January 10, 2005
I got into a debate over at MouseWords about the school system. It seems that those on the left thinks that the right is trying to destroy public education, so that we can close the circle on the “elite” class. As long as we can destroy the middle and lower class, we can become a true American aristocracy, right? Specifically, the “higher ups” in the group are pushing creationism to make the populace think the school system is horrible, manufacturing a crisis to push people into supporting vouchers.
From the comments that have been flying back and forth over there (boy, how I wish I’d get some more comments here), I’ve realized that to the left, there are two types of right-wingers: the stupid, and the evil. The evil is a very small, powerful group. Their goal is to find ways to destroy the country in such a way that it shores up their power, and makes them the ruling elite of the country. The stupid group is everyone else that votes Republican. They are pawns, too dim to understand that they are being manipulated by their evil string-pullers.
Now, I tried to defend myself and my right-wing brethren, and mentioned that we are not trying to destroy America as we know it. We have honestly weighed the policies, and believe that the policies that we are supporting are in the long-term interests of our nation as a whole. My frank response got me this:
Brad, I don’t think you do. I think the people who want to be our evil overlords dump millions of dollars into right wing think tanks to come up with arguments that everyday folks think sound reasonable enough and then manufacture crisises so that everyday folks think that we have no choice but to implement the plans that the right wing think tanks come up with.
Looks like I must have landed myself in the “stupid” group. Which undoubtedly has me a little angry. I don’t consider myself to be a slouch intellectually, and I’m enough of a skeptic to watch out when people are trying to exploit me. Despite my slight megalomania and delusions of grandeur, I’m not evil. The only explanation I have left is that they must be drugging my water.
This is the kind of mentality that we have to deal with from the left. Obviously our policies are absolutely atrocious, so to support them we must be evil or stupid.
I don’t have this hostility to the left, with the exception of a few particular individuals (Michael Moore comes to mind). I believe that their policies sound pretty good, but they typically have unintended consequences. The policies could be stopped, but the bureaucratic inertia in Washington keeps them going. And as any organism tries to do, those bureacracies actively work to expand and grow their scope.
I think both the left and the right are trying to do good. We have some widely different beliefs on how that should occur, of course. Why is it that the right is seen as such a vile, hateful group, while the left has an untarnished image of peace and love?
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