No, I don’t believe in Black Helicopters. Neither do I think the NSA is listening to every phone call I make, even to Peking Palace when I get a hankerin’ for some moo goo gaipan. I’m also finding it tough to buy off on secret codes printed on the back of stop signs giving UN troops directions to FEMA camps. But I do believe if America were to ever become a true totalitarian state à la Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union, or Fidel’s Cuba, it’s won’t be a case of conservatives getting their Eichmann on. Oh, no … I’m of the opinion that it’ll be the loving, tolerant and accepting liberals who’ll be going all Vic Vega on all the right-leaning Marvin Nashs of the world.
Here’s the bottom line – it simply comes down to how each camp views the other. When you get right down to it, we conservatives consider liberals to be a gullible bunch – and to a large degree – pretty much living in a fantasy world. We also consider liberals overall as acting like petulant children when they don’t get their way, and conversely, arrogant jerks when they win. I hope I didn’t wound anyone’s inner child, but hey, it is what it is.
Now on the other side of the coin, liberals consider conservatives to be evil. Period. Not manipulated and misled, not duped by Zionists or the Rothschilds, but evil. Pure unadulterated and concentrated evil. Conservatives believe that liberals could come around to our way of thinking (maybe) by way of rational discussion, the free flow of ideas and possibly a heavy dose of reality. However, due to our collective blackened hearts, conservatives need to be punished for our many wicked deeds both real and imagined.
Just as a for instance, look at the pure and unmitigated hate that has and continues to be aimed at the Family Palin. To disagree with the likes of a Sarah Palin isn’t enough. Liberals howled with laughter as David Letterman joked about 14-year-old Willow Palin being raped. I don’t seem to recall any Republican “jokes” along those lines aimed Chelsea Clinton or either of the Obama daughters.
While Democrats wet themselves and ook-ook! at the odd chance one guy shows up at a Tea Party rally with a Confederate battle flag, death threats against George W. Bush were common to the point of mundane. Any given Occupy (insert location here)! protester worth his salt understood that the protest season’s must have accessory was a “Kill Bush” placard. Che shirts were just so 2005.
But I digress, maybe it’s the inner Libertarian in every Republican trying to get out, but I just can’t see the majority of conservatives resorting to conducting themselves like members of the Schutzstaffel or the Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del. Liberals on the other hand, without a doubt.
As the famous (infamous) Milgram Experiment illustrated, certain common and everyday “normal” Americans could very, very easily turn on and torture our fellow citizens. Long story short, volunteer “teachers” were told they would be asking a series of questions to a “pupil” in a different room. If the pupil got a question wrong, the unknowing teacher was instructed to administer a mild electrical shock. The more questions wrong, the greater the intensity of the shock. What the teacher didn’t know was this – the supposed pupil was part of the experiment – he was in on it from the beginning. All the screams of pain and cries of mercy were just play-acting.
Nonetheless, some of the “teachers” just kept going in torturing individuals for simply not answering a question the way authority demanded. As Stanley Milgram penned in his scholastic article published by the Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology: “If at any time the subject indicated his desire to halt the experiment, he was given a succession of verbal prods by the experimenter, in this order:
- Please continue.
- The experiment requires that you continue.
- It is absolutely essential that you continue.
- You have no other choice, you must go on.
If the subject still wished to stop after all four successive verbal prods, the experiment was halted. Otherwise, it was halted after the subject had given the maximum 450-volt shock three times in succession.”
In this day and age where those who question Al Gore’s claim of global warming are labeled “deniers” (read: Holocaust deniers), anyone who may not agree that the homosexual act is normal, wholesome and acceptable (see the mayor of Houston’s attempt to subpoena conservative pastors’ sermons), and when the federal government tries to force citizens to reveal what they pray for (see the IRS targeting of the Tea Party), I can easily picture certain fellow Americans torturing those who refuse to conform to the prevailing political correctness.
I can’t even imagine a sizable minority of conservatives doing such. We’re just not that susceptible to empty suits and their equally empty promises of the questionable and rarely defined Hope and Change.
And we’re just not that mean.