The premise that enables liberals to tell Big Lies without a pang of conscience

Larry Elder writes at TownHall:

In the 1967 comedy “A Guide for the Married Man,” Joey Bishop’s wife catches him in bed with another woman. As his wife stands at the bedroom door screaming at the sight, Bishop and the mistress calmly get up, make the bed and get dressed. The mistress leaves. Bishop nonchalantly sits down in the living room, lights up a pipe, picks up the newspaper and casually leafs through it. “What bed? What girl?” Bishop says. The wife begins to doubt her own eyes, even her sanity. Finally, she turns to Bishop and meekly asks what he wants for dinner. The culprit convinced the victim that she must be nuts.

On the issue of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s defenders attempt to make you feel insane. How could you bring up the Rev. Jeremiah Wright?! It “injects race” into the contest!

This reminds me of the liberal acquaintance who blew my brain circuits when, in a conversation about the Martin-Zimmerman case, he declared that “The right has racialized the issue.”

Since liberals are, in their own eyes, the incarnation of goodness, any bad thing—such as the black racialism of Wright or the racialization of Trayvon Martin’s death—must somehow have come from the right. Now in the case of Wright, liberals obviously can’t claim that Wright’s own anti-white statements come from the right. But they can and do claim that to bring up the subject of Wright and Obama’s 20 year devotee/master relationship with him is to “inject race” into the situation.

Or it works like this. Liberals initiate mass nonwhite immigration into the West. That is not injecting race into the situation, because race doesn’t matter. And when, say, south Asian Muslim immigrants in Britain begin systematically raping white English girls, that is not injecting race into the the situation, because, again, race doesn’t matter. But if people notice that Muslims are raping white English girls and say so, that is injecting race into the situation.

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Paul K. writes:

You wrote, “But if people notice that Muslims are raping white English girls and say so, that is injecting race into the situation.”

This is a good insight. Much of the self-justification I hear from liberals reminds me of the guy who tells the policeman, “It all started when he hit me back.”

The other day I listened to NPR’s “On Point” interview with Charles Ferguson, a liberal critic of Wall Street excesses. I happen to agree with a lot of his points, but I was dumbfounded when he said that we don’t focus on important problems like corruption in the financial sector because we’re too distracted by social issues like gay marriage. Who does he blame for this? It is people on the left, like himself, who are constantly trying to ram through their radical agenda that force these issues onto the table. It would be wonderful if they would stop doing this so that our energy could be devoted to more serious problems; however, I gathered that Ferguson’s preferred solution is that the right simply cave in on everything.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 24, 2012 07:02 AM | Send

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