The Culture Wars never really die. Post-Obama, however, they have turned into something like the zombies of a George Romero movie, shambling about spreading chaos to distract America from genuine issues of governance. Oliver Willis does an excellent job laying out the template for bringing Teh Wacky™ mainstream today in How the Right Wing Stovepipe Operates. The Moore candidacy will amount to an enormous distraction effort, stovepiping Teh Crazy™ into Teh Stupid™ — leaving Alabama’s budget crisis unaddressed.
Perhaps it is only coincidence, but I see encouraging signs in the wake of the Tiller assassination: progressives are getting fed up. For beyond the Wacky, Crazy, and Stupid lies a special, lethal zone of the dark side: Teh Murderous™. Yesterday’s shooting seems to have brought everyone on the left across a line. I found this gem over at Leigh’s Bitch, Please blog, which I quote at length:
Before you put me in your crosshairs, though…just remember one thing: not a one of us babykillers have ever killed one of you.
We don’t go into your “Pregnancy Help Centers” and blow them up so you can stop scaring girls into having children they can’t take care of and then forgetting about them and blaming them when they fall through the cracks of the system.
We don’t shoot at your hatemongering pastors as they go into their places of worship, even though we know they’ll be spewing more lies and filth about us and how evil we are and how we deserve to die, even though you all don’t really get the irony of calling yourselves “Pro-Life,” which you are decidedly not.
We don’t block the doors to your doctors’ offices, preventing you from getting your Viagra prescription so you can force your wife to submit to you, as every good Christian woman should.
And we don’t fire your fucking asses for preventing women from obtaining access to medications that are prescribed to them privately, between them and their doctors, that have nothing to do with you, or your religion, or how many babies’ souls you want to save today so you can meet your quota at the next potluck circlejerk.
As much as we want to do all these things right back to you, every time we hear about what you’ve done to further incite this war of your own creation, this civil war of supposed “morality,” we don’t. You know why we don’t turn right back around and fire back at you with the full power of the law and government, which, might we remind you, is on our side here, as is the side of common decency and common sense that says a private medical procedure between a woman and her doctor is none of your fucking business? BECAUSE IT’S FUCKING WRONG, THAT’S WHY. Even a Sunday School dropout abortionist like me knows that–so why don’t you?
And really, we need more of this. Free speech is a wonderful thing; it’s time we unleashed it on the Kulturkampfers systematically and aggressively.
I, for one, am done suffering fools gladly. If they want my respect for their opinion, then they ought to find a respectable opinion.