Friday, September 16, 2005

In one last note before the weekend, let me say that despite my recent tirades, I do not actually harbor a vicious bloodlust toward all conservatives. My father works in the oil industry, and despite the fact that he claims to be an independent, he's basically a conservative at heart (although even he has had it with George W. Bush lately). I was raised in a house with a somewhat liberal (although very religious) mother, and a fairly conservative father who is a Vietnam veteran and who works in finance in the oil industry. I understand fiscal and social conservativism, and sometimes I can even relate to it.
I attended the Republican convention in '92 with my parents just so I could see a national political convention (my dad got us tickets), and Rep. Bill McCollum (R- FL) and his wife, who were old friends of my parents, had dinner with us (while his wife stayed at our house) during the '92 convention (ironic since I later ended up volunteering on the Clinton campaign and then Bill later ended up helping to lead the charge for the Clinton impeachment hearings).
Anyway, all of this is to say that I don't just exercise knee-jerk reactions to conservative viewpoints (or at least I try not to). Even in my own family I have had to come to understand and relate to viewpoints that are different than my own. But even within the family it was understood that the expression of one's views needed to be supportable with facts and logic. I'm used to hearing conservative views- it's just that in the end, I typically don't find their arguments very persuasive or convincing. Still, I'm willing to discuss politics with people of any viewpoint if they can do so rationally and without making personal attacks.
So you conservatives out there, go ahead and do it it you're listening. Step into the ring. I'm willing to hear arguments about why the war is a good thing or about why it's a good idea to selectively prosecute gays for firecode violations or about why the federal government has actually done a good job in managing Katrina disaster relief. Actually, even if you didn't convince me of your position, it would be nice just to know that there's a logical argument out there which might sustain some of these positions. It might make the whole state of the world seem a little less surreal. And I promise not to erase your posts unless you turn into a potty mouth.

7 comments:

Chris Alexander said...

Hey Reed (weedo),

Iam surprised you don't know who Yuri G is....when you do realize I am very positive it will be hilarity unleashed...

By the way, I am not a conservative, Dubya supporter...I voted for Kerry,Gore, and Clinton (twice)...and I want to make sweet sugar with Al Franken's female side kick on Air America (sweet mama!).
I just enjoy creating chaos through writing. By the way fusion is more boring than the Dave Matthews Band...and that is saying quite a lot.

Chris Alexander said...

Hey Round Rock,


This posting is more like it...get personal..the readers want to know who you are not just your viewpoints...I can go out on a street corner and yell, "I am a liberal lover!" but that does not reveal the true "you"...

good will( reed, don't copy my outre or I will get Heather to beat you up)

Steanso said...

Yuri G, who are you and why do you have so much free time? I'm guessing that you don't really have what the "squares" would call a job, do you? ;)

Steanso said...

By the way, I am THRILLED to know that you now approve of my blog, Yuri. It means so much to know that I've managed to show someone who won't even tell us their real name the "true me". ;)

Chris Alexander said...

Oh come on...The Yuri G posts are the most exciting aspects of this blog. Without me, this would be another hack site making generalizations about conservatives (i.e. good ol'boys) and liberals(progressive, square haters) and how they are supposed to behave.

Sorry, I have to write and run...I have to go "square" bashing in Round Rock.

CrackBass said...

Who is this dork Yuri., and why has he turned The Adventures of Steanso into the "I am Obsessed With and Want To Have Sex With Reed Shaw" blog?

Start your own blog, Yuri. That or piss off.

Love,
CrackBass

Chris Alexander said...

I love Reed Shaw.