Tuesday, January 16, 2007

desperation, dislocation, separation, condemnation, revelation, in temptation, isolation, desolation

David Limbaugh's latest article takes Senator Barbara Boxer for her rudeness to Condoleeza Rice. What is said rudeness? I'll reprint it here for you to gasp at.
Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old and my grandchild is too young. You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families.
What rudeness. Apparently reminding the Secretary of State that the American Military and our Soldiers are paying for her and President Bush's war is very rude.

Limbaugh dives into the chicken hawk argument - i.e. that Conservatives who haven't served should shut up because they haven't served. That's an oversimplification of what Democrats actually say, but it's easier to argue against, so most Conservatives stop there.

It's understandable why Limbaugh would want to shift the terrain of this debate from what Ms. Boxer actually said to the theory that by saying it, she was telling Rice to shut up.
What this really boils down to is the antiwar left's intolerance for dissenting opinions and their propensity to make decisions on an emotional, rather than logical basis. If you don't agree with them, you either aren't listening -- another charge Boxer leveled at Rice -- or you don't have the right to opine.
This is nonsense. Of course Rice and Bush and Limbaugh all have the right to opine. But if you opine you have to expect to have your opinions challenged. That's America, Mr. Limbaugh.

I will note parenthetically that Limbaugh posts on the same page as Ann Coulter, who's made it very clear what she would like to see happen to Liberals in America. And she says things a lot more direct that Ms. Boxer.

I do want to go back to Ms. Boxers statement at the beginning though, and remind us all why David Limbaugh wants to confuse this issue. The military is paying a price for the decisions that President Bush and Secretary Rice and others made. They were bad decisions. And David Limbaugh himself has been a tireless supporter of those decisions. I don't doubt that Bush and Rice and Limbaugh regret the deaths of our Soldiers, but they are the ones who put them there.

Maybe it is inconvenient for Limbaugh to have Sen. Boxer remind us who is paying the price for their decisions. But, again, this is America. This isn't the middle ages when we owe fealty to our leaders regardless of what they do. We have both the right and duty to ask hard and unpleasant questions about why are troops are giving their lives.

Anybody know what song this post title comes from?

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