Sunday, March 13, 2005

The Return of the Non-Moonbat Left

In the past couple of years, those of us on the right have become accustomed to a certain mindset on the left. One which, despite any amount of argument or evidence could never be shaken from endlessly repeating a new orthodoxy regarding President Bush. It might be summarized something like this:

I descended into dismay about Bush and his top people. I was driven deeper into it by
administration claims of war-on-terrorism presidential powers
that can only be called tyrannical: to seize anyone in the
world, anywhere in the world; to imprison and interrogate the
suspect indefinitely, incommunicado, with no semblance of due
process; even (if the president chooses) to torture him. Not to
mention Bush's feckless failure to prevent North Korea from
going nuclear, the Guantanamo abuses, the disdain for diplomacy,
the irresponsible approach to global warming, the fiscal
recklessness, the shifting of tax burdens from the rich to
future generations, the swaggering refusal to ever admit error,
the smirk, and more.
But like the greenery of spring emerging from winter's palate of grey and brown, there have been increasing signs that some of the adults on the left are starting to shake themselves out of their orthodox mantra and think for themselves. Some of them say things like this:

But no matter
how shallow, slippery, and smug Bush sometimes seems, if he ends
up changing the world for the better, he will be entitled to a
presumption of wisdom, even brilliance. Bush's soaring rhetoric
about "ending tyranny in our world" rang hollow to me on January
20, amid all the grim news from Iraq. Then came Iraq's January
30 elections and the freedom ferment around the region. So when
Bush spoke again of ending tyranny in a March 8 speech, the
grandeur of his aspirations seemed more in tune with reality.
The Arab spring has many causes, of course. But the big one was
Bush's removal of Saddam.
Stuart Taylor, Jr., writing in National Journal (HT - RCP), nicely captures both states of mind since he's the source of both comments above.

It's an article I find fascinating and hopeful. Not because I think he's come around to conservatism - highly doubtful. There's plenty in that article I could argue with. But I prefer to concentrate on the positive here.

Taylor and other left-leaning American pundits have simply decided they love their country and the principles of freedom more than they hate George Bush. And, speaking from the right, it was getting scary for a while as more and more previously responsible people among the left seemed to be heading the other way (hint: hoping for more troop casualties just because it would make Bush look bad sure as hell does mean you're not patriotic, despite any fevered denials or cries of "McCarthyism").

No, these folks haven't yet taken back the Democratic Party from the Howard Dean Yeeeeaaargh!! wing of the Party. But they're finding their voice. And as much as the partisan Republican in me might be disappointed - the moonbats are so much easier to beat in elections - the American in me thinks it's a good sign.

(And yes - for the record I know the non-moonbat left never really went away. But it got awfully quiet and marginalized for a while.)


Blogger pinkmonkeybird said...

"And yes - for the record I know the non-moonbat left never really went away. But it got awfully quiet and marginalized for a while."

There's a "non-moonbat left"?

I'm kidding, of course. By all means.

7:43 PM  

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