This is the second part of a two-part mini-essay. See part one, posted 1/15/10.
The first common untruthful practice I observe among liberals consists in turning factual decisions into moral ones.
The second mendacious practice I catch frequently among liberals is related to the first but it’s more egregious. It consists in shutting off debate in the name of compassion. Dorothy Rabinowitz, the wisest commentator in the Wall Street Journal, gives a wonderful and blood-curdling example on 1/15/10.
As everyone knows now, the race for the seat of the late Senator Kennedy has turned into a referendum on the Democratic health care reform project. The Democratic candidate, Martha Coakley, is the standing Attorney General of Massachusetts. Earlier in her career, when she became a District Attorney, she had to make a decision about an appeal by a convicted child molester, a Gerard Amirault. The man had been convicted among other beauts, of sodomizing a five-year old with the blade of a butcher knife. There was never any physical evidence. (Read this sentence again because you may have missed its stark, clean meaning.) The whole trial had been of the same ilk. Judges wanted to reverse the decision. Ms Coakley declined to help and instead, went into high gear to prevent Mr Amirault ( and his sister and his old mother) from ever going out free and clear.
This is the kind of story that makes you hope for the death penalty, for the prosecutor that is.
Whatever her motivation, in that case, liberal Ms Coakley stopped the discussion of the plausibility of the events as told, including in her own mind, by evoking the horrible character of the fact, if it happened to be a fact. Incidentally, this device is commonly used in liberal-impelled administrative punishment for harassment, as occurs frequently in academia, for example:
Stop talking about whether he did it at all; if he did, it was a monstrosity.
But there is no reason to believe he did.
Stop, I don’t want to discuss this anymore because the action(s) to which I am referring is (are) completely awful.
But, what if nothing at all happened?
Stop; you don’t have a heart!
I will keep you informed of the progress of my ongoing study of the mechanisms of liberal untruthfulness.