The Village Voice Goes Ankle Biting

 

The Village Voice recently offered an energetic little romp through conservative opinion regarding the Supreme Court’s Obamacare endorsement. The piece, by Roy Edroso, was evidently not intended to be taken too seriously, unblemished as it is by much in the way of serious thought. Instead, Mr. Edroso bounds from one writer to another, nipping at the ankles, unable to leave more than an occasional scratch. He even singled out yours truly for some attention, about which more in due course.

Edroso writes that Rich Lowry’s column contained a, “…grand cataclysm of metaphors: ‘The umpire called a balk, but gave the pitcher a do-over. The ref called a foul, but didn’t interrupt the play… On ObamaCare, the umpire struck out.’ Then he called himself for goaltending over the blue line and got a red card.” No substantive rebuttal of Lowry’s comments, of course. Just a light nibble about the ankles. Referring to John Yoo as, “…torture enthusiast John Yoo,” Mr. Edroso invites the following question: If helping design the system of enhanced interrogation that brought Osama bin Laden within the trajectory of a Navy SEAL’s bullet makes John Yoo a “torture enthusiast,” does the refusal to take bin Laden when he was offered to the US make Bill Clinton a “terror enthusiast?” Well, of course not. No level headed person would advance that argument, its seriousness being on par with Roy Edroso’s. But let’s move to the fun part. Concerning my piece on the Supreme Court decision, we read: 

Dave Carter at hip new internet thing Ricochet took the decision very personally. Carter quoted Shakespeare, then reported, “these weren’t the first words that came to mind when I heard the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare. No, nothing that profound came immediately to mind. Unfortunately, the first phrase I uttered, while driving an 18 wheeler through Scranton, was unprintable.” What an interesting person he seems!

Carter went on: “My refusal to be pushed around and bullied by an out of control government is yet another thing I have in common with Patrick Henry.” (Not to mention, his photograph suggests, Larry the Cable Guy.) Carter scorned as “tyranny” the enforcement of universal healthcare, and promised, “I will not compromise with it, accommodate it, lend it the veneer of euphemism, nor counsel acquiescence to it. I will instead fight it, mock it, and scorn it with every means at my disposal.” Give him liberty or Git-R-Done!”

The emphasis on my photo (complete with sleeveless shirt), the reference to Larry the Cable Guy, and the “…Git-R-Done!” phrase is playful enough, with just the hint of mockery. No harm done, though it is instructive that when progressives, who fancy themselves as the voice of the working man, are actually confronted with one, they instinctively resort to stereotypical derision. But it’s a harmless frolic, really, until: 

Carter scorned as “tyranny” the enforcement of universal healthcare, and promised, “I will not compromise with it, accommodate it, lend it the veneer of euphemism, nor counsel acquiescence to it. I will instead fight it, mock it, and scorn it with every means at my disposal.” 

At this point we reach down, pick the errant puppy up by the scruff of the neck, and remind him of a few things. If you wish to refute my ideas, Roy, honesty requires that you to state them correctly. By omitting two thirds of the sentence that you quote from my piece and substituting the term “universal healthcare,” which term appears nowhere in my article, you misrepresented my point to your readers, Roy, and that’s not very nice. So to set the record straight, here is what I wrote:

But to be ordered, by means of regulation or taxes and penalties, to enter into a private contract or to purchase a private product or service against my will, by virtue of my simple existence, is tyranny and I will not compromise with it, accommodate it, lend it the veneer of euphemism, nor counsel acquiescence to it. 

You see, I was addressing the larger meaning of the Supreme Court’s decision, not merely the implications vis-a-vis Obamacare. I wonder how many of your readers, Roy, would celebrate laws that compel the purchase of gym memberships, or require every American to purchase a firearm, or a Bible, under threat of a penalty or tax? Because by expanding the tax authority to compel us to engage in commerce without us having first taken an affirmative step, such as the purchase of a car for example, the Supreme Court has found such coercion constitutional. That, sir, is the crucial point here, made all the more relevant in light of the fact that we just celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a document signed by people who gathered for the singular purpose of freeing man from the commands of the state.

In a larger sense, this is the root of the conservative case against the coercive designs of men who are no better nor wiser than the rest of us simply because they hold public office. We believe in the “self-evident” truth, “that all men are created equal,” and are not therefore organically suited to micro manage the lives of other men. We believe that you and your readers have the right to pursue your dreams, unfettered by regulations and dictates that suffocate the life from your initiative. We believe that that which you earn belongs to you, not David Axelrod. It would never occur to us to forcibly confiscate that which you have earned, be it money, property, employment or position, and hand it to someone who has not earned it as an expression of our egalitarianism. We believe that your liberty to make your own decisions as you think best is a sacred right. That it should remain so is an idea that we will continue to defend.

