To my liberal friends: Yes, conservatives are decent people

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To my liberal friends: Yes, conservatives are decent people

By John Ruberry

As I watch a great num­ber of my fel­low Amer­i­cans and vir­tu­ally all of the main­stream media descend fur­ther and fur­ther into irra­tional and immoral hys­te­ria — reg­u­larly call­ing the pres­i­dent of the United States and all of his sup­port­ers Nazis, white suprema­cists and the like; harass­ing Repub­li­cans where they eat, shop and live; end­ing fam­ily ties and life­long friend­ships with peo­ple who sup­port the pres­i­dent; declar­ing their oppo­si­tion to Trump and the Repub­li­can Party the “Resis­tance,” as if they were Amer­i­can rein­car­na­tions of the French who fought real Nazis in World War II; and so on — I ask myself: What is going on? How does one explain them?“
Den­nis Prager, Explain­ing Amer­i­can Left­ists: Part I.

John Edwards, the dis­graced pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and the 2004 Demo­c­ra­tic nom­i­nee, com­plained that that there were “two Amer­i­cas.” Essen­tially a rich Amer­i­can and a poor one.

Now we have a lib­eral Amer­ica and a con­ser­v­a­tive one. Prager, as I often do, prefers to use “left­ist” to describe the for­mer, a word that angers many, well, left­ists. That is because lib­eral, in the clas­si­cal sense, once meant open-​minded. Left­ists can’t tol­er­ate oppos­ing view­points, whether that issue is health care, ille­gal immi­gra­tion (oops, I’m sorry, undoc­u­mented work­ers), taxes, or cli­mate change.

Lib­er­als are right, peo­ple like myself are always wrong.

As for global warn­ing, (oops again, I mean cli­mate change), envi­ron­men­tal activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is dis­ap­pointed that there are no laws to pun­ish cli­mate change deniers. Ah yes, deniers, as in holo­caust deniers. What is more illog­i­cal than a denier? And what hap­pens to peo­ple, like myself, who could be jailed for being a cli­mate change skep­tic? Will I be com­mit­ted to the psy­chi­atric ward and pumped with drugs, a tor­ture some Soviet dis­si­dents endured, because of some blog posts of mine or because of some Face­book com­ments I made? If some­one can be locked up for a sci­en­tific belief, all options could be on the table.

Oh yeah, Face­book. While sift­ing through some old pho­tographs at my late mother’s home, I found some class pho­tos, which I posted on Face­book, and I tagged some of those ancient – yes, I mean ancient – class­mates on the social net­work­ing site. Only I dis­cov­ered many of them weren’t FB friends any­more, they unfriended me. Every sin­gle one of those unfriends is a lib­eral. Out­side of porn­bots (I’m more selec­tive in the friend selec­tion process now) and pyra­mid schemers, I’ve never unfriended any­one on Face­book. I have the matu­rity and lib­er­al­ness (in the clas­si­cal sense, of course) to look past polit­i­cal dif­fer­ences, musi­cal tastes, and sports team loy­al­ties to find other ways of bond­ing. Oth­ers clearly do not, at least in regards to politics.

As for the unfriend­ing by left­ists, don’t take it from me. The Wash­ing­ton Post, report­ing on a Pew Research study, said “lib­er­als are more likely to block or unfriend some­one online because they dis­agree with some­thing they have posted.”

Look­ing past my own lit­tle and of course twisted right-​wing world, I have reams of evi­dence, not real paper reams, the pro­duc­tion of which con­tributes to the melt­ing of the polar ice caps and of course the end of planet.

Here we go:

Just last week Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife were hounded out of a restau­rantt by scream­ing left­ists over the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion while they tried to dine at a Wash­ing­ton restau­rant. Three months ago Home­land Secu­rity Sec­re­tary Kirst­jen Nielsen endured sim­i­lar treat­ment while she was hav­ing din­ner, and a few days later White house Press Sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee Sanders and her fam­ily were denied ser­vice at a Vir­ginia restau­rant because she works for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Here’s a story about a Wash­ing­ton woman who ran a Craig’s List ad for a room­mate. “Alco­hol, pets and meat prod­ucts are not allowed in the house,” she wrote. Okay, so far so good. “Nei­ther are Trump sup­port­ers,” she added. There have been sim­i­lar ads elsewhere.

In Cal­i­for­nia a woman sell­ing her house stip­u­lated that she would not enter­tain offers from sup­port­ers of the pres­i­dent. She later slashed the offer­ing price by $100,000.

On the rare occa­sions a con­ser­v­a­tive speaker is invited to a col­lege cam­pus, the result is usu­ally an angry and often vio­lent protest that some­times leads to a can­cel­la­tion by pan­icked administrators.

Free speech, anyone?

Now, assum­ing they’ve read this far, I have a ques­tion for my dwin­dling ros­ter of lib­eral friends. Where are the inci­dents where the reverse hap­pened, that is, con­ser­v­a­tives harass­ing or refus­ing to pro­vide ser­vice to lib­er­als? Which lib­eral pun­dits have been forced off a uni­ver­sity cam­pus? List these occur­rences in the com­ments sec­tion. Go ahead, do it. I can take a punch.

Back to Wash­ing­ton: Here’s a story about Trump and GOP staffers hav­ing dif­fi­culty find­ing peo­ple to date there. Wow, even Shrek found love and set­tled down in the Swamp.

