When you conflate your beliefs with facts, it’s easy to marginalize and impugn the motives of those who disagree with you. If you are willing to acknowledge others hold their beliefs as dearly as you hold your own, then honest debates are possible. To that end Kevin Gagen, please consider:
▪ Free market capitalism has much to do with liberty. It is the essence of economic liberty.
▪ The Constitution isn’t scripture, but it is the bible for limited government, when it is followed. It’s more easily ignored than changed.
▪ Proof of man-made climate change is not settled science. Science invites skeptics, activists do not.
▪ Fear-mongering is as old as politics and used by both sides.
▪ President Obama is an American and isn’t a Muslim. However, he has an unexplained greater affinity for Muslim nations, regardless of the consequences, than our ally Israel.
▪ A border, where an equal number of illegals come and go, is no border.
▪ We have Freedom of Religion. However, the founders’ writings clearly show a religious influence. John Adams said in essence, our government was designed for a moral and religious people; it is wholly unsuited for any other.
▪ Guns are easier to demonize than addressing the larger societal issues that lie behind gun crimes. That’ll require value judgments and upholding standards, both of which liberals are loathe to do.
You were 100 percent correct though when you said we’ve seen what happens when fiction is used for political purposes. I couldn’t have described ACA better myself.
Paul Zabbo, Shiloh