According to Kathleen Parker (August 14), having a blog and expressing a strong political opinion is akin to “Stalinist tactics”. Such words would not apply to any right winger editorialist like herself of course, but only to those such as the “operative” Michael Moore.
Parker describes a recent blog by Moore as a “manifesto…straight out of Stalin’s playbook”. The blog merely states his strong opinion that the next democrat presidential candidate be anti-war.
Ms. Parker’s editorial states her opinion that leftists want an anti-war president. Is she also plagiarizing from the same “Stalin Playbook”? Of course not, so why say it of Moore?
I suppose the difference is that Parker’s rant is as an ‘editor’, Moore’s same rant is as a ‘blogger’. Or, maybe the difference is one is an democrat and the other a republican. I think most people that follow politics understand the underlying results of Lieberman’s loss. Why both sides have to use it to degrade? It reeks of egotism and diverts discussion away from the subject to the writer, from the opinion to the opinionated.
This non-debate will never be productive and will never facilitate any resolution of the issues that confront our country, including the war. Lyndon Johnson’s favorite bible verse was said to be Isaiah 1:18– “Come let us reason together”. Reason is the capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence. We would be wise to heed that verse. We should openly invite others to discuss issues and ideas, with reason not rhetoric, not name calling and spin, but with rational thought and intelligence.