A Thumbnail Sketch of America’s Political Climate

This, the first of my substantive blog posts, summarizes my feelings on the political climate in America. From November 18, 2010:

Conservatives seem to have no legitimacy these days. Without exception, those who talk about small government have fatal flaws that somehow negate their entire message. Every argument, every idea, every platform, every premise is excluded for reasons that vary depending on what liberal you talk to, but make no mistake: each bastion of conservatism has a problem with it. Some examples:

We can’t listen to Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity (and we’re not even allowed to THINK about Glenn Beck or Michael Savage) but must take the openly comical Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart at their word.

We can’t call Obama a “Socialist” but must endure the likening of George Bush to Osama bin Laden.

We can’t openly declare support for the Tea Party of Sarah Palin without fear of ostracism, but must accept the excuses made for the outright un-American George Soros and the Council on American Islamic Relations.

We can’t watch Fox News or read NewsMax but must treat the New York Times and the Huffington Post with complete respect.

We have to entertain the concerns over a “vast right-wing conspiracy” while completely dismissing any questions about Obama’s birthplace.

We’re treated like aliens if we talk about cutting major departments of the government but must swallow any and every new social program created “for the people.”

We’re called “racist” for opposing Obamacare and intolerant for supporting Arizona’s immigration law but must sit by while foreign nationals who have committed terrorist acts get acquitted in domestic criminal court.

We must say “yes” to enhanced pat-downs by the TSA but “no” to enhanced interrogation techniques on prisoners of war at Gitmo.

Basically, we are reduced to voicing tasteless concerns on acceptable topics in a completely level-toned, perfectly balanced manner and answer the response (a.k.a. the pre-programmed Bush comparison) with humble resignation and acquiescence. Should we pledge blind allegiance to any person, party, or platform? Absolutely not. Should we overlook extreme statements and bending of facts? Nope. But neither should we write off one entity for taking a stand no one wants to take. No person, idea, or group is perfect, but we will no longer be marginalized for supporting the “outcasts” listed above.

On November 2, conservatism spoke. Our voices were heard loud and clear. From here on out, we will continue to engage in civil discourse, but we will not be afraid to take positions that are considered extreme (Constitutional). We will admit the flaws of our figureheads when confronted with the facts, but we will not allow ourselves to be viewed as mindless followers. No longer will we bend over backwards to accept the rhetoric of the left (“Obamacare will reduce the deficit,” “We must pass the bill to find out what’s in it,” etc.). No, we are the real deal. We are legitimate. And we will not be ashamed to shape the national debate for a change.

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