From the post "Cowards and Crack Dealers: The Shame of Regressivism:"
Damn, I’m embarrassed for regressives.
And it’s a good thing I am, too. Somebody’s gotta do it, and it sure as hell ain’t gonna be them.
There are basically two kinds of regressives, and they are both paragons of shameful behavior, though of rather different kinds.
The first type is the trooper. He watches Beck, listens to Limbaugh, and not only takes his cues as to what to think, he also unknowingly receives his marching orders as to what to even think about. Do you imagine, for instance, that tens of millions of fat, white, male, Southern, old farts all of a sudden individually came to the simultaneous conclusion that Obama’s White House has too many czars in it? Yeah, me neither.
These people are all over the place. They’re your neighbor, your uncle, your barber, your nightmare. They are astonishingly lazy and dumb, politically, but it’s important to note that that is absolutely by choice. Because what they really are, at their core, is deathly frightened. So much so that they cling onto the mythologies fed to them, and cannot be moved from belief in those rusty shibboleths, no matter what....
I can’t tell you how many encounters I’ve had with these regressive shock troops over the years which have brought this home to me.... Entering into discourse with them was like stepping into an evidence-free zone, a place with all the logical integrity of a Dali painting. Upside down. After a while, though, I realized that there must be something deeper going on which causes people to cling so militantly to what is manifestly sheer bullshit. [Emphasis added]
That something is fear. This is what the Founders and their fellow Enlightenment school travelers (myself included) missed. Only some people some of the time are capable of thoughtful policy decisions based on rational analysis of carefully sifted evidence. Anyone who’s deeply frightened, for whatever reason, doesn’t fall into that category. Religious conservatives love to remind us that there are no atheists in foxholes, and they’re mostly correct. What they don’t get is that this observation doesn’t prove the inevitability of god, but rather the opposite. What it shows is that if you’re scared enough, you’ll believe anything, including that doing deals-with-deities, like “I swear I won’t drink or smoke or use bad words anymore, God, if you’ll just get me out of this tight spot”, would actually work. Exactly how much we really believe in the power of said divinities is reflected in the drunken, cursing and smoking soldiers out on leave the very next night, having survived the firefight.
Well, nobody is shooting at regressives in America right now, but by golly it sure must feel like it to them. You gotta be powerful askeered to act as stupid as these folk do....
Writing of being "askeered," "Benny_Hill" was first encountered writing anonymous comments about the post here that described two lies Glenn Beck told during his 8-28 sermon on the Washington Mall. "Hill" pretended not to have an interest in defending Beck. In fact he referred to Mr. Beck as "such a wretched individual." (See comment from September 5th, at 10:31 a.m.) He falsely claimed that he was only demonstrating the weakness of my claims.
Since then, this anonymous character has taken to ad hominem attacks which he fraudulently claims are not personal attacks. Examples of this coward's attacks are bountiful Glenn Beck dot com, and this is just a few of dozens and dozens of them:
- But, you're an idiot Vicky66!
- And this is debate Vicky66? You're an idiot! By the way, in case you need help, the question posed at the beginning of this comment is rhetorical in nature. Thus, it does not solicit or require a response. You're an idiot! [There was no question.]
- You're an idiot Vicky88!
- Credibility is in the argument, not the arguer, remember?
- Vicky, you're an idiot... Everyone knows that you have to be white to be a racist today.
The last comment was in response to my assertion that he is a racist after he referred to the President as "your boy." "Boy" is what white racists call black men. "Vicky" is his way of demonstrating that he is the toughest bully on the elementary school playground where he apparently stopped maturing. He has indicated that "88" and "66" are my IQ's which at 66 would not allow me to wash myself, much less own and operate a blog. No ad hominem attacks there; at least that is what this racist vulgarian and deceitful, regressive, childish coward claims.
The last comment is clearly bogus as demonstrated by the New Black Panther Party. If fact, it is absurd, false and idiotic. The penultimate comment is also false. An argument is credible if it is true. An arguer has credibility if the person is honest, willing to admit and correct mistakes and has an overriding concern for the truth and more important, the facts.
defended by scared, stupid folks
This leads to Todd Scheller. Todd does amazing flips of logic and meanings to claim that I am a "liar" after I post comments on Glenn Beck dot com. However, Todd has a problem with credibility. After pressing Todd over and over to explain the lie Beck told about having written the slogan "Truth has no agenda" for his fake news site, TheBlaze, Todd finally admitted that he does not "give a shit" about that lie. Ever since then, to Todd's dismay and frustration, most of his replies to my comments are met with a reminder that he has no credibility since he refuses to care that Beck is a bald-faced liar.
Todd likes to play silly games with words and meaning. He accused me of "lying" when I inaccurately claimed that there were 39 Navy Seals on the raid to get bin Laden. The mistake was corrected of course. For Todd, mistakes are "lies." Anything that he can manage to twist becomes a lie according to the person who does not care that Beck lies. Today, in response to posting the quotation from Michael Green above on Glenn Beck dot com, Todd fired this gem at me: "Victor, Again you are a liar. Troopers are the ones in State Police Cars." You can't make this kind of twisted and absurd nonsense from Beck's best defender up. I immediately pointed out to Toad, the toady, what the idiomatic meaning of the word trooper is:
- like a trooper, with great energy, enthusiasm, or display: He swears like a trooper.
Todd expressed no embarrassment, no shame. He never does. He never acknowledges that Beck is a hypocrite, and he does not "give a shit" that Beck is a liar. And now, Todd has taken to posting comments here. Should Todd, who works tirelessly defending the indefensible, actually find errors in fact or reasoning, the corrections will be made, but anyone who does not know the idiomatic use of the word trooper, someone who does not "give a shit" that Beck lies, simply has no credibility. Not here, not there, not now, not ever; so long as Todd refused to reverse himself about the importance of the lies that Beck tells, he is simply clinging "so militantly to what is manifestly sheer bullshit. Keep in mind that these two, "Benny," the racist, and Todd the fact-challenged toady, are the best two defenders Beck has on his website.
For a summary about Glenn Beck, see "Becoming Paul Revere"
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