Roy, you wrote that I took the Court’s decision, “very personally.” On this point, you are correct. If you raise your nose above the ankles, look up over the sleeveless shirt, you will see some military medals on my hat. The fight for freedom, is indeed personal to me, sir. Too many good men and women have died to protect you from being commanded about as if you had a ring through your nose, for your freedom to be pissed away by temporary politicians. Oh, and one more thing: Being incinerated alive is torture. The simulated drowning of the terrorist who incinerated thousands, is not.

And with that, we gently place the puppy back on the ground, and tell him to run along and play. “Go on now. Git!”

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  1. Inactive

    Got-R-Did!

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    • July 6, 2012 at 2:40 am
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  2. Member

    Wait a second! We’re HIP?!

    I suddenly feel the need to comb my hair.

    Safe travels Dave

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    • July 6, 2012 at 3:18 am
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  3. Inactive

    Yeah, I am a part of hip new internet thing? Who knew? I can’t wait to smooth the ladies with that line. Thanks Dave.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 3:53 am
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    I am so glad you are on our side. Keep writing and driving, Dave. God bless!

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    • July 6, 2012 at 4:38 am
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  5. Thatcher
    Liberty Dude: Dave,

    When you’re blue collar, you can’t afford to ignore reality as Ivy league grads frequently do. Thomas Sowell started his life as a blue collar worker, which is one of the reasons for his greatness, IMO. · 6 hours ago

    Dave,

    Like Thomas Sowell, you’ve never written a bad column, but Liberty Dude included the reason.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 5:15 am
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  6. Contributor

    The liberals have forgotten the art of rational argument. All that they have retained is a skill in sneering.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 5:24 am
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  7. Thatcher
    Dave Carter

    Roy, you wrote that I took the Court’s decision,”very personally.” On this point, you are correct. If you raise your nose above the ankles, look up over the sleeveless shirt, you will see some military medals on my hat.

    Dave, your hat means nothing to most liberals. They live in a world where they have not seen its like before and do not understand the accomplishments and sacrifices that give you the right to wear it. From their point of view it is just one more redneck accessory showing your obvious intellectual shortcomings that can be purchased from Wal-Mart.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 5:38 am
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    I wonder how many of your readers, Roy, would celebrate laws that compel the purchase of gym memberships, or require every American to purchase a firearm, or a Bible, under threat of a penalty or tax?

    I don’t think I want Roy to have a firearm just yet. You need some reasonable level of intelligence, maturity, and sobriety to safely own a firearm.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 5:38 am
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  9. Founder

    Line of the week, sir:

    “…when progressives, who fancy themselves as the voice of the working man, are actually confronted with one, they instinctively resort to stereotypical derision.”

    Remind me never to take on Dave Carter in print.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 5:38 am
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  10. Member

    One thing I learned years ago. If you want to call yourself a journalist, you HAVE to get the quotes right. In Edroso’s case, he was too lazy to even copy and paste. But then that didn’t fit his narrative. 

    To add to Prof. Rahe’s comment above, liberals ALWAYS resort to name calling. (a form of bullying…that’s why they know so much about it.). They know no other way.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 5:42 am
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  11. Member

    I love you , Dave Carter. And, man, am I glad you’re on our side.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 5:45 am
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  12. Inactive

    After reading both articles, I really think the best way to settle this is to invite Mr. Edroso to speak on a Ricochet podcast with Dave Carter. My money is on Dave for the win, but it would be great for Mr. Edroso to man up and have a chat with Dave.

    Unfortunately, I suspect that Mr. Edroso will likely refuse to take that challenge up with Mr. Carter.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 5:47 am
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  13. Inactive

    Bravo, Dave! Unfortunately the progressives who fancy themselves our betters, will never stoop to seek out and read your original work, let alone this riposte.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 5:47 am
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    Dave Carter Post author
    Charles Allen: Bravo, Dave! Unfortunately the progressives who fancy themselves our betters, will never stoop to seek out and read your original work, let alone this riposte. · 4 minutes ago

    Thank you sir. I really like your avatar too. If you don’t mind, could you message me with the history of that? 

