Wednesday, December 12, 2012

#CLASSY - (Another Political Post)


I love how the liberals' best argument isn't.

It is at once hilarious and heartbreaking that so often, instead of offering coherent and compassionate
reasons for their beliefs, they respond with vulgarities, angry name calling, and plenty of ALL CAPS.
Expletives instead of explanations.

This, of course, should win no one to their cause. Really, we should be happy that this is all that they
have to offer. The bankruptcy of their philosophical positions is made evident by their masterful use of
fallacies and their impotent use of pretty much everything else.

But I'm not writing this to the left- may they repent and may God open their eyes.

I'm writing to my fellow conservatives. You know who you are, you Chick-Fil-A eating, freedom-
loving, Bible-thumping, gun-toting, Constitution-quoting patriot. You understand that debt doesn't
make for good economic policy, that inflation is theft, that socialism makes everyone equally poor, that
babies have the right to live, that marriage is something that God defines, not the state.

And you're right. Your arguments are firmly rooted in truth.

But are you acting like it?

A few months ago, a video of an exchange between a Chick-Fil-A employee and a dissatisfied customer went viral. The video showed liberal activist extraordinaire Adam Smith oh-so-tolerantly berating the angelic Chick-Fil-A employee and her company. I say angelic because Rachel's poised and gentle response to the man's childish attacks were exemplary. The reactions of conservatism were far less so.

Adam Smith and his coworkers apparently were threatened with harm (!!!), while Smith was called every name in the book- and some names that aren't in the book. The cries for his apology were
(rightly so) loud and widespread.

Then he apologized.

What did Rachel say? “I forgive you.”

What did conservatism say? “Yeah, right. Whatever, jerk. [expletives]”

And suddenly, we sound just like the liberals.

The Adam Smith issue is just a poignant example of a searing inconsistency within conservatism- that
while sometimes we stand on truth and speak with compassion, truly desiring to see “them” come to
understand the truth, sometimes we drop the truth of the matter, jump in their sandbox, and kick sand
with the best of them. Like so many 3-year-olds.

When we do this, we validate the claims of the Left. We empower their criticism. Why would anyone
want to join a movement that can't accept an apology?

While I'm talking about Adam Smith, it is worth noting that I'm not suggesting that we naively embrace
Adam Smith as a repentant and remorseful prodigal son running into the arms of truth for a touching
reconciliation. We can be compassionate and forgiving without being doormats. Nor am I suggesting
that there is never a place for well-placed satire. The occasional well-placed “You brood of vipers!” is
never amiss.

My plea is that we continue to take the high road- to focus on and fight for truth.

Jesus said this, just hours before His death: “For this I have come to the world, that I may testify to the
truth.”

Of all the things that He could have said, moments before an agonizing death, this is what Christ gave
as His reason for coming to earth.

For those of us who are followers of Christ- isn't that what we aspire to?

For those of you who are conservative but don't claim Christ- what's wrong with you?

I tease. We can argue over that one later- you can yell at me through Twitter.

But in all seriousness, isn't this what we want to do? Testify to the truth? And if this is really about
truth, why are we relying on superior insults and more advanced mastery of curse words instead of
standing on the abundance of evidence that is piled around us?

Has this gone beyond a search for truth and into a matter of pride? Or have the liberals, by their
incessant flow of vitriol, finally worn us down to where we can't argue beyond our own frustration?

If we let them do this, they win. We become the haters.

Scripture commands us to “overcome evil with good.” We all know that this is the most effective
method of argumentation.

We have the truth to stand on. Reality is on our side. We can afford to represent a calm,
compassionate, confident conservatism to the world- and that is far more likely to win others to our
cause than kicking sand.

Let's leave the hate speech to the liberals. It's all they have.

As for us, let's be Rachels.

Not Adam Smiths.

2 comments:

Gods Country Boy said...

Yup - got it nailed there. We can't stoop to play by their rules - we can only play by God's, and God's alone.
I heard a good quote once.
"People only defenses around weaknesses, not strengths."
The fact they are so nasty and adamant on their points, shows where they see their holes, but refuse to face them for what they are - Ditto for us as well. :/
Good stuff!

RE Parker said...

Good point, Gabriel...

Sometimes it can be very, very hard to not respond in a like manner what will all the berating, smearing, and all-out lying and insulting they do. There is a line between taking it and standing up and firing back (which should be gracious and not expletive ridden). I don't know if that makes sense...