Smearing Paul Ryan By Associating Him With The Previously-Smeared Charles Murray; or: Liberals Need To Stop Calling Everybody Racist
Sullivan, getting it right.
Liberals really have to stop doing and tolerating this kind of thing--cavalierly flinging around charges of racism. News freaking flash: not every conservative is a racist. And not everyone who refuses to genuflect at liberal shibboleths is a racist. And not everyone who rejects the claim that all groups are equal in all ways is a racist.
Accusing someone of being a racist on weak grounds is wrong. Though--speaking of things that piss me off about liberalism and the lefty-left--sometimes the only way to get people to throttle back on this stuff is to use the loathsome "harms the cause" argument: unjustified charges of racism undermine the cause of fighting actual racism by devaluing charges of racism. I myself rarely take charges of racism or sexism coming from the lefty-left seriously, since those charges are thrown around so indiscriminately over there. Most are false, so there's little reason to take any randomly-selected charge seriously. More centrist liberals are less bad about this stuff, but they're still too tolerant of it.