There is no Way I Could Make This Up29 May, 2009
Red States Erik Erickson does not like the idea that there are cracks in the conservative facade. He really does not like that idea that Republicans are actually objecting to the dreck spilling from the mouths of such ‘main-stream’ conservatives as Limbaugh, Beck and Cheney (both, I presume). And, the GOP being, of course, God’s Own Party, he takes a religious viewpoint:
All of us, every single person regardless of political persuasion who reads this, have a tendency to deny [he seems to conflate objecting to objectionable, even hateful, language with denial — interesting] our friends and fellow travelers at times. All of us.
Peter, under pressure and fear, denied Christ not just once, but three times. Peter, though, feared death. The strain on Peter was great. The rest of us, though, typically fear the opinions of others.
There are those who like it when we feel guilty for associating with someone. More troubling, in the conservative movement and in the greater right-of-center coalition, there are many, many fellow traveler who would rather spend their time throwing their own under the bus than fighting the left….
….The incidents of late with Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Dick Cheney, and others is why I raise this. Putting it bluntly, were these guys on the left, their fellow leftists would at best be cheering them on and at worst silently nodding along. There wouldn’t be any on that side rushing to the nearest microphone to condemn them….
Peter denied Christ three times. Our goal should be to not deny Christ and also to not deny the valuable members of our own movement. Embracing them does not mean we embrace every word and every deed. But it should likewise mean we don’t race to the nearest microphone to condemn our own when they do something [indiscreet]. The people we should shun are the ones who are quick to throw the rest of us out for daring to stand up for our friends.
I severely disagree with his assessment of how those of us on the left treat those who speak out of their asses: we call them out. Obama’s embrace of the religious right, his embrace of prayer and faith, and his embrace of Bush’s ‘national security’ rational have been, repeatedly, the subject of objections, strong objections, within the progressive community. On the right, however, only the most extreme cases (Beck’s embrace of secessionism, Limbaugh’s eliminationist rhetoric) raise even the mildest of objections from anyone on the right.
That said, I have to ask: if the footsoldiers of the right are acting the part of Peter, denying Jesus, does that make Beck Jesus? I tried to picture Limbaugh as Jesus, but crucifixion would be like nailing jello to a tree.