Genuflecting to the Left
In my years of studying philosophy, the most salient piece of wisdom I have encountered comes from (of all people) Rene Descartes.
The Father of modern philosophy once opined: Common sense is what is most widespread and least used.
Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe distinguishes herself in my eyes by her uncommon common sense.
In today’s Globe she comments upon the refusal of many of the Democratic presidential candidates to participate in a debate on Fox News Channel.
Edwards, the first to back out of the debate, is the only candidate
to give an official reason. His campaign said Fox programming tilts too
much to the right.
So now, he and the other presidential candidates aren’t just tilting to the left. They are genuflecting.
a down-on-their-knees position may feel good for the moment. But in the
long run, it only gives the right wing fodder to use against the
Democrats’ quest to regain the White House.
And she concludes:
The presidential race is too long, and it is overrun by too many
photo ops and press releases. But from the people’s perspective, there
can’t be too many debates. The debate forum is where the candidate
finally steps away from the consultant, opens his or her mouth, and
speaks sense or gibberish. A friendly or hostile audience can tell the
Besides, where does this all lead? If Democrats say
no to Fox, does that mean Republicans will say no to CNN? Maybe they
can all agree to go on “American Idol.” Then again, when it comes to
bad boys, Idol judge Simon Cowell beats out Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.
However, in this age of relative religious illiteracy, Vennochi’s Catholic background may have led her to presume too much. She provides no definition of “genuflect.” Judging from random observations at Sunday Mass, even Catholics may need a refresher course. Was that left knee or right?