2011-08-11 / Editorial

Scattering Seeds

BY JOHN A. MURPHY

There is a civil war raging in America. It is an unconventional war in that there isn’t a lot of violent destruction of property, or many physical casualties. At least, so far there hasn’t been.

It’s a war presently being waged on political and cultural battlefields. The danger to our country and its citizens is great, even though many citizens may not even be aware of that potential.

There is a widespread distribution of combatants. However, the geographic concentration of those currently in the ascendency usually increases as the reapportionment of Congressional districts is manipulated solely based upon partisan considerations.

It is impossible to avoid being hurt as a result of this war. Grievous damage will ultimately rain down on all of us. The conflict is sure to cause harm even to those who now appear to welcome the cataclysm.

While we cannot avoid being hurt by this virtual war, we can do something to avoid the frustration that comes inevitably for a progressive in a verbal encounter with an adherent of the opposing philosophy. The key to avoiding confrontation is to ask a question or two before commencing a discussion of current political or civic events.

Such questions include:

1. “Do you reject Keynesian economics?” [If that question is too academic, ask “do you believe government programs and policies should not be used to relieve widespread economic distress?”]

2. “Do you believe global warming is not affecting the world today?”

3. “Do you believe that a spiritual power actively guides, controls, or directs national and international events?”

There many other such revelatory questions you might ask before starting a potentially perilous discussion. The key point is that if the answer to any of these questions is in the affirmative, the progressive would be well advised to politely disengage. Further discussion will only lead to frustration.

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