Uncivil Discourse

Because civility is overrated.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Thus quoth Instapundit, "Heh."

This is just one hell of a fucking fabulous comment (by Chucking over at Alicublog, via Atrios:

Personally, I'm getting a little tired of all this making fun of conservatives. When you think about it, they deserve a lot of respect.

First, they have to believe whatever the Bush administration or lesser congressional-type republicans tells them to believe. Yea sure, I know, that sounds like something any idiot could do, but those beliefs often change from day to day and often end up diametrically opposed to what they were the day before. It takes an incredibly agile mind to constantly change core values and beliefs without ever acknowledging the contradictions.

Next, they have to disbelieve absolutely whatever a certain other class of people believe. This includes democrats, independents, moderates, the educated, the scientists, the French, and just about everyone else in the world.

Then to top it all off, every piece of art or entertainment must conform to the daily beliefs, whatever they are, or it must be boycotted, burned, or banished (not stashed under the mattress, no, no, no).

And finally, they have to disbelieve, and disbelieve passionately, easily observable reality. Those people being tortured, they're not feeling any pain. South Park? Karl Rove couldn't have written it any better.

It's not easy being that fucking stupid. It really takes a lot of work. Show some respect, people.

That's just beautiful. It warms my rude little heart.

The problem, of course, is that Chucking is right. The up-is-downism that the dickweeds in the modern Republican Party exhibit is postmodernism run amuck. This goes way beyond Wonderland or that fucking looking glass. Who would've thought the party of "absolute morality" would be the ones to prove Michel Foucault, that French sodomite, right? Absolutely amazing. And in more ways than one: not only is his fucking pomo bullshit being proven right, so is every last word in Discipline and Punish, in no small part thanks to motherfuckers like Gonzales. Says Foucault when considering the disappearance of public torture:

Today we are rather inclined to ignore it; perhaps, in its time, it gave rise to too much inflated rhetoric; perhaps it has been attributed too readily and too emphatically to a process of 'humanization', thus dispensing with the need for further analysis...Punishment of a less immediately physical kind, a certain discretion in the art of inflicting pain, a combination of more subtle, more subdued sufferings, deprived of their visible display, should not all this be treated as a special case, an incidental effect of deeper changes? And yet the fact remains that a few decades saw the disappearance of the tortured, dismembered, amputated body, symbolically branded on face or shoulder, exposed alive or dead to public view. The body as the major target of penal repression disappeared.

It's all intentional. Every last bit of this shit. And look what we know. We know Abu Ghraib. We know Gitmo (where those tribunals seem to working as well as an Edsel). We know Mosul. We know extraordinary rendition. And why do we know these things? Because somebody fucked up. Someone took pictures or talked. And they were punished in most likelihood not for doing the messed up shit they did, but for being dumb enough fucks for it to get out.

So now, what the hell don't we know? Shouldn't that be scaring us way more than anything else that this point? The possibilities just make my brown ass queasy, especially given how many of the poor bastards in these hellholes are apparently not guilty of anything more than any of us.

The deep, dark abyss hasn't just started gazing back at us. It's swallowed our foolish asses whole.