Liberals see the world as it should be. I wish they were right.
Conservatives, on the other hand, see the world for what it has been, is now, and always will be. Yes, it sucks, but that’s just the way it is.
Most Liberals, and I use that term rather than “Democrat” (just like I use “Conservative” rather than “Republican”-established political parties are self-serving parasites), are decent people. They earnestly hope for a world that will never be and yearn for a society which attends to the betterment of all. All for one, one for all, we’re all in this together. Honorable, decent.
These are good Liberals.
They are also wrong.
Nothing in the history of mankind indicates that much of… mankind won’t look out for their own best interests when push comes to shove. Sure, they may take care of their families or even close friends when the going gets tough. Maybe. However, when it comes to a faceless mass of humanity on the other side of the world? Yeah, good luck with that.
In my mind, Socialism and Communism are in and of themselves fantastic concepts if proposed in a vacuum devoid of people. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people actually took care of each other? To quote a phrase, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This would be a wonderful world if everyone sincerely believed that.
However, that form of society is anathema. For as long as there are those who would let the other poor sucker work so they could get a handout, the utopian society will never work. At the risk of sounding vulgar, there will always be slack asses among us. And all the “pollyanna pie in the sky” wishing won’t change that.
Why do you think Captain John Smith of the Jamestown Plantation stated (and I paraphrase), “those who will not work shall not eat.”?
Even if everyone in the United States was fully behind embracing humanity (it isn’t), you’d still have the rest of the world with which to contend. Many parts of which (I’m talking to you, China) would love to dominate a country which frets about a penis on a plastic potato, a cartoon skunk rapist, or whether pregnant aircrew should have maternity flight suits.
In the meantime, more than a few of our fellow Americans are playing the “thank you, sir, may I have another?” game while giving handjobs to each other in the Woke Olympics.
I met a good Liberal the other day at the International House of Pancakes. When the topic of the “COVID Relief Package” came up (frankly, I would have preferred debating the differences between hash browns and home fries), she glossed right over the fact that the majority of the monstrosity signed by Grandpa Joe won’t actually go to COVID relief. The fact that MILLIONS will instead be slotted for global distribution didn’t bother her a bit.
She claimed that, as a rich country, the United States had an obligation to help others. She maintained that you would help out your family. Why not do the right thing and help out the unfortunate around the world?
This all sounded terrific and highlights what a good Liberal is. Of course you should help out others. Absolutely you should spread the wealth. I get it. I make financial contributions and help out the needy myself. Because I can.
But, want in one hand, shit in the other…
What she didn’t quite get, and I wasn’t prepared to debate her (because…pancakes), is that the United States doesn’t have the money anymore. Just because your magic printing press is prepared to spit out the golden goose doesn’t make it smart policy to do so. And I firmly believe that the poor and homeless of America (I see them nearly every day) should be cared for before we send truckloads of cash to fund Pakistani gender studies.
Incidentally, I’d be curious how the United States ranks among the other nations of the world when it came to foreign aid. I don’t much feel like doing any research, but I’ll bet a paycheck that it’s more per capita than, say, France.
The thing is, stuck as she was in the idealism of the 1960s, she firmly believed she was right. I admit, if we had the largesse to do this, she would be right. But, we don’t. So, she is wrong. She’s a good Liberal, but she is wrong.
NOTE: Luckily, the GOOD Liberals far outnumber the BATSHIT CRAZY ones. Full Disclosure? There are also BATSHIT CRAZY Conservatives. So, there’s that.
Bottom line, though. She is clearly a decent human being (and not just because she gave me her ketchup). I would consider her a friend. I know many others like her and enjoy their company, as well. A man I consider to be my best friend, and who I have known for 44 years, would agree with her completely.
I do not reject them as inferior human beings. That would be wrong.
I just wish their version of the world was the correct one.
That is also wrong.