And just like with Trump who got endlessly criticized for for his rhetoric but never for his actual failings (no wall, a weird dedication to Fauci, no pushback on BLM riots), Biden gets criticized for “strong talk” about Russia but not for his failure to send the promised weaponry, which starts to look like purposeful sabotage.
This is the cornerstone of out-of-control liberalism. Words are more important than reality. Words are reality. Trump is pro-wall because he says so, reality be damned. Biden is pro-Ukraine because he says so. Lia Thomas is a woman because – guess what! – he bloody says so. We’ve been so poisoned by this mentality that now nobody can get rid of it.
But he says so! It must be true if he says so!
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I hear you!
I wonder if anyone remembers this ad campaign from a few years ago. One of these woke companies showing an apple and saying an apple is an apple no matter how much you say it’s something else. I was astounded because simultaneously the left was promoting transgenderism and ironically the apple argument wasn’t seen as inconsistent with that.
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But what if an apple feels like a bus? Wouldn’t it be mean not to try to catch a ride in it to show how open-minded we are?
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Dear Clarissa, sorry to be brutal, but welcome to post-modern times: there’s no such thing as external reality, reality only exists in so far as it is created by words.
And that’s a shame. We are all hostages to this pernicious mentality and should fight it. In ourselves and around ourselves.
I had lost track of this post. Yes, this is, to my mind, the most important and useful thing we can do as individuals, not give in to the nihilistic tendency of the therapeuric self and call it out every time we see it raise ita ugly head. Truth exists, it’s difficult to find and we may easily get lost while searching for it, but it does exist, and it is real and beautiful even when it hurts. Truth is the only hope we have of finding light and happiness.
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Biden publicly called for the replacement of Putin. That’s declaration-of-war stuff.
Mercifully, the Russians (unlike our debased “news media”) can look with their own lying eyes and see that Biden should be in a rest home for Alzheimer’s patients, but that is a very thin thread on which to be hanging the prospect of not starting a thermonuclear war with a country that has more warheads than we do.
I really don’t appreciate living through a real-world equivalent of a scene from the movie Red October: “This business will get out of control. It’ll get out of control, and we’ll be lucky to live through it.”
Russia will start a war when it feels like doing it. One possibility is cowering in fear and prostrating ourselves in the dirt, trying to ingratiate ourselves with the Russians. Another is. . . not doing that.
Apparently, for now, Americans choose to cower and lick the real boss’s boots.
I think there’s some middle ground between cowering and acting as if we’re invincible.
At least, from the late 1970s (when I first began to follow American politics, and when things got quite fraught) to 1989 (when Bush 41 went to great pains not to look like he was trying to humiliate the U.S.S.R.) it was a standard policy of adults responsible for American foreign policy not to make pointless decisions that could gratuitously increase the likelihood of World War III starting. That doesn’t mean we Americans were pacifists; the Vietnam War was raging during my childhood, we supplied Stinger missiles to the Afghans in the 1980s, and we had a major military buildup under Reagan. On the other hand, we never, ever had a U.S. President talk casually about how “X must go” unless we were deadly serious about waging a war against X. So Presidential comments like that were quite rare.
Which may be why I lived to grow up.
Now it’s 2022 and we’re being run by people who seem to think that nothing whatsoever they do or say could possibly have catastrophic consequences. Hopefully we won’t all find out that they were wrong.
“when Bush 41 went to great pains not to look like he was trying to humiliate the U.S.S.R.”
By that time it was not possible for the USSR (at least Russian part) to not feel humiliated. Open contempt would have probably been better than any kind of tact. Contempt could have been reformulated as “they’re covering up that they’re still afraid of us… Russia Strong!”