January 12, 2006


Who's Practicing McCarthyism Now? (Patrick J. Buchanan, Jan 12, 2006, Human Events)

What were CAP's sins? Headed by National Review publisher William Rusher, CAP had a magazine called Prospect that carried an essay opposing affirmative action and regretting that Princeton had ever gone co-ed.

Yet support for single-sex education, as practiced at Smith and dozens of women's colleges, is hardly a mark of bigotry. And opposition to affirmative action and quotas is core conservative dogma.

So, what is going on here? Answer: a smear. Because Judge Alito belonged to an alumni group that had a magazine which had an offensive article, he must share those views. Therefore, he is a bigot and the Senate must reject him as morally unqualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

This is a textbook example of what liberals used to call McCarthyism.

Why are the Democrats disgracing themselves and disgusting decent people with such tactics? Why are they desperate to kill the nomination of Sam Alito?

The answer, in a word, is abortion.

Put another way, what opposition to Communism was to the original Right, opposition to Life is to the modern Left.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2006 5:32 PM

Reasonable people can disagree.

What was wrong with McCarthy was his vicious pursuit of his mission ... not the mission.

Where do you stand Senator Kennedy, et al?

Posted by: Genecis at January 12, 2006 6:19 PM

Yes. And why is it that choosing death is more important than anything else to those people?

Witches--witches and queers. It is all about pagan religion. Abortion has become the Hauptpunkt--the point of decision--in the culture war.

We agree with the witches and with the queers about the centrality of this issue. Humans invest a great deal of energy in sex. This is because the human survival strategy--consciousness--entails a lenghty child-rearing process.

Successful humans have followed a pattern of channeling sexual energy toward child-rearing by developing institutions which support it and which disfavor and penalize alternative life-styles.

The witches get into the game because the religious component of the child-centered system of folkways has been the Father sky-god of what they and the queers call the Patriarchiate. Their history and anthropology is a little shaky, but their idea that the family is all a plot to produce babies is not that far off.

Thus all that "earth-mother" business fits into the culture war against the family and against life itelf.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 12, 2006 6:29 PM

If it was a crime to be a member of a group while other members said stupid things, there wouldn't be a Democrat Party, Senator Gulag.

Now Democrats are trying to say Alito is "out of the mainstream" because he often voted in the minority--something they do every day.

Posted by: Noel at January 13, 2006 2:23 AM

To coattail one some of your comments Lou: If we get to the point that we legally provide marriage benefits to same sex couples then I'd propose we eliminate all marriage benefits and replace them, or use them to supplement all existing childrens benefits and invent a few new ones to boot. Weren't the marriage benefits and protections originated to incentivize and nuture families for procreation of the species?

Posted by: Genecis at January 13, 2006 2:03 PM

Genecis: That has been the result. Howerver, we cannot state with a reasonable degree of scientific certainty that the marriage folkway had it as its "purpose."

It could be that those cultures which had developed folkways best adapted to life--most in accord with right reason, we used to say--were the ones to "live long and prosper."

This would be so whether the successful folkway has been a gift of God, a product of human reason, or had been stumbled upon by blind luck.
It would even be so if the mos maiorum had in times before memory been set up by some original "ruling class" or "patriarchate." The only relevance is their present utility.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 14, 2006 1:48 PM