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Look Who’s Talking

Stuff just doesn’t get that kind of reaction unless you feel guilty about err something, like say maybe selling out your country for political gain? ~ “Howie”

Never mind for the moment that knowingly making scurrilous and false statements about your political opponents is actually wrong in itself, because it is dishonest.

I would think pro-war chauvinists would know more about this, since their position is the essence of selling out the country out of loyalty to the policies of the state and a particular administration.  Do jingoes really believe that forcefully responding to disgusting and false insults reveals a guilty conscience?  By this sort of thinking, a stirring defense of a man’s innocence during a trial is actually an admission of his deep corruption and guilt.  “The lady doth protest too much” is not a very reasonable rule for political argument.  If it were, every time someone made an impassioned objection against a mischaracterisation of his view it would be tantamount to admitting that the mischaracterisation was right on.  This is…oh, what’s the right word?  Stupid? 

I guess this would mean that if war opponents started routinely accusing jingoes of a lack of patriotism and treason, they would blithely ignore it in the knowledge that they aren’t traitors.  They would only object to the charge if it was actually true.  No wonder these people believe what Bush tells them.

about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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