A little while back in a comment thread that I had to shut down because of the uncivilized behavior of some determined trolls sent via The Daou Report, a commenter asked me, "Don't you ever get tired of bashing the left?"
"No," I responded, "I see it as my calling in life. But thank you for asking."
I would like to expand on my brief response, because the commenter brings up a very important issue about why I focus so much on the left and their political wing, the Democratic Party.
I am primarily (but not exclusively) concerned in my blog with Islamofascism and the war on terror. September 11th was the defining moment that mobilized me and woke me from a long-time disinterest in things political. Contrary to what most of the trolls who come here assume, I have never been a registered Republican; nor have I ever been a registered Democrat. I am still not.
Many of the posts on this blog deal with what I consider the essential "side-issues" of the war on terror; such as the obstructionist behavior of Democrats with regard to that war; the bias of the mainstream media; the deterioration of academic institutions and postmodern thought; the political left and the remnants of communism and socialism; and modern-day feminists (part of the political left,sadly, but destructive enough in their own right); as well as a variety of other topics as the whim moves me.
Most of these topics are relevant to the rise of Islamofascism and the prosecution of the war on terror.
Since I am a psychiatrist, I try to look at the big picture. In my practice, not only must I address the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of my patients; but I would be professionally remiss if I did not also address those psychosocial issues that I think are important factors enabling, supporting, or facilitating the psychological problems of my patients.
It is my contention that the Democrats, the MSM, the Left (including feminists, communists and socialist dead-enders) and various other assorted groups I choose to comment on do exactly that: wittingly or unwittingly, they enable, support, or facilitate terror and terrorists.
Prior to 9/11, I had mostly ignored these groups because of my libertarian orientation. I never cared one way or the other what such idiots thought as long as they left me and mine alone.
However, in their current toxic iteration; and because they seem to have taken over the previously tolerable Democratic Party, I can no longer ignore them. Their unbelievable behavior over the past 5+ years has consistently provided aid and comfort to an enemy that is simply the greatest threat to civilization in my lifetime. Whether their behavior is conscious or not, I really don't care. The results are the same.
And, if you don't think that their enabling behavior has caused considerable death, destruction and other serious consequences to our country and our military, then you are not looking at the big picture of what is going on in the world today. If you do not understand that all their activity and bluster; all their slogans and hysteria are designed to make the United States lose this war, then you are extremely naiive. Take a look at what they are doing. They have attempted to obstruct the prosecution of this war on every front. They have deliberately and with malice aforethought managed to create the impression that our military forces are composed of brutal thugs; while at the same time they coddle the real brutal thugs we are fighting. Rather than being the "loyal" opposition, they have descended at times, I believe, to actual treasonous behavior. The Democrats, in particular, have shown repeatedly that they hate George Bush and Dick Cheney more than they love this country. The Republicans, as I have said many times are bad enough with their slippery and opportunistic behavior patterns, but the Democrats are completely despicable.
As one commenter put it: the Republicans suck like Hoover vacuum cleaners, but the Democrats are a veritable bleeding black hole of corruption, opportunism, and malignant narcissism.
Just as it is not enough for a psychiatrist to focus on just the drinking of an alcoholic, a good therapist must also deal with the environment of the alcoholic and people in that environment(the psychosocial supports) that enable that alcoholic--i.e., who buy him the alcohol, who encourage him to drink it etc. If you and the patient fail to address these issues, then the intervention is usually in vain.
We are in a war! The Democrats, the left, and the MSM would have you believe that it is all a figment of GWB's imagination. That he created it in order to consolidate power and institute a Christian theocracy, fascist state [insert suitable leftist slogan here]. Bush=Hitler; Iraq=Vietnam; Listening to terrorist communications=violation of our fundamental free speech rights; Making terrorists uncomfortable=torture; and so on, ad infinitum.
I'm fed up with such insane moral equivalence.
I have a patient who comes in depressed and feeling victimized because her "ex-boyfried" won't stay "ex". It turns out that she regularly phones him, picks him up from work,lets him come to her apartment, buys him things and so on--but she simply can't understand why he would think that she still wants to be with him. Why, indeed.
How does one deal with a situation like the above? Well, you try to get the patient to look within and take responsibility for their own behavior; and to recognize that their behavior has consequences.
And, make no mistake, the irresponsible and frequently hysterical behavior of today's Democrats and their lunatic left base; combined with the provocative and hostile journalism of the MSM--all have serious consequences that the parties refuse to even acknowledge.
They already carry the responsibility for enabling the deaths of many by giving the barbarians a cheerleading/apologist section on the world stage.
As a result of their continued thoughtless and malevolent facilitation of terror and terrorists, many, many more will ultimately die.
And, as long as the Democrats and the left continue to engage in enabling behavior for terrorists, I will continue to unreservedly and unabashedly bash them.