I did not want to get sidetracked on the last post, so I broke some of my thoughts out here. That last post was about the deliberate and nefarious act of silencing the right through intimidation and false charges.
However, there is another way that conservatives are silenced. On many occasions, we simply silence ourselves. At a cocktail party, in a bar, a living room, a meeting, a sporting event, or any random gathering of adults; while the liberals blather on, we smile a thin smile and decline the opportunity to correct the rude, ignorant, and often hateful discourse they present.
In silence, we give up our our right to free speech. Oh, we tell ourselves we are simply being polite; respectful; avoiding confrontation. But really, we are just letting ignorant people override our rights. And, in doing so, we are losing.
Oh, I get the concept that you can’t fix stupid. But that does not mean you have to tolerate it.
What we failed to realize was that we were not dealing with adults or adult behavior or adult discourse. We were dealing with kids.
Actually, not just kids, but the worst kind of kids: teenagers. Rude. Self-centered. No respect for the opinion of others. Driven by a need to find acceptance by their peers. Easily succumbing to groupthink. Petulant, whiney, spoiled, arrogant, condescending, obnoxious, hormone-driven, poo-flinging denizens of society. Tolerated by adults mostly from the realization that they will eventually grow out of it and the sympathy that we find in our hearts because we were all young and stupid once.
(Of course, many teenagers are not all that bad. And eventually, most teenagers do grow up. Thank God.)
But the rest? Ugh. '
Liberals are just teenagers who have failed adolescence.
Imagine you are at a friends house, and his teen son comes home, stomping around, all outraged, complaining, “You are never going to believe how rude and wrong this cop was! I did not deserve that ticket!” Since you are not their parent, this is not your responsibility. Further, out of respect to their (currently absent) parent, most people would usually just remain silent, or make non-committal grunts, while hoping that his parents will soon handle this mess.
In other words, you would show the same reaction to the ranting’s of a petulant teenager as you do the the ignorant ranting's of a liberal: non-committal noises and changing the subject when possible.
But what if it was your teen? Your reaction is different.
You know you have to say something, or he will be convinced he was right. It would reinforce his belief that someone was out to get him, and that he is the victim of a flawed system. So, as a parent is wont to do, you have to have the discussion that needs to be had. The avoidance of conflict would only make the problem worse. And, the moment you begin to talk, begin to correct his understanding of the situation, the conflict begins. The teenager will try avoidance, play the victim, name calling, claim unfairness, throw a tantrum, and refuse to accept responsibility.
Liberals do not realize it, but that is what they sound like. That is what arguing with them is like. Liberals are like spoiled little teenage monsters.
However, they are not kids, so we really do not need to be polite and silent. We need to fight. This is #WAR and we will not win by being polite and silent.
The next time your are in a social situation and some liberal goes off on Palin, Bush, Cheney, Romney, or any other Republican, speak up. You have the right to free speech, as do they. And if you refuse to act on your right, you will lose it. We will lose. It does not matter if you agree with some of what they say about Bush (or whomever), you have to defend our team.
As was stated at RightOnline, leave no soldier behind on the battlefield.