Friday, November 12, 2004

The Phony

I realize the election ended last week. But it took a couple of days to really enjoy and appreciate the outcome because of my overriding feelings of relief.

However, I still find myself dumbfounded that 50 million people voted for John Kerry. I marvel that so many did not see or did not care that he was portraying himself as a mainstream (most liberal voting record in the Senate), gun toting (lifetime NRA rating of 0), devout Catholic (who opposes bans on partial birth abortion and made his two children from his first marriage bastards via annulment), War hero (no explanation needed), champion of the working man (who never had a job outside of government and twice married multi-millionairesses).

My handy electronic dictionary defines "hypocrite" as "a feigning to be what one is not". In case you haven't noticed - "hypocrite" is a word solely reserved for Republicans.

My handy electronic dictionary defines another pertinent word "credibility", as simply "believable". It's not so much that Kerry supporters might have found him credible that is troubling so much as they didn't care if he was or not. I honestly don't think many on the Left care about believability, honesty or truth, so long as it serves their ultimate goals. The goal here being the defeat of George Bush.

We could talk about forged documents, fake stories about missing explosives or misleading headlines. But the most glaring example of this phenomenon is Michael Moore. Many of his facts were demonstrably false and most of his assertions were absurd, but it didn't matter. Neither did it matter to Mr. Moore's credibility that he was caught altering evidence.

Why are there no comparable Michael Moore's on the Right? I think it is because Conservatives place a value on truth that Liberals do not.

Certainly the fact that Liberal positions are based more on feelings than on reason plays some role here. Perhaps Liberals can be partly explained by the old "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" line: When a woman complains of a headache, a man will tell her to take an aspirin. She wants him to say "I'm sorry you have a headache".

In other words, Liberals want to co-miserate more than they want to persuade.

Serious Conservatives are more interested in persuation and figure anybody who is caught lying on their behalf is A. only hurting their cause, and B. not to be trusted on other issues. Obviously that is not true of the other side, as evidenced by the accolades and attention showered upon Moore. In addition, a complacent media would never let us get away with it and we know it.

Wallowing in untruths, half-truths and outright lies about your opponents does not hold the same emotional appeal.


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