See, here’s the problem that I have with conservatives: It’s all about them.
Whenever someone gets killed, like Trayvon Martin, the Sandy Hook massacre, etc, they immediately start screaming about how the liberals are coming for their guns. The thought that someone else is suffering never enters their mind. It’s only about how this affects them.
When some religious fundie gets the verbal smackdown, they start screaming about freedom of speech. Because in their minds, their rights are being trampled all over, not realizing that they have the right to say whatever they want, but they are not free from the consequences. They don’t ever seem to consider that the things that they say are driving people to be colder, harder, and less receptive to the good in the world. They never think about the hurt they’re causing.
When religion is not allowed in government (because of the First Amendment, the government cannot favor one religion over the other) they start screaming about how their religious rights are being run roughshod over. Because how DARE people need scientific proof for anything, how DARE a secular government need more than just words and a two thousand year old book to believe anything? And in the same breath, they threaten Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, etc, for daring to have a different belief system, for daring to worship a different god. They glare, they threaten, and make them feel ashamed of their faiths, and accuse them of being terrorists. All because they feel that their religion is threatened.
When health care comes up as part of a debate, this is always a point of contention. Who cares that thousands, if not millions, of lives could be saved by socialized medicine? Who cares that millions of children die in the womb due to completely treatable causes, simply because the prospective mother does not have the money or insurance coverage to do so? Because socialized medicine means that all these sick people would be getting their treatment on other people’s tax dollars. They’re willing to let people die because their money is involved.
Oddly enough, this never seems to be an issue when war is a possibility.
How exactly did this happen? How did an entire political movement come to be comprised of sociopaths, completely blind to the suffering of other people?
Don’t worry, I don’t want to ban all guns, I just want some basic ground rules so that firearms are being kept out of mentally unstable hands. When women get equality, you aren’t going to experience the same oppression that they’ve had to deal with for the few centuries. If gay people can get married, it will only threaten your marriage if your wife realizes that you can treat her better, and THAT is all on you. If poor people get health care, that’s not suddenly going to impede your ability to get Viagra.
And if protecting people’s voting rights causes a problem for you, what does that say about your mentality? What does it mean when you need to rely on people being kept ignorant and silenced in order to get your way?
Because news flash: There are 300 million people in this country. And just because you can’t be bothered to think about other people should not constitute a problem for the rest of us. Like it or not, we are on the same side. So get with the program, please, before your lack of empathy causes a bridge collapse, the desecration of our environment, and the destruction of our country.