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Fools, Bitches and Scum

January 25th, 2011

Is my brother really crazy, or just a jerk?

photo courtesy Rail Junk

Name-calling is never defensible. So how do I get away with calling my brother crazy?

I could say that he started it (and that would be true enough). But honestly, this blog is not about his principled beliefs on (most) issues. Over the years he has articulated plenty of persuasive arguments about the proper balance between an active government and free market capitalism. My brother’s opinions on taxes and business regulations are not crazy. His patriotism and national pride are not insane.

But there is a deeper problem. My brother’s political ideas are rarely self-determined. Instead, they rely on identifying and isolating a single and powerful enemy: liberalism. To defeat an evil such as this, Rightists conjure an even bolder moral absolutism. They place, to use Barack Obama’s words, “all that ails the world” at the feet of their foes. My brother is in thrall with this apocalyptic war, and to be on the winning side he has developed a prejudiced, undemocratic and just plain rude view of Democrats, his neighbors, indeed, of his own family.

That is crazy.

My brother was not always so excitable. But after 9/11, when he began marinating in Rightist radio’s bitter juices, he adopted the medium’s coarse aesthetic. Liberals became “scum.” Liberalism, as Mark Levin has it, is “immoral.” A liberal woman is a “dumb bitch.” He called one Democratic female senator a “vile bitch.” A person who disagrees with any of this, like our mother in Oct. 2008, is an “idiot.” And I, as you might recall, am a “blind liberal fool.” He means it, every unshakable and righteous word.

Enough from me. Let my crazy right wing brother explain himself:

I do live by my name-calling with pride. There just isn’t a doubt in my mind that I am right. I know that Rush, Levin, Hannity are almost always right. I say almost because we are all human of course.

Every aspect of the left’s behavior is provable to be a lie or an act of deceit to gain power. Conservatism is logical, stands with moral values and on the side of truth. It isn’t self serving and is a caring philosophy about life. Liberalism is a twisted, self-serving approach that has only rules that cater to self-gain and intentions that are not really backed by the truth.

I can get carried away with my name-calling but I can’t help it when I see the left, with the help of Obama and the Democrats, literally trying to destroy this country. The fact that you or anyone can dismiss this and agree with it does make you a fool.

Liberalism isn’t an opinion to be disagreed with but to be destroyed. I am not saying that I am trying to destroy you.  Just understand that I believe liberals are out to remake and destroy America (turn it towards socialism) and that is what I will not tolerate by just calling it a difference of opinion.

My brother and I are lucky in that we have a friendship that exists separate and apart from all of this. But an unavoidable decision looms: Which of his passions is stronger, the one that hates liberals, or the one that values his family and friends?

Are you saying that I have to choose between hating liberals or the value I have in you as a brother? I do not have to choose anything right now. We get long OK. It is you who needs to choose to stop being a liberal. I am waiting over here for you to see the truth whenever you are ready.