…and Michael Moore… and Al Franken… and the 2000 Florida fracas… and the Dems arguments against President Bush in general.
Dang, I wish I could just copy and paste the whole thing. Stupid copyright laws… so before I get started with the quoting I’ll just get a preemptive “go read the whole thing right now” link in.
The Democratic Party, which made an obvious attempt to steal the 2000 presidential election by manipulating the vote count in selected solidly-Democratic voting districts, has spent the last three years accusing the Republicans of trying to steal the election in Florida — even though there has been no serious accusation of a deliberate attempt by Republicans to manipulate the outcome.
Likewise, it was the leftist, activist Florida state supreme court that attempted, by overturning settled law and making up new election rules after the fact, to massage the recount until the desired outcome was achieved. This activist court was prevented from throwing a presidential election through blatant disregard for law only by the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, which blocked the Florida Court’s manipulative actions. But those who almost got away with using the courts to steal a presidential election are incessant in their charge that it was the U.S. Supreme Court that stole the election.
This is like the burglar accusing the homeowner of theft for having snatched the sack into which the burglar had stuffed the homeowner’s valuables.
But this pattern of accusing others of one’s own crimes or attempted crimes is perfectly understandable.
After all, we never really know other people’s motives.
So when someone else does something we think is bad, it is natural for us to assume that they act out of motives just like our own.
So when someone like Michael Moore accuses his opponents of lying about or manipulating or misrepresenting the facts, he probably believes that they’re being dishonest, because he can only assume that they are acting no differently from himself.
—War Watch by Orson Scott Card
And now the postemptive (it’s my blog and I’ll use whatever made-up words I like) “go read the whole thing right now” link. Seriously, there’s a lot of good stuff there and the above quote doesn’t do it justice, really.
Oh, and did I mention that you should go and read the whole thing right now? I did? Sorry, go about your business then.