I said when I started this blog that I would not tolerate liberals, democrats and squishy republicans commenting on here. At the time I really, really meant it. Yesterday I got tested.
A man I like very much made a comment on a post. He's a man who's blog I have read regularly. He's pretty smart and has a great blog. His comment was one I regarded as in violation of my clearly stated rules. I deleted the comment and wrote a post that will surely sever any friendly relationship we might have developed. I really, really hate that but I am not sorry. Let me explain.
We are where we are precisely because we have engaged the liberals in conversation. We conservatives have an annoying (and ultimately destructive) tendency to feel sympathy for differing points of view. And not a little guilt. We believe in the old saw "I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it". The problem is the other side does not hold the same belief.
We have let our guard down and let the liberals define the argument. Let them define the words we use and now let them define the words we are no longer allowed to use. They are defining the very language, to our detriment.
Think about how words like green, hate, progressive, redistribution, rights, offended and such are now used. Hate alone has been twisted so badly it can mean anything the left wants it to mean. From criticism to crime. Hate crime is now the law and we allowed it to happen because we allowed the left to define the word. Criticism of O is called racism. Civil rights means illegal alien "rights". Redistribution means more middle class taxes. Progressive means anyone who supports a socialist state and God help anyone who disagrees. The left takes "offense" at anything conservative, just because it is conservative and they hope that by labeling it as offensive they can make it go away. And they have succeeded.
Can any of you say you have changed the mind of an avowed liberal about anything? Ever? I haven't and I have tried. They shout and accuse until we give up, hands over our ears. I can't take it any more. I won't take it any more. I just don't have the patience to try and educate the ineducable.
It's time for us to tell the left and the squishy that we are done listening to their nonsense. It's time for the grownups to take charge.
It's time for The People to refuse to be labeled by those who want nothing more than to silence us.
I will be silent no more and I won't tolerate anyone telling me how to think and what I can and cannot say. No one will define the argument for me. I'll define it for myself.
To the man I deleted and who almost certainly is done with me. I wish things were different but the very future of my grandchildren, as well as the grandchildren of every American, is at stake. I won't make the same mistakes I have in the past. There is precisely zero time left. It's now or never. The days of our Republic, as we have known her for over 2 centuries, is quite literally numbered in days. I believe this with all my heart and soul. For me to act otherwise than I am would be a betrayal of my Honor and my Duty. A betrayal of my grandchildren and my America.
I still believe every American has the absolute right to say whatever they want whenever they want to say it. I'm just done listening to those I believe are completely wrong. I'm done with the newspaper. Done with network news. Done with the left. Done.
It's time to pick a side.
(BTW Look for an absolutely fabulous post from the DO coming up. When you read it you'll realize that when I say she's much smarter than I am, I'm correct)