Thursday, March 20, 2008

The real problem with Jeremiah Wright
He doesn’t toe the line on Israel and ‘there is a lot in his sermons “that is true or closer to true than many people are willing to countenance”’.
I should preface this by pointing out an interesting definition that journalist Michael Kinsley gave years ago of a gaffe. A gaffe, he wrote, “is when a politician tells the truth.” The idea is that the truth is something few people want to hear because it upsets them.
Back when mainstream Republican pols sounded conservative:
I figured it up the other day: If we added up the killed and wounded in Democrat wars in this century, it would be about 1.6 million Americans — enough to fill the city of Detroit.
— Bob Dole, 1976
Virtually everyone attacked Dole the next day, but not based on whether what he said was true or false. Did he get the U.S. body count wrong? The critics didn’t say, although, as it happens, he got it right. Were the four major U.S. wars of the 20th century up until 1976 — World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War — not Democratic wars?
We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.
‘Flak means you are over the target.’

The real meaning of PC
The PC brigades’ accusations of bigotry pretty much always boiled down to charges of not worshipping the state. If you oppose war, empire and the Fed, you’re a bigot.
From the LRC blog.

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