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On Being the Good Guys

As the lady said to Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: "You fear the world too much."

You fear the left will subvert the rules of freedom. And sure, they sometimes will. You fear they'll win elections by cheating. They'll sometimes do that too. You fear they'll ruin good people with false charges. We know they'll do that.

But all the same, it's our job to beat them, not to become them.

Being the good guys means fighting for what you stand for and standing for what you fight for. It's harder than being a bad guy precisely because your belief in honor and morality restricts your actions — and because your losses are so devastating to your sense of justice. But it's not a prescription for surrender, not at all. It doesn't mean we have to accept the left's idea of what our values should be. (Every time Maureen Dowd calls a right winger unChristian, I get coffee in my nose.) It doesn't mean we have to lie down and take their hate. (If Truth is a hammer, every leftist is a nail.) It doesn't mean we don't realize that there are emergency situations in which we have to consider breaking our own rules. (Of course we should waterboard people like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Brian Williams.) It doesn't leave us helpless. In fact, it girds us in our own values.

So don't be so scared of them. They're mean and low and dirty, some of them, but the truth is on our side and the truth is a powerful weapon. While nice guys may finish last, good guys frequently kick butt.