Monday, May 28, 2007
Hyperbolic Analogy, Take 1,000
In one of O'Reilly's most recent analogies, he actually makes a comparison between the South, during the days of Jim Crow, and modern-day Vermont - according to him a bastion of degenerate child molesters and their protectorate. Just as the southern states, he says, turned inward and resisted the change that the rest of the country (i.e., the more enlightened states) promoted, so, too, is Vermont resisting his pleas for more draconian forms of justice leveled against child molesters. An enlightened "us" against an archaic "them", in other words...........I mean, don't get me wrong here. A lot of the cases O'Reilly cites probably ARE injustices (this, though, please, keep in mind here that I, like O'Reilly, am not an expert on the law and don't necessarily know all the details of the cases). All I'm saying is that you cannot conceivably compare an essentially enlightened state that, granted, has made some isolated mistakes in it's judicial system to a time and place in our society when an entire race of human beings was being subjugated on a disgustedly massive scale. I mean, not only is that insulting to black people (never mind, to the citizens of Vermont) but it is an absolutely devoid-of-logic argument, as well. This, I'm saying, in that how can you conceivably make a comparison between the 2 situations - other than from a state of paranoia/ cut-and-dry mental status?........Bill O'Reilly, ladies and gentlemen!!!