Speaking of Obama's televised speech to the nation's schoolchildren, Megan McArdle tries to draw an equivalence between the actions of the left and right. She links to Byron York, the author of The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of How Democratic Operatives, Eccentric Billionaires, Liberal Activists, and Assorted Celebrities Tried to Bring Down a President--and Why They'll Try Even Harder Next Time, who points out that liberal congressmen complained when Bush addressed the nation's schoolchildren after cutting school lunch funds. That makes liberals hypocrites, McArdle declares.
McArdle is very fond of declaring that liberals are just as bad as conservatives, a statement that both sides can find offensive. McArdle does not point out liberals becoming hysterical at the thought of the president addressing schoolchildren out of fear of his voodoo mind control, however. Liberals also did not scream and sob at their Congressmen and women in town halls, demanding to take America back from the Marxists and socialist Nazis.
The libertarian dodge is a very handy one, in which a person can hold herself apart from the heaving masses, criticizing and sneering at both sides without having to do or say anything helpful or constructive. As McArdle says, "You seem to be under the mistaken impression that I have a workable political program. I'm a libertarian. My political ideas are always unpopular."