Arrrgh. Stop Insulting Me and Calling It A Joke.
Come off it, folks. Four times this evening I've received messages from correspondents that say something along the lines of "wow, you have a heart. You can't be conservative."
First off, how would YOU feel if I said "Oh look--signs of a brain. You can't be a liberal!" Both are equally foolish statements that show a fundamental disregard for your fellow man.
If liberalism is supposed to be the bastion of compassion and fellow-feeling, then why is it the default position of so many liberals to assume that those of us who tend toward conservatism lack compassion? Why aren't you showing that valued compassion to your fellow human beings?
I've said this before, but it apparently bears repeating. Conservatives and liberals both want the same things. They just believe in trying to accomplish those ultimate goals--ensuring domestic tranquilty, providing for the common defence, promoting the general welfare--through different means. There are two valid branches of philosphy that have birthed conservatism and liberalism. Belief in one of those primary philosophies does not mean that you are any less human, any less loving or any less smart than the fellow on the opposite side of the aisle.
Yes, I think that we should show some mercy to Claudia Nunez. In spite of joviality in some correspondences, that doesn't make me a liberal. That makes me a human being who understands the vagaries of reality. Just in case you're a little too uncomfortable with my stance on Ms. Nunez, please note that I also think she should be heavily fined and put through the same bureaucratic red tape that other people have gone through.
Like it or not I'm a conservative. I hold some very conservative opinions. But I still love people. I still have a heart. So let's just agree to agree on the things we hold in common and disagree politely on our differences. That's how mature people do. And I know you all meant to be funny, but it kind of hurts my feelings.
Update 12:30 am. My Nyquil has kicked in. "Hurt feelings" is a wee bit strong. Perhaps I should say "it kind of befuddles me." That's more in line with how I truly think.