Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Myth of the Good Conservative

Read this piece by Jonah Goldberg in the morning and he certainly has a good point. Liberals are nostalgic for the conservatives that are somehow, well-not in existence anymore...or who were total losers (electorally speaking).

"Again and again, the line is the same: I like conservatives, just not these conservatives.
As far as I can tell, there are competing, or at least overlapping, motives for this liberal nostalgia for the conservatives and Republicans of yesteryear. Some liberals like to romanticize and glorify conservatives from eras when they were least effective but most entertaining. Some like to cherry-pick positions from a completely different era so as to prove that holding that position today is centrist."

You know what this reminds me of?


C'mon you can guess....


I will tell you. 

This reminds me of the kind of Jews that most of Europe, (but also most of the political left) like the most. The Jews that are-oh-how shall I put it?? Hmmm, well-this is rather delicate, but-you know the ones who are...rather...err...


DEAD as doorknobs. 

Yes-live Jews are not particularly popular in these circles. 

As a general rule of thumb: dead ones are revered and socially acceptable and should be celebrated or noted. Thus the many weepy European Holocaust memorials, and the cannonization and universalizing of various dead Jews. 

(Remember: cut down Anne Frank's house and burn down the tree!) 

Live Jews-meh! 



Live Jews are celebrated, and Israel is understood and celebrated by the political right and I don't see that changing for a looooong time.