“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” - Frederick Douglass
Sadly, His supporters see this and think, "right on!!"I once had an argument with a liberal coworker who was wearing a Che t-shirt. The upshot of his position was that pictures of Che aren't an endorsement of communism, let alone all the awful things Che had personally done; rather it was (irony alert!) a statement that he (the t-shirt wearer) was in favor of "social change" generally.I countered that by that logic, I could go have a t-shirt printed with Adolf Eichmann's picture on it and wear it around without a qualm, since all it meant was that I was in favor of trains running on time. As this was one of my first full-on arguments with a liberal (I wasn't at all political until fairly recently), I expected... well, not a kowtow to my unimpeachable logic (I was never that naive), but at least a huffy response -- being called a racist or some such. I was completely unprepared for his blank, uncomprehending stare. If he was just playing dumb for the sake of ideology, then this guy was one hell of an actor. And I realized with dawning horror: he really doesn't get it. Che = "social change;" "social change" = an unquestioned good. Arguing against "social change" was, for him, like arguing against puppy dogs and pizza -- counterarguments literally make no sense. That's when I knew about 30% of this country is irretrievably lost.
All true, as usual.Still. No harm in pointing out the truth of the matter less subtly. :-)
I countered that by that logic, I could go have a t-shirt printed with Adolf Eichmann's picture on it and wear it around without a qualm, since all it meant was that I was in favor of trains running on time. I think that was Mussolini, not Eichmann. Wrong Hitler toadie. Never mind.
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