The paradoxical - double standards, hypocrisy, the difference between intention and action - forms the basis for my writing, and for many other conservative writers. By contrast, the leftist is uniquely suited to not only tolerate but thrive in the presence of paradox.
Consider this brainwave: “Restorative Justice.” This is what they want to replace the criminal justice system with. What is Restorative Justice? When there is a crime committed- say, a murder- the murderer and the victim’s family meet in the presence of a mediator and talk things out and share their feelings.
Now, once you have finished throwing up in your mouth after reading the description of what Restorative Justice is, consider also that the left is quite happy to adhere to the old ethic of punishment - the same one that informs the court and prison systems - when it comes to public shaming. This is when some poor fool says something triggering and an online mob materializes and destroys that person’s life as punishment.
Surely this is a paradox that, if brought to light, would give the left pause. But why should they pause? On the one hand they get to attack something they don’t like, while on the other they get to use some features of it when it benefits them. By not acknowledging the paradox they get to have their cake and eat it too. Thus, they push their agenda forward.
So what must they do instead of acknowledging the paradox? The answer is: displacement.
Let’s illustrate this by asking a common question that attacks a left-wing paradox - “Why are you so reluctant to criticize ISIS for their terrorism and human rights violations?”
A sample leftist answer may look like this: “First of all, ISIS was created by the United States to further their agenda of creating a terror problem that needs to be solved. Second of all, why are you only labelling Muslims as terrorists when white people are the real terrorists? And finally, your concern over victims of terror is nothing more than concern trolling."
Do you see what’s happening here? They blame us for the situation so they don’t have to accept criticism for their own shortcomings.
Now here is where things go completely into the Twilight Zone, in case we weren’t there already. If the left must blame the right so they don’t have to take the blame themselves, then it logically follows that they need us. We are the Disney villain, the Snidely Whiplash that acts as the catalyst for the left-winger to spring into action and save the day.
Back at the height of his power, Jean Chretien was careful not to be too effective in pounding his Reform opposition. Of Preston Manning, he said: “We need this guy.” Da Boss knew that when someone from Reform made a bozo eruption, it would take the heat off his corrupt Liberal Party for a few more weeks.
In this is a tacit admission that everything from the media firestorm over ex-Senator Don Meredith’s indiscretions to the controversy over Bristol Palin’s pregnancy is, in part, a politically motivated distraction. The problem is that the distractions work, and they work because conservatives don’t call them out for what they are.
Luckily for us, the voting public knows that it’s all a political game. That’s why none of the scandalmongering stuck to Rob Ford - because he treated it like what it was instead of getting defensive. But, the question is, who among us is capable of doing what Rob Ford did, refusing to be shamed by the left all the way through his term and afterwards?
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