Hey Liberals, Betcha Never Heard This One Before!

If you’re a liberal, I hope you will take the time to read this.  I think you may find it different from the way most conservatives have addressed you.  I’m going to say something to you that I’m willing to bet no die-hard-right-winger has ever said.  Ann Coulter said you didn’t have any brains, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly call you idiots and Michael Medved can’t pull his nose out of his Bible long enough to see the world for what it really is so you can’t really believe what he says either.  No, I’m going to say something that might both shock you and, at the same time, offer you a breath of fresh air.

I understand you.

Kind of a weird statement, I know.  It’s true though: I get you, I really do.  I understand why you think the way you do and why you believe in what you believe in.  And no, I don’t think it’s because you are idiots.  With that said, I thought you might like a conservative argument from someone who won’t belittle you or treat you like lesser beings.  This post is an attempt to build bridges.  Everyone with me?  Let’s being.

I don’t agree with the sides you take, but I do agree with your motivation behind them.  It’s a simple fact: you’ve got big hearts.  You want to make sure everyone has health coverage.  You want to make sure everyone goes to school.  You want to make sure no one slips through the cracks in life.  These are good hearted ideals and I don’t disagree with them.  We are not so different, you and I.  In fact, the difference between the ideals of a liberal and a conservative can be explained by a simple bit of sentence doctoring.

The Liberal Stance: “I want to make sure everyone has _____.”

The Conservative Stance: “I want to make sure everyone has the chance to get ____.”

See, it’s just a simple chance but it means so much.  Let’s apply this to a hot current topic to show what I mean.  How about the big healthcare debate?  Liberals want a public option for a very noble and understandable reason, to make sure everyone has health coverage.  When conservatives fight the idea of a government run health care system, liberals believe them to be heartless and cruel; after all, why don’t they want everyone to have coverage?  Would conservatives rather see people die in the streets so that only the rich can get coverage?

Well, the conservative side is not as black and white as that makes it sound.  Conservatives would love for everyone to have great health coverage, but they don’t let the idea of that distract from the reality of the practice.  Every model of socialized medicine in the world is a failure.  Canadians are on waiting lists for vital treatments that could take months, even years, to cycle around to their turn.  Look into my past posts for more in-depth explanations on why the government run system isn’t a good idea if you’d like further clarification.

Let’s look at this with a simpler example.  Say you’re a parent with three kids all around the same age.  Kid one and kid three both study hard and discipline themselves all through school and earn terrific grades.  Meanwhile, kid two slacks on his studies and only does the bear minimum.  Come college time, kids one and three have no problem getting big scholarships to top schools.  Naturally, as their parent, you are proud of their accomplishments; but what about kid two?  Well, kid two didn’t get into college.  He goes to work flipping burgers at McDonald’s and that’s probably where he’ll stay if he doesn’t change.  Well, as the parent, you want kid two to have the same successes that the others have.  Sure, you could try to negotiate with the schools to get him in.  You could make some favors, break some rules or anything else to accomplish your goal and it’s all for a good reason, you want your child to succeed.  However, if you step back and take a look at the big picture, you’ll realize just what is really going on.

As the parent, YOU are putting forth the effort you child needs to put forth.  You’re sacrificing for their benefit.  Rewards are always paid for by someone.  If it isn’t the person earning them, it’s someone else sacrificing for them.  Also, do you think your child will understand what you had to do to get them the things you want for them?  Of course not.

Back to government run health care; like the example above, let’s step back and take a look at the bigger picture.  Remember, everything earned MUST be paid for by someone.  If you create a system where those who can’t afford health care are given it cheaper (or even free) then the rest of the tab is getting picked up by someone.  Who is that someone—well no matter who it is, it’s someone who is not responsible to pay it.  It’s not your job as the parent to make get your kid into the great school and it’s not your job to give so that someone else can have great health care.

But like I said, I understand the drive behind the stance.  As the parent, it would break my heart to see my child lose a chance like that, but everyone MUST receive the consequences of their actions.  By doing nothing and forcing the kid to work in a suck job for a while, he/she just might get a big dose of reality.  It could very well be the wakeup call needed to light the fires of motivation under their feet.  If you did the work for them, would they ever learn that?  Remember, you catch a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  You TEACH a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

If someone get’s government healthcare and doesn’t have to put for the effort for it, then they start to see it as something they are entitled to.  It becomes not something they must earn, but something they think they should just receive outright.  When that happens people lose sight of what it takes to get such a thing.

Now, before you start filling my comment box with how broken our healthcare system is and how we need to reform it, let me say that YOU’RE RIGHT!  The health care system IS broken!  That’s another thing we agree on, but it’s a topic for another post.  I’ll go into great detail about the fixes our healthcare system needs later on so please hold such comments till then.

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