Saturday, May 22, 2010

Debbie Schlussel Makes Me Feel Smart

I have to admit that I'm starting to like Debbie Schlussel, even though she is quite possibly a pedophile. She is so outlandishly stupid that she makes me feel smart by comparison.

Debbie Schlussel was criticized by Octavia Nasr in one of the CNN blogs for her repeated attacks on Miss USA Rima Fakih. Ms. Schlussel, in turn, got bent out of shape because Ms. Nasr referred to her as a neoconservative, which she believes is "an anti-Semitic slur."

Really, Debbie Schlussel? Really?

Neoconservative is an anti-Semitic slur? Really?

Neoconservatism is generally defined as being a branch of conservative thought that advocates for using economic and military power to export American values abroad. Wikipedia's entry on it is here. Merriam-Webster Dictionary has a similar definition that's available here.

Differentiating neoconservatives from other types of conservatives is relevant simply because they have significant philosophical differences other branches of conservatism. Fiscal conservatives, for example, are opposed to much of what neoconservatives advocate for because it invariably involves spending massive amounts of tax dollars.

Classic examples of neoconservatives include former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney. Both were frequently referred to as neoconservatives. Neither were of whom are Jewish.

If a certain school of political thought has a definition with no bearing on one's religious affiliation, and is applied equally to all share said ideology irrespective of their religion then, by definition, it can't be viewed as a slur against any religion. Therefore, it is complete nonsense to call neoconservatism an anti-Semitic slur.

All of which leads me to conclude that God created Debbie Schlussel to make the rest of us feel smart.

2 comments:

Shondira said...

Sounds like we are on the same page about her.

FrankNemecek said...

Great minds think alike.

Love & laughter,
Frank