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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Simple Civility and the Left

By now the lack of civility in contemporary political discourse is rather obvious. A comment to one of my earlier posts led to my addressing this issue. The venom and rage were pathetic. I am not certain the issue is worth a post or not. But I will give it a try.

Whatever happened to a real sense of humor on the Left? It used to be there. Irony and humor were hallmarks of much of the Left's presentation years ago. Be it the Yippees, Arlo Guthrie, Tom Lehrer, John F. Kennedy or a wide range of political personages. There was always a core of self-deprecation that caused one to listen to them. What do we see today? Al Franken. Teddy Kenndy. Senator Turban. John Kerry. Hillary Clinton. Barbara Boxer. Nancy Pelosi. Self-deprecation is not the first word that comes to mind when I think of these folks.

The "seriousness" of these folks seems not serious at all. It seems to most listeners and watchers to be cynical and faux anger. They are not in the least convincing. (Their avoidance of such inconveniences as facts does not help their cause.)

It seems as though they think if they are shrill enough, mean enough and repetitive enough the world will believe them... never mind repeated electoral defeats since 1994.

The more they lose the more shrill, the more mean spirited and the more repetitive they become.

The only possible response is that which the President and folks like Senator Hatch have adopted, patient good humor combined with iron willed determination.

There are those on the right who are, to a greater or lesser extent, like those on the Left. Michael Savage comes to mind and, to a lesser degree, Ann Coulter. But for the most part the leaders on the Right are affable and determined a la Rush Limbaugh, Tony Snow and POTUS.

I have given up on the Left ever returning to reasoned discourse. It is a shame, but it is the way it is. I am proud that our folks maintain their dignity and wit.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Monterey John