One of the first blogs I ever read on the Internet was Andrew Sullivan's. Andrew's a great writer and a number of his views mirrored mine. I liked that he could be staunchly conservative on some issues, and yet "out there" on other topics, like gay rights. One of the best things about Andrew was that he didn't seem to allow his emotions to run amuck through rationality and reason.
But. That was then, and this is now.
Now an alien seems to have taken over Andrew's site. The invasion of Andrew's body snatcher seems to have occurred roughly around the time that George W. Bush announced his support for the amendment "protecting" marriage.
While I agree with Andrew that this is a wrong-headed concept - both because the idea of preventing gays from establishing legal, loving relationships is wrong, and because altering our Constitution for this is wrong, I haven't had my brain turn to ooze as a result. I can imagine that this issue matters far, far more to Andrew than to me - though I do have dear friends and family who are gay and at least in theory are affected by these issues. Still, the honest philosophers among us ought to stick to data and logic when examining the issues; not our raw emotions.
Since Andrew "lost it," his blog has degenerated. Instead of the thoughtful writer who weighed the actions and beliefs of this administration fairly - even if I didn't always agree - we now have a voice that sounds like a fugitive from Moveon.org.
Today's entry is an example:
THE GOODS ON BUSH: This isn't getting any prettier, is it? But it's always been obvious that, during Vietnam, George W. Bush benefited from the soft affirmative action of pedigreed privilege. The CBS-recovered forms are pretty devastating in this repsect, I'd say. Money quote: Another memo refers to a phone call from the lieutenant in which he and his commander "discussed options of how Bush can get out of coming to drill from now through November." And that due to other commitments "he may not have time."
On August 1, 1972, Col. Killian grounded Lt. Bush for failure to perform to U.S. Air Force/Texas Air National Guard standards and for failure to take his annual physical as ordered.
A year after Lt. Bush's suspension from flying, Killian was asked to write another assessment.
Killian's memo, titled 'CYA' reads he is being pressured by higher-ups to give the young pilot a favorable yearly evaluation; to, in effect, sugarcoat his review. He refuses, saying, "I'm having trouble running interference and doing my job."
You've got that and the guy who pulled the strings to get Bush in the Guard saying he's now ashamed of what he did. Now: I hate this kind of sleaze. But the Bush campaign's attack on Kerry's military service makes it all sadly legit. Is there a real, substantive response to this (and I don't mean sliming Barnes as a Democrat)? Are the forms forgeries? Is Barnes lying? I'd be more than happy to read (or run) a cogent, factual rebuttal.
Of course, no evidence whatsoever that the Bush administration is "attacking" Kerry's record. Indeed; the Bush administration has repeatedly stated it admires and honors the contributions that Kerry made in Vietnam.
Andrew is incredibly well read, and he must know this. Still, he ignores it and instead resorts to the worst innuendo and rumor available.
So. Another first.
For the first time, I have removed one of my "Read 'Em; I Do" recommendations. Andrew Sullivan is gone. I have no reason to send my readers there.
Instead, I am adding a new blog that is held in high esteem by people that I enjoy. Ally at Who Moved My Truth? and Bill at Bill's Comments have pointed me in the direction of Amy Ridenour's National Center. And now, I shall direct you there, too!
Sad to see Andrew leave, but delighted to have Amy on board!