Sunday, January 03, 2010

The Left's 'Secondhand Hate'

A good read.

The left, which invented first "hate speech" (opinions they didn't like) and then "hate crimes" (crimes judged less on the criminal's actions than on what he was presumed to be thinking), has now gone on to its epiphany, which is "hate" defined not by your words or deeds but by what other people have decided you really think. "Hate" is no longer what you do or say, but what a liberal says that you think and projects on to you. You are punished for what someone else claims you were thinking. It hardly makes sense, but it does serve a political purpose. You could call it Secondhand Hate.


Liberals might take the political battles of the last year as they are--an ardent struggle over size-of-government and other first principles--but the emotional payoff would be nowhere near as satisfying. Why have a routine tug of war over taxes when you can replay a great moral drama, casting yourselves as the just and the righteous, and your foes as the ignorant and benighted rabble you know in your hearts that they are?
Hmm.  If Leftists were automobiles, they'd be fuelled by delusions of niceness and righteousness.  Of course, their obvious disingenuousness belies their true essence.

In other words, lying, insanity, false self-aggrandizement, that sort of thing, apply so much more to Leftists than to non-Leftists.  This is what makes one a Leftist:  To have these faults to an above-average degree; to practice them with above-average frequency.

They also project their own faults onto non-Leftists.  Like, they call non-Leftists "racist" because the Leftists are racist themselves and seek to absolve themselves of this terrible fault by attempting to pretend that it's the other guys who possess this fault.  Of course, making such an accusation does carry political-warfare value and does give the Big Old Media something to trumpet and parrot to bash those nasty, terrible, awful, horrible non-Leftists.  Like, how dare they oppose any of our policies?!  Very well, then... let's call them "racist", to hell with our lack of evidence, lack of logic, lack of reason, lack of sense!  Let's call them "hateful" and whatever other bad stuff we can think of and say their opposition to any of our policies is motivated by those bad qualities of which we accuse them!

Secondhand hate is hate attributed to non-Leftists by Leftists.  It's not hate on the part of the non-Leftists, but rather hate projected onto them, secondhandedly.  It's like hand-me-down hate which we refuse to wear as we wouldn't be caught dead in a pink Che Guevara T-shirt and skintight yellow itchy polyester bellbottoms with purple platform shoes.  Frankly, I'd rather parade around in a puffy shirt than be caught dead in such a crazy getup.  Hell, I'll throw in a Scotch kilt while I'm at it, perhaps looking like some kind of Scotch musketeer or something.  But I digress for comedic reasons (again, yes).

Plenty of examples of crazy Leftists proving all this stuff... at the link.

1 comment:

glasnost said...

The article deals with a particular symptom of the leftie derangement syndrome. For a good discussion of the underlying etiology of the disease I always go back to
Evan Sayet