The River

Friday, November 02, 2007

It's All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating

"Bush will go down in history as the torture president. I hate that this country ever had a president who made the torture of human beings official government policy."

-Tristero at Hullabaloo

American liberals accuse their conservative counterparts of atavism, but they themselves are equally guilty--if not guiltier--of eying an imaginery past. Because their program is untethered from the history and reality of the actual United States, a vapid, vacuous series of exhortations to the better angels of our nature without the slightest attempt to grapple with the real actions of our country over the past centuries, they propose it as a reinvigoration or restoration of a peaceable, humanitarian, democratic tradition that never in fact existed. As partisans, it's understandable that they would want to exculpate their own political and intellectual forebears. Likewise, it's easy to see why the myth of a Just America plays so heavily in their rhetorical contortions. I'll make the point again: all politics is conservative in the sense that it seeks to fulfill the promise of an heroic past. The impediment is that the past wasn't heroic, but that's never stopped anyone.


Who is IOZ? the whole thing. Some fine blogging.

Very click-worthy. Go ahead, click. Thank you.

I can see paradise by the dashboard light. Just got around to cross-posting. How the hell did you find this guy? He's a galvanic Lucipher.
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