Evan Sayet

This video is making its way around the conservative blogs. I'm not going to post it here, because some of the things Mr. Sayet says are, shall we say, a little over the top. It's the "liberalism as a sickness" kind of rhetoric, which I don't think is particularly useful in political debate.

Mr. Sayet is a Hollywood conservative, a New York Jew and a person who spends a lot of time with, as he says, "big L" liberals. So he probably knows what he's talking about. He also is a rather entertaining speaker. But he's pretty tough on his political adversaries and not someone who is going to lower the volume of political debate. I'm kind of surprised that the Heritage Foundation gave him a platform.

However, I do think he brings forward an interesting point. He says that through the various institutions that liberals control (schools, media, etc) young people are taught that "discrimination" is such an abhorrent behavior that kids lose the ability to determine right from wrong. And if people can't make a judgment about "good vs bad", they invariably side with the "bad" when debating with people who can discriminate. It's the same argument that Allan Bloom made in The Closing of the American Mind.

There was a day when discrimination was a positive thing - as in "she has discriminating tastes". Today, it is considered a universally bad thing - as in "he discriminates against minorities". Unfortunately, popular culture doesn't properly discriminate in using the word and, as such, we just get mush... and a bunch of mushy young minds, as seen in places like the John Stewart Show.

Without going too far down this rhetorical road, I can see his point. In the media today, we often see arguments made against the Bush Administration or the military where the only logical conclusion is that sympathies are more with people who blow up civilians than with the effort to stop them. Mr. Sayet is pretty strident in his thinking, but you have to admit he has a point.