Sometimes I wish we bloggers on the Left would just ignore those on the Right. There's no gain in it. A moment or two of easy feelings of moral and intellectual superiority bracketed by a lot of frustration, anger, and utter dismay that people of such low standards and stunted emotional growth command a hearing and boast large, loyal followings.
We know what they are, and there's no arguing with them.
It's not just their illogic, their mean-spiritedness, their placing of anything that looks like a fact out of bounds. Not just their many and varied hypocrisies and their ability to change opinions at the drop of a hat---or a nod from Karl Rove---totally contradicting what they were ready to go to the wall for only last week if that's what serves the Agenda this week.
And it's not just that they really don't represent anything in themselves. They are no more responsible for the "ideas" they spout than a secretary running the Xerox machine is responsible for what's in the latest memo from the boss.
It's not just all that.
It is their bloody evil-mindedness.
They think like the squabbling orcs in The Two Towers who start a conversation cursing the elf warrior they've imagined has left the paralyzed Frodo to be eaten by Shelob---"regular elvish trick"---and finish it laughing about the time they left a paralyzed comrade to be eaten by Shelob.
"D'you remember old Ufthak? We lost him for days. Then we found him in a corner; hanging up he was, but he was wide awake and glaring. How we laughed! She'd forgotten him, maybe, but we didn't touch him---no good interfering with Her..."
Orc-like they hate in their enemies what they love in themselves. Or, in other words, what they hate most is catching sight of themselves in mirrors of their own devising that they have fumblingly held up to their own faces.
The orcs are at it with Cindy Sheehan, hating her for making them confront the reflections of their own chickenhawkery and political hackishness.
She's using her son's death for political ends! Regular elvish trick! How dare anybody use something like a war to advance their own political cause!
How can you argue with such intellectual perversity? Much better, I often think, to pay them no mind and stick to attacking and arguing with their leaders who are at least out in the open and caught on the public record making stupid, perverse, and evil arguments for their losing War.
Leaders like Sen. George Allen who says that the President should meet with Cindy Sheehan and in answer to her questions tell her that her son died a hero.
Well, she knows her son's a hero, you fatuous windbag! She's already proud of her son! She was proud of him and thought he was a hero while he was alive! She wants to know why he isn't alive. She wants to know why the President feels it was necessary for her son to become a dead hero instead of leaving him alone to go on being a live hero to her. And the Freedom, Democracy, War on Terror bullshit will not answer her, because she's heard it and she knows it to be lies! What she wants is for the President to admit he lied, or at least that he goofed. She doesn't want to hear him continue to lie, hear him promise to continue to screw-up and kill other mothers' sons and daughters!
She doesn't want an empty-hearted sermon, Senator. She wants an honest answer.
Which she knows Bush can't give.
So I'd rather focus on the likes of George Allen, and George Bush, and Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice. I'd rather focus on the real writers in the real media, and forget about people who think that calling themselves Hindrocket makes them sound macho and cool.
But it's like saying a virus is a virus and will be a virus no matter what, so we should just ignore it and leave it alone to be a virus. Can't do it. We hold the vaccine. We can put up the signs that say This House is Quarantined Until Reason and Sanity are Restored.
(Plus, if we all gave it up we'd lose out on the pleasure of reading Roy Edroso's summarizations of their latest madhattery. For instance, here's Roy catching the Right Wing Intellectual types' new strategy for regaining public support for their war: "When I want your opinion, I'll tell it to you!")
The main trope in the attacks on Cindy Sheehan is the image of her dead hero son hanging his head in shame over what she's doing.
(Our Pepper pinches her nose and holds up a good example by the tail. The Heretik lifts a rock and finds another one by a nitwit calling himself the Confederate Yankee. Funny what these people are proud of.)
Forget the illogic of invoking the old "so and so is turning over in his grave" cliche in this case. The behavior meant to be shamed would not be necessary if that so and so was alive to condemn it. If Casey Sheehan was alive to scold his mother for camping out in Crawford she would not be camping out in Crawford.
Forget also the childishness of it, the way talking about Casey Sheehan as if he was alive saves them from having to face the fact of his death, of Death itself. Soldiers don't die, they just take up residency in Vallhalla. We don't have to mourn them. We don't have to question why they died. They're happy there! They want to be there! O Death where is thy sting, and mommy, leave the light on, please?
And forget the narcissism of it, the way they are admiring and congratulating themselves by imagining that Sheehan would be automatically on their side, the way they are feeling tough and brave by identifying with a dead hero, the way they refuse to imagine the ghost of Casey Sheehan turning to those among them young enough to serve and demanding to know, "Why weren't you there with me? Why didn't you have my back?"
Forget all that and look at the orckish evil mindedness of their assuming that a son would turn on his mother because of her political opinions.
You see the mirror they're holding up? Loyalty to the right political idea---to their idea---trumps all, family loyalty and a son's love for his mother included.
What's reflected in that mirror are people who have no respect for anything, not a dead solider, not a mother's grief, certainly not truth, not even themselves, no respect for anything but an idea.
The idea being that George Bush does no wrong.
Orcs terrified of the Nazgul aren't any more slavish to the Eye.