Holy Mother! I knew Matt Stoller was a crass, spiteful, hate filled partisan hack whose rants against Bush, Republicans and conservatives are usually tinged with a touch of deranged wackiness that causes the reader to giggle while wondering about his mental health.
But his latest is truly a masterpiece of looniness.
Reagan was a psychotic man who nearly blew up the world and used paranoia and fear to change our culture and government in horrible ways. He also wasn’t particularly popular, though as a politician, he’s worth admiring for his raw political skill. Conservative ideology is based on greed and fear. There’s no such thing as a good conservative leader, period. It is a fundamentally bankrupt, corrupt, and fraudulent ideology, and there is nothing laudable about people like Reagan who tap into the worst of America.
There’s no sense trying parse any of that for the simple reason that Stoller is beyond rationality, beyond reason, and beyond hope. I assume even most liberals – classical liberals rather than the unbalanced internet variety of Stalinist mongrels – would find much to disagree with as far as his personal bric-a-bracs tossed at conservatives. As far as conservative ideology, I know several liberals who admire Locke and who find much to think about and are not entirely dismissive of Kirk. And, of course, there are many liberals who admire Reagan for a variety of reasons – even though they disagree strenuously with many of his policies.
The point being is that Stoller and the grumpy cohort of internet “progressives” who cheer him on still believe themselves to be tolerant, enlightened, mature members of the human race. And yet, to agree with someone so wildly out of touch with human decency and devoid of empathy brands Stoller and his cheering section as spoiled, petulant, bratty children whose emotional growth stopped at around age 6.
Stoller offers not a shred of proof for any of his charges against Reagan or conservatives in his diatribe. Neither do small children when ranting about not getting that flexible flyer sled for which they asked Santa. It is not necessary to offer proof when spouting emotionally charged epithets on the left. What’s important is the emoting itself – as if sticking out your tongue and calling people names is an important act in and of itself. You’re speaking truth to power, man. Why bother with rational thought when screaming like a kid with wet diapers gets just as much attention?
Yes, I know there are so many more important things to write about. But the next time Stoller goes off on a conservative Republican for being “hateful,” most of the rest of us will remember this little screed and smile a wry smile of satisfied amusement.