Ann Coulter School of Political “Discourse”
AlGore’s son got busted for drug possession when pulled over for speeding. It’s news in that the son of a former Vice President got arrested, but that’s all there is. Al Gore III isn’t a public figure. He doesn’t make policy or engage in political debates. From all accounts he’s a screwed up young man. Because of that he should be left alone.
That’s not the only view.
Republicans should go after politicians’ kids just because Democrats do? If you abide by the Ann Coulter school of political “discourse” then the answer is “yes.”
If these are all right for attack, if these are all indications of failure of a republican philosophy, which is clearly the underlying charge when democrats point these things out, how is it out of bounds for Republicans to do the same?
Easy, we’re better than they are, or at least we should try to be better than our opponents are.
In Ann Coulter’s world wild bombthrowing is ok and encouraged because Leftist snarks do the same. That was her excuse for her quip about John Edwards being killed by terrorists. If it was ok for Bill Maher it was ok for Ann.
Brian at Iowa Voice offers this deal:
Fair enough, we won’t bring it up again…as long as the left agrees (and abides by that agreement) to do the same thing, too.
First, my behavior isn’t dictated by how the Left acts. I’m an independent human being who bases his actions on his own moral code.
Second, tit-for-tat doesn’t lead to victory.
Would it be just if Israel began engaging in sending suicide bombers into Gaza or the West Bank? According to tit-for-tat logic it’s ok because Palestinians had it coming. I think all the people I linked to would be horrified if Israel used the same brutal tactics as their terrorists enemies.
Bithead then uses one of the weakest arguments around, crying about fairness:
Further; Do we have any indication that if we were to stop pointing out the foibles of the families of Democrats, that they’d stop similarly attacking Republican families? You know we don’t. Sorry, they’re not getting a pass from me. Fair is fair, gird your loins, sucka.
I recall using a similar argument with my sister when I was 10: “I know you are, but what am I?”
Any conservative should immediately understand that life isn’t fair. We have limited means but unlimited desires. Our imperfect world cause our hearts to be broken and become disappointed or disillusioned. Smart grown-ups tell their kids, “Life isn’t fair.” Maturity is accepting that state of affairs while find ways to rise above it.
Tit-for-tat political squabbles with no underlying substance is unproductive political immaturity. Nothing results from it except hurt feelings and greater political polarization.
Since many conservatives seem to have a Ronald Reagan fetish let me ask: Would Reagan rip on AlGore’s kid? Being the imperfect parent he was the answer is no.
When I was older I learned a cliche that’s appropriate: “The ends justify the means.” I fear we’ve entered the age of total political war. Nothing is off limits. Bloody anyone and everyone in sight if it advances your political position. Sure, you may end up winning, but what about the battlefield? We have to live in the scortched earth we create. I like political victories, but I don’t want to give up my soul in the process.
“Al Gore’s Kid Arrested Again for Driving while Polluted”
UPDATE: Jules Crittenden adds to the illogic:
Ed Morrissey wants us to leave Gore III alone. Tragic thing about pols, how their kids’ problems haunt them. Tragic for the kids. Here’s a deal. How about Gore II leaves us alone? It’s not like he’s president or a scientist or something. Well, OK, he is something.
I for sure want AlGore to leave me alone. But how does griping about his environmental extremism lead to picking on Al Gore III’s current legal trouble? A doesn’t connect to B unless AlGore’s kid has been running around writing books and making movies about how Man is destroying the planet.