by Lee Newcom
I am often amused, sometimes frightened at what my fellow citizens can think. Liberals simply are not usually rational. They are dedicated to opinions based purely on emotion. I am open to flaws in my political party and in my opinions. I think most conservatives are. We look at our issues and our leaders and are willing to change based on our core beliefs. We are willing to support President Bush and the Republican Congress because they do some good things (like prosecuting the war-on-terror and cutting taxes), and we are willing to castigate them and hold them accountable when they betray the principles for which we elected them (like their free-spending irresponsibility with the budget).
Today I found a great post at Blackfive, one of the great MilBlogs (for those of you in Evanston that's a blog written by MILITARY people). A great story of a vet doing an evening speaking engagement and the willingness of the other people on the panel to believe anything, just because they want to. He concluded:
...The most interesting part of the evening, though, came afterwards when we had a chance to mingle, and this was the scary part. While each of these had a reason to oppose war or conflict, their views were solidly based on horrible, misleading, non-factual information best described as Urban Legends worthy of SNOPES.COM.
Read the essay, A Peaceful Evening here. We have much to do to educate our countrymen.