Public Displays of Personal Opinion

Several incidents this week gelled, in my mind, the problem with our current “national discussion.”

We don’t have one.

How can I say we don’t have a national discussion? Would you call an encounter where one side tells the other to “shut up,” any time the other side attempts to say something a “discussion?” I wouldn’t, and neither should you. A few examples to make my point.

Georgetown University refuses to pay for birth control as part of it’s medical plan. The airwaves are full of people calling them sexist discriminators of the highest order.

The Boy Scouts of America determined that they would not allow homosexual leadership into their ranks. The airwaves were full of people calling them, and anyone who supported their decision, bigots.

Chick-Fil-A’s President said the company supports traditional marriage. The airwaves were full of people calling the company bigoted, and mayors of at least two cities banned Chick-Fil-A from building there. Some liberal newspapers came to their defense, but the overall dunning of the company continues.

The Republican National Committee has put out an ad saying it’s okay not to vote for Obama —that the presidential race isn’t about popularity or personal like or dislike, but about policy. Liberal columnists are interpreting this as the RNC saying, “it’s okay not to vote for the black guy,” effectively calling anyone who doesn’t vote for Obama racist.

In each of these cases, any rational argument put up in support of the conservative position is countered with names —bigot, racist, sexist. The mildest attempt to have a conversation is met with name calling of one sort or another, the names all having one thing in common —they’re simply variants of the words, “SHUT UP!”

The opening ceremonies of the Olympics were a grand “love fest” of leftist values, including homosexuality, nationalized healthcare, pre-industrial society (if you ever wonder where the left wants to go, just look at their love of pre-industrial society and realize they’re seriously trapped in a Nirvana fallacy). When people on the conservative side complained, the reply was…

Ahead of the show, Boyle — whose film “Slumdog Millionaire” won eight Oscars in 2009 — denied he was pushing a political agenda. “The sensibility of the show is very personal,” he said. “A group of us have created it, but we had no agenda other than… values that we feel are true. “Not everybody will love that but people will be able to recognise as being honest and truthful really. I felt that very strongly. There is no b(expletive) in it, and there is no point-making either.” -Yahoo

To interpret, “How dare you think me pushing my values in public is actually an agenda.” Or rather, “SHUT UP!”

This is a conversation?

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