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Ed Driscoll

‘Liberalism Has A Kind Of Tourette’s Syndrome These Days’

April 14th, 2014 - 1:23 pm

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A meme-worthy moment from George Will yesterday on Fox News Sunday, as spotted by Jeffrey Meyer of Newsbusters:

CHRIS WALLACE: We asked you for questions from the panel, for the panel, rather. And we got this on Twitter from Michael Daigeaun. Why is it that if you oppose their position and you’re white, you’re branded a racist? Both Attorney General Holder and POTUS race bait. George is that what’s going on here?

GEORGE WILL: Sure. Look, liberalism has a kind of Tourette’s Syndrome these days. It’s just constantly saying the word racism and racist. It’s an old saying in the law; if you have the law on your side, argue the law. If you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. If you have neither, pound the table. This is pounding the table. There’s a kind of intellectual poverty now. Liberalism hasn’t had a new idea since the 1960s except ObamaCare and the country doesn’t like it. Foreign policy is a shambles from Russia to Iran to Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And the recovery is unprecedentedly bad. So what do you do? You say anyone criticizes us is a racist. It’s become a joke among young people. You go to a campus where this kind of political correctness reigns and some young person will say looks like it’s going to rain. The person looks and says, you’re a racist. I mean it’s so inappropriate. The constant implication of this is that I think it is becoming a national mirth.

It’s entirely possible to invert Lionel Trilling’s famous 1950 dismissal of conservatism in its exhausted pre-William F. Buckley form to describe the current dissipated state of the left, circa 2014:  the leftwing impulse and the progressive impulse do not, with some isolated and some ecclesiastical exceptions, express themselves in ideas but only in action or in irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas.

QED. (Dittos this and this.)

But Will’s noting that “liberalism has a kind of Tourette’s Syndrome these days” is a marvelous shorthand way of saying the same thing. I hope it catches on as a rejoinder, wherever leftwing Tourette’s Syndrome flares up next.

Update: “Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats.”

Related: Heh.™

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The explanation is simple. Democrats hurl racial insults at any criticism of their programs and policies. If not racial, then the insults are about women hating, about unfair pay, about anything that they plan to divide the U.S. population along voting lines. Disgusting and immoral.
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"It’s entirely possible to invert Lionel Trilling’s famous 1950 dismissal of conservatism in its exhausted pre-William F. Buckley form to describe the current dissipated state of the left, circa 2014: the leftwing impulse and the progressive impulse do not, with some isolated and some ecclesiastical exceptions, express themselves in ideas but only in action or in irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas."

Where is the evidence classical liberalism has been exhausted as a concept? When has it been bettered?

If the supposed adherents to 20's conservatism couldn't see enough graft in it to keep it up after Coolidge, the fault is in nothing Buckley replaced with a European import.

1775. 1776. 1787. In those years are solutions to our problems, and in the main, as amended.

There are times I despair in anyone here having faith in the American Revolution.
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I've never seen the history you present I will research it. I am a Constitutionalist student, but I have a long path to go foreward.
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I would characterize liberals as high-functioning autistic retards. They can drive or even build cars, but they can't figure out what the word "racist" means. Any remotely abstract thought has them driving those cars into windmills and bragging about taking out a t-rex.
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