My Dear Fellow American’s of the Progressive, Liberal, and Social Justice Persuasions:
Hi! It’s me, Matt! It’s come to my attention that it is becoming increasingly difficult for you to tolerate people whose opinions differ with your own! Confused? I KNOW! It seems completely irrational that others have opinions that differ with your own. But my, oh my, the evidence just seems to keep stacking up! It’s really nothing to scream about or compare graduating students to the KKK over these differences. You are even freaking out over Miss America’s stunningly straightforward answer to the politically loaded question of “Do you think affordable healthcare for all US citizen is a right or a privilege and why?”:
“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege, As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one, to have health care, you need to have jobs, so therefore we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs so that (sic) all the American citizens worldwide.”
I was extremely pleased with the erudite and direct manner in which the 25-year-old Kára McCullough acquitted herself and quite accurately stated the truth of the matter: No one is entitled to healthcare or any other service for that matter. Oh yes, that’s right: healthcare is a service as the labor of medical professionals and their varied support staff both skilled and unskilled is coupled with a myriad of privately developed products it creates the SERVICE of healthcare. Furthermore, the high degree of sophistication of both the services and products here in the United States are the direct result of a robust profit motive combined with the goal of compassionate healing.
My dear, distraught friends, there are two truths you must grapple with here: You are in no way entitled to the labors of your fellow man, and the price of your right to believe and express whatever you wish is to allow for others with contrary beliefs to express them just the same.
In order to justify and allow for your own freedom of speech, press, free assembly, and religion (or lack thereof), you are required to not only allow but indeed to welcome those that oppose you. Conservatives and establishment Republicans take heed as well-- this applies to all of us.
Two minutes of screaming at the sight of a sign that bears the name of the President and an opposing political slogan does not make for a cogent, or respectful expression of your political opinion. It does not impress anyone or do anything to impress upon others the validity of your views, and it has no hope of changing hearts and minds.
I strongly recommend alternative tactics of discourse, such as:
- Speaking in a normal, intelligible and respectful tone.
- Avoiding condescension or derision.
- Listening with the intent to understand.
- Weighting debatable topics in the lights of logic, science, and history.
- Accepting and respecting that some principles are central and immovable to others.
- Allowing for the diversity of thought and belief.
For too long our nation has been divided along ideological lines, to find peace and unity as a country, we must first find the ability to tolerate each other, individually and as groups in the body politic.
Good night and God bless.