I’m always stunned by the shallowness of liberal thinking about international affairs. Granted, it’s hard to be deep on a bumper sticker, but surely they can do better than the ones I’ve been seeing lately. “In an eye-for-an-eye world everyone will be blind.” Well, yes. Of course, if the other side starts plucking eyes anyway and we actually adopt that philosophy, the good guys will be blind and the bad guys will be able to see. Frankly, I’d rather everyone be blind, remembering that other slogan — “In the world of the blind the one-eyed man is king.”
Or consider one I saw last week — “peace is patriotic.” Well, okay. But there are only two ways to achieve peace over an enemy who has declared war (jihad) on you — victory or surrender. Obviously, the owner of the bumper sticker does not want the country to do what it needs to do to achieve victory. And, I submit, advocating surrender is not patriotic.
Then there is the bumper sticker in the parking lot at my work that says, “there is no way to peace, peace is the way.” I’m still mulling that one over, but as best I can make out, it means that there is no way to achieve peace through victory, so we should achieve it by surrender.
I realize I’m picking on bumper stickers, but have any of the liberal blogs Bookworm has been reporting on offered any more insightful analysis? So, liberal readers of the Bookwormroom, how about enlightening me, and the rest of the readers, by actually engaging in a meaningful dialogue, with actual liberal ideas and analysis (and no unconstructive name-calling)? If there is more to the liberal position than the bumper stickers, let’s hear it. DQ.