Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Interesting Comment From a Leftie

Every once in awhile, if I'm in a coffee shop or someplace like that, I like to pick up the Sacramento News and Review, the local "alternative weekly" paper. Such papers are overwhelmingly liberal papers, at least as far as the editorials and readership go, but there's always something interesting in them. Even some of the viciously anti-Conservative comics can get a chuckle out of me; This Modern World, by Tom Tomorrow, is hilarious, even though he and I would never agree on politics.

The paper comes out every Thursday, and I picked up the July 6th issue because the cover mentioned an essay about Rush Limbaugh and the Viagra situation. Gotta see if the lib was going to be funny about that; unfortunately, the essay wasn't as funny as the quotes I'd heard from Limbaugh on the topic. But there was still the rest of the paper to go.

One letter to the editor caught my eye. Apparently in a prior issue, someone wrote an article that portrayed pit bulls in a negative light. Here's the final paragraph of a letter in response to that article:

I would caution SN&R, a paper that proposes to be progressive in its thinking, from allowing further unfair slights such as Mr. Reany's to be printed amongst its pages. In all fairness, a dog of any classification should be judged on its individual deeds, not according to its mythical, and many times inaccurate, legend.


My regular readers can already see where I'm going to go with this.

No conservative would use the word "progressive" as the writer did above; we'd say "liberal". The writer is clearly a lib. In geometry terms, that's a "given".

So this lib thinks dogs should be judged on individual deeds and not as members of a breed (group). How many times must I say it? One of the many differences between the American Left and Right is that the right sees people as individuals while the Left sees people only as groups--hence, the identity politics of the left. And here we have a leftie who is willing to treat a dog as an individual. I wonder if he'd give the same consideration to a human.

9 comments:

Eric said...

And here we have a leftie who is willing to treat a dog as an individual. I wonder if he'd give the same consideration to a human.

Short answer: probabaly not.

Chanman said...

Probably the same people who would post "Please do not feed the animals" signs at the zoo, but would think nothing of handing out food stamps and welfare to people.

EllenK said...

I think I have run across this type before. They like to think their experiences are all unique. I wonder if he would have similar opinions regarding Great White Sharks. I mean, they aren't all bad.....

40 said...

You are right... This Modern World is great.

freethinker_LIRN said...

Give me a break there, plenty of conservatives out there talk about everything from dictators, to inmigrants in terms of "those people". It has more to do with naivety and emotions clouding personal judgement than political orientation.

Darren said...

Freethinker, I don't understand how your comment relates to this post.

freethinker_LIRN said...

Well didn't you just state "the right sees people as individuals and while the left sees people only as groups"?

I'm not just talking about semantics or nitpicking here. I'm saying that, as humans, we all assign peculiar characteristics, stances or beliefs to a wide range of people. We dichotomize (many times poorly) the world and start to think about people in "us" and "they" terms. What i'm saying is all this partisanship is starting to erode common sense.

Darren said...

Would it have been more clear if I had said that the left wants *group* rights, whereas the right wants *individual* rights?

freethinker_LIRN said...

Now it is.