And the pot said, “Kettle, you are black.”

Recently, Stephen Gordon posted an article poking a little fun at a piece written by James Atticus Bowden. Ok, he didn’t poke fun at the entire piece, only the choice of a label used. Mr. Bowden’s article at michnews.com mistakenly referred to Bill O’Reilly as a Libertarian. Stephen’s view, and I am certain the view of many libertarians, is:

What a colossal mistake. I’m not talking about O’Reilly, although he is a colossal mistake, as well. I’m taking about the word Bowden used to describe O’Reilly.

Stephen asked for an apology, surely in jest, and received an email from Mr. Bowden indicating that it would be fixed on his end. This info was updated at HoT and after some comments, the matter was dropped. On our end anyway.

In a new post today, Mr. Bowden decided to poke fun at us poor, weak Libertarians. His opening sentences are great.

O’Reilly may not know you called him a Libertarian. He even may not care. But, the Libertarians care a lot. They are very serious about who gets to wear their club label. When I gave O’Reilly an “attaboy” in my last piece about Christians pushing back for CHRISTmas, I called him a Libertarian because I know he isn’t a Conservative.

He labels someone clearly in the Republican camp a Libertarian, because he knows “he isn’t a Conservative.” Seems like Mr. Bowden is the one here who cares so much about his club’s label. It is obvious that he cared more about his club’s label than accuracy. And for calling him on the inaccuracy, Libertarians get an apology served with a backhanded slap.

Now for the apology. I’m sorry if I wounded any American citizen who is so weak that when some dufus is given their political label, they are hurt personally. We should “love others as you would have them love yourself.”

This brings to mind a couple of old adages. You know the ones, “The pot calling the kettle black,” and “Practice what you preach.”

To his credit, Mr. Bowden attempts to cite a few parallels between our parties.

The common ground for Conservatives and Libertarians is important. We both agree that the power to tax is the power to rule. Opportunity and freedom are twins. We believe in Constitutional Federal system of limited governments. We share a passion for individual liberties.

There is another accuracy problem here. Considering the current conservative Republican positions on “limited government” and “individual liberties” we probably couldn’t be farther apart. That the current administration has been expanding at a mind-blowing rate and their attempts to limit individual freedoms for people they view as morally reprehensible (read homosexual) pit them squarely opposite the libertarian platform. But in his closing, he makes it all clear.

Conservatives know our rights are endowed by our Creator God, the Judeo-Christian God.

I wonder, does he think that individual freedom is something only the Judeo-Christian God worshipers deserve? And if so, why then would the Judeo-Christian God offer free will to humanity? Free will to decide whether or not to worship Him and free will to act in accordance with the scripture?

According to his bio, Mr. Bowden is an educated man. Sadly, his latest piece only shows the maturity level of a sixth grader in a playground fight.

Oops: As a result of a minor technical error caused by a site enhancement under test, Michelle Shinghal was led to believe that Rick Ratjer wrote the article in question, when it was actually written by Stephen Gordon. We’ve edited the article to reflect the original author.

9 Comments
  1. I called him a Libertarian because I know he isn’t a Conservative.

    Isn’t a conservative? Give me a break. I don’t know what is a more ridiculous statement, that Bill O’Reilly isn’t a conservative or this doosy:

    Conservatives know our rights are endowed by our Creator God, the Judeo-Christian God.

    Wow, just wow. Maybe someone needs to inform him that the US Constitution is a secular document, since he has apparently never read it.

  2. The argument over whether we have god-given rights versus natural law rights is a really old debate.

    I like to remind people like Bowden that the ancient Greeks who philosophized on the issue and shaped the foundation for the modern republic and civilized society were probably polytheists anyways. So if he’s going to thank any god for our rights, he might want to get the name right: Zeus.

  3. Oh man… and here I was hoping to get undeserved credit :)

    I saw the glitch last night, but figured it was just an error in the images being used in the about us section. Oh well, not like I’d write about O’Reilly anyway… there are more important matters at hand.

  4. Nice discussion. The Declaration is the foundation of the Nation. The Constitution is our second framework for organizing the government.

    Mr. Van Dyke: I look forward to reading my CHRISTmas present “The Guide for the Perplexed (publ. in 1190)” by Moses Maimodes. He made the syncretic work of Aristotle’s rationalism and Hebrew (Christian) mysticism – supposedly. I’ll find out. The threads of our American Civilization that go from Pagan Greece through Rome and Jewish thought through St. Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther – and others – all come together in 1776. The Founding Fathers weren’t confused as to which God is the author of American liberty.

    FYI, as a Conservative I don’t support Pres. Bush’s and the GOP Congress’s expansion of government. See my op ed on ‘Say Shibboleth, Harriet” where I list how Bush has used up his credits with Conservatives.

    Best wishes.

  5. Michelle,

    I wonder, does he think that individual freedom is something only the Judeo-Christian God worshipers deserve? And if so, why then would the Judeo-Christian God offer free will to humanity? Free will to decide whether or not to worship Him and free will to act in accordance with the scripture?

    We are animals to be slaughtered if we do not believe. Wow… he sounds like a “muslim fundamentalist”…

    Stephen,

    So if he’s going to thank any god for our rights, he might want to get the name right: Zeus.

    All hail Zeus the deliverer of the divine lightning to the arse of elmer fudd! “Kill da wabbit”, “Kill da wabbit”…

  6. Nice discussion. The Declaration is the foundation of the Nation.

    What?!

    LOL! I hope you aren’t being serious with that statement. The Declaration merely severed our ties with King George, it is not the foundation of the country.

    Afterall, the courts do not determine whether laws abide by the Declaration–they look to the foundation of the country, which is the Constitution.

  7. Disenfranchised: You wouldn’t be laughing if you had been in my American Government class at West Point. You would be studying hard to get a passing grade. A good basic government text is by James Q. Wilson. Enjoy.

  8. Mr. Bowden, Do you mean James W. Wilson of Pepperdine? (Formerly of Harvard and UCLA?) And if so, which of his writings would you say is the most edifying? It seems that he is an accomplished professor and writer. If you wish for us to see something from the vantage point that so enlightened you, it may be more constructive to indicate a particular piece of writing than an extensive body of work.