I used to be very, very liberal. This was back in my younger days when I thought I knew it all and didn't understand how the world really worked.
At one point I was even going to major in journalism so I could report "the truth." Because I was young and carefree and didn't know about things like editors and agendas and assignments. It sounds sad now, but for a brief, youthful, shining moment back in the day, I was blissfully sure I could not only change the world, but make it a much better, more honest place by simply reporting "the truth."
I make no apologies for having once been that naive. I was young and dumb and I don't have a problem admitting that. And then I grew up. There is a saying that with age comes wisdom. I like to think I'm an example of that.
I understand that there are people in the world – hell, even among my own family and friends – who look at things much differently than I do. In the upcoming election some of them will vote differently than I will. And I don't have a problem with that. I may not understand why they think the way they do, but I have no problem respecting their right to their differing opinions. It's still a free country, at least last I heard.
Why do I bring all this up? Because now the Dems are set to muzzle anyone nervy enough to have different views from them. Yes, you're reading that correctly: They want to pass a law to shut up people with opposing viewpoints. Another famous saying comes to mind: power corrupts. Our Congress would appear to be proof of that. These people are positively giddy at the prospect of putting a leash on anyone not on board with them and pulling on the collar until it chokes. In America.
They want to revive the very deceptively titled "Fairness Doctrine" in a shameless effort to muzzle the successful conservative radio business. Welcome to a possible new America, circa 2009 and beyond. Or, maybe more accurately, circa 1984. Doublethink and Newspeak indeed.
Why do I have a problem with this? Because I don't do well with things that defy common sense. See, if it was me in their place, it wouldn't even occur to me to go to such Orwellian lengths. I'd just try to support the Air Americas of the world. But that's just me. What I'm getting from our Congress is that maybe this "tolerance" thing isn't all it's cracked up to be. Luckily, I'm still free to disagree with that.
At least until Congress passes a law against it.