My Liberal Friend|
April 19, 2010
My liberal friend Pam and I are a perfect example of the class warfare currently
being waged in America between the 'haves' and the 'have nots.' Also known as 'the
war against the rich,' or, in a nutshell, socialism.
Though Pam and I are lifelong friends, we couldn't be more different. Pam is the
quintessential liberal, quick to espouse views that show America in a bad light.
Sarah Palin is evil, Bush is bad and anyone (like myself) that doesn't base their
decisions on feelings is, well, just plain uncompassionate. End of story. I, on
the other hand, am a traditional, conservative Christian.
Though conservatives have yet to be included under the leftist's much vaunted 'tolerance'
and 'multicultural' umbrellas, Pam has decided that she will tolerate her renegade
friend, as long as that friend doesn't publicly air any conservative views. Which
is becoming a problem for our friendship.
Pam is the product of government schools and a culture that ignores merit in favor
of any perceived underdog or victim. She is the proud owner of a Masters Degree,
which, according to her, validates all of her leftist views - regardless of any
facts to the contrary. And its not her fault that, at the ripe age of 57, she has
yet to pay off the student loans that paid for her education.
Both Pam and I are the end result of the decisions we have made over the course
of our lives. Pam's choices have resulted in her absolute refusal to participate
in capitalism, or our free market system. Instead, she survives on a government
check, feeling it is her due. And like most who receive something for nothing, she
hates the one whose largesse she has chosen to accept. Kinda like all those countries
who get aid from America and hate us for it. Hey, no one likes to be acknowledged
as being subservient.
Fortunately for Pam, her leftists illusions allow her to maintain the moral high
ground. Unlike her capitalist friend, who has never asked for or received dime one
from the government. I am considered one of the evil 'rich.' Pam graciously ignores
this fact, at least until she needs another loan.
Pam maintains the romantic illusion of being a struggling, misunderstood artist.
She exists on a higher plane than Joe Six pack and Susy Homemaker. She is 'sensitive'
and totally in tune with Mother Earth, victims of capitalism, and all creature great
and small. That my tax dollars allow her this freedom is one of those inconvenient
facts that Pam has learned to
compartmentalize. Meaning she has chosen to ignore (or demonize) any facts that don't
align with her vision of herself.
Like most leftists, Pam believes that life is a zero sum game. If someone has a
big slice of the pie, that automatically means that some poor unfortunate
has to do with a smaller slice. And all rich people are only rich because they made
their money off the backs of those less fortunate.
This mind set, while comforting, is not conducive to material success. Which is
OK with Pam, as she has spent her whole life eschewing the almighty dollar, choosing
instead to allow others, like her 'rich' friend and financially stable family members
the favor of periodically bailing her out financially. Her only concession to reality.
Ever since Obama was elected president, my friendship with Pam has become strained.
Though politics was never a part of our friendship in the past, it has now become
a factor. Pam apparently feels that Obama's socialist agenda is the best thing that
ever happened to the Oppressive State of America. And since she knows that everyone
feels this way, she has no qualms parroting the Dem's sound bite of the day as fact.
Since I know Obama didn't really cut taxes by $800 billion, it rankles somewhat
that Pam believes it. Pam also believes that the government take over of the private
sector is long overdue. And that Obama's take over of the health care system is
the only way to ensure social justice.
I don't blame Pam for her desire for social justice. After all, she just had both
hips replaced, courtesy Uncle Sam. And she sees no reason why other misunderstood
victims shouldn't have access to the same free lunch. But her attitude is starting
Though I am aware of the politically viable yet destructive effect of pitting one
class of Americans against another class, I find I am becoming an active participant.
I'm starting to resent my friend. I resent her cavalier, tax-payer funded attitude.
I am starting to take umbrage at her assumption that her liberal views are the only
valid views and any dissent or challenge to her world view is either racist and/or
lacking in compassion.
I'm starting to resent the fact that people like myself, dirty little capitalists,
are required to support deadbeats who have decided to live off the system. All the
while, spitting in the eye of those that provide the means. (Sorry, Pam.)
Having been allowed the luxury of basing her life on feelings instead of being forced
to make a living, Pam now takes great
offense should I dare mention any of these inconvenient realities. She will allow
no dissent. Our friendship has become political.
Pam wastes no time analyzing
my weekly articles as being motivated solely by hate and 'lacking in compassion.'
She has adopted the proven tactic of continually forcing me to proving a negative.
And I just don't want to do that anymore, especially since
I have lost respect for her.
With great regret, I realize Pam has become like so many of her fellow leftists.
Willing to defend to the death leftists opinions (that are formed by others) and
dismissing out of hand any facts to the contrary. If I don't agree with her, why,
there must be something wrong with me. This attitude is not conducive to friendship.
Lifelong friendships that have weathered the test of time are rare and should be
cherished. That our current political climate has ended this friendship is regrettable.
But this case is not unique. Across the nation, friends are pitted against friends,
families are dividing along partisan lines and Americans are being encouraged to
resent anyone percieved as having more than their (fair)share of the pie.
I fear this will continue and become more pervasive under our current president.
Raising the distinct possibility of America's downfall coming from within. The 'have
nots' and victims are consolidating their premier position at the public trough,
forcing others to pay for their ever evolving version of social justice. And considering
that fully half of Americans now pay no federal income taxes yet still vote, the
chances of changing this through the ballot box are becoming slimmer.
I already miss Pam. Our friendship was very important to me and I am saddened that
today's political climate makes it impossible for good friends to agree to disagree.
But if the choice is between actively enabling her views by keeping silent or fighting
to keep America from turning into a nation of useful idiots, I'll choose the latter.
She lives in South Carolina
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