Tuesday, December 07, 2004

40 ain't that bad

Dennis Prager is speaking the truth over at Townhall.

"Blue America: The land of the easily offended" is a must read in its entirety, but I'll give you a teaser:

[As a public speaker] I can vouch for the personal-offense element. I am continually astounded at how often members of the audience (usually liberal women) will say they are offended by something I said, when what they really mean is that they don't agree with me.

It is most unlikely that conservative men or women speak that way -- saying, "I am offended" -- when they hear liberal speakers.

For one thing, conservatives are so used to being labeled as stupid, bigoted, ignorant, racist, homophobic, sexist, insensitive and intolerant that it is almost impossible to offend them. Moreover, the culture does not allow them to feel offended, since they are not an officially designated minority.

For another, liberal positions are far more emotion-based than reason-based.

To cite but one of many examples, take the widely held liberal slogan "War is not the answer." It is pure irrationality. War has ended more evil than anything the left has ever thought of.

OK, so that was a long teaser, but the man is all over it. As Winston Churchill said, "Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain." (though I must take exception, as I'm closer to 20 than 40)