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Monday, April 18, 2011

"Are Liberals Suckers?" - by TPO

"Are Liberals Suckers?"  -  by  TPO

Today's MinnPost article of the same title by Eric Black has elicited the following bit of commentary from TPO (aka J.J. Sefton) ....

Are liberals suckers? Are zebras basically black with white stripes, or white with black stripes? I don't know!

And if you asked: are conservatives morons? ... I would give the same answer. I don't know!

I think it is possible and even plausible that one can be a gun-loving liberal who believes fiercely in civil liberties and fights for the freedom of the individual against the group. Unfortunately, liberals are not as vocally militant as conservatives these days.

But to the main point ... aren't we all fighting against oppression of one sort or another whether we are successful or not?

Aren't labels like "suckers" cheap, pointless, dismissive, and rhetorically idiotic? What makes one so sure of one's victories or defeats? Are they Pyrrhic and illusory or are they truly lasting and real?

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Lawrence Sterne (1713 - 1768)