Tuesday, June 16, 2009

on acting like a Leftist

Cynthia Yockey is making a name for herself (with instalinks even) by going after David Letterman for his offensive jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughters. The jokes were pretty sleazy, even if the sex jokes had been aimed at an eighteen-year-old girl instead of a fourteen-year-old, but Letterman has apologized one and a half times now (the first was only half an apology).

But that's not enough for Yockey. After the real apology she writes
This [CBS's response] is why the campaign to get CBS to fire David Letterman must continue and expand with more and more people sending letters and e-mails of protest to CBS, Letterman’s sponsors and the sponsors of Letterman’s racing team to notify them that their products will be boycotted until Letterman is fired. It also will be important to send letters and e-mails of protest to anyone who appears on Letterman’s show to impress them that doing so will put a long-term stink on their careers.

CBS is still playing the “This will all blow over” card. No. It. Won’t.

Persistent, consistent effort on our part will persuade sponsors to drop Letterman’s show and CBS to fire David Letterman.
Elsewhere Yockey tells us that conservatives should be more like the Left. When someone on the other side makes a blunder, we should go after them relentlessly until we damage them in some dramatic way. Make an example of them so other people will be afraid to challenge us.

Yes, that's the Left all right, and that's one of the big reasons that the Left sucks. Stacy McCain quotes Yockey from a phone conversation:
Republicans are too willing to take that kind of abuse, Cynthia said, but she comes out of the gay-rights movement, and they don't roll that way.

No, they don't roll that way. Gay activists get people fired for contributing to the wrong proposition campaign. They maliciously set traps for young Christian beauty pageant contestants and attack them hatefully for weeks when they don't avoid the trap. Do you really want to be associated with that kind of attitude? I don't.

Is Yockey's idea good political strategy? It pretty clearly is. The Democrats have used the strategy with enormous success, to the point where people are afraid even to hint that they may have a difference on certain issues. A large part of why Democrats are able to force their caricatures of Republicans into the public consciousness is because entertainers go along. And a large part of why Republicans can't do this is because entertainers are afraid to go along with anything the Democrats don't like. If they were similarly afraid of Republicans, it would be politically very useful.

So, yes, politically powerful but wrong. One of the reasons that I identify as a conservative is because conservatives actually seem to care about right and wrong. The Left, of course, is famous for their holier-than-thou attitudes, but their morality changes with the political winds. They were the defenders of segregation until black people started voting. They were the defenders of recreational drugs and gun control until it became a political liability. They were the defenders of smoking until the tobacco companies started donating too much money to Republicans. They were the defenders of wars to defend the victims of dictators when Clinton did it but we all saw their change of view when it was Bush. They can take self-righteous moral positions on either side of an issue, depending on what's best for them politically.

By contrast, the conservatives base their morality on principles rather than on expediency. And my moral principle is that you shouldn't go after someone's livelihood to support your political goals.

Some people who seem to agree with me: Jim Treacher, datechguy, Sarah Palin. Not a lot of people on my side, but that last one is pretty significant...

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