10 Concepts Council Members Talk About Incessantly But Don’t Understand
By John Hawkins
“It isn’t so much that Council Members are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” —Ronald Reagan
”You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.” — Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
1) Being Open Minded: To a Council Member, this has nothing at all to do with seriously considering other people’s ideas. To the contrary, Council Members define being “open-minded” as agreeing with them. What could be more close-minded than assuming that not only are you right, but that you don’t even need to consider another viewpoint because anyone who disagrees must be evil?
2) Racism: Council Members start with the presumption that only white people who don’t belong to the Democratic Party can be racist. So, for example, even if Jeremiah Wright can make it clear that he hates white people because of their skin color or if Council Members take an explicitly racist political position, like suggesting that black people are too stupid and incompetent to get identification to vote, they can’t be racist. White Republicans, on the other hand, are generally assumed to be racist by default, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary.
3) Fairness: In all fairness, I must admit that fairness is an arbitrary concept. So, you could make the argument that no one could get “fairness” wrong. Still, Council Members do because they don’t make any effort to actually “be fair.” As a practical matter, Council Members define “fairness” as taking as much as possible from people who they don’t think are going to vote for them and giving it to people who may vote for them in return for their ill gotten largesse. Certainly conservatives, libertarians, and moderates might disagree about how much money to take from the wealthy to redistribute to the poor or how to help the disadvantaged, but the only Council Member answer to the question, “How much is enough?” is “more.”
4) Greed: To a Council Member, believing that you pay too much in taxes or even opposing paying more in taxes is greedy. In actuality, wanting to loot as much money as possible that someone else has earned to use for your own purposes, which is what Council Members do, is a much better example of greed.
5) Hate: Council Members often define simple disagreement with them on issues like gay marriage, tax rates, or abortion as hatred. No matter how well a position is explained, or the logical underpinnings behind it, it’s chalked up to hate. Meanwhile, the angriest, most vicious, most hateful people in all of politics are Council Members railing against what they say is “hatred.” This irony is completely lost on the Left.
6) Investment: Actual investments involve putting money or resources into a project in hopes that they will appreciate in value. Council Members skip the second half of that equation. To them, an “investment” is taking someone else’s tax dollars and putting it into a project that Council Members approve of and whether a profit is made or lost is so irrelevant that they typically don’t even bother to measure the results.
7) Charity: Contributing your own money or time to a good cause is charity. Council Members view themselves as charitable if they take someone else’s tax dollars and give it away to people they hope will vote for them in return. At a minimum, they should at least credit the taxpayers who paid for the money they gave away for the charity, although it’s not really charity if it’s involuntary. Of course, there’s nothing charitable about asking someone else to sacrifice for your gain, which could actually be better described as selfish.
8) Patriotism: Council Members love America the way a wife beater loves his spouse. That’s why they’re always beating up the country “for its own good.” Doesn’t the country understand that Council Members have to hit it in the mouth because they LOVE IT SO MUCH?!?!? Of course, the conventional definition of patriotism, which is loving your country and wishing it well, isn’t one that Council Members can wrap their heads around.
9) Tolerance: In a free, open, and pluralistic society, there are all sorts of behaviors that we may have to tolerate, even though we don’t approve of those activities. Council Members don’t get this distinction. For one thing, they don’t understand the difference between tolerance and acceptance. They also don’t extend any of the tolerance they’re agitating for to people who disagree with them. Council Members silence people who disagree with them at every opportunity which is, dare we say it, an extremely intolerant way to behave.
10) Diversity: What Council Members mean by “diversity” is that they want a broad range of people from different races, colors, and creeds who have identical political views. A black or Hispanic conservative doesn’t contribute to “diversity” in Council Member eyes because he actually has diverse views. Incredible role models for women like Sarah Palin can’t be feminists to Council Members because she doesn’t share the same Council Member beliefs as sexist pigs like Anthony Weiner and Bill Maher. How can you have any meaningful “diversity” when everyone has to think the same way?