The infamous Southern Heritage defender, Connie Chastain, seeks to chide Andy Hall in her latest post. Rather than achieve her goals, she comes off as bitter, mean spirited and naive. Especially in this line and graphic:
Actually, unlike floggers, leftists, authoritarian PC-ers and the like, Southern heritage folks are mostly conservatives, and conservatives usually believe nobody has the authority to tell others what to believe, even if the others believe in offensive things. They value freedom of speech and thought. Floggers and other authoritarians do not believe in freedom of speech and thought. They get off on telling people what they can and cannot say and even think….(my emphasis)
Anyone else see the problem here? Granted, I’ll admit that some leftists are rather authoritarian in the sense of the definition. The recent “Big Gulp” argument in New York is a prime example of that. But to say “conservatives usually believe nobody has the authority to tell others what to believe, even if the others believe in offensive things. They value freedom of speech and thought. Floggers and other authoritarians do not believe in freedom of speech and thought” is a completely asinine statement. Notice I said the statement is asinine. Calling something stupid, is not the same as calling someone stupid or telling a person that they cannot say stupid things. This is something that is often lost by those that cry wolf; but I digress. Let’s play a Connie game.
- http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130630/NEWS02/706309920 (Gay Marriage)
- http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/texas-state-sen-davis-filibusters-stop-abortion-restrictions-article-1.1382624 (Abortion)
- Do I really need to go on and on?
The truth is, many political ideologies can seem authoritarian because of the numerous issues involved in politics. This is especially true with hard line issues when different portions of the country have a perception of right and wrong when it comes to the issue. Such is the case with Gay Marriage and Abortion. But to say conservatives represent freedom and leftists are authoritarian is like calling me the Queen of England. By the way, I’m not telling you what to think, I’m just letting you know when your statements are misleading hoping that you will not say them anymore.