On Being the Good Guys
"Do not repay evil with evil." 1 Peter 3:9
Last week on this site, while expressing my opinion that mockery and ridicule should be aimed not at the weak and lowly but at the high and mighty, I remarked that, because I consider conservatives the good guys, I hold them to a higher standard of behavior than I do the left. I have made this comment several times before, and each time, there were people who reacted with dismay. I won't quote them directly because I feel you should be able to leave a comment here without being called out (unless you're a real knucklehead). But the gist of their objections is this: "The left is willing to use any method, no matter how low and dishonest, in order to destroy us, therefore we must fight back the same way if we are to survive — otherwise we will die of our own namby-pamby decency."
Now, I know that sort of thing sounds like tough, realistic talk to some people, but in my humble O, it's actually fearful and weak — not to mention ineffective strategy. What on earth would it even mean in real life? They butcher the Constitution so, by gum, we'll butcher it right back? They bus dead men to the polls and appoint dishonest secretaries of State to miscount votes, so we'll dig up Republican corpses and lie as well? They call us racists for using words like "apartment," "Chicago," and "dark cloud," so we'll cook up our own idiotic mud pies to hurl in return?
Really? And what exactly is our argument in favor of conservatism then? What exactly would we be fighting for?