Mark Levine’s Inside Scoop on WashingtonÂ Â Â
A Conservative refuses to admit the United States does anything wrong. If the Republican President does it, it’s right, even if it’s unconstitutional, immoral, and unconscionable.
A Liberal points out the horrible things the United States has done (such as invade a sovereign nation like Iraq that never attacked us and posed no threat to us) and condemns the action, along with similar actions when other countries do them (e.g. the Russia invasion of Georgia).
A Leftist points out the horrible things the United States has done, and says that because we’ve done horrible things, it’s perfectly fine for OTHER countries to do the same horrible things. Really. That’s their argument.
In my discussion today on Russia and Georgia on the Washington Pacifica station WPFW, I was somewhat surprised to hear that illogical Leftist argument from many of my callers. Since the USA has incredibly damaged moral authority under George W. Bush (a fact I don’t dispute), they argued that neither I nor any other American has the right to criticize Russia’s unprovoked takeover of large swaths of Georgia.
Huh? So if the USA tortures people, torture is OK? If the USA has secret prisons, I can’t condemn those in China?
This is why I’m a liberal, not a leftist. I can condemn Bush AND Putin; Cheney AND Ahmanidejad. And be consistent, rather than simplistic.
Really, shouldn’t anyone over the age of 16 understand that just because I despise Cheney’s policies and Cheney hates Ahmanidejad, that does NOT mean I have to love the Iranian dictator? That the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend?
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