Ah, yes, the old “liberals are compassionate, and conservatives are selfish” canard.
See, this is why conservatives can’t have a decent debate with a liberal. If we disagree with you on anything, it must be because we’re horrible people. It couldn’t possibly be for any other reason, such as, oh, I don’t know:
- It’s a nice idea, but we can’t afford it
- You’re making the “problem” into a much bigger deal than it really is
- Private enterprise will provide a better and more efficient solution
- Government “solutions” tend to create just as many (if not more) problems than they purport to fix
- Once you create a government bureaucracy, it never stops growing
- Government power corrupts – even if you have good people administering a government program right now (and that’s a big if), you can’t guarantee the power will never be usurped by someone who will abuse it
- We’re pretty sure it’s just a shameless power grab
- We value liberty, just like our Founding Fathers did, and we believe people are capable of making their own decisions
I’m sure other people have yet other reasons for opposing an ever-larger government. We won’t know until we ask them.
That’s what you need to do. If someone has an opposing opinion to your own, ask them why they think that way instead of assuming it’s because they’re stupid, or selfish, or bigoted.
But that takes time. It requires effort and genuine compassion to get to know someone and fairly consider their contrary views. It’s much easier to call them names and declare that you’ve “won.”
Whatever happened to the famed liberal “tolerance”? I guess it only applies to people who agree with them.