Sunday, October 15, 2006

Smarter than your average cop - a liberal dose of fisking

I was just having a quick look at alumni of the Watcher's Council and came across The Smarter Cop - New! Clearly he's not been posting much recently but the latest post is excellent: it's a fisking of this article from the Chicago Tribune.
Personally, I reach for my pistol when I read sentences like:
Liberals believe individuals should doubt their own truths and consider fairly and open-mindedly the truths of others.
Truth is truth and is not to be confused with one-sided opinion. Actually, come to think of it, that might be a very good habit to acquire: try substituting the phrase for "truth". We could start with the misquotation of the BBC's slogan:
Nation shall speak one-sided opinion unto nation.
An Inconvenient One-sided Opinion
The 9/11 one-sided opinion movement

Hmmm, seems to fit rather well.

The article is written by a law professor who says that liberals support:
freedom of choice for women, apple pie, free and open debate, the civil rights movement, affirmative action, spoon-bending, UFOs, expansion of the franchise to those with green skin, a more vibrant freedom of speech, mothers, a woman's right to choose, the outcasts of society, Dan Rather, people with exploding shoes, a broad application of the right to due process of law, government ... help[ing] those who are less fortunate, government programs to improve health care, education, social security, job training and welfare for the neediest members of society, freedom of religion; referring to people we don't like by silly and insulting names, attacking gays if they're not on our side, alien abductions, spending lots of your money. Liberals adhere to the view expressed by Brandeis some 80 years ago: "Those who won our independence ... did not exalt order at the cost of liberty."

I may have got a few of these wrong, but my principles are in the right place so that doesn't matter.

I have to quote the last paragraph of the fisking:
So there you have it... the 10 liberal principles with a response for each one. I can summarize the whole list this way: Rights only apply when we agree, lip service is all we need to give, and nobody REALLY hates us, so why should we even bother to find out?

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