“It won’t be long until this is a communist country,” it was said today during a business meeting. The conversation was in regards to a Chinese supplier and their ability to expand space and operations. One co-worker jokingly stated that the government could just throw out the neighbors and raze the building, allowing the supplier to expand. The reason for this, my co-worker explained with a chuckle, is because they are communists. I retorted that it happens all the time here in the United States, too. The point was to illustrate Capitalism’s eminent domain laws
that do this very thing. Another co-worker said that the U.S. was getting more communistic everyday, completely missing the point. A third co-worker mumbled something about Socialism before moving on.
I have been finding it increasingly odd and offensive that people seem to think that bandying about their political club in any situation is acceptable. After all, I don’t continue to pepper conversations with conservatives with snide remarks about how Cheney is a war criminal and Bush ruined this country. It is hyperbolic to an extent and even though I feel that way more than not, I don’t presume to make it a point of every conversation.
So what is it about some right wing conservatives that make them feel entitled to share their feelings on such matters in such unadulterated ways. And why are they so often misinformed? For example, the U.S. Constitution has been brought up ad nauseum by both right wing conservatives and right wing conservatives pretending to not be right wing conservatives by calling themselves Tea Baggers, or some such. Almost every time, these people demonstrate a dumbfounding ignorance of the Constitution, of law, and of Constitutional Law.
The latest is one right winger claiming that the U.S. Constitution is not a living document. They go on further to state a slippery slope argument, much like the one used against health care reform and gay marriage. This person happened to be male, but I wonder how his wife would feel if she knew that her husband viewed the 19th Amendment as an abomination unto the dogma of the Constitution? I don’t claim to be an expert on these matters, but with a little research, I can poke truck sized holes into most of these arguments.
Perhaps this push for Constitutional ignorance and Rule by emotion and majority is what has lead to the Texas State Board of Education to eliminate or severly downplay Thomas Jefferson from school texts
? After all, Jefferson has this quote attributed to him:
"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand and hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change...institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."