Paradigm Post -- What Is Not Debatable
I am trying to work up some paradigm issues. One is I would like to define what is, and what is not, debatable. We are told constantly by the left that the problem with most conservative types, which I would roughly be, is they look at the world in black and white when in fact everything is shades of gray. This statement is utter hooey.
Moreover, the statement ignores the fact that we could distinguish the shades. I am reminded of an old bigoted joke I heard growing up from older members of my family. The white and black bus patrons were arguing about where they should, and should not, be allowed to sit on the bus. Finally, the bus driver got fed up, stood up and said, "Everybody shut up! From now on, there are no more black and white people on my bus! From now on, everybody is green! ... OK?! Good. Now, light green up front, dark green in the back!"
The politically incorrectness of the joke aside, the point is that if the bus driver can distinguish shades of green, we can distinguish shades of gray in political discourse.
That said, I firmly believe that most things are black and white -- right and wrong. The politics of what to do about them may be debatable at times -- there are lots of public policy issues about how to achieve something. What should not be debated most often is what we are trying to achieve.
I want to start a list of those things that are not debatable-- that are black and white and no further discussion is really needed. I welcome (actually, I want and beg for) your input. I have no real idea where this is going to go, but I will try to get us started and add as I think of stuff.
1. NAMBLA and its members do not have a right to exist or be recognized as a legitimate organization.
2. The attacks of 9/11 were acts of war.
3. The war in Afghanistan as a response to 9/11 was justified and just.
4. O.J. is guilty of double murder.
5. The U.S. Constitution does not have anything to say about the concept of recognizing "gay marriage."
6. There is no constitutional right or public policy reason to allow the Intact Dilation and Extraction (D&X) abortion procedure, commonly known as "partial birth abortion," or an abortion of a clearly viable fetus, absent a threat to the life of the mother. [I leave all other abortion issues open for debate.]
7. Jesus Christ was an historical figure.
8. The holocaust happened.
9. If you are in this country illegally under Federal law, you should not be allowed by any sub-government of the United States to (a) acquire a drivers license, or any other govt. issued license, (b) acquire a state subsidy for college education, and (c) be released by a police agency without first being reported to INS.
10. Barry Bonds is a jerk.
11. Evil exists in the world. The only way to defeat it is to confront it.
12. Centralized, controlled economies are neither free nor equitable.
13. No tax is ever temporary.
14. Phrance, Iran, and North Korea suk.
15. People are inherently self interested, which results in them seeking either money, power or prestige.
16. Discrimination on the basis of race, in all things, is wrong. [No other category should be included in this absolutism, though I welcome any efforts to explain why this statement may have exceptions.]
17. Envy does not justify political action.
18. Unequal results should result in unequal rewards.
Keep them coming.