12 Argument-Enders That Nobody Will Ever Agree With
So I recently came across a posting entitled “12 Argument-Enders That Liberals Will Never Disagree With.” It was a tongue-in-cheek list of things that a conservative, or perhaps libertarian, might say to get out a conversation with someone with whom they disagreed. The underlying point, of course, is that liberals are so misguided that conversation with them can’t be productive, and so simply excusing yourself is a better use of your time.
I personally believe that it’s important to try to understand the viewpoint of people with whom you disagree; it’s the best way to learn. So, in that spirit, I offer the following amendments/corrections to the original that might better inform a conservative (or perhaps libertarian) of the underlying message being sent.
You’re all welcome.
So, you are a conservative (or perhaps libertarian). When you say…
1. THINGS ARE INDEED BROKEN IN DC/SACRAMENTO/(INSERT STATE CAPITAL)!
What they hear: I am pretty comfortable; these things don’t really matter to me.
If it were not for the obstructionist Republicans, our grand vision would be implemented and America would be saved.
What you mean: Big government cronyism is a huge political problem.
2. I SUPPORT FAIRNESS IN TAXATION!
What they hear: The rich should pay more because they can afford it.
What you mean: I’m not very good at math.
Some people don’t pay nearly enough while a minority pays a disproportionate amount. The whole system – all 73,000 pages of tax codes – needs to be reevaluated.
3. POLITICIANS SHOULD NOT USE PUBLIC ENTITIES FOR PRIVATE PURPOSES!
What they hear: George Washington Bridge and the Internal Revenue Service.
What you mean: I don’t care if they’re real scandals or fake ones, the scandals that matter are the ones that make Democrats look bad.
Internal Revenue Service.
4. I SUPPORT RACE AND GENDER EQUALITY!
What they hear: Women and minorities have historically been screwed and so special programs are needed to right these wrongs.
What you mean: I’m a white male.
If all people are equal, then everyone can make it in a free country without paternalistic programs. Let’s try to make the rules equal for all individuals.
5. EVERYONE DESERVES HEALTHCARE!
What they hear: DC-forced, taxpayer subsidized, centrally planned healthcare for all.
What you mean: I don’t understand that there are limits to the power of market competition.
Everyone should be able to purchase whatever health insurance they like, or just to buy health care with cash when they need it. Let’s make healthcare as affordable as possible through open competition and taking the overhead out of it as much as humanly possible.
6. I DEFINITELY BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE!
What they hear: Man’s activities have disrupted the climate and since market competition does not account for or value externalities, governmental efforts to limit fossil fuels through regulation is
, redistribute wealth, and regulate activities are required.
What you mean: I don’t really understand science. Or economics.
Climate changes – always has, always will. Seeking to regulate the earth’s climate is just an excuse for a government takeover for energy, a pretense for social engineering, and practically impossible.
7. BARACK OBAMA IS AN INSPIRING LEADER!
What they hear: I am an uncritical fanatic!
Everything he does is good and right.
What you mean: I don’t understand the nature of compromise.
Continued support of Obama is proof positive of people’s unwillingness to change their minds about a political candidate who has not delivered on his false promises.
8. GEORGE W. BUSH WAS NOT A GREAT PRESIDENT!
What they hear: George W. Bush was a catastrophe.
Everything Barack Obama has not been able to fix was his fault.
What you mean: George W. Bush became wildly unpopular!
He was the second-most profligate spender in history.
9. I BELIEVE IN PEACE!
What they hear: Peace is the goal.
absence of opposition to the left’s agenda.
What you mean: I am terrified of people I don’t know, and I think it’s ok to kill them if they inconvenience me.
Our leaders should keep America safe by any means possible, even if it means going to war like we have throughout history.
10. THE COUNTRY IS CERTAINLY GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION!
What they hear: I don’t understand the nature of compromise.
If only the political class had unfettered rule, we’d all be better off.
What you mean: I don’t believe in compromise.
Central planning for a vast and varied populace is impossible and historically ignorant of its track record of massive failure.
11. BARACK OBAMA/KATHLEEN SEBELIUS/ERIC HOLDER/HILLARY CLINTON/HARRY REID/NANCY PELOSI (AND ON) ARE VERY SMART!
What they hear: I think you are very dumb.
I trust these folks to take care of me.
What you mean: I think you are very dumb.
These people really know how to game the system for the benefit of elites like themselves and I want them to leave us alone.
12. THE ECONOMY IS DEFINITELY IMPROVING!
What they hear: There is real evidence that demand-side economics works.
The Obama administration’s efforts are working.
What you mean: Even though George W. Bush became unpopular, I can’t stop believing in supply-side economics.
There’s a deal of ruin in a nation, and the American people have resolve to make it past this dreadful presidency.
If you want to have good relations with a
liberal conservative (or libertarian), just DO NOT, under any circumstances, even BEGIN to tell them what you mean… expect them to listen to reason.