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    • July 6, 2012 at 5:53 am
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    Please tell me you’ve sent this rebuttal to the Voice? Because deliberately misquoting (er… paraphrasing) without indicating such by the grace of [brackets showing you’ve done as much] is incredibly unprofessional.

    Not that anyone adheres to the old rules of journalism any longer.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 6:03 am
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  16. Inactive

    For all of the elegant commentary here, mine is more to the point: I bet the guy is a crapweasel that wouldn’t have the stones to even look you in the eyes in real life, let alone say that to your face.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 6:05 am
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  17. Inactive

    Liberals: people who sport a “Question Authority” bumper sticker on the back of a Prius, but get all huffy when their authority gets called into question.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 6:18 am
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  18. Member

    Now that the VV has “discovered” you and “hip new internet thing” Ricochet, can appearances by you and Rob on the Today Show be far behind?

    Well said, Dave. As always. You tore Edroso’s article apart with, shall we say, military precision.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 6:21 am
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  19. Inactive

    Little does that little nippy critter know, he done messed with Alphonse.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 6:21 am
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    Dave: The whole thing is wonderful, but this paragraph hit home to me (given my Dad’s WWII service, his wounds, his partial disability, and the fact that he never complained about it, ever):

    Roy, you wrote that I took the Court’s decision, “very personally.” On this point, you are correct. If you raise your nose above the ankles, look up over the sleeveless shirt, you will see some military medals on my hat. The fight for freedom, is indeed personal to me, sir. Too many good men and women have died to protect you from being commanded about as if you had a ring through your nose, for your freedom to be pissed away by temporary politicians. Oh, and one more thing: Being incinerated alive is torture. The simulated drowning of the terrorist who incinerated thousands, is not.

    My father (who passed away in 2009) would have been first in line to give you a high five.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 6:29 am
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    • July 6, 2012 at 6:31 am
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    Douglas: For all of the elegant commentary here, mine is more to the point: I bet the guy is a crapweasel that wouldn’t have the stones to even look you in the eyes in real life, let alone say that to your face.

    Mr. Edroso is certainly rhetorically proximate to a crapweasel.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 6:39 am
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    tabula rasa

    Thanks, Andrea. I wonder if these metrosexual girly-men have even a clue how arrogantly condescending they come across. Sadly, the answer is probably “yes.”

    I’d love to be there if he were man enough to say this stuff in person to Dave. · 8 hours ago

    It’s so true. Remember the cover of TIME magazine glorifying “attachment parenting” by breast feeding grown children? And under ObamaCare that goes all the way to 26 years old. Obama’s ideal woman is a “helpless Julia” living in a population on food stamps, and the only way the Liberals can get elected in a tight race is to lie, cheat, and steal.

    They’re worse than metro-sexuals. They’re all-consuming locust with the critical thinking skills and behavior of cockroaches that only come out in groups when it’s dark. Reagan’s shining light scattered them. And Dave’s brilliant and courageous words squash them. They’re cowards.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 6:50 am
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    Aw Dave, we’re so proud of you, disturbing the staff at the Village Voice and all… next Barbara Streisand will be writing a letter to the paper unsubscribing from it just for bring your pretty face to her attention and you’ll even beat out Jonah Goldberg.

    It’s funny, they see the hat and think you are the village idiot; what I always saw first was the medals on it.

    Funny me, I guess.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 7:00 am
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    Douglas: For all of the elegant commentary here, mine is more to the point: I bet the guy is a crapweasel that wouldn’t have the stones to even look you in the eyes in real life, let alone say that to your face. · 1 hour ago

    Never underestimate the depths of hubris in an “intellectual”. You can always tell an “intellectual” but you can’t tell them much.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 7:22 am
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    Yay! Ricochet is hip and new!

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    • July 6, 2012 at 7:42 am
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    MRK

    Love you Dave, keep it up. Staying healthy I hope.

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    • July 6, 2012 at 7:49 am
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    I think I’m most surprised to find people still read the Village Voice. What’s next, a critique of Paul Rahe in High Times?

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    • July 6, 2012 at 7:54 am
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    I believe this fellow’s first writing job was as a script doctor for German (CoC violation) films. It’s been downhill from there…

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    • July 6, 2012 at 8:02 am
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    Islander: Yay! Ricochet is hip and new! · 12 minutes ago

    We should put it up on the home page somewhere:

    The “hip new internet thing” – Roy Edroso, Village Voice

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    • July 6, 2012 at 8:07 am
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