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Love letters from leftists

By Bruce Walker
web posted November 10, 2003

Anyone who has published conservative articles on the Internet, particularly if he pulls no punches and reads his email, will soon find himself deluged with love letters from leftists. My recent article on the bigotry of Christophobia produced a record crop of these messages.

Although this will astound many leftists, those of us on the right often disagree on issues. We are, after all, a motley crew - rather like the coalition of nations and peoples that opposed Hitler. Within the broad umbrella of "conservatives" are libertarians, Christians, objectivist atheists, Orthodox Jews and the many, many victims of leftist hate over the last half century.

Those conservative critics, however, are easy to identify. Our correspondence also is typically brief, direct and civil. More often than not, we agree to disagree - and without rancor or venom. Personal conscience is the salient characteristic of the political right.

Leftists take a different approach. Here are some suggested guides for any aspiring leftist trying to compose a love letter to some conservative author.

Get personal! Attack the individual first. Call him names. Make snickering comments about his education or grammar. Question his sanity. Picture him in your mind just as a good leftist working for Himmler would picture a stereotypical Jew before the Nazis savagely murdered the Jew.

Anyone who holds a conservative position - after you and your friends have gone to the trouble of lecturing and hectoring him for years and years - must simply be ignorant, dumb, bigoted or evil.

This ad hominem attack need not be bounded by logic. Hitler and his fellow leftists had no problem simultaneously calling Jews inferior and stupid and - at the same time! - ascribing to Jews an intricate and subtle plot to rule the world. What is good enough for a leftist in 1942 is good enough for you!

Don't get specific. I cannot overemphasize this enough. Ann Coulter wrote a book which single-handedly dismantle a generation of leftist mythology. Her challenge to leftist interviewers? Identify one single person wrongly and unjustly accused by Senator Joe McCarthy of being sympathetic to communism.

No leftist ever found one, because none exist. The critical significance of this fact, however, was largely lost on the American public because leftists wisely chose to never even attempt to come up with an actual specific instance of wrongful accusation by McCarthy.

Fall back on unprovable assumptions. Anti-Semites, who are now overwhelmingly on the left, can always demand that conservatives proof than tripe like the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and the concomitant "Jewish conspiracy" do not exist. Any proof will only expose to a leftist the cleverness of the plot.

Feminist propagandists can post the faces of male college students with the statement underneath "potential rapist." Black opportunists can simply yell "Racist!" and expect others to respond with proof of non-racism. It is easy and requires no special skill, wit or knowledge.

Lie. Lie and lie again. Truth, after all, is subjective. Leftists already know the grand truths: War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength. Why trouble yourself with "details"? leftists plagiarize, pilfer and pervert any datum which would undermine their grand truth - and why not! If you have a monopoly on truth, then what is the point of getting into the petty business of "facts"?

Hide your beliefs. Take your cue from all the "moderates" and "progressives" who stopped being "liberals" about the same time that people figured out what "liberals" supported. Masking your preconceptions is a marvelous way to avoid getting into the meat of arguments. You stand for social justice (or something like that) and conservatives stand for evil.

Eschew logic. This has been well refined in academia. Logic and coherent thought are all part of the VRWC or of the "Jewish cabalists" or of "Patriarchal rulers" or - well, fill in the blank, it doesn't matter - the principal point is to challenge the very idea that words have meaning, that thoughts be consistent or that the secular religion of leftism can be disproved by any means at all.

So Clinton's well documented brutal rape of Juanita Broaddrick is not important because it is only the word of a woman against a man, but Anita Hill's undocumented charges against Clarence Thomas for actions much less serious were vital. One was a Leftist and the other a conservative. What is hard about that?

Stand for nothing. It is almost impossible to overstate the vital importance of this last rule. Archimedes once said "Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world." Well, that just shows how dangerous consistent principles can be!

Anyone - certainly anyone dishonest enough - can write a good leftist love letter to a conservative. Simply attack the conservative personally, stick to generalities, rely on misconceptions, lie religiously, wear a mask, be illogical and stand for nothing. Viola!

Bruce Walker is a senior writer with Enter Stage Right. He is also a frequent contributor to The Pragmatist and The Common Conservative.

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