It is a cliche, at this point, to point out that in the conservative blogosphere you will find a strong, fairly vocal contingent of people absolutely convinced that not only was the South right during the American Civil War, they were obviously right and the North was an evil force led by a tyrant who went by the name of Lincoln. I’d say the view is widespread enough that it probably reaches something like a fifty-fifty split in this particular circle.
If you want my off the cuff opinion I’ll say that I am sympathetic to the Southern viewpoint but tentatively would have to side with the North. Southern justification for secession strikes me as too similar to no-fault divorce, and political power shouldn’t work that way. Also, you know, South Carolina really did fire first.
Not the point though. I just wanted to express my utter loathing for comments like this one, from “What’s Wrong With the World”. From commenter Goodenough:
“the right role of a national leader like Lincoln…”
What a joke. I have never – and will never – understand how a conservative of any stripe can find in that man “rightness” of any stripe. And Jaffa was a revisionist fool, celebrating what has ultimately led to the office of president as one whose power has overwhelmingly outstripped its original designs.
I have neither the time nor the inclination to enter into an extended discussion over this fact (and yes, a fact it is). So I’ll be content – as a constant reader of this blog – to be labeled a troll and read what remains of the comments here, undoubtedly ones which roll over in incessant praise of a man whose lack of principle was almost as appalling as was his striving for power…at the expense of the citizenry, no less.
But please rehearse for me – as someone surely will – the morality-play that was the War of Northern Aggression. Please. And please try – just try – to convince me that Burke would have held Lincoln in anything but disrepute and disgust.
I’ll repeat my response from the original blog comments section:
Here’s the translation: I have no argument, and am blowing smoke, and have just saved myself the trouble of proving otherwise.
See, Goodenough has structured his comment so that no matter how we answer he can always spin it in a way that makes us look bad, because he’s given no argument. Therefore whatever we say he can always claim we’re missing some important fact or proof he has not given, and does not need to give because we’re all sheeple Yankees who were too taken in by the Man to understand the REAL story.
And, if we get annoyed at him, well we’re just proving his point! We’re labeling him a troll! Wake up sheeple!
I have no patience for craven folks like him, who carefully structure their comments in such a way that they can say whatever they want and content themselves that any response – any at all – proves their point.
To quote the “Sherlock” episode “The Recihenbach Fall”: You repel me.
To expand – this is a form of “disqualify”, and it is a cowardly SJW tactic. I don’t care how much of a die-hard conservative, more conservative than the evilly-evil Yankees, Goodenough claims to be. When you make strongly controversial drive-by claims then consistently frame your comment in such a way to make argument impossible, you are acting like a liberal. I have no patience for fools like that. Put up or shut up.