Saturday, January 21, 2006
WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE, PALEFACE?:Our power. It frightens me.Uh, how can you truly do the Blog Power salute when a) you had a “name” beforehand and b) you’re in the Big Media tent now?
posted by Sully 1/21/2006 05:32:00 PM
WAR IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT TO BE LEFT TO THE PRIVATES:
Sullivan’s smug notation of the Drum-reported factoid that less-educated people are more likely to support an immediate withdrawal from Iraq (“See? This is proof that supporting the war is the smart thing to do) marks the completion of the reversal of the right.
For the longest time conservative dogma had it that the common people were being oppressed by elite, overeducated Upper-West-Side out-of-touch liberal opinion. They rode this horse all the way to where we are now.
But now, apparently, when conservatives have totally become the country’s political elite, suddenly elitism is a good thing (This is, after all, the fruit of Strauss, who taught conservatives that there was this “noumenal” thingy they were uniquely privileged to that the rest of us could not even begin to perceive). Those poor dumb schlubs who work at Wal-Mart and (as one of Drum’s commentators notes) may actually know someone in the combat zone think we should get out now! Hah ... what do they know? See, we have our Ph.Ds and we read all these thick books with big words in them that give us moral understanding far beyond that of mortal man (and that is precisely why we can’t be bothered to go die there with these guys).
Interestingly, the same phenomenon occurred during Vietnam, again contrary to right-wing myth that the average American wanted to stay on the job but was traduced by cheese-sniffing elites.A 1971 poll showed that 60% of Americans with college degrees were in favour of an American retreat from Vietnam. However, 75% of those with only high-school diplomas and 80% of those without any secondary education supported a retreat.OK, so it’s from a Marxist website. But it’s been widely reported elsewhere (and should be in the appropriate Wikipedia article, but it’s not ... speaking of which, it’s important to remember that Kent State actually had an anti-war student group before Berkeley did).
The Media has completely distorted these facts and continues to do so. In his book Lies My Teacher Told Me James Loewen writes of a telling experiment he performed several times during the 90s. During his lectures his audience was asked to estimate the level of education among those who were against the Vietnam War in 1971. They guessed that 90% of college graduates were against the war, but only 60% of those with only a high-school education. Almost a complete reversal of the facts.
The opposition of the American working class was based primarily on personal experience. Their children were the ones doing the dirty work in Vietnam. Their children were the ones coming home in body bags, maimed or mentally broken. All because of a war that wasn’t theirs, a war that didn't give them anything.
The children of affluent families were often able to avoid getting drafted since many were college students. Or else they would be given cushy commanding positions, safely removed from the horrors of the battlefield. It was the working class that came to foot most of the bill for the war through the taxes they paid.
And we all know what ignoring that ebbing of support ultimately did to the Democratic Party.
posted by Sully 1/21/2006 04:46:00 PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
THE POT BELLY CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK:
Via TBogg again we are led to James Wolcott who tells us that none other than John Podwhoretz Normanson has, in true closet-pansy fashion, leapt at the opportunity to lash back at Smalltown Boy and call him homophobic for a change.
How bad is it? When Wolcott actually praises Sullivan for adding the word “fellatial” to political discourse, you know it’s that bad.
It would be nice, really, if Sullivan were to turn over his former blog-digs, including the swirly signature, to Podwhoretz. It would be just like old times for us.
UPDATE: P O’Neill wonders if Sully was trying to leave the garage with a bang, so to speak.
posted by Sully 1/17/2006 01:14:00 PM
THE NEW HOST:
Now that we’ve had the chance to look it over, our verdict:
Not that it’s ugly, mind you, it’s just too ... pedestrian.
Perhaps it’s fitting that as a onetime self-styled blog revolutionary commandante goes totally commercial, he adopts a blog format that looks like far too many other blogs (reflecting, perhaps, his decline in readership ... now he looks like every other blog that gets the hit counts he does).
The cutesy typewriter-font up top, the cartoon illustration that makes us think of, oh, who was/is that TV producer whose shows use to end with his production company’s credit where he’s shown typing away as a camera revolves around him, then he rips a page out of the typewriter and it becomes the name of the company as it floats away ... Stephen J. Cannell! That’s it! The Family Ties guy! OK, maybe now that we read the link, he had nothing to do with Family Ties. Who did ... that “Sit, Ubu, sit ... Good dog!” guy? CTTOI, how long will it be before we hear a similar audio file everytime we pull up his blog? (and a couple of years ago, it would have been in George Bush’s voice: “Sit, Andrew, sit ... good dog!”).
Anyway ... the use of MS Trebuchet as the body-text face? Ugh. Not that it’s a bad face in and of itself, again, mind you, it’s just overused, particularly on blogs. Couldn’t he or Time Warner’s design people have done better?
Not that his old blog was the greatest example of design itself (that curly-cute script his name was written in being the prime example) but at least it didn’t look like any other blog now or then.
In following that lead, we’re proud that even though this is a standard Blogger template, so few other political blogs use it. We have no plans to change, primarily because we’re too lazy right now. But also because we want to emphasize that we stand for the good things in life that don’t change.
posted by Sully 1/17/2006 12:45:00 PM
KOS RESPONDS IN KIND:
In one of his last acts before decamping to his new digs (about which more presently), Sullivan took one of his many passing shots at Daily Kos.
Markos himself shoots back:
What idiots like Sullivan don’t understand is that institutions like MoveOn and Daily Kos are a reaction to the Right Wing’s tactics for the past 20 years. We are a reaction to the politics of personal destruction pioneered by the right’s Clinton-hating brigades, the vile and corrosive rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and company, and the politics of demonization which the Right practices against blacks, immigrants, and gays.
But when someone on the left fights back, it’s the end of the fucking world.
I understand that it was easier for right-wing hacks to ply their trash when liberals unilaterally disarmed and took it with nary a peep. I understand they pine for those days when the best we could offer in rebuttal was Alan Colmes.
But they created the environment we now play in. They wanted a “culture war,” an ideological fight, a partisan rumble in which only one side brought guns to the game. Those days are over.
They don’t like it, they only have themselves to blame. Andrew Sullivan included.
He almost sounds like Steve Gilliard (without the crisp profanity) there, no?
UPDATE: Spoke too soon. Gilliard himself adds to this.
posted by Sully 1/17/2006 12:40:00 PM