On The Death of a Really Loud Liberal...
Steve Gilliard died to young to realize how completely wrong he was. The statements he made.. almost as brash as my own... we're completely ignorant. The man knew less about history and economics than the average Elementary Ed major... which is to say he couldn't even gauge his own ignorance.
Perhaps his most infamous statement conserned his own confusion about the Myth of Seperation of Church and State. He once wrote:
"The Founding Fathers, as flawed as they were, slaveowners and pornographers, smugglers and terrorists, understood one thing, a man's path to God needed no help from the state. Is the religion of these conservatives so fragile that they need the state to prop it up, to tell us how to pray and think? Is that what they stand for? Is that their America?"
The poor guy never understood that "Seperation of Church and State" appears no where in the Constitution. He had no idea that Jefferson coined the phrase in the pulpit of a church... assuring them... not that religion wouldn't influence government... but the exact opposite. He was promising them that the force of government would never be used to interfere with their church.
No doubt liberals that read this will take this as a low blow... classless... and cruel.
The fact is its none of those.
I don't pretend to be sentimental for those I never knew. All I knew of Gilliam was his writing... and I remain unimpressed. Death doesn't bestow moral authority. Its a problem we have as humans... as soon as someone dies we fall all over ourselves to bestow sainthood on them. This is how we ended up worshipping the Tyrant Lincoln.
No doubt in the weeks to come the liberals will quote their sainted martyr... and shout names at anyone who points out that death doesn't make one correct.
The views Gilliard espoused were discusting and ignorant. The way his life ended doesn't improve them.