I've tried to avoid writing this, but with the latest example having shocked me to my core, I figure it's time, so let's start with THE question: Why do conservatives feel the need to make nice with liberals?
It's not like both sides have valid points. Liberals are absolutely and totally irrational, while conservatives are… well. semi-rational.
Are you willing to accept the liberal vision for America? Do you think you can talk them out of it? Do you think there's room for compromise? Do you not get frustrated that you have never won a single person over? Or do you just like seeing your own views in print?
And did you miss the exchange I had with Kelly last Sunday?
She is arguably the nicest liberal you're likely to meet, and yet her views are so warped that I was left dumbfounded. I was first amazed by the realization that things she was saying amount generally accepted principles in her circles – Like the fact that Walmart should be forced to cover their employees' healthcare because "they can afford it."
But I was more amazed that she felt comfortable saying that to me. Aside from her comment being contemptible, it showed a stunning ignorance of both business and economics.
Beyond that, Kelly did what all liberals do – when she didn't like where a subject was going, she either changed course or abandoned it (since some of this exchange took place elsewhere, that may not be readily apparent).
So I ask again, what do you expect to gain by being nice? You don't think you're at war? I know what it is… you think Kelly is better than the rest and there's a chance you can reason with her?
Been there, done that.
Again and again.
Snowy initially stormed in here like a jackass. Then when he showed up again many months later, it was to discuss healthcare and compare America's system with his Australian future debacle. In the course of that, he showed that he could be a very nice guy himself.
The next time he returned was to celebrate Obama and his race speech. That didn't go well. What's worse, and this is key, he left thinking he'd gotten the better of me. Do you understand that it didn't matter whether he did or not?
Kelly probably didn't leave thinking the same, since the "debate" never became heated, but she left with her views intact – so she could very nicely inflict them on you again at the time and place of her choosing.
Now, are you thinking I'm being too hard on Kelly? If you are, it's why I feel there may be no hope for conservatives. But understand this: I gave Kelly what I thought was fair warning after another conservative gushed with appreciation for her and told her she was welcome anytime. I told Kelly (and again, this was elsewhere) that I also felt she was very nice – and that she was welcome whenever she was ready to renounce liberalism. Needless to say, I hoped my conservative friend would get the message as well.
Kelly, for her part, then decided to check out this blog and to express alarm for at the way I perceived all liberals – yes, ALL. She was right about that part, but she hoped I'd regard her differently. I do… I'd destroy her last.
But that's a failing on my part, since her very "niceness" might actually be more damaging to America, and when I'm being totally rational, I don't care whether you're a nice liberal… or a nice conservative. I care about what I see happening, and it only gets worse. Liberalism must be destroyed. Yes, I know that's no small task, especially since nice conservatives let those nice liberals get this far.
Look at it this way: one way or another, somebody is going to win…
How do you see that outcome?
And remember this: you can't "should have" anything…