Sunday, June 26, 2005

They Just Don't Get It

Via FreeRepublic I found this brief review in the New York Times of Brian Anderson's 'South Park Conservatives.' It's hilarious.

To him, the popularity of the stingingly anti-P.C. cartoon series ''South Park'' signals the advent of a new generation of Americans who refuse to accept public censure for their scornful attitudes toward gay men and lesbians, Native Americans, environmentalism and abortion rights.
Yeah, that's right. It's not that they have a valid, alternative viewpoint, it's that they "refuse to accept public censure." They're just wrong dammit and refuse their public shaming and re-education. They're... they're... scorners. Scorners! Just can't have that.

There's a whole lot more howlers; go read them as the article is short. It ends with this subtle dig:
Is this a process that reasonable liberals and reasonable conservatives can acknowledge? Perhaps the argument clinic of the Monty Python Tories can light the way. First speaker: ''Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of anything the other person says.'' Second speaker: ''No it isn't.'' Exactly.
Notice the construction. In the first sentence it's "reasonable" liberals, then conservatives. In the Python bit quoted, it's the first person who is reasonable and generous while the second is dogmatic and stubborn. The parallelism is very, very clear.

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