I’ve spent enough time knocking the whiners to become a whiner myself. This will be my last post on the subject unless something really different and interesting comes up on the topic (like a mass suicide pact or something). And this post will take a different viewpoint than most of my previous posts about them.
My opinion is the The Whiners are guilty of nothing more than what nearly everyone does. They believe what they want to believe. They create straw men and shoot them down to “prove” their points. They want to believe they are “enlightened” and therefore their opponents must be unenlightened. They create some sort of caricature of what they believe their opponents must be (red necked, bigoted, southern hicks that would still own slaves if they could) and then tell the world how much better they, the enlightened, are than everyone else. Gun owners are especially looked down upon by the “enlightened” elite. This attitude has been around for a long time and is why I subtitle my blog with “Ramblings of a red-necked, knuckle-dragging, Neanderthal”. It wasn’t until this election when the “enlightened” lost the election in such a big way that they really got vocal about things. It’s always hard to reexamine long held beliefs and admit you were wrong and an election isn’t the best way of winning friends and influencing people. Elections are about giving power to someone. And if you have been vigorously opposing the ideals your opponent promotes then it is going to be very, very difficult to change your mind. Changing behaviors can be somewhat facilitated by force (the government) but not changing minds. To change their minds we need to show them we aren’t brutish thugs, that we can articulate intelligent ideas, and that we, as individuals, do have compassion. Rubbing their noses in the mud and laughing at them isn’t going to help the situation.
To win them over we need to take a different approach. Show them the benefits of freedom and the error of the Principles of the Democrat party. It is my opinion that, now more than ever, we have a golden opportunity for generating cognitive dissonance among certain Democrat voters. If they believe that the Republican party is the party of “Hitler”, is evil, is going to create an evil theocracy, is going to subjugate women, and is likely to exterminate gays then it is imperative that they acquire untraceable firearms and ammo and learn to use them. Either that or it’s time to leave the country. In either case we win. If they believe the current political winners are evil or perhaps the following “right-wing extremists“ will be then they should be able to see the risks of giving the government too much power. If they don’t think that then they shouldn’t be complaining now. If they do think that then they should push for reductions in the power given to government. They should become more liberatarian (deliberately written with a little ‘l’) in their thinking. In either case we win.
Let’s turn this whole situation into a win-win scenario for us and a lose-lose scenario for the anti-freedom bigots.