Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Liberal Blogger's Unite!
I drift through lots of different blogs and tumblr sites, on the rare occasions when I have internet wandering time. My interests are fairly diverse, and I would go nuts if the only sites I visited were focused on gun rights issues or conservative politics.
As a result, I frequent some places that are run by people with very different political views than I have. I tend to avoid the hard-core Liberal Political sites because there's nothing that interests me there. But there are sites that have content that I enjoy, whose authors occasionally wander into promoting the Liberal Viewpoint.
I've no problem with that.... Everyone is entitled to their own point of view and they should be able to express those views just like I do here from time to time. Hey.. Some of my Best Friends are Liberals :)
I've learned to ignore the occasional ignorant jab at tea partiers, or conservative politicians that I support. At least most of the time I do. Sometimes I can't help myself, even though I know better than to think that I'll be able to sway them from their liberal bent. I usually don't bother, because having a meaningful discussion of the issues takes far more time than I can usually devote to it. There's a tendency for people to bog down a discussion by repeating the same talking points over and over, far past the point when they've already been addressed, and then claim "victory" when you walk away having better/more important things to do. I've seen that scenario play out on both sides of the Political Divide. Conservative Bloggers/Commenters do that just as much as Liberal ones do.
Its surprising, though, to find that when I'm occasionally inspired to de-lurk and speak my mind - just how many "liberal" people are actually conservatives who just don't know it yet. When you can avoid slipping into name-calling and and actually address the core issues instead of "feelings", you can learn some constructive things about what you think you know about the world you live in.
I think it unsettles them a bit to discover that Conservatives aren't who they think they are - and it shifts the ground under their feet even more when they realize that the views held by true Conservatives actually make sense in practical applications in real life.
Its less surprising, and more disappointing, to find the folks that will acknowledge the individual arguments for Conservatism over Liberalism - and then still cling to Liberalism as an "Ideal" and continue to lash out against Conservatives as a group based on the lies and misinformation perpetuated in the media by the Left.
I can sytematically show the fact that, while well intentioned, the "solutions" offered by Liberalism almost always yield a result that is worse than the problem being addressed. From the failed 10 trillion dollar "war on poverty", to gun control, to the inescapable oppression that comes from giving too much power to really smart people who we hope can solve our problems... in all those cases and more I can show them with real life examples how Conservatism is far superior to Liberalism.
Yet many times they cling to Liberalism not because its better, but because it makes them feel like they are doing the right thing - even in the face of cold hard facts proving otherwise. They'll agree that government generally sucks when it broadens its scope of involvement in our lives, for example. They'll acknowledge that in spite of the massive amounts of money they've thrown at particular problems and the increasing burden of government regulation - little if any positive result is obtained. And then they'll turn right around and praise President Obama for "at least trying to do something" about healthcare reform. And they'll bash Conservatives for not "helping the President".
You can save a horse from a burning barn, but it often has the tendency to turn around and run right back into the flames once you let it go....