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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Pragmatism

The incandescent Mark Steyn quotes from a recent bill clinton speech. bc said, “Anytime somebody said in my presidency, 'If you don't do this, people will think you're weak,' I always asked the same question for eight years: 'Can we kill 'em tomorrow?' If we can kill 'em tomorrow, then we're not weak, and we might be wise enough to try to find an alternative way.”

It’s too obvious to even need to say, one should think. But let’s, anyway. “Can we eat, tomorrow? If we can eat tomorrow, then we’re not hungry.” “Can we pray tomorrow? If we can pray tomorrow, then we’re not sinners.” “Can I fuck today? If I can’t fuck today, then I’m not bill clinton.” That bc should ask such a question for eight years, should be self-evident. Can we do the hard but necessary, the unpopular but urgent thing, at all, ever? No. And he calls this wisdom.

The Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves. It freed some of the slaves. Well, that was pretty shoddy of Lincoln, don’t you think? Frankly, yes. Y’see, it’s called politics, and politics is the art of the possible. Sometimes you have to allow injustice to continue, for what you believe to be the greater good. Lincoln, a politician, understood his times, and made his deal with the devil – a couple more years of slavery in the border states. That’s the real world. Not perfect. Flawed. It doesn’t allow perfect adherence to idealism. If you can’t handle the dirt, you can’t do the job.

So, with George Bush and illegal immigration. Here he is, racing around appeasing the unforgivably corrupt Mexican politicos, ignoring their egregious, vile and cynical government-sponsored invasion of the US by their unwanted population. George Bush is doing that. Mister Protect America. Hm. How odd. Is he an idiot? A traitor? A tool of Big Business or Big Lefty? Well. I think he’s doing it because he thinks there is a greater good. As did Lincoln. I disagree with both of these men on these two issues. But I don’t question their motives. Maybe they’re right.

But a policy that constantly disguises its cowardice as wisdom by chirping an obviously vapid formula – so unthinking, so obviously wrong-headed, so easy to refute – it is almost incomprehensible. clinton is a really smart guy. How is it possible to be so stupid? I’ll paraphrase from my recent comment in Shadowland:

Lefties aren’t lacking in conscience. It’s values that are the problem. The angst they emote is quite impressive, about how bad America is. Such a conscience. Here’s the reasoning: 9-11 happened because America deserved it, what with all this exploiting and oppression we enjoy inflicting. So the islamists were right and we are evil. And Israel deserves their pizza parlor bombs, because they stole Palestine and are Jews, so they’re evil and the islamists are right. And the Russians deserve to have their school children murdered, because they’re evil. And the Spaniards. And the Brits. And the Balinese. And the Philippinos. And the people in Dufar. And the Buddhists. All evil. The only ones who aren’t evil are the Islamists. They act for good reasons. Everybody on the planet has been evil to them. That, I believe, as the reductio ad absurdum logic of the liberals.

The deeper we look into it, the less we respect the islamists and their sympathizers, enablers and apologists in the West. As much to excuse the child-molester. No. Kill them. Period. Can we kill ’em tomorrow? No, as it turns out … we’re still looking for OBL. Is there some cute little motto we can breathe into bc's ear that might express a more pragmatic and responsible policy when dealing with AIDS viruses and child-murderers and blood enemies? Uh ... how about this: Never put off killing until tomorrow what you can kill today. Because some things need killing, now.



J

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