Insulting themselves, really
Posted by aogTuesday, 28 August 2007 at 15:36 TrackBack Ping URL

One thing that I have noticed recently that distinguishes (or not, depending on your viewpoint) the MAL and conservatives is the style of insult. Conservatives use insults that claim failures based on their own moral code, while the MAL-adjusted claim failures based on conservatives’ moral code. Odd, isn’t it?

This was brought home to me by this comment about the resignation of AG Gonzalez by a regular at that weblog who’s a rather spiteful leftist —

Does that include the day Gonzo was born, or the day his father married his mother?
Barney, the days were one & the same, the latter event after the first.

This was intended as an insult, but is one only in the conservative moral code. In the MAL’s moral code, what’s wrong with out of wedlock birth?

We see the same thing in the propensity of the MALists to use homosexuality as a slur on people they don’t like, like here and here (NSFW). Why is that a slur if you’re a member of the MAL?

Clearly, the underlying message here is that conservative morality is the only real morality, and these kind of insults demonstrate that, becoming in effect self-insults. Yet try to explain that to a MAList.

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Tom C., Stamford,Ct. Wednesday, 29 August 2007 at 18:22

Mean, nasty SOB’s. The word ‘reactionary’ comes to mind. They hate easily and without thought. Too self-involved to notice the inconsistencies.

David Cohen Thursday, 30 August 2007 at 07:08

And the particular comment you quote was probably anti-Latino, too.

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