Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A Suggestion for Political Disarmament

I wish the left would give up the "in our names" meme in exchange for the right giving up the "traitor" meme. I don't know who could possibly negotiate (or enforce) such an exchange of prisoners, but I would love to see it happen.

There are many more stupid ideas and rhetorical tricks that should disappear, but I'd be happy if I could get those two to mutually annihilate, since they're the ones that currently annoy me the most.

To expand slightly: the left needs to get over themselves. Nobody is doing anything "in your name." They don't care about you. Really: it has nothing to do with you. And surely you have a stronger argument than "a country should never do anything unless every single person in that country completely agrees with it"?

On the other side: people who disagree with you politically are not traitors. They are not secretly working for the downfall of Western Civilization and polluting your precious bodily fluids. They are just people who have different political preferences than you do. And the "French" thing was never actually funny in the first place, nor does it make any sense taken seriously.

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