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by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
It’s amazing how comfortable leftists are with blatant hypocrisy. Their professed values of inclusiveness, tolerance, and equality only apply when they want them to. Such values rarely extend to their interaction with conservatives.
Consider the leftist rhetoric surrounding feminism. The sensitivity of your average women’s study major to the slightest reference to females as sex objects is nearly debilitating. Depending on how far off the deep end they are, the Left’s expectation of men may range from denying their sexuality to consenting to being cast off on an ice flow.
Yet strangely, when it comes to conservative women, the Left change their tune. Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell, and Meg Whitman among others are fair game for the most vile and degrading insults imaginable.
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by Walter Scott Hudson, contributing to NewsReal Blog
Science fiction and fantasy have always been ideal genres for exploring controversial political, religious, and philosophical ideas. The absurdity of circumstance in which such stories are set serve to detach an audience from reality, creating a kind of hypothetical laboratory for exploring thoughts which might be rejected elsewhere.
As a libertarian conservative and a life-long Star Wars fan, I was somewhat taken aback by 2005’s culminative installment Revenge of the Sith. Politics had dominated much of the prequel trilogy, but had been kept within the context of the story. Sith was different, as New York Times film critic A. O. Scott noted.
Mr. Lucas is clearly jabbing his light saber in the direction of some real-world political leaders. At one point, Darth Vader, already deep in the thrall of the dark side and echoing the words of George W. Bush, hisses at Obi-Wan, ‘If you’re not with me, you’re my enemy.’ Obi-Wan’s response is likely to surface as a bumper sticker during the next election campaign: ‘Only a Sith thinks in absolutes.’