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more-moderate-than-thou

I want to interrupt my incessant prattling about Beltane to solicit some opinions. Have you noticed how prevalent is the notion that only centrists are reasoned and sane? How often do you hear someone say "I think both parties are nuts. The only reasonable position is the middle one."

I'm gonna call bullshit on that. I think it's intellectually lazy. What people really mean by this is that the only good opinion is one that has been carefully considered, and that's certainly true, but simply adopting a "moderate" or "middle of the road" position isn't the same thing. It's a cheat, and it's no substitute for actually thinking.

I'll also point out (and you knew this was coming) that I think this is a device used more often by the Right these days. "Fair and Balanced," right? The GOP is the voice of the infallible "center" and those crazies on the Left are insufficiently moderate. This is the single most boldly marketed message coming from the Right these days. The pronouncement of their supreme even-handedness.

I've seen a lot of ads on the Metro lately listing the most extreme circumstances under which abortions occur, and asking if abortion rights have "gone to far." That's just the most disingenuous load of crap. Those people aren't concerned that we've "gone to far". They are simply trying a slight of hand to distract the public from their extreme (yes, extreme) agenda in which no woman has the right to an abortion.

OK, I could go on, but I'm beginning to sort of ramble around the issue here.

Anyone wanna argue with me? I'm truly very interested in contradictory opinions (how moderate of me!) because I am still trying to solidify this concept in my mind. And hearing other peoples' thoughts is one way we liberals inform ourselves, ya see.

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_blackjack_
May. 9th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
Cause we all know its not really free. Someone has to pay for that doctor's schooling, room and board while they are educated. Their licenses, and insurance. Their clinic and its staff, and well their time. So for someone to say that I should be paying for someone's abortion when that someone doesn't consider this a decision they should mull over and that they can have as often they want at the expense of the public...I don't agree.

Do you feel the same way about someone's getting chemotherapy, or a kidney transplant? Should poor people be likewise be held up for public scutiny in seeking other medical procedures? Should the poor be denied mental-health care because a lot of Americans are suspicious of psychiatry? Should people too "irresponsible" to get preventive care, or to get regular excercise, or eat right, receieve a different standard of care?
translucent_eye
May. 10th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
People are not clammering for free transplants for all - please read the comments. We can have a discussion on capitalism versus socialism, but that is a different discussion with different points. Please read the post and the comments.
_blackjack_
May. 10th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
People are not clammering for free transplants for all

Um, what planet are you on? How about dialysis, then. We DO provide free dialysis to all. It's covered by Medicare for EVERYONE, even if their kidneys went bad because of years of drug abuse.

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