15 December 2006

"I Only Know Enough On the Topic to Publish a Book in My Name, Not Actually Debate My Positions On Their Merits"

Regarding this . . . (via Drudge)

The above quote may not actually have been said by former President James Earl Carter (I use his full name out of respect for the office he held, not the person, the person I hold beneath contempt, the office is still something very special).

I hope Prof. Dershowitz responds anyway.

Here's the money quote

"I don't want to have a conversation even indirectly with Dershowitz," Carter said. "There is no need to for me to debate somebody who, in my opinion, knows nothing about the situation in Palestine."

This may be one of the most massive and obvious cases of projection on record, Carter won't debate Dershowitz because it's Dershowitz who is ill informed . . . . . . . ., riiiiiiiiiiiiiggghhht.

Bullet points from the Wiki on Psychological projection below(my comments as it pertains to this particular case, in red)

  • "Projection is the opposite defence mechanism to identification. We project our own unpleasant feelings onto someone else and blame them for having thoughts that we really have." (check)
  • "A defense mechanism in which the individual attributes to other people impulses and traits that he himself has but cannot accept. It is especially likely to occur when the person lacks insight into his own impulses and traits." (double check)
  • "Attributing one's own undesirable traits to other people or agencies." (come on, this is too easy)
  • "The individual perceives in others the motive he denies having himself. Thus the cheat is sure that everyone else is dishonest." (This line should be over on this Wiki)
  • "A man harboring attractions for a woman would perceive other men has having the same attractions for her." (he did lust in his heart, after all)
  • "People attribute their own undesirable traits onto others. An individual who unconsciously harbours his or her aggressive/sexual tendencies may then imagine other people acting in an excessively aggressive or sexual way." (if he wasn't still respected by some, he'd just be a sad fool you could ignore)
  • "An individual who possesses malicious characteristics, but who is unwilling to perceive himself as an antagonist, convinces himself that his opponent feels and would act the same way." (Saint Jimmy the Tortured and Misunderstood, that says it all, really)

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