by J. R. Practix
ACLU: (abbr.) American Civil Liberties Union
I’ve got it figured out. (Well, I probably don’t, but I thought I would begin this article without using the passive voice.)
EVERYONE is conservative.
That’s right. Everyone is trying to conserve something. And everybody who disagrees with what the other guy is trying to conserve believes that the other party is either a hick, an ignoramus, a pseudo-intellectual or a hippie.
All you have to do is mention the American Civil Liberties Union in a positive light, and you are already labeled a liberal. There is no such thing as a Republican who is an advocate of this organization. But if you read their charter, all the ACLU wants to conserve is the liberty and individual rights of every American citizen, with an emphasis toward honoring the sanctity of the freedom of minorities.
THEY want to conserve liberty.
Now, you find some organization down the road called the Family Research Center, or something of that ilk, and they are just as deeply convinced that they are divinely ordained to conserve morality. Now, the ACLU may not be nearly as concerned about morality as they are liberty, but quite honestly, the Family Research people are not nearly as concerned about liberty as they are morality.
You can see the problem. They’re all conservative, without realizing that they need each other. That’s right:
- Liberty without morality is a train wreck right outside your front door.
- Morality without liberty is a decision to build a dungeon in your basement for all the people you have decided are evil.
If we could learn to respect one another and listen to each other’s core belief, we might be able to meld into a strong unit for justice.
But it’s much easier to throw rocks across the fence–because you have the great joy of tossing them without ever knowing who they hit on the other side.
I would not want to live in a country that does not have the American Civil Liberties Union. They remind me of people I might forget about–if it weren’t for their presence.
I also would not want to live in a country that does not have the Family Research Center, which informs us when we begin to take good health for granted–be it emotional, spiritual, mental or physical.
Since we’re all conservatives in our own way, we might want to conserve our energy by not fighting–and expend some of it in an attempt to become reasonable.
But since that won’t happen, the ACLU should probably not do a lot of traveling south of Louisville, Kentucky.
And the Family Research Center people might want to avoid taking the big tour of Hollywood.