Wolf Pangloss's Fish Taco Stand

"But, reverend father," said Candide, "there is horrible evil in this world."

"What signifies it," said the Dervish, "whether there be evil or good? When his highness sends a ship to Egypt, does he trouble his head whether the mice on board are at their ease or not?"

"What, then, must we do?" said Pangloss.

"Hold your tongue," answered the Dervish.

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11 October 2006

The Party of Virtue and the Party of Vice

In an interview with the the sheep in wolf's clothing, Wolf Blitzer, Bill Maher said that Republicans are the party of virtue, so when one of theirs turns into a creep then it's a big deal, but when Democrats are exposed as creeps, it's not a big deal. Why? Because "Democrats are not the virtue people. They are not the people who want to legislate morality. The Republicans are."

This is simply false. What is the attempt to keep all abortions legal, everywhere in the US, all the time, for all women and girls, but a particular view of morality? Or the anti-smoking movement, the McGovernist anti-war movement, gay marriage, open borders, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley law designed to half the profits of public companies in the USA, the suppression of Christ in the Christmas season, the McCain-Feingold attempt to repeal Freedom of Speech, or PETA's polymorphous perversities of animal idolatry? They are all attempts to favor one kind of morality above others. And none of them are mainstream Republican ideas.

But more important than the intrinsic falsehood of his claim is his statement that Republicans are in favor of virtue and Democrats are not. Given that he spends half of the interview jawing about how Republicans are too sexually repressed and ought to loosen up and do something naughty, we can only guess that he thinks the Democrats are in favor of lots of sex. Given Maher's stripper-chasing ways, it's got to be meaningless sex.

As Maher is deriding the Republicans as the Party of Virtue, then he must also be happily annointing the Democrats as the Party of Vice.

Maybe the Democratic leadership should run that thought past a focus group?


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Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.

                Matthew 7:15-16