Yesterday I heard a conservative commentator tell the BBC that President Obama is an “ideologue” who has dreamed of imposing a new dovish nuclear doctrine on the U.S. since 1983, when Obama was 22. But would this same conservative commentator refer to Jonathan Krohn, the kid who addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference at the age of 13, as an ideologue? In the rarified air of conservative political punditry, longtime Republicans are “principled” while longtime Democrats are “ideologues.” The opposite might be true on MSNBC or Air America.
It’s the responsibility of all mature citizens to avoid stepping in the bullshit. I think Thomas Jefferson said that.