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Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Liberal Avenger » Blog Archive » Wingnuts vs. Moonbats

August 3rd, 2006 by LA

I don’t think that wingnuts are “evil,” - I just think that they are wrong. I understand their motivation intellectually… I don’t agree with it.

Wingnuts seem to think that liberals are… What? Are we evil? Are we stupid? Are we uninformed?

Are values like tolerance, multiculturism, pacifism and love bad things?

Can wingnuts really look at the situation in Iraq now and say that this is what we wanted to have happen and the liberal position of not occupying Iraq is wrong?

What are the core values/beliefs that come between us?
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my response:

# pseudolus Says:
August 6th, 2006 at 12:50 pm

The basic difference I see between liberals and conservatives is this; there is room in liberal philosophy for conservatives but there is no room in conservative philosophy for liberals.

People adopt conservatism out of fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of uncertainty, fear of the stranger, fear of the future, fear of change. Liberals on the other hand embrace difference, change, and the new because ultimately the world does change. If conservatism was a truly valid philosophy, would we not all be dwelling in caves, keeping things the way they were in “the old days”? Now I am not saying this is some absolute manichean split here. Many people straddle the line and exhibit both types of thinking under various circumstances, but the general trend holds, I believe.

And why did so many centrists and conservatives swing to the far right after 9-11? Are we not the ‘Land of the free and the home of the brave”? “Freedom isn’t free!” Yeah? And Freedom isn’t cowering behind screaming polticians ranting about the annihilation of a nebulous enemy. Freedom isn’t sitting comfy at home while letting others fight your chosen fight for you. Freedom isn’t revoking the Constituiton at the drop of a hat. Fredom isn’t calling half your citizens traitors for exercising the rights that our forefathers fought and died for. Freedom isn’t letting the media skate when they should be digging up the truth and presenting it to a democratic citizenry.

And don’t go off on that old canard that this is a REPUBLIC, not a DEMOCRACY. Bullshit! The origin of republic is ‘res publica’, the ‘thing of the people’. Democracy is the root of our government and a representative republic is HOW we implement it.

So quit yer bitchin’ about how Islam is going to overcome us and make us all pray to Allah. A bombing here, some anthrax there. That is the price we pay for our open, transparent democratic society. Frankly we have had it pretty easy compared to many othe rnations.

But we can and should stand tall and proud to be Americans. I love my country the way a parent loves their child. If the child mis-behaves (i.e. fiddle-fucks around with other countries’ governments or pillages other nations wealth to maintain its own wasteful lifestyle) then I will work to correct that anti-social behavior.

Conservatives on the other hand seem to love their country the way that child loves its parents; unquestioningly, as real or potential gods. They can’t imagine that mommy or daddy would lie, cheat, steal or (horrors!) bump uglies. Nope. No sir. They aren’t going to have that. All those things are what those dirty liberals do. “They made us do it!” (Another analogy, the ‘wife-beater’), “those lefty pigs made me re-write the Constitution! I didn’t want to do it, but when they opened their yaps to bitch about the president, I just saw red and had to hit them!”

gah! I can’t go on.

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