I am undergoing a major shift in my thinking about Left/Right and the labels we use to discuss political ideas. It is due — in part — to some of the consistent positions that have been espoused here on the RNL (See? I do listen to others). I will expand upon this change later, after I finish my post explaining it. But until then, here is a little something I got in an email. I have altered it to fit my “evolving” understanding of things. I hope it makes the point:
1. If a Liberty doesn’t like guns, Liberty doesn’t buy one.
If Tyranny doesn’t like guns, Tyranny wants all guns outlawed.
2. If Liberty is a vegetarian, Liberty doesn’t eat meat.
If Tyranny is a vegetarian, Tyranny wants all meat products banned for everyone.
3. If Liberty is homosexual, Liberty quietly leads his life.
If Tyranny is homosexual, Tyranny demands legislated respect.
4. If Liberty is down-and-out, Liberty thinks
about how to better his situation.
If Tyranny is down-and-out, Tyranny wonders
who is going to take care of him.
5. If Liberty doesn’t like a talk show host or reporter, Liberty switches channels.
Tyranny demands that those they don’t like be shut down.
6. If Liberty is a non-believer, Liberty doesn’t go to church.
Tyranny wants any mention of God and religion silenced.
7. If Liberty decides he needs health care, Liberty goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
If Tyranny decides he needs health care, Tyranny demands that the rest of us pay for his.
8. If Liberty reads this, Liberty will forward it so others might come to understand.
Tyranny will delete it because Tyranny is “offended”.