Posted by: bkivey | 27 April 2010

Dazed and Confused

When the law is against you, argue the facts. When the facts are against you, argue the law. When both are against you, attack the plaintiff.

R. Rinkle

It seems that when a large number of people gather to protest liberal policies that the chattering class falls all over themselves to condemn the movement. The recent Tea Party phenomenon is a classic illustration of the point. Millions of people have loudly protested the ever-increasing meddling of the Federal Government into private lives. The Silent Majority is silent no longer, and the left cannot cope with it.

If the media, a former President, and even the current Administration are to be believed, the Tea Partier’s are a bunch of violent, racist , homophobes. My first question is , why is the current and former leadership of this country attacking Americans? Americans, the vast majority of whom are working, paying taxes, and would like to have a future for themselves and their children that isn’t owned by the Chinese and the plutocrats. What is wrong with these people?

I think that the primary problem on the left is that they cannot conceive of a rational person opposing their beliefs on the merits. The left is so convinced that their way is the correct way that anyone who has the temerity to disagree is obviously not sane, and must be demonized and silenced. There can be no room for dissent because to disagree is to automatically be against the better world that we could all have if only everyone agreed with the left.  

In a classic application of the observer effect, the left has to explain the behaviour of those that disagree with them in terms of their own shibboleths. Giving another example of why the left is not as smart as they tell themselves they are, they take refuge under  the intellectually lazy covers of racism, homophobia, and right-wing violence rather than examine the arguments of those that disagree with them. Unfortunately for these pet theories, the facts do not support the hypothesis.

I have not heard of any incident in which a Tea Party protest turned violent, in which gays or people of color were targeted, in which anything except a peaceful protest took place. On the other hand, violent left-wing demonstrations are legion. PETA, Earth First!, anti-fur protesters, WTO protesters, anti-Bush protests, including the publishing of death threats and defacing of private property,anti-Nazi protests, the list goes on. When these events occur the right is asked to be ‘tolerant’ and respect ‘diversity’, without similar consideration from the other side. For a political faction that prides itself on fairness this seems a remarkably one-sided viewpoint.

As someone whose viewpoint is more to the right side of the spectrum, I challenge anyone who would paint me as a violent racist homophobe to prove the allegation. In this country the burden of proof is on the accuser, and if you are going to make accusations without proof, I am going to ask you to kindly STFU. In my experience and understanding the philosophy of the right is far more congruent with the observed facts of history and human behaviour than that of the left. I don’t need to defend my philosophy to the left: the success of the United States of America and every free society on the planet makes that case for me. It is the left that needs to make their case to me, and judging by the historical record, they can’t make that case on the merits.

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