Minds Tightly Shut — Patrick Richardson
Our friend Darkside Dave has branched out from peeing matches with his family and started one with some of his liberal friends.
See he dared to question liberal orthodoxy, namely he mentioned to them that perhaps the way out of this economic mess we’re in is to *gasp* cut spending.
Well you would have thought the world had come to an end. He was accused of everything from homophobia to wanting children and old people to die in the cold while eating cat food to miscegenation with rabid hamsters.
Dave was a bit shocked by this because he’d always believed to be liberal was to be open minded.
Well, that’s actually sorta true — provided you’re talking about classic liberalism like that of our Founders.
See the Founders were true radicals of their day. Children of the enlightenment, influenced by the likes of John Locke, they had come to believe that out-sized government power was the biggest threat to liberty and prosperity humans could face.
Mostly Christian men, they were also mostly descendants of people who’d come to these shores to escape religious persecution, so they set about to create a state in which people could worship, or not, however they pleased. Growing up as British Subjects, these men knew full well the dangers of censorship and of summary arrest, so they created a nation in which the press and the people were free to speak their minds, and where the government had to show cause why they should be allowed to arrest or search anyone. (Parenthetically, the idea of an unbiased press hadn’t even occurred to anybody at this point, every newspaper had its voice, and pursued its own political ends, a situation to which, for better or worse, we seem to be returning.)
They believed everyone should have a right to live however they want and believe whatever they want, so long as it harmed no one else — and regardless of whether they or anyone else agreed with that life style or belief.
Now, liberals and conservatives both have a little trouble with that last one, but in the end the most egregious violators of that principle are on the left. There are exceptions, but for the most part conservatives could really care less who you sleep with as long as you keep it in the bedroom where it belongs.
Contrast those classic liberals with the modern version. If you suggest that perhaps homosexual marriage is not such a hot idea and that it tends to carry with it some rather thorny problems when it’s imposed on religious institutions over their objections you’re called a homophobe.
If you have the temerity to try to have an open an honest discourse on race, you’re called a racist, even if you’re black and discussing African-Americans (I really hate that term, but that’s for another time), just ask Juan Williams.
If you’re crazy enough to suggest maybe taxing rich people who create jobs in order to give their money to poor people who don’t create anything, you’re called heartless and told you want the children to die.
If you’re like me, and your alter-ego is a member of the MSM during the day, (I’m just a caped conservative crusader in the evenings,) you can lose your job or find it impossible to get one if your political beliefs become known.
Conservatives get called every name in the book, racists, homophobes, pedophiles — you name it. We have our lives, our livelihoods and our families denigrated, threatened and destroyed — just ask Sarah Palin. We’re told we’re not only stupid, but evil. We are accused of being parochial, hypocritical, narrow-minded rednecks for the sin of — believing something different than what we’re told to think.
Withal, we mostly shrug, tell liberals “Well you’re entitled to what you believe, I think you’re wrong, in fact I think you’re stupid, but you’re entitled to what you believe.”
Often enough we then ask our liberal friend if he wants to go have a beer after work. Now tell me, which one of us is narrow minded?