When I was at the Republican National Convention protest in NYC (I am a registered Independent, for those of you who are interested), I ran into a group of counter protesters. I approached their heavily guarded pen and as I stood next to one of the largest NY Police officers I have ever seen, and I asked the people behind the line one question. I asked them if they knew how many convicted felons had been appointed to high positions within our government by the man (George W. Bush) they support so strongly.
The group of Sean Hannity lemmings looked at me like I was crazy, so I said it again with a very powerful authoritative voice. The expression on the face of the huge cop next to me changed from concern to curiosity. He, like the crowd that formed behind me, wanted to hear the answer to my question. So I asked the crowd one more time â€œhow many convicted felons and confessed criminals who already violated the public trust at the highest level of government have been appointed to high positions in our government, circumventing the process of Congressional approval by YOUR president?â€ (I was referring to the Iran Contra gang who were welcomed back into our government by George W. Bush).
I went on to explain to the bewildered crowd in my rather powerful voice, that â€œyou peopleâ€ donâ€™t even know what or who you are supporting!
Then I heard the magic wordâ€¦â€liberal!â€ One of these rather pathetic intellectually challenged individuals used the defense tactic that their idols use so often on TVâ€¦.when challenged on an issue for which they have no defense and often no understanding, they respond by calling names, many of which they do not know the meaning. And the so claimed offensive term they use most often is â€œliberal!â€
Well, I called them out on this. Like a bolt of thunder I pointed at the person who called me a liberal and my thundering voice, which now jumped up several decibels, thundered: â€œYOU!…you just called me a nameâ€¦.you just called me a liberalâ€¦what does the word liberal mean; what aspects of liberalism do you find to be negative and what did I say that made you identify me as a liberal?â€
The person who called me the name stood silent. His face even seemed to shrink as the crowd around me went silent. I took out a $10 bill and I offered it to anyone in the right wing pig pen who can define the word liberal. Silence followed. The cop was now smirking.
I went on to lecture the penned in lemmings and I told them that they donâ€™t even know what they support or what they oppose. I told them that they repeat the phrases that their Sean Hannitys tell them to and they simply repeat things without knowing what they are saying.
Needless to say I walked away with my $10 bill and a round of applause from the massive crowd.
Several weeks ago I had a â€œdiscussion with an idiot who thought we needed to invade Iran so that we can â€œchange their culture, like we did in Japan and Germany after WWII!â€ Yes, that is what this Wall Streeter in a suit told me. He also told me that by changing their culture he meant that we gave those nations capitalism. This right wing jackass did not know the difference between a culture and economic systems and he did not have a very impressive grasp of world history either.
When this putz whipped out the standard â€œliberalâ€ talking points or I should say insulting points I asked him the same questions that I asked the RNC crowd. He went on to describe a liberal very generally as someone who thinks people who commit crimes should not be punished and should be treated nice and given understanding. I told this moron, in front of his friend, that I had some advice for him. I told him that he should do a little homework before he opens his mouth in public and that when he discusses issues with people who are well informed he risked embarrassing himself. I also told him that I could not remember having a discussion with anyone who was so wrong about so many thingsâ€¦but that I thought he was a nice guy anyway. OKâ€¦I lied a littleâ€¦I did not think he was niceâ€¦I thought he was a jerkâ€¦but why ruin the guyâ€™s evening.
I am going to say this once: information has no bias and no political leaning. When I state a fact about a president that does not reflect well on that president it in no way indicates my political preferences.
So my friendsâ€¦I am tired of itâ€¦anyone who uses a label to describe me because I simply put forth information that they do not want to hear will have to explain themselves to me. The conversation will not continue unless the person talking to me accounts for his or her comments or assertions.
The intelligent people of this nation allow idiots to dictate the dialogue. It is high time we raise the intellectual anti to the debate game. If you canâ€™t ante up you’d better shut up. I advise people to start playing by this little common sense rule. Think about it!