March 23, 2005

Do-Gooders

You can tell a lot about someone by what they consider to be an insult. Oliver Willis takes note of Tom Delay's recent remarks about the syndicate of supposedly liberal groups conspiring against him. I only wish we were organized enough to merit such a cool-sounding moniker. But look at what he says here, emphasis mine:

... And that is to go after people, personally charge them with frivolous charges, and link that up with all these do-gooder organizations funded by George Soros, and then, and then get the national media on their side. ...

I'm sure everyone and their brother has noted by now the rank hypocrisy of Tom Delay, whose most recent offence against public decency is his slander of Michael Schiavo from his high perch in the Capitol for several news cycles now, talking about publicly bringing frivolous charges against people just to go after them politically. The thing that stood out to me, though, was his use of do-gooder as though it were a curse word. Garrison Keillor talked about this attitude, this sneering at anyone who might fit such a label, in his book Homegrown Democrat. From the close of Chapter 5:

"To the cheater, there is no such thing as honesty, and to Republicans the idea of serving the public good is counterfeit on the face of it - they never felt such an urge, therefore it must not exist."

Do head over to Willis' to read the rest of what Delay said, or listen to the MP3 if you prefer.

Posted by natasha at March 23, 2005 02:25 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |
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