Sam Houston State University and named its journalism school after him–is one of his school’s most famous alumni.

But not everyone there is a fan of his. The university’s College Republicans group tells that it is going to be protesting the CBS anchor outside of his eponymous campus building.

“We are protesting his lazy reporting and the false documentation he has provided against George W. Bush,” the group emails. “Please keep us in your thoughts tomorrow as we let Rather know that he is wrong and we do NOT support him. With luck, we will get a few news stations out here.”

Since my son is at SHSU now studying Criminal Justice (and he’s coming home this weekend to do laundy), it’ll be interesting to hear his first hand report.