Open Discussion is Dead

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I just had an online discussion today with a group of fellow conservatives and one liberal. I must say, I was supremely disappointed with… the conservatives. During the course of that discussion, I saw some of the most thoughtless, cover-your-ears-and-say-la-la behavior from people whose points I actually agree with.

It was a discussion about gun control. The liberal fellow who joined in presented his opinion, and immediately everyone on the thread jumped down his throat and called him a troll, because apparently having a differing opinion and voicing it to a group of conservatives immediately means that you’re a rabble-rouser. After we ran the course of a discussion that struggled to continue in the face of flung insults from both sides, the meager debate ended with an all caps rage from one of the conservatives, and another shouting “REVOLUTION!”

Sigh.

As time progresses, I find myself more and more disappointed with those who share my beliefs. Look, I am as stressed out and terrified as you are, but why do we have to act like frantic animals, gnashing our teeth at any liberal foolish enough to tread into our Facebook territory? There’s a difference between folding over and sacrificing our beliefs every time somebody challenges them and having a polite debate.

And for the love of God, stop treating a Revolution like some romantic, dashing thing. War is terrible. Stop using it lightly.

I think one of the reasons we get so defensive is because, on occasion, a liberal actually makes a good point. But we feel that if we agree with them, it’s going to be a slippery slope and eventually we’ll be no different from Barack Obama. To that, I say: “Are your principles really that flimsy?” I feel like I know you guys pretty well, and I know that you’re not the type of people to throw away what you believe in. You’re strong, principled people who know how you feel, but you’re also deathly afraid of the way this country is headed. Me too.

But if we hate other people for what they believe, they’ll most likely hate you for what you believe, too. It’s happened already. And if you think that a culture of hate is going to save America… I’m sorry, you’re wrong.

Solutions can come from anywhere, even a liberal. If it works and you agree with it, why not use it? However, I do firmly believe that the United States Constitution provides solid, working solutions. At the same time, we need to demonstrate and prove how and why those solutions work. People aren’t evil for doubting the Constitution. It’s up to us as Constitutionalists to present intriguing and convincing arguments in its favor.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan

Discussion is not a bad thing. In fact, I believe it’s the only way we can keep this country from utterly tearing itself apart.

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