Two sides are engaged in a fierce ideological struggle to win over the hearts and minds of the citizens of the United States in order that the principles composing those ideologies might be put into effective action by a legitimate governing body.
How can this task be accomplished? How to persuade, compel or simply overpower the opposition in order to win elected office and govern accordingly?
Here are two recent examples highlighting the opposing perspectives and differing approaches between the so called left and right on just one particular issue. These are the modern methods of these two sides:
Ben Carson speaking publicly on responding to a mass shooter: “Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say, ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.’
If I am being honest, I have made extensive use of the ‘F’ word on many an occasion and do not shirk from its usage as a variable part of speech. However, call me old fashioned, but I still value honor between professional opponents, at least as it extends to the public realm. Look no further to find evidence of the deterioration of not only the integrity of the media as a societal institution, but the complacency of detractors to look no further for the truth. For if GQ says it, it must be true.
The article went on to sing further the praises of the Republican contender, “You know, the only thing more alarming than Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential field is the fact that Ben Carson is the guy right behind him. While establishment puds like Jeb! Bush and Marco Rubio can’t decide if they want to beat Trump or emulate him, the Good Doctor made it clear this week that he is not only willing to replicate Trump’s signature brand of hot-garbage-spewing, but he’ll say even DUMBER shit.”
This tripe bears witness to the incessant acrimony that plagues the leftist, progressive mentality. It never finds alleviation, and no peace of mind can assuage the perpetual hatred that these folks possess in their hearts. There is no wise commentary, no enlightening aphorism meant to elevate the conversation and actually make progress. There is simply name-calling, ad hominem attacks and an entirely dismissive attitude of a legitimate point-of-view.
Furthermore, the tendency of the lefty mentality is to impose this disposition onto society-at-large, seeking to further restrict onto those who agree with Dr. Carson. Despite the attempts that have been imposed however, in the form of outright gun bans in urban areas and the adoption of gun-free zones, gun violence still mysteriously occurs where gun violence is not allowed.
Some folks don’t like guns, don’t want guns and would rather die before picking up a gun to hurt another living thing, even in self defense. That is a perfectly acceptable position and I can support such conscientious objectors. However, just as they have a right not to fight back, to peaceably submit in a movie theater or college classroom, the rest of us have a right not to be made dead by a tragic, sickened individual.
This really is the primal, prehistoric, primitive defense mechanism that living beings have always possessed as a means of survival:
1. Recognize threat
2. Respond to threat using fight or flight
3. If selecting flight, stretch legs
4. If selecting fight, get weapon
5. Use legs or weapon depending on previous decision, see step 2 – fight or flight
As humanity has progressed, the weaponry has progressed too. Instead of clubs and board-with-nail, we have Sig Sauer and Glock to protect and defend. (not to mention entertain future fossil hunters) Admittedly, there is a case to be made against personalized nuclear devices and a reasonable debate can be had as to where that line is but the current 12 v. 17 mag capacity BS is missing the shark because, once again, for the cheap seats, criminals do not obey the law.
I have my personal grudges with the positions taken on some issues by Ben Carson but on this one we agree. And when the opposition has resorted to vulgarity and playground strategery, I think that’s game.