In his usual habit of linking to something approvingly without first checking whether or not it is categorically false, Glenn Reynolds yesterday directed readers to this mean-spirited post on a blog called "Classical Values". The classical values-espousing writer implies that a Daily Kos poster's call to send care packages to our troops is a cynical ploy, designed solely so that the troop-hating moonbats over there can use this for propaganda in a few months. Commenters at the site then simultaneously marvel at how late in coming this "Kos Kid" expression of support was and note their own past efforts in a self-congratulatory tone.
The problem with all this? Posters on Daily Kos have been sending care packages and participating in other hands-on gestures of support throughout the war. Is it fair to question their motives? If you're very cynical, I guess, and if you keep in mind that many of them have friends and family members in the military. But to imply that they're doing this at the last minute to make themselves look better is phenomenally dishonest. This kind of us-vs-them "the other side hates our troops" rhetoric (which can indeed be seen at Daily Kos quite often as well) is intentionally divisive and, paired with the dishonesty of suggesting that this was the only such effort on Kos, would seem to reflect an iffy interpretation of the meaning of "classical values".
I posted a comment calling them on the factual aspect of this (in a respectful tone) last night, but for some reason it has yet to show up over there...
-Ben | Comments
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