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Update on the World's Smallest Political Quiz

Friday, August 26, 2005

Warning-internet blog rant, filled with shameless overuse of links dead ahead!


Update from The Scribe- the goode sir Tad is off today, he is taking his fierce charger, Peanut, to the vet for his annual checkup. I must admit, that at first, I was a little alarmed by the results of The World's Smallest Political Quiz. I questioned its accuracy when I didn't come out as an extreme right wing, jingoistic, war-mongering, minority-suppressing, third world stomping, reactionary, conservative Republican who likes to break small children's crayons just to see them cry. Like I said in the previous post, haven't I earned it? I have been conditioned to believe that I am those things, so I thought the quiz was rigged. Aha, I thought, it's on a Libertarian website, so everyone will come out as a Libertarian, as in a "see, you think just like we do" approach to marketing their message. So I retook the quiz and answered as far left as I could (Ward "little Eichmanns" Churchill territory, click the link if you are a Fan of Ward Churchill), and I came out as a far lefty, so the quiz is valid.

So what does this mean? I have all of the "symptoms" of being a right wing, neo-con. I'm a member of the NRA (click NRA and join today!) and I have a fondness for medieval weaponry and armor (it's a job hazard that comes with working for the Knights Simplar.) I love to read military history (click the Military Book Club and join today!) I love to read Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, and others of their ilk (click American Compass to join the ilk today!) I am against illegal immigration, and I believe that our borders should be sealed, but I have no problem with legal immigration. I believe that America is the best in the world precisely because of its ability to adopt the best of the world (click Uncle Wong's to order Chinese food today!), and I love our neighbors to the south (click Argentinean supermodels or Argentine Underwater Hockey Association, and join today!) (Update on the Argentine Underwater Hockey Association-you may have noticed that the link is dead-the bastards locked me out, but I still love 'em)

I once had a friend of twenty years, who was a liberal, free Mumia Abu-Jamel and Leonard Peltier type tell me that I had lost my ability to think critically, because he couldn't come up with an appropriate counter-argument regarding the topic at hand; his answer was to attack me personally. (It is well documented that this is the Liberal Left tactic of last resort. When you can't think of anything else to say, attack the person with whom you are arguing. I don't really need to cite examples, just read Dowd, Ivins, or Ted "Condoleezza Rice is a House N*****" Rall et al. "Dowdification" has now become a synonym in our lexicon for twisting the facts. Need I say more? I cite this example as one of my bona fides as a conservative. When a flaming Socialist Liberal calls you an idiot, you know you have made progress (I think I owe Ann Coulter credit for that idea, so Ann, let me say "Thank you and…call me? We'll do lunch")
The point of this long diatribe is that it took me awhile to appreciate the results of the quiz. It isn't that I'm not a good war-mongering, jingoistic, reactionary, small furry animal hating, Ann Coulter-loving (call me, Ann!) neo-conservative Republican. It's the incomplete reductio ad absurdum approach used by the overwhelmingly liberal media- that two opposing views cannot both be correct, therefore only the left leaning views can be correct, and opinion that sways from this must be, by definition, wrong. This either/or reasoning leads inevitably to the notion that there are no degrees of wrongness, you are either wrong (or in the Liberal view Conservative Right) or you're correct, politically, to coin a phrase; you cannot be more or less wrong. You can, however be more or less correct (liberals allow that there is much nuance on their side of the divide.) But when put to an even test, I'm actually closer to being a centrist than many of my counterparts, and they are farther from the middle than they would have you believe. But because we are so inundated with the idea that anything to the right of center is "far right, neo-con think", I didn't believe otherwise, even when I saw it with my own eyes. Now, who controls the media again?

Thank you, I feel better now. Sir Tad will be back soon. Join him as he travels to Iran to visit with Sean Penn.
8/26/2005 03:52:00 PM |
3 Comments:
  • great.....now I'm a centrist.....how am I going to explain this to my parents.....

    By Blogger MR.Thrope, at 5:46 PM  
  • "Clearly" conservative here.

    By Blogger Quincykids, at 11:29 AM  
  • You wrote :"(It is well documented that this is the Liberal Left tactic of last resort. When you can't think of anything else to say, attack the person with whom you are arguing. I don't really need to cite examples, just read Dowd, Ivins, or Ted “Condoleezza Rice is a House N*****” Rall et al. "Dowdification" has now become a synonym in our lexicon for twisting the facts. Need I say more? I cite this example as one of my bona fides as a conservative. When a flaming Socialist Liberal calls you an idiot, you know you have made progress "

    Actually, I think it's well documented that ALL people use ad hominem attacks when they don't have an argument, regardless of their political stripes. Spokesmen for the right such as Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh make their living doing this, as do many of the "so called" liberal talking heads as well. I use "so called" because America's representatives of liberalism are far to the right of liberals in most western nations.

    By Blogger Tom, at 8:12 AM  
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