STOP!! This is not a discussion about guns. This is a discussion about the subjects that we liberals/leftists/progressives are uncomfortable talking about.
This post is inspired by a wonderful discussion yesterday with two of the senior denizens of BlueNC. At one point I asked if we shouldn't start arming ourselves, given the heavy accumulation of weaponry by the increasingly rabid right wing in our country. I felt relieved when my question (and myself) were treated and discussed with respect.
It shouldn't be hard to talk about this question, but it is.
Do we secretly believe in our hearts that some questions shouldn't even be asked?
I'm not asking for answers or discussion of the questions - I want to find out what these questions are. Knowing what questions I avoid will alert me to areas of self-censorship, beliefs that I perhaps I should reexamine, things that I will consciously avoid and why...
And perhaps these questions will start some discussions on BlueNC that might not ordinarily never take place.
What other questions are we afraid to ask each other and even ourselves?
So here's a rather random set of questions to start out:
- Should we liberals arm ourselves to prepare for a fascist takeover?
- Is America a class-based society? Is the very question "class warfare"?
- Are teachers unions bad for education?
- Are liberals elitists?
- What drugs should be legalized?
- Are the people who vote for Republicans really as uneducated and dumb as we liberals want to think or do we have a lot in common?
- If the adjusted per-capita income of Americans has increased from $17K to $30K since the 1950s, why are so many of us feeling strapped? Is it class warfare? Do we need a little class warfare?
- What sources of information do we rely on (I just linked to Wikipedia, for example)? Why do we trust them?
- We've all had the experience of arguing with right wingers on the net and elsewhere and they seem able to go on and on forever. Where does their energy come from? Can I get a little?
- Where does responsibility lie when people fail in life?
- Why don't we liberals talk more about freedom? I think that most of us believe in the Bill of Rights much more than the right wing - except perhaps for gun control - but we don't talk much about it or wave the BoR around like the Libertarians. Why not?
- Why don't we talk about the aspects of business that we love and believe in? Sure, our corporations have become our biggest oppressors, but there's a lot to like in the business world, too. There'd be no BlueNC, for example, without a very successful local business.
You get the idea, and I'm sure that people can improve immensely on this list. I think this might help open our minds up some. Or do you believe that you have a mind that is open to everything? (You don't.)