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Hey Liberals, Your Hypocrisy is Showing

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.

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2 Comments

  1. I don’t think it’s necessarily a liberals are compassionate thing. There are plenty of people on both sides who are and aren’t compassionate. There are also plenty on both sides who tolerate or do not opinions different from their own. I think few really are tolerant of all opinions and in a way I admire those people.

    The real thing is that liberals are tolerant of people for factors that they cannot control, or have limited control of- such as their race, gender, sexual orientation or poverty. An 18th/19th century liberal combined tolerance of those not born to the nobility (though not people of other races) and an appetite for unrestricted free speech because of the environment they were in, a repressive monarchy. Today leftists combine a general appetite for free speech tempered by the necessity of preventing demonstrably harmful hate speech along with tolerance of all races. The modern liberal is different form that of the 18th century (though derived from them in some respects) and the modern leftist yet more so.

    • In my experience, liberals are decidedly intolerant of opposing viewpoints. You should see some of the names I’ve been called. It isn’t about preventing actual harm; it’s about shutting down anyone who disagrees. But I appreciate the thoughtfulness of your comment and for stopping by.

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