I am, as many of you know, a Republican. (Or, at least I would be, if my local government hadn’t lost my change of address forms and decided that I was no longer registered to vote. But that is a rant I’ve already made.) I am fiscally conservative, and socially libertarian. I do not agree with all of the points in the Republican platform. But in general, I agree with them more- or see them as less harmful- than those of the Democratic Party.
And ladies and gentlemen (should there be any in this Pit), that is my opinion. I am certain that all of you have your own opinions upon politics, and upon the major (and minor) parties. And this rant is not focused upon those who disagree with me, or hold opinions to the contrary of mine.
This rant, rather, is focused upon those who- through arrogance or insecurity- believe that their own opinions give them a superiority. One can look in countless threads in GD and find people stating that being a liberal/ conservative/ Republican/ Democrat/ Green/ Libertarian/ Reform/ Giant Stuffed Tickle-Me-Elmo Fancier somehow makes them superior to those who disagree with them. Their position, after all, is the only one which rational and intelligent and decent people would agree with- after all, are they not rational and intelligent and decent? Therefore, to have come to a different- or, horrors above, opposite- conclusion must indicate that their opponent is irrational, stupid, and willing to molest children and sell blacks back into slavery.
Take, for example, abortion. We could state that one side believes that life begins at conception, and that the life of one (the mother) does not necessarily outweight the life of the other (the child). Or we could state that life does not actually begin at that point, or that there is too little consensus as to when life begins for us to strictly outlaw what some may feel is a neutral medical procedure.
But, oh, no. We can’t do that. We can only talk of the pro-abortionists who drink babies’ blood and have Perpetrated A Holocaust Upon Our Next Generation; or of the anti-choicers who would have every mother barefoot and pregnant and would remove womens’ right to vote if they could. Everyone who is pro-choice has had three or four abortions; everyone who is pro-life assassinates abortion doctors.
To those of you who feel a sense of moral superiority over those who disagree with you, fuck you.
To those of you who feel a sense of intellectual superiority over those who disagree with you, fuck you.
To those of you who feel a smug satisfaction when an extremist does something horrible because it proves to you what all of your opponents would really do if they had a chance, fuck you.
To those of you who consider the description of your opponent- liberal, Republican, whatever- akin to a slur, fuck you.
To those of you who feel that a political action in your favor must be reacted to with gloating, fuck you.
To those of you who feel that a political reversal must be reacted to with vocal despair and/or threats, fuck you.
To those of you who associate the other side with evil, and their own with good, fuck you.
And, in fact, more than fuck you.
Grow the hell up.
Rational people can come to different conclusions. There is nothing in the social sciences so obvious and firm as there is in the hard sciences. Adults are people who can deal with matters calmly and rationally, and who can see that there can be more than one point of view. In fact, mature individuals can follow the logical process of those they disagree with, so that they might understand the situation more fully and come to a better solution.
I suppose I am mostly vexed because there are emotional children upon this board who think they can debate. And whose form of debate is insults, catcalls, and attempting to drown out their opponent through volume. Decent people do not feel the need to “high-five” those who agree with them. Decent people give intelligent praise to those who make good arguments, whether upon their side or not. This is not a game of pick-up. This is a debate.
And if you wonder whether I’m talking about you, I probably am. Including many people I consider embarrasments to my side of the argument.
Thank you for your time.