I really don’t wish to instigate a chorus of “boos” at Snidely Whiplash nor engage in a Friday two-minute-hate. By doing so we risk fitting the adage, “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.” Snipping at the heals of more successful men, if not actually greater men, is an ignoble pursuit.
One reason StubbornThings was born is that I found myself too often doing just that at the bottom of someone else’s article. The snipping dog may pretend he is in the superior position but he is still nearer the ground. I thus thought to raise up our discourse and be the beast who is walking upright on two legs — write our own stuff, however fallible — instead of being the snipping dog.
Alas, that is easier said than done. The Daily Drama has taken on a life of its own. This is the reason Facebook and Twitter are such giants. We now revel in complaining as a participation sport.
Still, it is amusing to me to see Jonah Goldberg still trying to justify his abrupt move to the left on gay marriage. He prevaricated back then and he’s doubling-down now on his nonsense. According to Goldberg, he didn’t actually change positions. Instead, “the ground underneath me did”:
For instance, in 2002, I came in favor of same-sex domestic partnerships, or "civil unions." This was widely seen as a compromise between advocates of gay marriage and opponents. It would offer all the rights and benefits of marriage while still reserving the institution of marriage itself for heterosexual couples.
It's probably hard for young people to appreciate today, but back then, that was a very left-wing thing for someone to do. And for a conservative like yours truly, it was a kind of apostasy. Various social conservatives attacked me. But within a few years, the zeitgeist moved dramatically on the issue. Denying gays the last benefit of marriage -- the word itself -- was bigotry and "right-wing extremism."
In other words, I didn't move, the ground underneath me did.
I did find that truly amusing.