Right: Mark Steyn; Left: Mark Steyn’s Soul
There has been a change in the seasons. A new year dawning brings momentary lucidity. And for the pallid flaks of modern conservatism, the early year reflection has brought only one phrase to mind:
“Holy Shit, are we assholes!”
I’m sure every brief sober morning brings that reflection to their mind before booze and projection do their dirty work of protecting their fledgling synapses from the horror, so this is nothing new to them. However, this year is an election year and one they look to be losing even before they’ve picked their sacrificial lamb for the slaughter.
As such, there is the quick straightening of ties and the frantic desperate increase in projection in only the way wingnuts know how desperate to make all their post-Obama-election insanity look the fault of some other bastards far far away.
And of all the publications to be scrambling, none are scrambling quite so desperately as that stalwart of “intellectual conservativism” known as National Review.
I have my wealth of options to pick from. All more IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION than the last.
Shorter Arthur Herman, National Erase:
America’s Disarmed Future
- Ending useless Pentagon giveaways designed to face an enemy we never fought will totally lead to Sharia Law and the total disarmament of the US Military. P.S. The Debt Crisis horseshit we made up isn’t supposed to apply to the All-Sainted Military
Shorter Artur Davis, National Disgrace:
- There is no racism in the racist opposition to Obama because uh… uh… hippies are rude. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Also, Democrats were racist before the Civil Rights Act drove them all to the Republican Party. So there!
But no, we’ve gone with human scum magnet, Mark Steyn in his valliant attempt to turn the 2009 War on Empathy into yet another example of evil liberals.
Mark Steyn, National Shitfaced:
The Left’s So-Called Empathy
Lest you doubt that we’re headed for the most vicious election year in memory, consider the determined effort, within ten minutes of his triumph in Iowa, to weirdify Rick Santorum. Discussing the surging senator on Fox News, Alan Colmes mused on some of the “crazy things” he’s said and done.
You always know you are off to a strong start when a conservative starts trying to box with Alan Colmes as if he was anything other than a token punching bag employed by Fox News to play the role of straw-liberal that is beaten like a puppy in Mitt Romney’s care in the wake of the “ingenuousness” of right-wing arguments.
Naturally of course, he fixates on Colmes “apologizing” for daring to slight the latest Not-Romney, our good friend Frothy Mixture Santorum himself.
My National Review colleague Rich Lowry rightly slapped down Alan on air, and Colmes subsequently apologized, though not before Mrs. Santorum had been reduced to tears by his remarks. Undeterred, Eugene Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post columnist, doubled down on stupid and insisted that Deadbabygate demonstrated how Santorum is “not a little weird, he’s really weird.”
Taking home a stillborn abortion (oh wait, we aren’t supposed to acknowledge that in wingnut world God is the world’s biggest abortionist) and sleeping and playing with the pre-formed corpse is not at all horror-movie creepy, especially when combined with Santorum’s other “peculiar” family stories fixated around his obsession with abortion and turning his family into his own cult-like breeding pit.
The short life of Gabriel Santorum would seem a curious priority for political discourse at a time when the Brokest Nation in History is hurtling toward its rendezvous with destiny. But needs must, and victory by any means necessary. In 2008, the Left gleefully mocked Sarah Palin’s live baby. It was only a matter of time before they moved on to a dead one.
Always the same from the right. Can’t focus on X because of Great Evil Y hurtling towards us. Can’t focus on the loss of civil rights and lying to get a war, Iraq might fly across the ocean with the smoking gun of a mushroom cloud. Can’t focus on why the economy fell into the crapper, The End of the All Holy Stock Market might be nigh. Can’t focus on fixing anything or the fact that a potential presidential nominee is a lunatic, the made-up debt crisis might be the mushroom cloud of a smoking gun of a Damn Will You People Just Shut Off Your Brains Already!
In 1996, the Santorums were told during the pregnancy that their baby had a fatal birth defect and would not survive more than a few hours outside the womb. So Gabriel was born
Yes, “born”. Strange, whenever a presumably non-white “slut” just “trying to mooch off welfare with her love of killing babies” and what not does the exact same thing, it’s always called, you know “an abortion”. But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of your whiny little screed about how liberals don’t have enough sympathy for an anti-abortion crusader’s tough choice for abortion.
I was a callow pup in my early twenties, with no paternal instincts and no great empathetic capacity.
And you stayed there forever.
