Sunday, August 31, 2008

Victor Argues Back

Debate is Talmudic. It is basic. Without argument, dissension and the smile of verbal wrestling, social structure and democracy are shadows on cave walls. Following is Victor's response to those who have been fighting with him since I published his piece on American politics:

Like I knew David.

Well, to those who were surprised that David posted my anti-rapture assessment of Obama on David's blog, let me ask;

Why are you surprised?

David has spent his entire life defending the "Dignity of Debate."

He would die for that. Literally.

He debated people who would have imprisoned or ignored addicts. Which is pretty much the same thing. He showed them that people, who had scrapped the barrel of despair, could find the spark of their humanity and shine again.

He was and is an actor. He knows what it is to give your best in Act Two, to the people who have booed you in Act One.

He was a talk show host . He kept the code of that profession, now lost. He listened to critical callers with good humour. Some of them, true cretins, attacked his religion but he never debased that religion by taking it to their level of discourse.

So yeah, David and I may not agree on Obama. But we agree on the dignity of debate.

Years hence, when David and I celebrate the fact that we have found our left slipper and it wasn't full of oatmeal, I hope our passion for the dignity of debate will live on.

With all that love can give.

Le Boulevardier


PelaLusa said...

Dear Victor,

You're a wise man but clearly you've had no experience dealing with people in a cult.

The Golden Rule of 2008 is never to argue with the Loyal Members of Obamanation. For if you do then you are disputing the word of O'Messiah. And if you don't believe His word then therefore you do not believe the word of God.

We will conclude our sermon today with a prayer:

obama Obama OBAMA
Hope Change Hope Change
Fight the devil, fight Bushitler!
Hope Change Hope Change
obama Obama OBAMA !!!

Anonymous said...

A cult? What you do not see is that you are far more "over the top" than some who prefer Obama over McCain (there are only two choices here). Often what one continues to project onto others is a problem within oneself.

kelly g said...

Again pelalusa , thanks for the yuks. I concede on yr Obama observations, but, uh c'mon. Really? This time the ol' lady did a spot on impersonation.