How NOT To Be A Good Critic . . . And Why Good Critics Are Needed

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 20, 2009

R.S. McCain details how not to be a good critic. He is right in saying that there are a lot of built-in incentives for conservative Republican pundits to turn on the GOP and the conservative movement, thereby becoming darlings of the left. At the same time, I would maintain that there is something to be said about trying to give critics the benefit of the doubt to the greatest degree possible.

I keep recalling Franklin, who told us that “our critics are our friends, they tell us our faults.” Having lost power, conservatives and the GOP in general need critics to point out in a constructive way what conservatives and the GOP did wrong, and what can be done right in the future to regain trust, and the political power that comes with trust. Obviously, it is no fun being lectured on what one has done wrong, but recovery will simply come no other way.

Kudos to McCain for pointing out that there are a lot of bad faith critics out there. That shouldn’t scare us off from searching for the good faith ones, and giving them a large megaphone with which to broadcast their message.

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