Environmentalist David Roberts posted at GristMill yesterday. His post is titled, "24 Sucks." Along with the comments at the end, this is a superb example of the height of Leftist thinking. He begins this way:
For the first few seasons of 24, I kept trying to get into it -- I'd watch the first three or four episodes and give up. I dropped by for an episode or two this season, and it confirmed my initial impression, which is:
24 reflects a warped, adolescent view of violence and human nature. It reeks of macho fantasies, born of insecurity, entitlement, and above all fear. No problem arises on the show that cannot be solved with more force, more brutality. Anyone attempting to mitigate that brutality is an effete, naive bureaucrat. In the world of 24, torture is always necessary, and it always works.
It is a show for a nation of terrified crybabies who want Daddy to keep them safe, and it both reflects and accelerates the degradation of our national character. It's a genuinely malign force.
Keep in mind, I don't watch 24. I don't know what channel or what night it's on. Laura Ingraham loves the show, and so does Hugh Hewitt. Based on Roberts's assessment, 24 must be a right-winger's show. But the Left doesn't seem satisfied to let the Right have a show to watch. Instead of politely ignoring a show that doesn't appeal to them, the Left must demonize that show, as in, "It's a genuinely malign force."
As for "a nation of terrified crybabies who want Daddy to keep them safe," that sounds suspiciously like those on the Left who want "Daddy," in the form of the UN or the Democrat Party, to keep them safe from Global Warming, smokers, meat-eaters, Christians, and the American military.
Roberts quotes Matt Yglesias with this:
...an almost childlike faith in the competence, honesty, and efficacy of the federal bureaucracy insofar as that bureaucracy is tasked with dishing out lethal force that they would never in a million years ascribe to, say, the people in charge of the Endangered Species Act.
Funny, but you could turn that sentence around and have it be true about the Left. Like this:
"...an almost childlike faith in the competence, honesty, and efficacy of the federal bureaucracy insofar as that bureaucracy is the people in charge of the Endangered Species Act, that they would never in a million years ascribe to, say, those people tasked with dishing out lethal force."
Self-blinders must be standard-issue for Lefties.
Roberts has this in his conclusion:
The horror of it all is that the lessons of history could not be clearer: force backfires. Violence sparks more violence. Brutality degrades both the brutal and brutalized.
The horror is that Roberts has not learned the lessons of history. Force stopped Hitler. For good. Force stopped Japanese imperialism. For good. And it was the occupation of the American military in those places, coupled with nation-building, that got Germany and Japan their stable governments with strong economies.
Down in the comments, Mike F has this to say:
One thing I'd like to point out is that Jack Bauer is simply Dirty Harry updated for the post 9/11 era. In the 1970s, the enemy wasn't Islamic terrorism but street thugs whose crimes were abetted, if not encouraged, by bleeding heart judges, defense lawyers and lawmakers. A spate of movies appeared during the 1970s and early 1980s that celebrated vigilantes like Harry who cared more about keeping the streets safe than protecting criminals' civil liberties. (emphasis added)
I guess Mike F sums up the difference between the Right and the Left with that last statement. And that's why the Left should just change the channel when 24 comes on. Heaven knows the Right has already perfected the act of channel-changing over objectionable programs.
But obviously the Left isn't content to leave a few crumbs on TV for the Right to watch. They want to expunge all shows that aren't to their taste, because those shows are "genuinely malign."