But it is increasingly the case that what we are being presented isn't a debate between competing worldviews so much as it is a morality play: righteous good versus unholy evil. Conservatives have cast themselves in the former role, leaving liberals the latter. It's a libel to which liberals have responded as the bug does to the windshield: splat.
Unable to say what they believe or to frame it any compelling way, they have allowed themselves to be defined instead from without, standing ineffectual in a mudstorm of invective. They are, the propaganda goes, effete, unpatriotic, unstable, un-American, anti-God, evil, and the source of a voter's every problem, down to and including the death of his goldfish and the breakup of his marriage.
It is so over the top, so patently ridiculous, it's almost funny. Until you remember that dehumanizing people inevitably has consequences.
That's what Knoxville is, a consequence.
No, conservatives did not cause this bloodbath. Jim Adkisson allegedly did. But in telling him ''liberals'' were the source of his every disaffection and woe, conservatives certainly validated the hatred and madness that drove him.
And with that I give you the introductory sentence of a babalu post from this morning.
Yes folks, the ACLU and radical lefties who hate and damn the USA and cream in their pants over Obama and who swoon over the scumbags in Gitmo couldn't be any happier with this story .... They would not be any happier if all the terrorists in Gitmo were released to kill more Americans.
Yes infidels all of the liberal, or rather Socialist democrats are still creaming in their pants (not over the Obama girl) but over Obama. The liberals, I mean progressives, I mean neo-marxists love Obama so much that they'd consider sleeping with the guy (I'm talking about the men and women). You can see the libs swoon over this guy like a bunch of girlies at a Justin Timberlake concert. Sounds silly huh? Well it scares the beejesus out of me thinking that this Hahvahd educated opportunist putz could be our president. Sadly, W lowered the standard so much that this shmendrick is now a serious contender. Oy vay.
....or the image they posted this weekend.
I don't think I have anything else to add.