How does one decipher whether a person is truly mentally ill, or is exploiting their [sic] battle experiences to their [sic] fullest advantage?
How do we know if Troy is the person he is because of the battlefield experiences, or if he is choosing to be this person because others are enabling him? Since we’re not hearing from Troy’s pre-war family and friends it is difficult to really know what he was life [sic] prior to his tour in Iraq.
As evidential experience continues to reveal conservative ideology as — at the very least — flawed, it seems our friends from the other other side of the aisle have determined to drop the word “compassionate” from before their name. Jillian writes:
I love this new version of conservatism. There is nothing too base, too venal, too cold-blooded for them to say. There is no one they won’t smear, no reputation they won’t seek to tarnish, no depth to which they will not sink in order to destroy anything that interferes with their pet narratives about how they think the world works, whether it be ‘government insurance is socialism’ or ‘the Iraq war is a war for civilization and therefore worth any sacrifice (as long as it’s not mine).’ Anything — absolutely anything at all — is acceptable, except for even the barest hint of the thought that they might actually be wrong about something in even the slightest measure.
Of course, the left isn’t entirely innocent of the smear tactic either. For according to liberal sources, it turns out that Mickey Kaus may well be blowing goats. Apparently Mickey comes up for air only long enough to spout more innuendo about John Edwards’ alleged affair.
UPDATE: I am amused to see that Raven has shut down the comments on her post, but not before she got in the last word:
You have proven to me, once again by the tone of the comments here, that I made the right choice by changing my politics. I used to be just like you all. Rightfully I changed my mindset when I saw too many people taking advantage of your liberal views; too many government programs enabling the able to not take care of their own.
I am so content I am no longer a Democrat. But I am totally ashamed at how you all just come over and attack like this- but alas, you’re Democrats and thats what they do. Attack. Accuse. Make assumptions. And nothing else.
You’re all losers as far as I’m concerned and I am proud to no longer be politically associated with your lot.
She is simultaneously proud and ashamed. And, if you think you are telling Raven anything new by calling her “brutal,” well, she has already owned that trait in her latest post on SCHIP. Live free or die, indeed.
UPDATE II: Raven says she used to be just like us … until she saw “too many people taking advantage of your liberal views.” Well, I think that means she was never like me at all. Yes, some people undoubtedly take advantage of some government services. But that doesn’t mean you throw the baby out with the bath water. Abuses of the system should be exposed and corrected, but in the meantime I’d like to think we still have the humanity to take care of those who are truly in need and to not verbally abuse them for being in that unfortunate position.