aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Sunday, August 07, 2005
And I helped
We’re doing the floors.
It’s only the busiest time of the year at work. And on the weekend(s!) we’re here pulling up carpet and refinishing the hardwood floors. By ourselves.
Well, not really. A friend is down from New York to help. The whole town is pitching in. And I’m sitting here blogging.
Uh, I’d better stop.
Anyway, today we do the office, so I’m shutting down the network; disassembling all the computers. If I keep posting, you know I’m derelict in my duties at home.
So see you on the other side…
They learned it from us; let’s learn from them
I wanted to end my What It’s Really About post last night with this, but it wasn’t thought through and shaped. It’s still not, but here goes.
Jesse had a post back in May highlighting this quote from E.J.Dionne:
Conservative academics have long attacked “postmodernist” philosophies for questioning whether “truth” exists at all and claiming that what we take as “truths” are merely “narratives” woven around some ideological predisposition. Today’s conservative activists have become the new postmodernists. They shift attention away from the truth or falsity of specific facts and allegations—and move the discussion to the motives of the journalists and media organizations putting them forward. Just a modest number of failures can be used to discredit an entire enterprise.
One of the conservative indictments of modern liberalism has been that wishy-washy libs are willing to tolerate and excuse all sorts of crackpot and heretical ideas as long as they’re sincerely held, and now it’s conservatives and neocons elevating Sincerity to the level of virtue. Because now they have their own flanks to protect.
We should sit tight. We’re already in the middle, right where most of the public is. It’s just that the public didn’t realize it until recently. When the wingnuts start devouring each other we should tie them together and run against the whole lot. I know this because I watched it happen in the 80’s. To us.
Let’s respect the opposition (I rejectg the term “wingnut,” for example, except in the narrowest of circumstances) and learn from them, as they have from us.
Oh, and Jesse, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Take it from me, the fun has just begun.