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The Political Battleground

First things first: Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, is a worthless fuck who doesn’t matter. Nonetheless, he does a pretty good — though inadvertent — job of framing the political battleground in the YouTube below.

Here’s Kristol’s bet, in a nutshell: that you, dear reader, dear citizen, are too stupid to allow yourselves or anyone else the latitude to question or critically reflect on packages of "truth" handed down from decades past — handed down by people who had it handed down to them by people with no more divine authority to judge such matters than you have. Case in point: the notion that Lincoln was a great president is the biggest lie in all of American history; and Paul is precisely correct that a war between States was wholly unnecessary to overcome institutionalized slavery. In terms of sheer destruction, both in terms of American lives (650 thousand) and in relieving the federal government of most of its practical limitations from then on, Lincoln was the worst president by large measure. There is a very good reason why Lincoln is so celebrated by the State. While it wasn’t he who made the all-powerful, all-encompassing state possible, it’s he who made it practical.

For better or worse, we’re well into entering an age where very nearly everything, past and present, is up for question and examination. What’s more, we’re shedding the illusion that what the mainstream media does by way of its binary "question" raising is anything more than a production geared for the consumption of the mass ignorant — those still far behind in the information revolution. In this new age: any savant, genius, moron or imbecile can raise any questions they want about anything, no matter how sacred, and publish them to millions. Fuck you if you don’t like it. I don’t care, and here’s why, mostly: because I don’t care about anyone who isn’t interested to think and to keep evaluating and re-evaluating what he takes as knowledge of reality.

Addressing that question about Lincoln, slavery, the War between the States, and so on, requires thinking, irrespective of the conclusions one comes to. Bill Kristol is telling you not to think; that to question such settled and sacred "wisdom" is crackpottery. That’s why Bill Kristol ultimately doesn’t matter. Increasingly, he’ll have to earn his influence just like anyone else. He’s going to have to learn to think, too, which isn’t the same as analyzing the relative effectiveness of lies — which he’s very good at.

To those of you shocked at my disrespect for your idol, Lincoln, let me just say that in a rational world they’d find a way to erect a public outhouse right above the head of the Lincoln monument.

Richard Nikoley

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4 Comments

  1. Lynette Warren on December 26, 2007 at 09:45

    You said
    Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, is a worthless fuck who doesn't matter.

    Doesn't matter to whom? His analyses are better than most on the 24 hour news networks. Whether Kristol believes his own assessment of Ron Paul as a crackpot is anyone's guess, but I think the purpose of Kristol's remarks about Ron Paul are to try to put an end to the increasing influence that Paul's candidacy is having in the early primary states.

    The lastest American Research Group's poll shows that Paul has increased his percentage in Iowa from 4% to 10% in one week, putting him in a statistical dead heat with Giuliani. Couple that with McCain's downward trend in the same period and Ron Paul could very well surpass both Giuliani and McCain in Iowa.

    Last week John Zogby said that Paul will do better than the polls reflect in Iowa. He believes Paul's surprisingly good results there could buoy his campaign in New Hampshire.

    Bill Kristol, being more observant than most, is probably well aware of what's going on with respect to Ron Paul's numbers in Iowa and NH. There's little doubt that he finds them just a little troubling and would like to relegate Ron Paul back into obscurity.

  2. Richard Nikoley on December 26, 2007 at 10:22

    "Doesn't matter to whom?"

    Me. Many others, certainly, but primarily to me. I suspect the numbers of those to whom he doesn't matter will increase relative to those who hold him up.

    "His analyses are better than most on the 24 hour news networks."

    Perhaps. Admittedly, I hardly watch them on cable any more. Most of the noteworthy stuff gets YouTubed, so I only have to watch a minute or two of a specific thing.

    Other than that, my phrase "…which isn't the same as analyzing the relative effectiveness of lies" is prescient.

    That's really the issue, for me. There's the Big Lie, and then all the little lies and sweet sweet lies that serve to support the Big Lie. There's just so little honesty in any of it.

    I realize that's more about who I've become than it is about the "news" shows. They're just doing what they've always done. I just don't have time for it, anymore.

    To your final point, I'm sure it's going to take more than Bill Kristol to relegate Paul back into obscurity.

  3. John T. Kennedy on December 28, 2007 at 19:40

    Here's Kristol's bet, in a nutshell: that you, dear reader, dear citizen, are too stupid to allow yourselves or anyone else the latitude to question or critically reflect on packages of "truth" handed down from decades past — handed down by people who had it handed down to them by people with no more divine authority to judge such matters than you have. Case in point: the notion that Lincoln was a great president is the biggest lie in all of American history; and Paul is precisely correct that a war between States was wholly unnecessary to overcome institutionalized slavery.

    And it's a perfectly safe winning bet in terms of collective politics, the game Kristol is playing. Lincoln will continue to be an American saint long after Ron Paul is gone.

    It's effective electoral politics: Paul will lose supporters over this and over many other positions he holds as they come to light. Americans don't really want a Ron Paul, if they did there would be more than one of him in Congress.

    Now for Kristol this really isn't about Paul, because Paul can't win. This is just a tactical shot in service to some stategic goal. He see's something he doesn't like shaing up in Iowa and/or New Hampshire and he's trying to peel a few votes off of Paul.

  4. Richard Nikoley on December 28, 2007 at 20:34

    You might be right, John. We'll see.

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