The Right-Wing Funhouse Mirror of Dennis Pragar

According to Dennis Pragar in National Review, Ten Reasons Left-Wingers Cut Trump Voters from Their Lives , we liberals are a terrible lot.

Did you know that there more mean people on the left than the right? Pragar makes just such a claim.

The question of meanness in the body politic is an interesting one especially in light of today being the four year anniversary of the shooting at Newtown. So I’m curious what the right has to teach us as pillars of “niceness” to counter the bastions of “mean” folks on the left.

Perhaps, Alex Jones , a right-wing media figure who claims Newtown to be a hoax perpetrated by our very own government and inspires folks such as a Florida woman to make death threats against the parent of one of the slaughtered children exemplifies how not to be mean.  Why it’s certainly not mean for a right wing figure to dismiss the grief and suffering of a parent who suffers the ultimate tragedy of losing their child to senseless violence.

And it’s certainly not mean for Donald Trump to personally congratulate Alex Jones for his support for his campaign. According to Pragar,  “Unlike conservatives, politics gives most leftists’ lives meaning.”.  That’s odd,  sure seems like the right places political gain above the profound meaning embedded in denying or even admitting to the tragic loss of life in Newtown.

Did you know that the left is “irreligious”?

I din’t realize that the evil of murdering innocents is only apparent to the self-anointed on the right.

Did you also know that “leftists have loved ideas more than people.” This claim seems suspect as the right embraces the idea of gun rights above any claim on the lives and health of the public. Here’s Michael Huckabee, after the shooting at Charleston Church: “It sounds crass, but frankly the best way to stop a bad person with a gun is to have a good person with a weapon that is equal or superior to the one that he’s using.”

To the right, the idea of  more guns as a solution transcends the welfare of people at the hands of gun violence.  That’s why the right posits guns rights as sacrosanct and the loss of human life to guns as a necessary , unavoidable cost to the sanctity of guns. For the right, life is sacrosanct , just a tad less so than guns.

And finally, Pragar asserts that “Most left-wing positions are emotion-based.”

Apparently, Pragar fails to see that the anti-intellectualism and anti-science forces dominate on the right, not on the left.  Pragar dismisses global warming not based upon its scientific or rational merits but merely as a belief to give liberal’s lives meaning. It’s Pragar who elicits the emotional response with his condescension toward a well-established body of science around climate change as nothing more than a flighty fancy of liberals.

Pragar’s article is like the funhouse mirror — he wants you to see the left as it is not, so you cannot see the right for what it really is.

 

 

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