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April 25, 2007

"The thing I like best about being a conservative is that I donít have to lie."

Andrew Klavan writing in the City Journal, noting leftism is little but an often-contradictory and frequently batty collection of white lies.

The thing I like best about being a conservative is that I donít have to lie. I donít have to pretend that men and women are the same. I donít have to declare that failed or oppressive cultures are as good as mine. I donít have to say that everyoneís special or that the rich cause poverty or that all religions are a path to God. I donít have to claim that a bad writer like Alice Walker is a good one or that a good writer like Toni Morrison is a great one. I donít have to pretend that Islam means peace. ...

This is leftismís great strength: itís all white lies. Thatís its only advantage, as far as I can tell. None of its programs actually works, after all. From statism and income redistribution to liberalized criminal laws and multiculturalism, from its assault on religion to its redefinition of family, leftist policies have made the common life worse wherever theyíre installed. But because it depends onóindeed is defined byódescribing the human condition inaccurately, leftism is nothing if not polite...

Um, well, I'd disagree with that. Leftists' "politeness" is much like their regard and respect for humanity generally -- the love "the masses" (neatly abstract) but seem to hate actual people. Their "politeness" is of a formalized, abstract kind -- can't see this about that group -- but in terms of interpersonal, real politeness, they're among the most hateful and incivil in the world.

This is no small thing. To rewrite the rules of courteous behavior is to wield enormous power. I see it in Southern California, in the bleeding heart of leftism, where I live. Iíve been banned from my monthly poker game, lost tennis partners, lost friendsónot because Iím belligerent but because Iíve wondered aloud if the people shouldnít be allowed to make their own abortion laws, say, or if the world might not be a better place without the UN.

And there you go. The "politeness" spoken of is not a true politeness -- which is, of course, a favor paid to the world -- but rather a weapon to be used against any and all.

I got that from the guy who doesn't link.


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