by Bodwyn Wook
As an actual conservative (this is spelt with a small “c”, lest I remind you), I am not at all happy with any of the “free speech” hysteria on the American rightwing, over the murders and murder-attempts in Tucson last week.
There is of course, always, the problem in political rhetoric of making appeals to the large number of moral and social idiots; to win votes, alas, it is necessary in very many cases to stir up emotion among these same televisionized and computerized unfortunates.
They are the miserably misled, lied-to and objectively God-damned, who of course must suffer in this world and the next.
So, I am not saying that we must give up on all this good old all-American fun for ever and ever.
To everything, however, there is a time and a place, and this of course is why there are gutters for sewage.
But there are also periods of extreme bankruptcy in politics, when emotionalism is confused everywhere with a real and solid feeling for our actual values.
The hasty and self-conscious, horribly embarrassed, declamations against criticism of this sort of intellectual hysteria, notably by the failed libertarian, Mr Glenn Beck, and the un-ladylike Mrs Governor Todd Mitchell Palin, are altogether suspect, therefore:
At a time of such awful grief and misery for all of the victims and families involved in Tucson, any politician with any moral sense whatsoever would know (without any sort of coaching, I mean!) that this above all is a time to shut up, and for awhile at least just not to indulge, certainly not in any so-called “leading” positions, in any sort of name-calling and witty selfpity.
The ecstatic martyred comporture of this element of our rightwing at this horrible time for our country is approximately that of so many dogs and pigs rolling around delightedly in the shit.
This wholesale lack of dignity on my political side of the American “dialog” today is as repulsive as it is low-class and, alas, it is absolutely poisonous.
If not the strength and resilience of our constitutional fabric, lest I remind you, then as conservatives just what in the Hell else is it exactly that we “think” we are conserving, by all the nonstop vulgar media spewing and pissing through each other’s hair?
This same lack of dignity among so many of us is the historical reason that pulls Americans downward and apart everywhere; and, it is the final reason why we positively can not see what a gift it is to have in our President now, although he is not a man of our party, a man nonetheless of such singular dignity and, above all, self-respect.
Dignity may not in the end make up for all the bankruptcy of the parties — they have no new ideas whatsoever today, not one between them. And dignity as such is no guarantee that any politician in the late-history of any constitution is not bought, sold and had dozens of time over — but it is still the single most important quality of leadership that we must have at all times, most of all at the head of our national affairs.
If you can not even now, on reading this, do any thing but reject it, then I do mean it, when I say, above all to you in your twitching automatic condition of degraded fearful refusal:
“God bless America…anyway.”
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[12 January 2011]