Monday, October 02, 2006

Why the truth matters, and why you should care... (updated)

There is such a thing as right and wrong. Not in an individual sense, but collectively as a culture we need to be prepared and willing to identify wrong and right.

Michelle Malkin, along with many others on the right side of the Internet - some of whom you'll find down the left side of this site, is a relentless chaser of the truth. I don't know how she does all that she does... and as well as she does it, but and are to me two of the greatest resources for truth on the Internet... not to mention her columns.

It's so lame that the DU'ers and seemingly countless others stoop to the levels that they do. It's sickening though, the number of people that seem to eat it up and encourage the personal attacks. You could point to Coulter on the other side, but she may be the most smeared conservative on the planet, and long before her commentary on the witches of East Brunswick were around.

Anyway, I'm not a writer and don't pretend to be on this blog, but I do try to recognize and promote those that are able to articulate and defend the truth. Michelle Malkin is a hero of mine. Read here for a small glimpse of why.

What else matters more than the truth? If we stop caring, we might as well stop living.

Thank you Michelle, for all that you do. You are an inspiration.

Update: From Bryan Preston at HotAir:
In a saner world, my friend Michelle would be seen as an inspiration regardless what one’s politics happen to be. She’s a wife and a mom and an entrepreneur, author of three books and one of the most popular columnists and bloggers around. I’ve seen her write a Vent script in about 15 minutes stem to stern, and I’ve seen her work through about three blog posts, a column and questions from Fox producers simultaneously. I’ve seen her put in close to a 24 hour workday and keep smiling throughout. I’ve also seen her help her kids catch a fish and I’ve seen her cook dinner for her family and take stage direction from me like I’m Spielberg. Not all at the same time, of course. If the world were sane more of her critics would recognize that, whatever they think of her politics, she doesn’t deserve a tenth of the nonsense hurled her way.

But we all know how sane the world is these days. Constant snark and sarcasm and the need to score political points and always get the upper hand by any means necessary, all combined with a lack of consequences for dishonesty or disreputable behavior, have turned the world, or at least the blog world, into something pretty close to insane. And very tiresome. And sometimes, embarassing to be a part of.

I know Michelle as my friend, a good person who is quick to laugh (or snort if it’s really funny–so when she writes “snort” after a one-liner on her blog, you know she’s getting a good laugh) and not a prude or stick in the mud at all. She’s pretty much the opposite of her critics’ cartoon view of her, except the part about being a conservative. She’s guilty of that and proud of it too. If she were a shamless self-promoter as some of her critics insist, her picture would be on the front of her books, not inside the jacket or on the back. I realize that this will come as a shock to many who read this, but she’s surprisingly normal, for someone from Jersey who likes the detestable Philadelphia Eagles and the disgusting Pittsburgh Steelers. When she cares about football at all, which isn’t often enough if you ask me.

What can you do about that, though? Nobody’s perfect.

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