The other day I was Facebooking with a couple of Liberals who were bashing Republicans. I made the statement that I believed as a Republican I did have an open mind. After I thought about this, I realized, maybe Liberals do not have an open mind. Maybe, just maybe they are as closed-minded as some Conservatives. Open mindedness means the person is willing to listen to the other person’s point view, consider the pros and cons of the other person’s view-point, and if the pros of the view-point outweigh the cons, be willing to adopt the other person’s view.
In most arguments with a Liberal, when a Conservative presents an opposing point of view, the Liberal will call the Conservative a racist, a woman-hater, and many other derogatory names because the Conservative opposes the Liberal view-point. When a stout Conservative is presented with an opposing view from a Liberal, the stout Conservative will present the same derogatory words. Neither is willing to stop, listen, consider, and adapt or adopt. Hence, in our government, we have a standoff with neither side willing to give. For example, if talking about abortion, the Liberal will argue that the woman should have control of her body period, paragraph, end of discussion. The Conservative will argue the unborn baby has a right to life and the woman should not kill an innocent baby. Neither is willing to see there is another choice. The first choice is yes, the woman is control of her body; therefore, if she does not want children, she should either restrain her desires or use all means necessary to prevent a pregnancy. The second choice is called adoption. The woman carries the child to full term then if she still does not want the child, she adopts the child to a family who will love and cherish the baby – no strings attached. The third choice is carrying the child to full term and then the father taking responsibility of the child. Instead of listening and working through a way to compromise, the two sides become so stuck in their personal views and the unborn child is caught in the middle of the debate.
Abortion is not the only stickler point between Conservatives and Liberals. The stickler points are numerous-Go to war, not go to war; Social Security is an entitlement, Social Security is not an entitlement; implement socialist ideas; return to capitalistic ideas; and so forth. Unfortunately, as long as politics is controlled by people who are unwilling to listen, the stickler points will never be resolved. Liberals are as closed-minded as Conservatives. Conservatives believe in family, home, country, and God (for the most part). Liberals believe in family, home, country, and God (for the most part). So, if both have the same beliefs, why can’t they get along? Because both are so blind to other point of views that they cannot see there are alternative ways to co-exist. Our politics have become as buried in the mud of belief as the Catholics and the Christians were in Ireland during the Ireland Rebellion. Neither side is willing to stop, listen, consider, and compromise.
So, what should open-minded people do? Should an open-minded person even claim to be a member of either party? Open minded does not mean the person must throw away their own personal values and beliefs to satisfy the wants of the opposition. Open minded people can exist in both parties. Open minded people can help the closed-minded people to see the truth by using non inflammatory words and actions. Open minded people founded this country. Open minded people wrote the Constitution and the Declaration of the Independence. Closed minded people have put all their work in jeopardy by not opening their eyes, their ears, and their minds to the probability that just maybe the other side has a valid point.
That is my two cents on Liberal/Conservative Open/Closed Mindedness. Please feel free to respond. I would love to hear other people’s’ point of view on the subject.