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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Terms Lefties Don't Understand

Ann Coulter playing rough with Cindy and Maureen:

Fortunately, the Constitution vests authority to make foreign policy with the president of the United States, not with this week's sad story. But liberals think that since they have been able to produce a grieving mother, the commander in chief should step aside and let Cindy Sheehan make foreign policy for the nation. As Maureen Dowd said, it's "inhumane" for Bush not "to understand that the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute."

I'm not sure what "moral authority" is supposed to mean in that sentence, but if it has anything to do with Cindy Sheehan dictating America's foreign policy, then no, it is not "absolute." It's not even conditional, provisional, fleeting, theoretical or ephemeral.

The logical, intellectual and ethical shortcomings of such a statement are staggering. If one dead son means no one can win an argument with you, how about two dead sons? What if the person arguing with you is a mother who also lost a son in Iraq and she's pro-war? Do we decide the winner with a coin toss? Or do we see if there's a woman out there who lost two children in Iraq and see what she thinks about the war?

Dowd's "absolute" moral authority column demonstrates, once again, what can happen when liberals start tossing around terms they don't understand like "absolute" and "moral." It seems that the inspiration for Dowd's column was also absolute. On the rocks.


Kathy Hutchins said...

The irrepressible (and sometimes frightening) Christopher Hitchens was also busy cleaning Mother Sheehan's clock earlier this week.

There was some earlier dispute about whether Sheehan had in fact written the Nightline letter Hitchens quotes, which seems to be have been settled in ABC's favor.

KeithM, Indy said...

Good letter in the Opinion Journal today from a dad whose son died in Iraq.


So, if both have "absolute moral authority", yet have differing opinions, then how could either have "absolute moral authority."

Last I checked, everyone had the absolute moral authority to voice their opinions in this country. Pro-war, anti-war, are each entitled to their opinion.

Jay D. Homnick said...

Wow, that Ann Coulter is just out of this world. Imagine openly accusing Maureen Dowd of writing under the influence! She is one special person.

Amazingly, very few people are aware that she was personally responsible for getting Clinton impeached. It's in Isikoff's book but she never brags about it, so it seems to have gone forgotten.