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The Difference Between The Liberal and Conservative "Debate" Over The War On Terrorism
The Difference Between The Liberal and Conservative "Debate" Over The War On Terrorism:

Question: You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner and is running at you while screaming obscenities. In your hand is a .357 Magnum and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

Liberal Answer: Well that's not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that is inspiring him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me? Does he definitely want to kill me or would he just be content to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me? This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for a few days to try to come to a conclusion.


Conservative Answer: I blow him into the next zip code.
You're Getting Closer 10.Oct.2002 15:26

Dirty Harry

I think you may have made a good point, without knowing it. In fact, you may have gotten to the root of the problem. Some folks use logic and critical thinking skills as a guide to their actions. Others prefer easy answers, and act out of fear, ignorance, and blind hate.

get a clue Captain Simplistic 10.Oct.2002 15:27

Jeremy

The problem is we can't just shoot Saddam and then go home and have a beer. Attacking Iraq will breed thousands of new terrorists and turn an ugly problem into a much bigger problem, like starting World War III.

George Bush's answer 10.Oct.2002 15:30

David B.

George Bush's answer: I aimed at the intimidating man but he dodged into the alley and ran away so the bullet hit the kid standing behind him. But if you question what I did you're just a weenie who doesn't believe in defending himself.

Then I remembered a neighbor of mine once got drunk and wielded a knife so I went to his place and killed him just in case he might do that again.

Portland, OR

Well Put 10.Oct.2002 15:32

Dirty Harry

I think you may have made a very good point, without knowing it. In fact, I think you may have gotten to the heart of the problem. Some folks guide their actions based on logic, reasoning, and critical thinking. Others prefer easy answers, and act out of hate, fear, and blid ignorance.

Typical 10.Oct.2002 17:29

greenman

Note the typical "conservative" debating technique. That is to completely define their opponents position in their own terms, then argue against it.

I've met few or none liberals or even pacifists who would argue that someone does not have the right to act in self-defense.

Of course my definition of a conservative is someone who just starts shooting random people on the street because the best defense is a pre-emptive attack on anyone who might possibly attack you.

Hmmm, bet the sniper in DC isn't a liberal.

Which man is the U.S.? 10.Oct.2002 18:26

nasruddin

The only problem with this scenario (and all the various assertions that Iraq is somehow threatening us) is that it is the U.S. who is running down the street like a crazed madman, yelling obscenities and wielding dangerous weapons! As the recent CIA report pointed out, however, Saddam Hussein probably will act like the conservative in your scenario and respond with whatever he can once he sees the attack on him started. And why not? He was pretty good chums during the 80s with our "conservatives" who are currently in power. Maybe they're just jealous that Saddam gets to act in his own country the way they'd like to in ours ...

Sure! 10.Oct.2002 19:51

Trilox

"I've met few or none liberals or even pacifists who would argue that someone does not have the right to act in self-defense."

Yeah, and I bet they want all guns banned too right?


Hmmm, bet the sniper in DC isn't a liberal.

Uh huh, I bet he is part of a two man Al Queda sniper team so I guess you are right on that one.

Huh? 10.Oct.2002 20:36

greenman

Who says you need a gun to defend yourself? Anyone with some skill in martial arts or self defense could defend themselves against a crazy person with a knife.

And their martial arts skill won't be laying around the house to be picked up by their six year old kid and used to kill their four year old kid.

Anyways, its a stupid scenario anyways. I've lived in the middle of a city for forty years now, and never have I been confronted with a crazy person with a knife. I did almost get shot once by a Republican cleaning his gun though. Taught me to stay out of the suburbs and away from Republicans.

DC Sniper is a Right Wing Terrorist 10.Oct.2002 23:40

Oklahoma City

"Hmmm, bet the sniper in DC isn't a liberal.

Uh huh, I bet he is part of a two man Al Queda sniper team so I guess you are right on that one."

You been sniffing too much of John Ass-croft's ass. What's the matter? Afraid the sniper will turn out to be another Right Wing wacko, with a death wish?

I'd wager that the DC sniper is a former or current US military/police goon. Probably a Right Wing Terrorist with delusions of grandeur like Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph, or some of the trolls crawling on this site like the Goat or Trilox.

Well ya know 10.Oct.2002 23:47

Kateshvara

ole' Saddam, he's not a crazy man walking down the street. He's a canny oportunist like all of the members of the Bush family.

Wait, you forgot something! 12.Oct.2002 02:39

Relatively Exact

The Centrists's answer: Shoot his kneecaps. To quote Arnold Schwarzenegger, "He'll live." Work out the other stuff later.


BTW: Actually, there are lots of people who believe that no one has the right to kill in self-defense, even if his life is in immediate danger. In fact, that seems to be both the general consensus and the law in Japan. Bush Admirer's Conservative would wind up being locked away for a good, long time, which I suppose is still arguably better than being cut up.