There is something telling about what Peter Wehner at Commentary rightly called the “casual cruelty” of Eugene Robinson. The Left endlessly trumpets its “empathy.” President Obama, for example, has said that what he looks for in his judges is “the depth and breadth of one’s empathy.” As he told his pro-abortion pals at Planned Parenthood, “we need somebody who’s got the heart — the empathy — to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom.” Empathy, empathy, empathy: You barely heard the word outside clinical circles until the liberals decided it was one of those accessories no self-proclaimed caring progressive should be without.
Oh, Mark Steyn, it’s moments like this that we here at Sadly, No live for. You just couldn’t resist could you? You had a simple task, defend the current Not Romney and make “the empathy problem” a failure of the left with a giant bag of projection, horseshit, and deliberate spin.
But you just couldn’t do it, could ya?
So many years trying to bottle up your hatreds at having to pretend to care about the suffering of other people, having those mean old liberals rub your nose in how little you cared about the suffering of those untermenschen who were not as privileged as you to prevent bad things happening to you.
Damn it, why should the Great Mark Steyn, god’s gift to assholes have to pretend like a liberal to care about the suffering of others or empathy even if it’s just to smear the liberals. It’s not fair!
You know, if the Right feels galled about being viewed as sociopaths, maybe they should employ fewer of them to write their transparent propaganda.
The usual rap against the Right is that they’re hypocrites — they vote for the Defense of Marriage Act, and next thing you know they’re playing footsie across the stall divider with an undercover cop at the airport men’s room. But Rick Santorum lives his values, and that seems to bother the Left even more.
Yeah, seeing hypocrisy as hypocrisy, will the perfidy of liberals know no bounds?
Never mind the dead kid, he has six living kids. How crazy freaky weird is that?
This crazy freaky weird: All those self-evidently ludicrous risible surplus members of the Santorum litter are going to be paying the Social Security and Medicare of all you normal well-adjusted Boomer yuppies who had one designer kid at 39. So, if it helps make it easier to “empathize,” look on them as sacrificial virgins to hurl into the bottomless pit of Big Government debt.
My god, Mark, it must suck to be you. I mean that seriously. I can’t imagine living a life trapped entirely inside the head of an asshole and only able to see the world through those frantic sociopathic eyes.
The real wickedness of Big Government is that it debauches not merely a nation’s finances but ultimately its human capital — or, as he puts it, you cannot have a strong economy without strong families.
Mark, wasn’t this originally a rant about how liberals don’t have empathy. You’ve gotten lost on your hobby-horse, you need to come back now.
Santorum’s respect for all life, including even the smallest bleakest meanest two-hour life, speaks well for him, especially in comparison with his fellow Pennsylvanian, the accused mass murderer Kermit Gosnell, an industrial-scale abortionist at a Philadelphia charnel house who plunged scissors into the spinal cords of healthy delivered babies. Few of Gosnell’s employees seemed to find anything “weird” about that: Indeed, they helped him out by tossing their remains in jars and bags piled up in freezers and cupboards. Much less crazy than taking ’em home and holding a funeral, right?
A) That would have been terrible if that had ever happened and wasn’t one of the many transparent lies you forced birthers trot out to try and justify your vile mean-spirited actions as somehow noble.
B) Yes, damn those vile abortionists for “birthing” the Santorum’s “live, viable and totally not aborted ‘baby’” in order to save Mrs. Santorum and thus save Mr. Frothy Mixture to traipse around Iowa running for president instead of having to stay home and actually raise the 6 artifacts he created as a testament to his penis.
How you wanna ride this one out Mark?
Albeit less dramatically than “Doctor” Gosnell, much of the developed world has ruptured the compact between past, present, and future. A spendthrift life of self-gratification is one thing. A spendthrift life paid for by burdening insufficient numbers of children and grandchildren with crippling debt they can never pay off is utterly contemptible. And to too many of America’s politico-media establishment it’s not in the least bit “weird.”
Yeah, trying to make sure people survive to see tomorrow by making sure they can eat, get medical treatment and find shelter in the middle of a depression you fuckers created while you faff about worrying about a made-up debt crisis which again, you created with ill-advised tax cuts and “off-the-record” war spending sure is the failure of empathy in play here.
Oh Mark Steyn, you wouldn’t be the transparent sociopath we want to dunk into a tank of piss if you’d given us anything less.
Brava and may the world show you all the empathy you showed us here in your stirring defense of human empathy.
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