Manichaeism and Eastasians? The people on the other side are EVIL!

“What makes last night’s fiscal denialism even more appalling was that many of the speakers themselves have had to fight tooth and nail with public sector unions over compensation and work rules.”

Matt Welch calls them Denialist Democrats and opines that “The party of government refuses to even entertain the possibility that we can no longer afford it.”

This campaign season has revealed a number of phrases that get to the core of the disagreements between political parties (and have the Democrats scrambling to try to ‘explain’ them. One is “you didn’t build that” and a new one surfaced in a DNC video “government is the only thing that we all belong to.” There are behavior patterns as well. The ‘lying machine’ is one and Senator Reid provides an extreme example of playing this one for all its worth. Another, noted by Welch, is from ex-Republican Cincinnati firefighter Doug Stern who thinks he is a scapegoat for the GOP.

“It was classic major-party Manicheasm: Eastasians do bad things for the simple reason that their hearts are bad; Eurasians’ hearts are good, so they don’t do bad things.

In this idyllic landscape of Democratic magical thinking, there is no state and local budget crises, no unaffordable and underfunded defined-benefit public pension obligations, nothing at all standing in the way of “investing” in our public safety, except (in ex-Republican Stern’s words) “right-wing extremists.” Vallejo, California is not bankrupt because of public employee pensions, and the rest of the state is not following suit. It’s a hell of a place, this Democrat-land. Wish I could live there.

Last night’s speeches were notable less for what they contained and more for what they did not”

The implications of assigning an evil nature to people on the other side of a political issue is something to consider. The assignment of an evil nature to others is an ad hominem logical fallacy. It does not begin to approach the issues and why there is disagreement. Such an assignment is also worthy of note because it is expressing a judgement about society as a whole, a rather negative judgement.

“One of the great ironies of this convention already is that speaker after speaker denounces Republicans for being unable to tell the truth or get their facts straight. Meanwhile, one of the most important truths of modern governance—we are well and truly out of money—sits neglected in the corner. This might be a great way to rally the Democratic base, but it’s thin gruel for the majority of Americans who think, correctly, that the nation’s finances have spun out of control.”

The adage about lies is that it often the missing truth that is the greatest lie. That is why the oath includes a term such as ‘whole truth.’ Leaving out unpleasant parts of reality is a matter of denial and that is why the emotions are so strong when the wrong questions are asked or particular facts are noted.

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