Sleepy Time Thought: I Pick On A Fox News Conservative 4/22/2012
I know I should feel bad about verbally beating my father-in-law to a pulp but he is just such an easy target and he really does invite this on himself on a regular basis.
Today’s ass-whupping came when he asked why I would vote for Obama over Mitt Romney, I wasn’t really in the mood for it at first so I just said “Because he’s black, isn’t that why all liberals voted for him?” It’s possible he thought I was serious but after I pointed out that Mitt has not a single core value of his own he asked who I would have picked from the GOP lineup. I told him Jon Huntsman because he was the only candidate with the balls to say that any Republican that denies evolution and climate change are idiots.
We had a short argument about climate change until I slapped with my new favorite argument: the hole in the ozone layer. Not only does it prove humans can affect the atmosphere on a large scale but that we can do it very quickly, in less than 50 years. He continued to argue but I shut it down when he said “I don’t read as much stuff about this as you do but what you’re saying is not true.” If you know (far, far, FAR) less than I do but insist that I am wrong despite not having any evidence to the contrary, we are not having a real conversation or an honest debate.
So we moved on to health care costs and after twenty minutes of back and forth in which I kept pushing him to admit the consequences of his belief that people should be “responsible for themselves no matter what” I nailed him to the wall.
He was going on about how he shouldn’t have to pay for other people’s health care bla bla bla. I responded with the “what about the children of parents that can’t afford health care?” “They should get a better job!” “How? If they can’t afford health care, how they afford college to get a better job? What about single mothers?” “Well, how did they end up a single mother? Did they give birth out of wedlock?”
Holy crap it was like he was giving me the go ahead to crush him.
“Sure, let’s they got knocked up. They don’t deserve help?” “No, they shouldn’t have gotten pregnant.” “Ah, so you’re saying that the children of parents that make mistakes should be punished?” “Well, it’s not my fault…” “Yes or no, are you saying that the children of parents who make a mistake should be punished for those mistakes, yes or no?” “Yes.” “OK, as long as you’re willing to admit it, out loud, that you think children deserved to be punished for being born.” The extremely uncomfortable look on his face was beyond priceless.
And then he suddenly remembered he had to make a phone call, I shit you not, and when he was done, we weren’t discussing politics anymore.
This is the perfect example of how conservatives do not tie their own thinking to its real world consequences. It’s all so black and white and the harm they inflict on others is for the “greater good.” It’s easy as long as they don’t have to deal with the people they abandon or admit that they don’t care. It’s so much harder to defend when the bottom line is that you believe children should suffer.
This is why conservatives lie about EVERYTHING they do. It’s too painful to admit, even to themselves. This also why you should engage them whenever possible. Getting them to admit their core inhumanity out loud (or online) serves to make them confront the uncomfortable truth about themselves AND it lets unaligned people see what the right truly stands for. It’s a win-win.
Today was an awesome day.
Sleep tight you filthy liberal scum!