I have to confess that I had never heard that peculiar expression before its employment by “Blogging Tories” beefy head honcho Stephen Taylor in a piece outlining why he feels that Omar Khadr shouldn’t be repatriated to Canada for trial. Oops, I’m sorry. Did I say “feels”? I should actually have said, “why Taylor thinks with cold, hard logic”… Good gravy, not feels! Perish the thought.
Irrational emotionalism is, of course, the hackneyed, condescending framework in which Taylor attempts to characterize the attitude of “left-wingers” regarding this contentious issue in order to trivialize it:
As a conservative, I have for the most part found intellectual solace in logic on issue tracks where my bleeding-heart friends usually hug the emotional left rail. The broad-arching free markets help rise more people out of poverty than knee-jerk social and emotional reaction to give hand-outs to sustain a substandard of living is but one example where cold right-wing logic is a better and more constructive end that short-sighted albeit well-meaning emotionalism. I have always believed that right-wingers act upon what they know to be true, whereas left-wingers act upon what they feel to be true.
There’s so much wrong with this bogus tripe that it’s hard to know where to begin, but let’s consider Taylor’s phony “example” for starters. Here, “broad-arching free markets” are pitted against “hand-outs to sustain a substandard of living” as the best means of helping “rise [sic] more people out of poverty” thereby conclusively demonstrating the triumph of conservatism over liberalism, one presumes.
Unfortunately, the comparison is a patently false one for obvious reasons. It supposes, for instance that “liberals” are somehow opposed to the free market, which is clearly not the case. The sort of programs that are alleged to be the result of a “knee-jerk… emotional reaction” aren’t even defined at all beyond having their motivation and objectives cartoonishly mocked, so how can one even attempt to make a comparison? The simple answer is that you can’t make any sense at all out of this slovenly, wooly-headed fluff — which is somewhat ironic given that Taylor purports to be a champion of “cold right-wing logic” that he hilariously claims is a “hallmark” of his ideology. How refreshing it would be to see some actual evidence of this assertion in practice. Alas, scan the gamut of “The Blogging Tories” and scarcely a shred of it will be found.
A little added comedy bonus comes in the last sentence above where Taylor states that he’s “always believed that right-wingers act upon what they know to be true, whereas left-wingers act upon what they feel to be true.” This fatuous, faith-based claim might possibly have some validity if what so-called right-wingers “know to be true” was actually based on facts rather than is more frequently the case, specious rubbish that stubbornly lodges itself in the space between their ears.
As for Taylor’s actual point about Khadr, I’ll address that in a later post.