Monday, January 2, 2012
Why Glenn Greenwald is Not Serious
Generally I don't write these kind of posts, or maybe I do but I forgot, however I got a little pissed off today. Read Greenwald's thing about Ron Paul and how he is the only person taking certain positions that go against the entire establishment both "left" and right. (One really must put "left" and "liberal" in quotation marks when referring to our political/pundit class, not so much with right or conservative.) Its a brutal take down of Obama and what Greenwald calls tribalism from a real liberal perspective (no need for quotes here). There is more (much more Greenwald is not known for his brevity) I suggest reading the whole thing.
I, in cruising the web later went to Lawyers, Guns and Money and they had a take on the whole thing that essentially, and I do think I am being fair here (read them), accused Greenwald of supporting Paul, ignoring Paul's horrible positions of women's rights among other horrible positions that Paul takes on other things like civil rights. alcicublog also had something about it.
The comments at all the sites seemed more than willing to ignore the original argument: mainly that Paul forces discussion of the various issues he raises into the main stream and deteriorated into, but Paul wouldn't do what he said if he was elected and/or he is just a bad person concerning civil rights and women's rights and/or he couldn't do what he said and/or ........... In other words a horse race or this is my hero and I'm sticking by him (Obama) because he is just dreamy (OK that last is a little snarky, but why not its my blog?)
Given that I figure that most of the people who read these blogs are better educated and more informed then the average citizen (showing my prejudice here) this kind of response is kind of depressing. OK major depressing.