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The Village Voice Strikes Back

In New York City's Village Voice, Roy Edroso has a go at bloggers on the right, laughing all the way. Included among his critique is yesterday's challenge to Barack Obama and his supporters here at Wizbang, Tell Them They Can, Senator Obama.

Most piquantly, Steve Schippert at Wizbang said he was "growing very tired of being accused of being some sort of racist because I am white and I oppose Barack Obama..." Schippert, who teaches school, said Obama is hurting his students by "leading them to support another man" -- presumably himself -- "rather than believe in themselves" -- because if they believed in themselves, they would surely vote against Obama, who "could use 13 weeks of Marine Corps boot camp." There's real change! To prove his point, Schippert provided a video of a black guy who agrees with him.

No, Mr. Edroso, they would surely vote for Obama - but for the right reasons steeped in individual liberty and responsibility rather than for a belief in false promises that the government can cure their ills and grievances if only Barack Obama were president to give such to them. Individualism over collectivism. One would think that the Village Voice, of all sources, would champion that.

And, for the record, I was not stating that "Obama is hurting [my] students," but rather that he is limiting those who support him by transferring belief and self-determination from themselves and entrusting such to a federal government headed by a man making bold promises that even he now is backing away from as unrealistic expectations. Obama is the one who allowed those expectations to grow. Now that he has those voters, he can slowly back down toward reality. And he is already cushioning the landing. That is a sad commentary.

At least the Village Voice doesn't include me among the "[o]ther, less imaginative rightbloggers [who] continued to peddle the old stories." There is that.

Worth repeating from yesterday's challenge is the greater point of demagoguery peddled relentlessly.

Barack Obama is obsessed with telling people why they can't but for him and the change he will bring about, why they can't because others have more than them, why they can't until he can direct the federal government into a form which redistributes from one group to another.

That is not what inspires people. That is not what elevates people. That is not what breeds success or equality.

That is demagoguery and the cementing of a victim class which requires a villain - in this case the rich and, subtly through absurd charges of racism, the white.

That is demagoguery and the cementing of a victim class which requires a dispenser of justice - Barack Obama and a federal government molded into a form of socialism.

That is demagoguery and the cementing of a victim class which, by definition, requires blaming another class or classes, expecting relief from others, and doing nothing for it in exchange beyond a vote.

This is class warfare and collectivism abetted by racial divisiveness. And the victim of collectivism and class warfare is always the individual and personal liberty, not simply "the rich," with both the suggested victim classes and villain classes beholden to the central distributor.

What the Village Voice and others have missed is that I am endorsing the individual more than opposing Barack Obama. It is that belief in and support for the individual which drives my opposition to Barack Obama, not the other way around.


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Let's remember that it is <... (Below threshold)

Let's remember that it is The Village Voice. They haven't had an opportunity to gloat in over a decade.

No, Mr. Edroso, they wou... (Below threshold)
Heh:

No, Mr. Edroso, they would surely vote for Obama - but for the right reasons steeped in individual liberty and responsibility...

It's certainly refreshing to finally have a person on the right come out in favor of reproductive rights and choice for women and the individual right to marry whom you please for your gay and lesbian friends. Bravo, Steve!

Isn't the village voice tha... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Isn't the village voice that free bird-cage liner material that you see just inside every bar door in NYC?

Well, Heh, my objection to ... (Below threshold)
Steve Schippert:

Well, Heh, my objection to Roe v. Wade as a matter of judicial legislation is not based upon whether I support or do not support abortion, but rather based upon the objection of the Federal Government - through the Supreme Court - deciding what is a state's right to debate and legislate.

And yes, I have gay and lesbian friends. Oddly, about half of them oppose gay marriage - under the traditional meaning of marriage - but rather they simply want to have applied to them the same rights and advantages heterosexual spouses enjoy, ie hospital visitation, taxation statutes, etc.

I attended the union ceremony of one of them, who ardently made clear that it was NOT a 'wedding' nor a marriage. Bravo to him. I as ardently support his right to such things as hospital visitation, taxation, and health care coverage that are the same for him and his spouse as it is for me and my spouse.

It's definition difference, not a rights issue. I don't know a soul who thinks he and other gay and lesbian couples should be treated differently.

Well, Heh, my objection ... (Below threshold)
Heh:

Well, Heh, my objection to Roe v. Wade as a matter of judicial legislation is not based upon whether I support or do not support abortion, but rather based upon the objection of the Federal Government - through the Supreme Court - deciding what is a state's right to debate and legislate.


I should like to point out that the meaning of the Constitution is what the Supreme Court says it is. Consequently no powers are exercised by the Federal government except where such exercise is approved by the Supreme Court (lawyers) of the land... Incidentally, I notice that everybody seems to be a great Constitutionalist until his idea of what the Constitution ought to do is violated--then he suddenly becomes very strong for amendments or some peculiar and individualistic interpretation of his own.

President Eisenhower

The originalist argument is a fiction. Originalism is fictionalism and there are no more avid practitioners of this discredited school of constitutional interpretation than conservatives. It is purely a rhetorical device to engage in actual judicial activism. It is hypocrisy. Abortion, by the use of abortifacients was legal under the English Common law as long as it was performed before quickening or what we call first trimester and was quite common in the colonies and post framing era.

There are cases where the framers' original intent is more clear than others but of those cases, the number that one could consider them speaking with one voice unanimously can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

This was all decided before, long, long ago in Marbury v. Madison. The SCOTUS interprets, not the executive or the legislature and certainly not the states.


If I had my way all revealed religions would be tossed aside. Until then, even gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry. I'd do away with the institution altogether.

Unfortunatley we have a First Ammendment which allows religious fanatics and fundamentalists to engage in politics which is most certainly one of those cases where the framers original intent was almost unanimously opposed to current practice. Definitely one of those cases you can count on the fingers of one hand.

Heh,What nonsense!... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Heh,

What nonsense! If not for the first amendment, you wouldn't even be able to blather on about what you would or wouldn't do with all revealed institutions and religions. Try saying that crap in Libya where the goal is to make Islam the only true religion. If you had your way, this country would have no heart or soul and might as well be as "enlightened" as Ahmadinejad. You have no idea of what freedoms you have here with your pretentious intellectualism.

Here is an example of your ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Here is an example of your B.S.: "The originalist argument is a fiction. Originalism is fictionalism and there are no more avid practitioners of this discredited school of constitutional interpretation than conservatives."

Originalism is not fictionalism, it's individual interpretation, sometimes based on misconception. And you are such a liar about conservatives. You with your made-up definitions and drivel to suit only your ego. Who are you trying to fool? I really think you should live in Libya or Iran so they and just stare at you and laugh or throw you into prison for not bowing down to Allah. You never had it so good.

No one cares about gay or lesbian marriage except those with an agenda, and the ones that really are gay and lesbian. In California, it's about an agenda and money. If you vote yes on prop 8, supposedly it means you're against same-sex marriage. In reality, the agenda is about drawing revenue in the state. Hell, most employers acknowledge partners same sex or hetero when it comes to medical benefits, so who cares about the institution?




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