It occurred to me in light of the vicious, unprovoked and indecent attacks on John McCain today and yesterday by General Wesley Clark and Senator Jim Webb, that I haven't seen a single Democrat condemn these two indecent individuals, and that in such a case, silence constitutes complicity.
And as you know, in nearly fifteen years of searching, I have been absolutely unsuccessful in finding a single rational liberal, but I don't believe one needs to be rational to understand common decency, and so I've decided to lower the bar and launch a new search…
Very simply, are you disgusted with the antics of members of your party and other subscribers to your ideology? I'm not asking you to renounce your beliefs, I'm only asking if you recognize that the sort of tactics we've been seeing in your primary contests and now against McCain are not things that decent people do? I'm asking if you reject these evil people and their methods? If you do, you may be a decent liberal*.
I suspect that some will immediately want to engage in moral relativeness and cite past events in which they feel that someone on the right engaged in similar activities. I'll listen, but be advised that virtually all of the things liberals have screamed and whined about are allegations, fabrications, and exaggerations, and the biggest one from my perspective, the swift boat ads that sunk Kerry, were not demonstrably false, and did in fact contain elements of truth, and so if you think those ads rise to the level of depravity of the recent attacks on McCain, don't bother, you're not a decent liberal.
I wish you luck. You may soon be known as "The Decent Liberal." Of course I realize that even this bar may be too high, but as you know, I'm nothing if not hopeful and optimistic when it comes to the left. Just remember, a left turn requires more energy use, so consider turning right.
*Other criteria may apply, but you could still receive honorable mention even if you fail to meet them in their entiretly.