|Two entirely different directions take by |
people often with the best of intentions
Why? Well, what I have noticed over the years is that the Right and the Left approach political debates and discussion in completely different manners and from starting points that tend to be light years apart. The foundations that each side relies on when debating are simply put, like night and day.
The Right generally comes armed with facts, figures, statistics, examples, you name it they have done their home work and are are ready to prove their point in the harsh light of the day. Often they will turn to terms such as increased efficiency, user fees, or private sector involvement as avenues to explore with the goal of delivering a more affordable solution. No brainer, right? One would think so, but that is generally not the case.(again no pun intended, but the word "right" just makes so much sense so often, doesn't it)
The Left, in many cases will simply set the facts aside in favor of a formula that leads right (oops, did it again) to the support of the majority. So what is this magic formula?
Simple, Moral Outrage and Emotion. Time and time again we see this strategy used by the Left with tremendous success. A recent example can be found in the United States and the election of their current President, Barack Obama. Here is a man who won the Oval office on a campaign based on "Hope and Change", that's right (seems you can't get away from that word), no long term strategy, no commitment to anything solid, no experience other than as a junior senator, and mostly just rhetoric. But well thought out, emotional rhetoric with the right amount of moral outrage thrown in for good measure. Did it work, well he's got the big chair doesn't he. Unfortunately, the only "Hope and Change" he is inspiring this time around is "Hope" that the other guy wins and there is a "Change" in the Oval Office.
Why does the Left depend so much on this strategy? Simple, it works. The reality is that for many of us emotional decisions far outweigh logical ones, even to the point of putting the very things we hold dear in danger. So faced all too often with facts that they can't dispute, the professional Left's course of action is simple, ignore the facts and tug on the heart strings.
So just for fun, lets play Right versus Left
Right: The cost of health care currently takes upwards of 40% of the provincial budget, the single biggest line item and it continues to grow with no end in sight, the numbers show that it will not be sustainable in it's current form if costs are not reined in. In order to ensure that we can maintain the current coverage to those that need it we need to find better ways to deliver it and find a way to end some of the abuse and inefficiency inherent in the current system.
Left Rebuttal: So you would cut funding and deny health care to those in need? Providing health care to all is the most basic of government responsibilities and we must fight any attempt by special interests and the private sector to place profits before people. People are already dying waiting for hospital beds, the elderly are being denied critical care, and children are being robbed of their future. This government is callous and cold hearted and needs to be replaced with one that puts people first. A society is judged on how it treats it most destitute and impoverished, we can't let the 1% win. Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya, Oh Lord, kumbaya
At this point individuals in wheelchairs are brought out, or someone relates a story they heard from a friend of a friend of their cousin about a individual who died waiting for surgery because they could not afford private treatment, leaving a family of eight children behind to be thrown out on the street in the middle of winter (I even feel that story tugging at my cold icy right-wing heartstrings and a tear running down my cheek). The end result is that the discussion generally grinds to a halt and all facts are ignored.
(oops, hard habit to break). Well not really, particularly if you are the Catholic Church whose beliefs are not exactly in line with advocating or providing birth control. So when the Right raises this intrusion on religious beliefs by the government and points to the Constitution and the fact that it is not within the governments power to mandate such action, how does the Left respond. You guessed it with moral outrage and emotion by accusing the Right of engaging in a "war on women", after all this is an issue of "women's health". Notice, that both these accusations never mention birth control, but rely on inciting an angry response to the indignation being heaped upon the fairer sex. Naturally, a good portion of the public are outraged, how can the Right be so callous, uncaring, and launch an attack on women like this? In the turmoil everyone forgets about the original infringement on religious freedom, or that the federal government once again overstepped it powers as granted by it's own Constitution. So much for the facts....
So, as a group if those of us that lean to the right (what can I say right is right, so often) want to make others understand the need for smaller government, less taxation, and a curtailing of entitlement programs we have to learn to communicate better. We too need to tug at the emotional heartstrings, while sticking to the facts. Trust me, it can be done and in doing so we will be able to convince some who are currently sitting on the fence and are at times won over by the emotional pleas, after the facts are on our side.
On a last note, I am certain that someone or other with a Left leaning persuasion will read this and go on an emotional tirade, a full blown rant and accuse me of insinuating that the Left is made up of fools with no common sense, who are incapable of understanding logic and facts, who lie to serve their own ends, etc, etc, etc,. Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth, however such an outburst will prove my point regarding their "weapon" of choice when debating facts. So bring it on......