Monday, March 15, 2010

IS IT YOU OR IS IT ME?

If you are a liberal, you think differently from me.

You think that if somebody from your "side of the fence" espouses something it is true, whether it is actually true or not.

You think global warming is happening.

The science backed you up...until we found out the science was "cooked." Then it did not back you up any more.

Did that deter you?

Never!

You will not be influenced by what is true, because to you, truth is relative.

You know, the old "What's true for you may not be true for me" line, used mostly by people who never advanced intellectually beyond their sophomore year in college, even though they may have all sorts of degrees after their name.

If what is true may not be true then we need to find a new word to express that which actually happened or actually is. I also believe that the only people who deserve to have degrees after their names are those who deal in, and only in, truth.

Not having such a word, I'll stick to the word, "true" and will define it as that which actually happened and actually is.

You think Glenn Beck is a nut job and always wrong.

I think Glenn Beck is somewhat of a nut job, but mostly right.

You think Rachel Maddow is a clear thinking commentator.

I think Rachel Maddow is a raging, biased nut-job, angry at the world in general, men in particular and conservatives specifically.

You think government has a role in nearly every aspect of life.

I think government's role should be restricted to that which is outlined in the constitution.

You think I would be very unhappy if government really did get smaller and less intrusive.

I think I would be very happy if government got smaller and less intrusive.

You think health care is a right. You don't know when, how or why it became one, but you think it nonetheless.

I don't think health care is a right. Period.

You think rich people should have more of their money confiscated because "they can afford it."

I think rich people should be able to keep more of their money because THEY EARNED IT.

You think the "free speech" clause of the Constitution gives you the right to say anything you want to say about anything or anybody you want to say it. You think it gives you the right to be vulgar if you want to be. You also think it gives you the right to infringe on my right to free speech if I'm making references to God, Christ, prayer or religion in general.

I think that the "free speech" clause pertains to the federal government (specifically, congress) being restricted from curtailing your right to say what you want. But I think states, counties, municipalities, groups, people in their own homes and bloggers on their own blogs have every right to restrict your language if they want to.

You think the government has the right to control my possession of firearms.

I think the government is restricted from controlling my possession of firearms by the constitution.

You think government has done a good job with such "businesses" as Amtrack, the United States Postal Service, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and now General Motors and Chrysler.

I think that since every one of those entities is either bankrupt, near bankruptcy or struggling to keep their heads above water that the governemnt has NOT done a good job with them.

You think the government could do a good job with health care, even though they have not done well with those mentioned above.

I think government CANNOT do a good job with health care, SINCE they have not demonstrated the ability to do a good job with those mentioned above.

There are literally dozens of other areas where you would think one way and I would think another.

We cannot both be right.

One of us is wrong.

So, who is right and who is wrong?

I'll settle the matter once and for all.

I'm right.

16 comments:

BetteJo said...

You absolutely are!

tammy said...

Yep, you're right!

BB-Idaho said...

No, wait! ..I'm right.

tapline said...

Joe, Me thinks, What is right is in the eyes of the beholder. Having said that however, I can see that your eyes see things the way they ought to be.....The thing we are fighting here is decades of brainwashing chipping away the old protestant work ethic, for a free ride. Family values eroded....parental responsibility and all mention of Christianity removed from all state and federal facilities not even uttered.....We allowed all these duties and responsibilities, if you will, usurped by others, be it the state, courts, or the Federal Government. They have entered into all aspects of our individual lives. Think about it....Someone or something controls everything we do or want to do, adding restrictions.....The sadest part of this is we have given them up voluntarily. although I will say unwittingly, without a whimper.....

Joe said...

BetteJo: Nice of you to notice.

tammy: If one is not right one is bound to be left.

BB-Idaho: No, no, no...I'm right.

tapline: Hmmm...it seems that you are right, too.

Dan said...

Wow, it's textbook strawman.

Joe said...

Dan: Great comment! Thank you for proving my point!

Joe said...

Dan: Here's the thing: I don't ascribe these attributes and thought patterns to liberals. They adopt them themselves. All you have to do is to go back over the comments in my posts over the last year and you will see every one of them espoused with great fervor.

Pedaling said...

right you are!

Leticia said...

You are absolutely, undoubtedly, positively CORRECT!

Krystal said...

***STANDING OVATION***

Shaw Kenawe said...

Of course you are!

Silverfiddle said...

I'm glad you said it Joe. Wonderful post. Ideology replaces thinking.

I've noticed so many lefty blogs simply repeat whatever outraged Olbermann or Madcow the night before. No thought, no analyzing, just puking out what they heard.

Joe said...

Pedaling: Thank you so much for the visit and the encouragement.

Leticia: Thank you.

Krystal: I'm humbled (a very difficult task)

SK: Hmmm. Do I detect a note of sarcasm?

Silverfiddle: Thought? Analyzing? My liberal friends don't know the meaning of the words.

Susannah said...

You are, indeed, right.

Excellent post, Joe! As usual.

David Wyatt said...

Bingo! The "free speech" issue can be summed up also like this: we do NOT have the "right" to yell "FIRE" in a crowded auditorium when there is no fire, possibly causing the deaths of many people as they scramble & trample one another in the attempt to free themselves needlessly. Just wanted to add another nail in the coffin with the many well-placed nails you beautifully drove home!