To no one's surprise, The Greatest Blogger in the World Who Has No Fucking Idea How His Adopted Country Actually Works is deeply troubled by both sides in Ferguson.
...I agree with those who argue that the police’s interaction with young black men is, in too many cases, riddled with bias and far too quick to use lethal force. But I agree with others that the Michael Brown case is not the case with which to make that argument. And the liberal reflex to turn it into a synecdoche is a troubling one for reasons John Judis lays out:Liberals took the decision by the grand jury to symbolize, or stand in for, the greater injustice of the Ferguson and of the American criminal justice department. But in fact the reverse occurred. They projected the larger injustice of the system onto the grand jury’s ruling.I’m reminded of the case of Matthew Shepard, where the need to project the injustice of violence against gay men onto one complicated case blinded people to a more interesting and complex reality. Michael Brown did not deserve to die, any more than Matthew Shepard did. But that doesn’t mean both are perfect victims, unalloyed by all the flaws that flesh is heir to; or that their deaths illustrated pure random homophobia or pure racism. And this need for perfect victims is of a piece with a church of liberalism in which there is only one way to be good – a member of a minority – and only one sin – prejudice. All churches need saints and martyrs. But liberalism – no more than conservatism – should never be a church. It’s as dangerous to civil politics as Christianism.
I have not the first idea what this river of meandering twaddle even means other than A) Mr. Sullivan continues to know fuck-all about how his adopted country actually works, and B) like all Both Siderist Conservatives -- especially those who live far, far removed from the realities of daily life in the parts of this country which do not make up the 10 block area around their home in D.C. -- if Mr. Sullivan cannot distill some imaginary Liberal thoughcrime to bitch about from every wingut inflected atrocity his head will explode.