December 28, 2009

The First State's biggest hater misses the point (again)

Delaware Dunce, the "progressive" who once wished that all Republicans be rounded up and shot, now shows what a complete philistine he is by attempting to opine on a show I bet he never (or rarely) understood. (He also says TNG was "one of my favorite childhood shows," showing that he is still quite wet behind the ears.) Of course, he only gives you part of the story. Here's the rest of the National Review The Corner article (by Mike Potemra) he criticizes:

I asked an NR colleague about it, and he speculated that the show’s appeal for conservatives lay largely in the toughness of the main character: Jean-Luc Picard was a moral hardass where the Captain Kirk of the earlier show was more of an easygoing, cheerful swashbuckler. I think there’s something to that: Patrick Stewart did indeed create, in that character, a believable and compelling portrait of ethical uprightness.

I wonder what someone with the "morals" which rationalize the murder of mere political opponents has to say about Jean-Luc Picard -- a man who once rhetorically torn down a Starfleet admiral for acting in a manner very much like Delaware Dunce's own.

And just to point out the obvious: Potemra's invocation of the "liberal" values of "peace, tolerance, due process, progress" would be more accurately expressed as the "unrealistic liberal imagining of peace, tolerance, due process, progress." I mean, anyone with half a brain had to be screaming at his/her TV during TNG's second season "Q Who?" which introduced the Borg. Though a "moral hardass" perhaps, at times Picard was hopelessly naive (and was told so by the omnipotent Q) as in this episode where he, no matter what, kept trying to reason with the Borg. And then later, when he acquiesced and withdrew his support for introducing an invasive program that would have decimated the Borg once and for all. (See my recent post about this tidbit, and more, here.) It is that type of blind, irrational "tolerance" and "peace" that drives conservatives nutty, for it ultimately leads to disaster. (See one Neville Chamberlain in real life; see the result of Picard's refusal to introduce that invasive program in "Star Trek: First Contact." Oh, and yet another excellent scifi example of such liberal "tolerance": The original "Battlestar Galactica" movie where the Council of Twelve ridiculously falls for the Cylon "desire" for "peace.")

Posted by Hube at December 28, 2009 10:31 AM | TrackBack

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