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Anybody Who Quotes Machiavelli is OK With Me


I just had a short but cordial email exchange with the Armed Prophet over a comment I made at the Scrum regarding their analysis of meetup, which I somewhat address below. After the exchange I went over to his site -- I found his post on Liberals spitting on the graves of dead conservatives somewhat embarrassing.
As I said above, I really don't like to generalize about the relative demeanors of each side -- both have their share of extremists -- but I can't recall the last time conservatives noticeably rejoiced over anyone's death.

Make of all this what you will, but Armed Prophet does feel safe saying one thing for sure: liberals like to wrap themselves in rhetoric about tolerance and understanding in spite of differences, but too often they don't live up to it -- and boy do they have a mean streak.

Matt Singer at NotGeniuses wrote about this a couple of weeks ago.
I've been away from the computer for a while and somehow missed the news of Strom Thurmond's death until Friday evening and did not have a chance to comment until now.

I heard a comment from a liberal friend that bothered me, however. It was something along the lines of "Good Riddance."

That's a statement unbefitting of anyone who claims to have respect for our political process. Strom Thurmond held many positions I disliked. He served in the U.S. Senate for far longer than he should have (based on his ailing health).

But we should never find ourselves rejoicing in the loss of another.

Anyway, I believe that putting aside the extremists (as good conservatives have with Ann Coulter and Michael Savage) is a good practice, and we on the left should take this criticism seriously.