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Getting Beyond Issues. - AdrianG [APOD]
July 6th, 2005
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Getting Beyond Issues.

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From:cultivate_peace
Date:July 12th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
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Living as a liberal in Orange County CA I find that I am often confronted with some pretty extreme views from people who are trying to be "good people" with the minimum intellectual effort possible. It's hard to explain to people that to become "good" you must first define what "good" is for yourself, not just smile and nod when someone else tells you their definition.

That said, I do have friends who consider themselves conservative who would not vote for the current administration if you "put a gun to their heads" (their from Texas, where most sentences have guns, dogs or pick-up truck in them somewhere).

I also have friends who are Christians who feel pretty much the same way.

I think that the problems you are experiencing are not with "conservatives", but rather with lazy people.

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From:adriang
Date:July 12th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
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There's something to what you are saying. It's certainly true that this kind of intellectual laziness is not limited to conservatives.

But it's also true that the problem at hand is that I'm trying to think of how to make an argument which might appeal to moderate conservatives. So, it is more specifically true that I'm having problems with lazy conservatives. Still, this specificity is more a of who my intended audience is and, perhaps, not really any indication of which side might be lazier.

Still, it is important to acknowledge extensive laziness on both sides.

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