“These negative labels are intended to pre-empt argument, to throw one’s antagonist onto the defensive so that he wastes time defending himself against this label, rather than discussing the subject at hand. And there is good reason why Sullivan supposes conservatives to be cowards in this regard: Because many conservatives are (cowards).
They are easily intimidated by liberal name-calling and will bend over backward to protect their precious “respectability” by trying to dodge the accusation. And in doing so, they end up abandoning the high ground, tacitly granting the premise of the liberal argument.
This is why I so admire Kathy Shaidle. When the leftoids shout, “Racist!” she responds,
“OK, fine, I’m a racist. Do you have an actual argument, or are you just here to call me names?”
Real courage like that utterly confounds the Leftists, because…
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