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Shifting the argument

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Joe Klein has a good column on the attempt to shift the focus from the issues to irrelevancies. It begins:

It has been fascinating to watch the right-wing press lap up the anti-media nonsense put out by the McCain campaign’s Steve Schmidt regarding Sarah Palin. The latest is Jeffrey Bell, in the Weekly Standard, who makes the media’s attempt to find out just exactly who Palin is part of a seamless, anti-clerical cloak that goes all…the…way…back…to…the French Revolution:

The most important thing to know about the left today is that it is centered on social issues. At root, it always has been, ever since the movement took form and received its name in the revolutionary Paris of the 1790s. In order to drive toward a vision of true human liberation, all the institutions and moral codes we associate with civilization had to be torn down. The institutions targeted in revolutionary France included the monarchy and the nobility, but even higher on the enemies list of the Jacobins and their allies were organized religion and the family, institutions in which the moral values of traditional society could be preserved and passed on outside the control of the leftist vanguard.

Wow. What hogwash. The deviation from the actual truth of the matter–pretty close to 100%, I’d say–is astonishing. If the Democratic Convention is any gauge, liberals aren’t very much interested in social issues at all–but they are obsessed by the frightening economic conditionss we’re facing right now. (Mr. Bell might consider taking a gander at the front page of the paper today–6.1% unemployment, the costly collapse of Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac.) They are concerned about making the tax code as progressive as it was during the Clinton boom, and also about rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, finding new jobs in alternative energy industries and making health insurance available to all Americans. You may feel positive or negative about their solutions, but that’s what liberals care about.

Then there’s this: …

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Written by Leisureguy

6 September 2008 at 8:28 am

Posted in GOP, Media

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