Pissy on the pissy
: In an incredibly long-winded, humorless, overblown rant, one Arthur Silber attacks me for dubbing those who would see a dark lining to the silver cloud of Saddam’s capture as the Coalition of the Pissy.
I was simply paralyzed by this massive, apparently unanswerable intellectual onslaught. But then I remembered that the originator of that phrase has written for periodicals such as TV Guide, People and Entertainment Weekly. Lest you think that is merely a cheap shot: I mention those publications only because they reveal the kind of complex and nuanced intellectual pedigree from which slogans such as this latest one spring, as I will proceed to document in this post. I also realized something much more important: all those who adopted Coalition of the Pissy as their war whoop of condemnation against anyone declining to join their mindless dance of joy are nothing more than moral bullies and intellectual thugs. They are the enemies of mind, and of thought — and they are the enemies of truth, justice and freedom in a very deep sense. They are the advance guard of the Truth Police. For them, history does not exist, nor does the past in any meaningful sense at all, nor does the future.
These barbarians live only in the moment, only in the now — disconnected from everything that has become before, and from everything that is likely to flow in the future from our present actions. Thought, principles and ideas are alien to them, in the most profound sense imaginable.
Oh, my. But you forgot: We eat puppies, too. [via Kevin Eugene Cole]