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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Gd help us

I've had a bad day, dealing with my own multiple personal points of polarization (otherwise known as friends and family), e.g.:

"I honestly think the only reason you support right wing views (shared by Evangelicals and fundamental Christians who are as scary as fundamental Islamists) is because you feel it's in Israel's best interests if Bush and the neocons continue their radical path."
Thus,  I am so tired and discouraged that all the cow manure in the world (see below) can't cheer me up.   Plus, I feel obligated to watch John Kerry at the convention.

I would highly recommend to you two things this evening, both from LGF

One is this quote from Tom Junod in Esquire

As easy as it is to say that we can’t abide the president because of the gulf between what he espouses and what he actually does, what haunts me is the possibility that we can’t abide him because of us—because of the gulf between his will and our willingness. What haunts me is the possibility that we have become so accustomed to ambiguity and inaction in the face of evil that we find his call for decisive action an insult to our sense of nuance and proportion.

The people who dislike George W. Bush have convinced themselves that opposition to his presidency is the most compelling moral issue of the day. Well, it’s not. The most compelling moral issue of the day is exactly what he says it is, when he’s not saying it’s gay marriage. The reason he will be difficult to unseat in November—no matter what his approval ratings are in the summer—is that his opponents operate out of the moral certainty that he is the bad guy and needs to be replaced, while he operates out of the moral certainty that terrorists are the bad guys and need to be defeated. The first will always sound merely convenient when compared with the second. Worse, the gulf between the two kinds of certainty lends credence to the conservative notion that liberals have settled for the conviction that Bush is distasteful as a substitute for conviction—because it’s easier than conviction.

Junod is a thinking and thoughtful person and excellent writer. My opinions would differ from his, but he asks excellent and important questions of himself and his readers. You can't ask for more.  Please read it all: "The Case for George W. Bush - i.e. what if he's right?"

For full benefit, read the Junod piece in conjunction with viewing this new LGF slideshow, which Charles has paired with the words, "We sleep at our own peril."

It's true.  I agree.  Gd help us.  Amen.