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Stuck on Stupid

I was reading a conservative blog the other day (sounds like the intro to a joke, doesn't it?), and noticed an advertisement for anti-liberal tee-shirts. One tee shirt said "Liberals - Stuck on Stupid". I've been thinking about this for a few days now, and this goofy tee-shirt is really an accurate reflection of the modern conservative mindset. The conservatives bash liberals and use name-calling to make their point. Maybe their points are worth discussing, but their tactics don't help their credibility. It's also impossible to have any kind of rational dialog with people who employ such tactics.

Yes, yes, yes. I know that many - if not most - liberals take a similar anti-conservative stance. It would be just as easy to find a liberal wearing a shirt like the one above, designed to insult conservative folks. I don't like this either, and find it equally hard to have any kind of intelligent discussion with liberals who can do nothing but spout anti-conservative clich├ęs and insults.

I've engaged in name-calling before, and don't believe it was particularly productive or intelligent. I find that most conservative ideas aren't really in line with my way of thinking, but that doesn't mean I need to insult the authors of these ideas.

It would be nice if we could have open and intelligent discussions about issues. Hurling insults at each other doesn't do any good, and will only serve to widen the gap between conservatives and liberals.

Maybe we're all just stuck on stupid.

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