The liberal religion
Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.What have I always said? Under our liberal belief system, diversity, meaning the transformation of our historically white Christian majority society into a non-white, non-Christian majority society, is—along with the means of achieving it, which is non-discrimination—the highest value, to which all other values—life, liberty, country, sanity itself—must yield.
We can perhaps capture something of Casey’s mentality by paraphrasing Goneril’s disturbingly over-the-top reply to her father in Act I, Scene 1 of King Lear:
I love diversity more than words can wield the matter;
Reuters quotes the Meet the Press interview, and you can see it on YouTube. The exchange begins at 5:20 in the interview.Brandon F., who had sent me the Casey quote, writes:
I just read your post and realized he is effectively saying that it is worth the occasional mass murder of soldiers in order to maintain this diversity. I guess all religions have their sacraments.LA writes:
A problem with my Shakespeare paraphrase, as an astute blogger points out, is that Goneril was insincere in her protestations of infinite love for her father, whereas Casey actually believes what he says about diversity. But that’s the thing about paraphrases and analogies. You’re not comparing all aspects of one thing to all aspects of another, just some aspects. However, since the most famous thing about Goneril’s speech is its insincertiy, perhaps the paraphrase doesn’t work.Patrick H. writes:
It is common to point to the degradation of liberal thought evident in appalling statements like that of the bureaucrat mediocrity General Casey (whose failure in Iraq is no longer a mystery to this observer). But what is sick-making about the words of Casey is their utter heartlessness. I’ve long thought that the ugliness of liberalism has been, not its emotionalism, but the opposite: a deadness of feeling, an absence of any genuinely human response to life, an icy cold sentimentalism that hides a depth of heartlessness, even mercilessness, that would put a chill into a psychopath. No one talks about “compassion” more than a liberal … and feels less of it.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 10, 2009 01:11 AM | Send