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Sign of the Times

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

–Inigo Mon­toya, The Princess Bride
by William Goldman

I live in a rel­a­tively small town in Mass­a­chu­setts and, like most towns, we have our polit­i­cal dif­fer­ences. They usu­ally play out in local issues, but some­thing hap­pened about a year ago that seems to have the left­ists in our lit­tle town riled up, much like left­ists across the coun­try. I won’t go into details, but there have been a num­ber of con­tentious issues brought up and dis­cussed at recent town meet­ings and through let­ters to the edi­tor in our local paper that make this divi­sion clear. It is inter­est­ing to me that all of these new prob­lems have been brought up by left­ists in our town who appar­ently didn’t know that these prob­lems existed until Pres­i­dent Trump was elected.

Shortly after the elec­tion, one of the more pro­gres­sive churches in town dis­trib­uted lawn signs which many of my neigh­bors — includ­ing one right across the street — dis­play even today:

It is a safe bet that any­one with such a sign in front of his or her house did not vote for Pres­i­dent Trump. It is also clear that the sign is an attempt at sig­ni­fy­ing some kind of moral supe­ri­or­ity on behalf of the res­i­dents of that house, imply­ing that no rea­son­able per­son could pos­si­bly dis­agree with them on these points. The prob­lem is that these points are so com­pletely disin­gen­u­ous that it’s obvi­ous that any­one putting up such a sign has no desire to engage in a rea­son­able debate on any of them.

Black lives mat­ter: Of course they do. So do all other lives, includ­ing the lives of police offi­cers who risk their lives to keep us safe and have been put in greater dan­ger by the behav­ior and rhetoric of “Black Lives Mat­ter” and their polit­i­cal syco­phants. Unfor­tu­nately, the peo­ple in this house are unwill­ing to admit the “Black Lives Mat­ter” move­ment is based on a lie. Michael Brown was a crim­i­nal who was assault­ing a police offi­cer when the offi­cer shot him in self defense. He was not a “gen­tle giant” who was sur­ren­der­ing with his hands up.

Women’s rights are human rights: Of course they are. Everyone’s rights, by def­i­n­i­tion, are human rights, and those rights are spelled out in the Con­sti­tu­tion. But the fact that I am against abortion-​on-​demand and taxpayer-​funded birth con­trol does not mean that I am a “misog­y­nist.” I believe in the right to life, from con­cep­tion to nat­ural death. This is the most basic human right.

No human is ille­gal: Of course not. But when humans break the law, like enter­ing our coun­try ille­gally, they should be pun­ished. That’s what “the rule of law” means.

Sci­ence is real: Of course it is. Sci­ence is based on the idea that you form a hypoth­e­sis, exper­i­ment, and adjust the hypoth­e­sis accord­ing to the data. Sci­ence is never “set­tled.” The clos­est the pro­po­nents of “global warm­ing” have come to the sci­en­tific method is when they changed the name to “cli­mate change” when they were unable to mas­sage the data enough to show that the earth is actu­ally warm­ing. Biol­ogy is also a sci­ence, and it tells us that men are men and women are women and wish­ing to be the oppo­site sex doesn’t make it so.

Love is love: Of course it is. But that is not a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for chang­ing the def­i­n­i­tion of mar­riage to include same-​sex cou­ples. Espe­cially when that change brings with it the force of the state to com­pel oth­ers to endorse and par­tic­i­pate in same-​sex cer­e­monies that vio­late their sin­cerely held reli­gious prin­ci­ples. The rea­son that the tra­di­tional def­i­n­i­tion of mar­riage was in place through­out all of human his­tory until only a few years ago is that it is the ideal envi­ron­ment for bring­ing up chil­dren. My wife and I are com­ple­men­tary in many ways, each bring­ing a unique per­spec­tive to our fam­ily in ways that same-​sex cou­ples sim­ply cannot.

Kind­ness is every­thing: I agree, which is why I don’t have a sign on my lawn that implies that my neigh­bors are a bunch of nean­derthals for dis­agree­ing with me. If these peo­ple truly believed that kind­ness is every­thing, they would respect­fully engage in con­ver­sa­tions instead of accus­ing those who dis­agree with them of being sci­ence deny­ing racists, big­ots and homophobes.

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

-Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
by William Goldman

I live in a relatively small town in Massachusetts and, like most towns, we have our political differences. They usually play out in local issues, but something happened about a year ago that seems to have the leftists in our little town riled up, much like leftists across the country. I won’t go into details, but there have been a number of contentious issues brought up and discussed at recent town meetings and through letters to the editor in our local paper that make this division clear. It is interesting to me that all of these new problems have been brought up by leftists in our town who apparently didn’t know that these problems existed until President Trump was elected.

Shortly after the election, one of the more progressive churches in town distributed lawn signs which many of my neighbors – including one right across the street – display even today:

It is a safe bet that anyone with such a sign in front of his or her house did not vote for President Trump. It is also clear that the sign is an attempt at signifying some kind of moral superiority on behalf of the residents of that house, implying that no reasonable person could possibly disagree with them on these points.  The problem is that these points are so completely disingenuous that it’s obvious that anyone putting up such a sign has no desire to engage in a reasonable debate on any of them.

Black lives matter: Of course they do. So do all other lives, including the lives of police officers who risk their lives to keep us safe and have been put in greater danger by the behavior and rhetoric of “Black Lives Matter” and their political sycophants. Unfortunately, the people in this house are unwilling to admit the “Black Lives Matter” movement is based on a lie. Michael Brown was a criminal who was assaulting a police officer when the officer shot him in self defense. He was not a “gentle giant” who was surrendering with his hands up.

Women’s rights are human rights: Of course they are. Everyone’s rights, by definition, are human rights, and those rights are spelled out in the Constitution. But the fact that I am against abortion-on-demand and taxpayer-funded birth control does not mean that I am a “misogynist.” I believe in the right to life, from conception to natural death. This is the most basic human right.

No human is illegal: Of course not. But when humans break the law, like entering our country illegally, they should be punished. That’s what “the rule of law” means.

Science is real: Of course it is. Science is based on the idea that you form a hypothesis, experiment, and adjust the hypothesis according to the data. Science is never “settled.” The closest the proponents of “global warming” have come to the scientific method is when they changed the name to “climate change” when they were unable to massage the data enough to show that the earth is actually warming. Biology is also a science, and it tells us that men are men and women are women and wishing to be the opposite sex doesn’t make it so.

Love is love: Of course it is. But that is not a justification for changing the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Especially when that change brings with it the force of the state to compel others to endorse and participate in same-sex ceremonies that violate their sincerely held religious principles. The reason that the traditional definition of marriage was in place throughout all of human history until only a few years ago is that it is the ideal environment for bringing up children. My wife and I are complementary in many ways, each bringing a unique perspective to our family in ways that same-sex couples simply cannot.

Kindness is everything: I agree, which is why I don’t have a sign on my lawn that implies that my neighbors are a bunch of neanderthals for disagreeing with me. If these people truly believed that kindness is everything, they would respectfully engage in conversations instead of accusing those who disagree with them of being science denying racists, bigots and homophobes.