To the left con­ser­v­a­tives aren’t just wrong, they’re evil That’s a dan­ger­ous total­i­tar­ian mind­set that could lead to violence.

Wait, that already hap­pened. US Rep Steve Scalise (R-​LA), the House Major­ity Whip, and sev­eral oth­ers were shot at a prac­tice of the Con­gres­sional Repub­li­can base­ball team last year. The shooter was a long­time left­ist activist who inquired just before­hand if the team was a Demo­c­ra­tic or Repub­li­can one.

By no means has Michael Moore ever been a Trump sup­porter. After being wrong – in my opin­ion at least – for decades, he issued the grand slam of all polit­i­cal fore­casts two years ago when he pre­dicted Trump’s sur­prise vic­tory. Of Trump sup­port­ers he said at the time, “They’re not racist or red­necks, they’re actu­ally pretty decent people.”

And we are decent.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

“As I watch a great number of my fellow Americans and virtually all of the mainstream media descend further and further into irrational and immoral hysteria — regularly calling the president of the United States and all of his supporters Nazis, white supremacists and the like; harassing Republicans where they eat, shop and live; ending family ties and lifelong friendships with people who support the president; declaring their opposition to Trump and the Republican Party the “Resistance,” as if they were American reincarnations of the French who fought real Nazis in World War II; and so on — I ask myself: What is going on? How does one explain them?”
Dennis Prager, Explaining American Leftists: Part I.

John Edwards, the disgraced presidential candidate and the 2004 Democratic nominee, complained that that there were “two Americas.” Essentially a rich American and a poor one.

Now we have a liberal America and a conservative one. Prager, as I often do, prefers to use “leftist” to describe the former, a word that angers many, well, leftists. That is because liberal, in the classical sense, once meant open-minded. Leftists can’t tolerate opposing viewpoints, whether that issue is health care, illegal immigration (oops, I’m sorry, undocumented workers), taxes, or climate change.

Liberals are right, people like myself are always wrong.

As for global warning, (oops again, I mean climate change), environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is disappointed that there are no laws to punish climate change deniers. Ah yes, deniers, as in holocaust deniers. What is more illogical than a denier? And what happens to people, like myself, who could be jailed for being a climate change skeptic? Will I be committed to the psychiatric ward and pumped with drugs, a torture some Soviet dissidents endured, because of some blog posts of mine or because of some Facebook comments I made? If someone can be locked up for a scientific  belief, all options could be on the table.

Oh yeah, Facebook. While sifting through some old photographs at my late mother’s home, I found some class photos, which I posted on Facebook, and I tagged some of those ancient–yes, I mean ancient–classmates on the social networking site. Only I discovered many of them weren’t FB friends anymore, they unfriended me. Every single one of those unfriends is a liberal. Outside of pornbots (I’m more selective in the friend selection process now) and pyramid schemers, I’ve never unfriended anyone on Facebook. I have the maturity and liberalness (in the classical sense, of course) to look past political differences, musical tastes, and sports team loyalties to find other ways of bonding. Others clearly do not, at least in regards to politics.

As for the unfriending by leftists, don’t take it from me. The Washington Post, reporting on a Pew Research study, said “liberals are more likely to block or unfriend someone online because they disagree with something they have posted.”

Looking past my own little and of course twisted right-wing world, I have reams of evidence, not real paper reams, the production of which contributes to the melting of the polar ice caps and of course the end of planet.

Here we go:

Just last week Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife were hounded out of a restaurantt by screaming leftists over the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination while they tried to dine at a Washington restaurant. Three months ago Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen endured similar treatment while she was having dinner, and a few days later White house Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family were denied service at a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump.

Here’s a story about a Washington woman who ran a Craig’s List ad for a roommate. “Alcohol, pets and meat products are not allowed in the house,” she wrote. Okay, so far so good. “Neither are Trump supporters,” she added. There have been similar ads elsewhere.

In California a woman selling her house stipulated that she would not entertain offers from supporters of the president. She later slashed the offering price by $100,000.

On the rare occasions a conservative speaker is invited to a college campus, the result is usually an angry and often violent protest that sometimes leads to a cancellation by panicked administrators.

Free speech, anyone?

Now, assuming they’ve read this far, I have a question for my dwindling roster of liberal friends. Where are the incidents where the reverse happened, that is, conservatives harassing or refusing to provide service to liberals? Which liberal pundits have been forced off a university campus? List these occurrences in the comments section. Go ahead, do it. I can take a punch.

Back to Washington: Here’s a story about Trump and GOP staffers having difficulty finding people to date there. Wow, even Shrek found love and settled down in the Swamp.

To the left conservatives aren’t just wrong, they’re evil That’s a dangerous totalitarian mindset that could lead to violence.

Wait, that already happened. US Rep Steve Scalise (R-LA), the House Majority Whip, and several others were shot at a practice of the Congressional Republican baseball team last year. The shooter was a longtime leftist activist who inquired just beforehand if the team was a Democratic or Republican one.

By no means has Michael Moore ever been a Trump supporter. After being wrong–in my opinion at least–for decades, he issued the grand slam of all political forecasts two years ago when he predicted Trump’s surprise victory. Of Trump supporters he said at the time, “They’re not racist or rednecks, they’re actually pretty decent people.”

And we are decent.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.