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August 08, 2005

Embracing Mediocrity

These three quotes contain a lot in common, do they not? The first is from a...well, I suppose it's a site spoofing Communism. I say that less than solidly because, considering what an abysmal failure Communism is, and considering how cruel and immoral Communism's goals are in the first place, and considering how laughable are it's methods from the perspective of reason, wouldn't even the most serious Communist site resemble a spoof? Anyway, the following quote is from The People's Cube:

Competition is a barbaric, insensitive ritual that reeks of social Darwinism. We cannot allow the fittest to survive on our pages. Your loss is someone else's gain, and your gain is someone else's loss. Therefore, losers contribute to the society and winners take away from it. Being a winner is unethical, while a society of losers is happy and striving as a collective. In the spirit of diversity, inclusiveness, and collectivism our contests shall have no winners. Everyone is declared a loser, which in our book means an ethical team player.
--You May Be Guilty of a Thoughtcrime if....

And while you allow the whole meaning of that quote to sink in, and after reminding yourself that this came from a spoof site (while also noting the irony that it accurately describes Communism), consider the following real event:

The other day an official with a British teachers' union proposed that the concept of "failing" exams should be abolished. Instead of being given a "failing" grade, she said, the pupil would instead be given a "deferred success."
--Mark Steyn, Democrats' New Strategy: Almost Winning

Two quotes into my three quote presentation, and things are already looking pretty scary. The next quote comes from the same story as the above. Mark Steyn, master political columnist, is the first to tie them together, I get no credit for that, it's all his, but what's scary is both of these quotes describe real events - not spoofs. My point is that the type of thinking in the first quote, the one from The People's Cube, is the essence of what is going on here:

Oh, sure, you can scoff. But evidently the system's already being test-piloted in Howard Dean's Democratic Party. That's why the Dems' Congressional Campaign Committee hailed their electoral failure in last week's Ohio special election as a triumphant "deferred success." As their press release put it:

"In nearly the biggest political upset in recent history, Democrat Paul Hackett came within just a few thousand votes of defeating Republican Jean Schmidt in Ohio's Second Congressional District."

Yes, indeed. It was "nearly the biggest political upset in recent history," which is another way of saying it was actually the smallest political non-upset in recent history.

Embracing mediocrity. That's the whole story.

It's amazing that the Democratic party has any power (i.e., voters) at all.

On another topic, the rest of the Mark Steyn article is excellent as well. Here's a bit more to whet your appetite:

Hackett was like a fast-forward rerun of the Kerry campaign. He was a veteran of the Iraq war, but he was anti-war, but he made solemn dignified patriotic commercials featuring respectful footage of President Bush and artfully neglecting to mention the candidate was a Democrat, but in livelier campaign venues he dismissed Bush as a "sonofabitch" and a "chicken hawk" who was "un-American" for questioning his patriotism.

And as usual this nearly winning strategy lost yet again -- this time to a weak Republican candidate with a lot of problematic baggage. Insofar as I understand it, the official Democratic narrative is that Bush is a moron who's nevertheless managed to steal two elections. Big deal. Up against this crowd, that's looking like petty larceny. After the Ohio vote, Dem pollster Stan Greenberg declared that "one of the biggest doubts about Democrats is that they don't stand for anything." That might have passed muster two years ago. Alas, the party's real problem is that increasingly there's no doubt whatsoever about it.

Fortunately, the Dems have found a new line of attack to counter the evil election-stealing moron. A few days ago, the Democratic National Committee put out a press release attacking Bush for being physically fit. It seems his physical fitness comes at the expense of the nation's lardbutt youth. Or as the DNC put it:

"While President Bush has made physical fitness a personal priority, his cuts to education funding have forced schools to roll back physical education classes and his administration's efforts to undermine Title IX sports programs have threatened thousands of women's college sports programs."

Wow. I noticed my gal had put on a few pounds but I had no idea it was Bush's fault. That sonofabitch chicken hawk. Just for the record, "his cuts to education funding" are cuts only in the sense that Hackett's performance in the Ohio election was a tremendous victory: that's to say, Bush's "cuts to education funding" are in fact an increase of roughly 50 percent in federal education funding.

Posted by Jeff at August 8, 2005 04:09 AM

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