"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Sunday, May 29, 2016

"Rightist"

I feel compelled once again to comment on a letter by a frequent letter writer in local papers who represents the Tea Party and seems to be their Lakes Region spokesperson, Don Ewing.
He thinks as the Tea Party seem to profess, that everyone not in their camp is a "leftist" defined in the most extreme manner. He also confuses the political left or those that lean left, as "leftists." I guess they all look alike?
Mr. Ewing wrote that "Today’s leftists willingly sacrifice our liberties and property for their own benefit. (Our lives seem safe for now, although the governments leftists admire and aspire to murdered more than 100 million of their own citizens in the last century)."
How do you  have a rational debate with that kind of extreme belief?

It seem fair then to contrast the Tea Party view of the left with the opposite of a "leftist": a "rightist"  Some quick Google searches and I found the following:

A "rightist" is:
  • a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
  • denies climate change.
  • views the US government as a mortal threat to everything from constitutional democracy to the survival of the human race.
  • see President Barack Obama as a foreign-born Manchurian candidate sent by forces of the so-called "New World Order" to destroy American sovereignty and institute one-world socialist government.
  • an adherent of fascism or other right-wing authoritarian views
  • supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of reform
  • a supporter for a return to an earlier, more inegalitarian and hierarchical political-economic order
  • of the belief that air and water vapor contrails that form in the wake of high-altitude aircraft are really clouds of toxic soup being deliberately sprayed by hundreds, if not thousands, of secret government planes executing the designs of the New World Order
  • a person who holds that some forms of social stratification or social inequality are inevitable, natural, normal, or desirable
  • a strong contender for the title of modern conspiracy champion
It is not very hard to find examples of extremism no matter your political persuasion and I hope readers will also see how dangerous these generalizations can be and how it prevents honest and open dialogue. No side is correct all the time and no side is wrong all the time. It is far better to focus on what we can agree upon rather than what divides us so that we can truly work to solve our nations problems. 

4 comments:

None of the above said...

Maybe WE can agree to stop posting and contributing lunacy on all sides; right, left, inside-out, inside-in, socialist, anti-socialist ... enough already!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget overwhelming paranoia of all that is unknown to them, or already afraid of.

Thank you for a common sense approach.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree that we should all make efforts to find common ground.

What you describe in this post doesn't appear to work with this theory, so also learn to watch where you step along the way.

IMO, the labels are what's causing most of the problems in our great country.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

The post was meant to point out how extreme some groups can be and how absurd it is to paint everyone you do not agree with as all thinking the same way.