October 09, 2004
the Politics of Confrontation
My working class fatherówho enlisted to fight in Vietnam and never nominated himself for anythingówas just in Las Vegas spending the money he's not supposed to have in this supposedly horrendous economy. He was at a table wearing his 'Veterans For Bush' shirt when he was confronted by an angry leftist charging 'THAT SHIRT IS A LIE!'
Aside from the fact that the phrase 'Veterans for Bush' does not admit of falsehood (we'll leave philosophy for another time),
(a) My father is a veteran,
That's a simple equation.
But that guy confronted the wrong cat. When my dad snapped back, though I wasn't there, I'd bet my life he took the guy's heart.
You can't tell a Marine from North Philly that his convictions are a lie and walk away the same as you came.
This is about the politics of intimidation, about efforts to shout down those with whom you disagree, to create a climate of fear, shame, and confrontation.
It's also about the complicity of the left in its silent support of the most virulent and anti-social elements.
You will see more and more of this ugliness rearing its head until the leadership of the left unequivocally denounces it. Of course, that won't happen as long as the DNC keeps adopting the Moore Doctrine.
When a man like my father shouts back, though, cowards crumble.
But wouldn't we all rather live in a civil society? The choice lies with the Left.
posted by Dennis on 10.09.04 at 07:02 PM
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