May 05, 2009

I'm Personally Opposed to My Sins

I'm a collector of incidences of the "personally opposed" loophole, begun I believe by Mario Cumo and now increasingly snort-inducing. For example, from Joe Torre's The Yankee Years one of the major steriod distributors turns out to be against them!
"Go see Mac" and "The Program" became understood code for seeking out supplement options, legal or perhaps not. McNamee claims to be personally opposed to illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
But not personally opposed to dispensing them because, as he says, otherwise they're going to get it elsewhere. That sounds familiar.

Elsewhere, saw this amusing parody from a commenter on Amy's blogorhythm:
All of you commenters here who keep bringing up torture and going on and on about it:

You all are such simplistic one-issue voters on this torture issue. You're in such lockstep with the Vatican and the hierarchy that it's clear you have abandoned free thinking entirely.

I’m personally opposed to torture, but I don’t think I could ever impose that view on somebody else.

I’d rather see us have a President who works to reduce the need for torture. We need to get at the deeper issues here – it’s not just as black and white as you religious-types always say. We should work with torturers to support them, not criminalize them.

Your belief that torture is “wrong” is just that – a religious belief. Well, what about all of the people who don’t share that belief? We live in a diverse, pluralistic society. Get with the program.

How can you take what is a matter of faith for you and impose it upon another person who might not share that faith?

Did you know that the amount of torturing in this country actually went up during the Clinton presidency? It was lower under Republican presidencies.

Torture is a difficult issue, and people of good will can disagree about it. Ultimately, I think the torturer should be free to make that choice in consultation with his attending doctors, his field agents, and his God.

Besides, even if we made torture illegal, guess what? - there would still be people out there torturing. And they wouldn’t have access to all the sophisticated equipment that we have in modern torture chambers. They’d use whatever they could find – sticks, broken glass, even coat hangers.

Is that what you want? You want us to go back to the days of back-alley torturing with coat hangers?

A truly enlightened society would keep torture safe, legal, and rare.


Bill White said...

How about, "A truly enlightened society would keep slavery safe, legal, and rare." That should suit liberal sensibilities.

TS said...

Eggsactly Bill.

William Luse said...

That is good stuff. The other guy's and White's.