Common ground seems to be harder and harder for Democrats and Republicans to find. Democrats, like Bill Clinton, will decry partisan politics, particularly those “extreme right wingers” who have hijacked the GOP. I’m not much surprised by anything Clinton says. This is a man who can spout outrage over off shore investments while maintaining three of his own. He’s a man who can simultaneously call for civility while ripping the other side. He did it while President and did it again the other night.
But what do right wingers believe that is so evil and out of touch? Let’s see. We (I can say we because I am one) believe that abortion kills a human being. In the world of the radical feminist that’s an extreme position. In sane, normal world that’s a pretty normal position as most polls show. We believe that marriage should be limited to a man and a woman. That’s a normal, historical belief. It’s not outrageous or rooted in some kind of seething hatred. We believe that it is better for people to have opportunity to make their own way in the world. Sure, there can be a safety net for people who really need some help, but government ain’t your momma and daddy. Sometimes we have to actually grow up and take responsibility. Just because you don’t want to pay for Sandra Fluke’s sex life does not mean you are at war with women.
What else? We believe that the United States of America is the greatest nation in the history of mankind, and that despite, her flaws, is a powerful light to the rest of the world. We don’t believe that a culture that believes that rape victims are worthy of stoning is quite as good as what we have in the good ol’ USA. We believe that there is, in fact, good and evil.
We believe in God — not every person who would be defined as a right winger does — but the vast majority do. We believe that the Constitution is the critical document of this Republic. It is not a living, breathing document that is subject to the whims of bizarre interpretation and magical protections. We monkey with it at our peril.
We believe that corporations that provide jobs are doing a good thing. We believe that any sane economic policy requires that you use the energy you have and not buy it from tin pot, terrorist supporting dictators. We believe that we are technologically advanced enough to protect the environment and encourage business growth. Environmental extremism has cost jobs and opportunity. We believe that, while Unions have had an important role, they have far exceeded that role and now excel in supporting graft, waste and incompetency. They are great people and workers who work for Unions, I don’t doubt that, but they are also a powerful self interest group that looks out for number one over all else, including the good of the country.
The reality is that the beliefs that conservatives hold, and much of the GOP platform, are beliefs that are rooted in an America of opportunity and hard work and are pretty standard, traditional beliefs outside of left wing circles. It’s the leftists who have pushed hard to move America to accept their beliefs. They’ve had a lot of help from Hollywood and the mainstream media. That’s why common ground is hard to find. The US is still a right of center country. We didn’t move, they did.
Who are the real extremists?
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