As we approach Popehat's fifth anniversary (in this incarnation), I've realized that sooner or later, everything is reruns.
This morning I was about to write a post criticizing this very silly Dennis Prager Townhall column about "liberal intimidation," in which he bemoaned David Blankenhorn switching from a fervent opponent of gay marriage to a supporter. Prager suggests that Blankenhorn switched sides because of being vilified as a bigot, and goes on to imply that John Roberts' vote on Obamacare may also be the product of "ridicule, demonization, and character assassination."
At the risk of distorting American jurisprudence for a few decades, I have to ask how any self-respecting conservative could be such a sniveller about criticism. It's one thing to complain that the media, or academia, or any other segment of society is in the tank for one side of a debate or the other. It's quite another to shout from the rooftops that they are hurting your side's feelings and making your allies withdraw from the field.
I had launched into this discussion when I realized: I already wrote this post, in 2010, about Bruce Walker of American Thinker suggesting that conservatives are bullied into submission by meanie liberals.
Is this a thing now? I sure hope not. Some ideas I cherish are classified as "conservative," and I am going to be very annoyed if conservatives start to think that it's okay to back off of supporting them just because they draw condemnation and invective from the left. It's bad enough that we have to fight an imagined and unprincipled right not to be offended too often coming from the left; if we have to fight an imagined and unprincipled right not to be criticized from the right, nothing will ever get done.
Prager, in decrying liberal rhetoric, begins like this:
Given how many more Americans define themselves as conservative rather than as liberal, let alone than as left, how does one explain the success of left-wing policies?
I would respond as follows: Dennis Prager, given how many more Americans define themselves as conservative rather than liberal, why can't you grow a fucking spine, stop trying to make conservatives sound like weaklings, and stop being such a big girl's blouse about criticism?
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