November 10, 2004

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
Peretz the thought

Martin Peretz, gracious in victory, denigrates Kerry supporters in today's Wall Street Journal (subscription only):

"But the problem is that many Democrats have a downright hostile attitude to the flag, to patriotism itself, which is thought by some in the party to be a retrograde sentiment. And they have, at best, a queasy disposition towards religion. To tell the truth, it gives many of them the creeps. You can't really do much with that, can you?"

Except quote James Baldwin, of course: "I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually." (Notes of a Native Son)

Or Thomas Jefferson: "Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear." (Letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787)

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#1

This is the fallacy of the excluded middle: The far left hates America. The far left opposes the war in Iraq. The far left hates Bush.

Therefore, anyone who opposes the war in Iraq or hates Bush is a far-left anti-American.

I once thought that Peretz knew better, even if certain fast-typing Tennessee law professors didn't.

Posted by: Reb Yudel at November 10, 2004 1:27 PM
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