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March 6, 2009

Crazies to the Left of Me; Wimps to the Right

How one side lost its mind and the other lost its nerve
Bernard Goldberg - ISBN - 9780061252570

As expected, Goldberg is diligent, insightful, humorous and acerbic as he nails the subjects of this tome to the wall. It's a rollicking good read! For this review I'll just itemize some of his best ruminations:

• "Anyone who can't decide between the liberal and the conservative a week before a presidential election, isn't a moderate. He's a clueless."

• "If people around the world think we're no different than our enemies, these are people who should not be taken seriously. . . . When I start worrying about what the French and other Western European wimps think, please shoot me!

• "Liberals have convinced themselves that all religions and cultures are of equal value--except maybe Christianity and the United States."

• "Muslims should march not to prove their innocence but to let the terrorists know that good Muslims will not support them--or even try to understand them--simply because they share the same religion." He then proceeds to the famous quote by Golda Meir: "There will be no peace in the Middle East until the Arabs love their children more than they hate the Jews."

• and, "If only we behaved differently, then they wouldn't want to kill us." Yeah . . . Right!

• "Being a liberal means never having to say you're sorry. It means you can slander Ronald Reagan as a crazy cowboy [but never mention that he won the cold war.] . . . You can fight welfare reform [but never acknowledge that it has restored the dignity of millions of poor Americans.] . . . You can not excuse, but actually embrace . . . Fidel Castro, then look the other way when he jails anyone who disagrees with him. . . . You can leave a whole lot of wreckage along the side of the road and never peek into the rear-view mirror because your intentions are good and your heart is in the right place"

• Bush, when addressing the NAACP, should have "taken pains" to remind them that for "life to come to fruition for black Americans, the black civil rights establishment needs to snap out of it, stop playing the victim card, and start living in the 21st century. That would have taken a certain amount of courage, and that is one thing that the Republicans seem to have lost."

• "So, in the wake of Katrina, while Jesse Jackson and his cronies are focusing on what the government did wrong, shouldn't we also ask a few uncomfortable questions about what the victims of the hurricane have been doing wrong for years, which left them so vulnerable? After all, it wasn't just rich white folks who made it out of town before Katrina hit. Middle-class blacks escaped, too."

• "Bush is caught in a kind of catch-22. If we are attacked, liberals will point to his 'reckless' policies in Iraq . . . which 'emboldened' the terrorists . . . and if we're not attacked . . . how dare that SOB spy on us and take away our civil liberties? . . . [and] if there is another 9/11 liberals will insist, 'we were just trying to protect everybody's constitutional rights.' Expect no mea culpas from the left . . . [they] are virtuous by definition."

• But: "If a liberal Democrat had taken us into war not just to find weapons of mass destruction, but also to create a democracy in a foreign country, and if that liberal Democrat had argued that all of this somehow would make Americans safer, Republicans would smack him silly."

• Rush Limbaugh has observed that "You can always count on the Democrats, at some point, to revive conservativism in this country by being who they are." He adds that "the real question is: Will Republicans get back to being who they're supposed to be--principled and conservative. . . . Ronald Reagan built a Republican coalition that lasted thirty years, until pandering became the party's guiding principle and the coalition unraveled."

• "Conservatives [as distinct from Republicans] aren't against immigration. They're against illegal immigration. And they're for assimilation. . . . [They want people to aspire] to become Americans and not just foreigners who are living here. That can't happen if we continue to let Mexico export its poverty to the United States."

• Goldberg reminds that in his inaugural address Kennedy said "Let every nation know whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty." Adding, then, "I cannot think of a single prominent Democrat today who would subscribe to a single word of that."

I do take serious issue with one chapter/theme of his book, however, and that is on teaching Darwinian evolutionary theory and not intelligent design. Creationism is not the same thing, and it is true that creationism "is not science." (In fact it is flatly counter-factual.) However, he displays his ignorance in using the terms interchangeably, and defines both as "divine magic, rather than empirically testable laws."

Unfortunately, as I have commented before on numerous occasions, it takes infinitely more faith to believe in Darwinian evolution than it does God, the Creator, the force; whatever you prefer to call it/Him(Her?) I prefer guided evolution, and it is scientific; fully supported by statistics in ways infinitely more important and significant than Darwin's hypothesis. Darwinism is statistically impossible. There is neither science nor paleontological evidence to corroborate inter-species evolution as advanced by Darwin, yet is taught as scientific fact. Children need to be taught both . . . and correctly! The valid concerns about Darwin's theory should be discussed, emphasizing it was and is a theory, now invalidated by fact,. It most certainly can't pretend to be "empirically testable."

With that caveat, it is a thought provoking evocation of what's wrong with America.

Posted by Curmudgeon at March 6, 2009 10:40 AM