These days it seems like we can’t debate any issue without being labeled radical by those who oppose it, and no idea can stand on its merits alone, because we have to label it a Democratic or Republican ploy, or a Liberal or Conservative cause.
It doesn’t matter if something is good for the country or bad, if somebody from the wrong side of the Congressional aisle introduced it, the folks on the other side are automatically against it.
I truly believe that if President Obama found a cure for cancer, a way to end world hunger, and a method to make every American independently wealthy, the folks who voted the other party’s ticket would label it a Socialist plot. And likewise, if a Republican politician came up with something that would change the world for the better, the other side would call it a right wing conspiracy.
It’s not about good or bad, or right or wrong. It’s all about how we label it. If your guys came up with it, let’s label it good; and if the other guys dreamed it up, we automatically know it’s a harebrained scheme and label it nonsense.
There is no gray area any more, no room for reason or compromise. A good example is gun control. I am a lifelong gun owner, I have not one, but two, concealed weapons permits, and for a time I was a Federally licensed firearms dealer.
But I dropped my membership in the National Rifle Association years ago when they were launching a campaign against a proposed law in a state where I lived that would prohibit people from carrying firearms at school extracurricular events, such as dances and football games. I’m sorry, but I just don’t think we need to take artillery to the Junior Prom!
While I believe we need to punish criminals, not honest gun owners, I also believe that not every gun control law is evil! For taking this stand, the newspaper I published was labeled anti-gun.
We also use labels in our never ending quest to be the most politically correct people on earth. These days we are supposed to refer to illegal aliens as “undocumented workers.” Since many of them are arrested for crimes, does that then make them undocumented criminals?
We even have to make nice when we refer to prisoners these days. Convicts are now inmates, or detainees. Nonsense! They are criminals! I don’t care if their feelings get hurt, do you? Hell, you can’t even call a streetwalker a hooker anymore! She’s now a “sex worker.” That other name was a discriminating label.
I could go on, but I’d better stop for now, before somebody labels me a windbag.
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