Another all too common modern tale

“Did you hear what that {not a nice word} (liberal/Democrat or conservative/Republican) said?”

“No; what did they say?”

“They said something I don’t agree with, and now I’m so mad! I wish they would just shut up! In fact, they shouldn’t be allowed to say those things.”

“Did they come up to you to say it?”

“No, I read it in a newsletter I subscribe to.”

“Wait; why are you subscribing to their newsletter?”

“No, it’s not their newsletter; it’s a newsletter keeping track about what those {not a nice word} (liberals/Democrats or conservatives/Republicans) are saying. And not just what they are saying but what the most radical of them are saying. I get so mad when I read it, I tell you what!”

“If it makes you mad, why do you subscribe to it?”

“Because if you don’t keep track of what those {not a nice word} (liberals/Democrats or conservatives/Republicans) say, you can’t argue against them!”

“Ah . . . so, then, you have a counter-argument to what they say. Good job!”

“What? No! I just want them to shut up about (random hot-button issue) because I don’t like hearing it. Didn’t you hear me? I get so mad I could pop a vein!”

“Let me get this straight; you go out of your way to read about what people you don’t agree with say just so you can complain that you heard it and feel indignant enough to wish they would shut up about it?”

“Well . . . yeah . . .”

“It sounds like you want to get mad.”

“No, I don’t want to get mad; that’s the point! I want them to shut up.”

“You seriously want someone — presumably, the government — to keep them silent so you don’t have to hear it?”

“Well . . . yeah. I mean, look, (liberals/Democrats or conservatives/Republicans) are the cause of everything that’s wrong, and they aim to make things worse. That’s what makes me mad.”

“But, don’t they feel the same way about the stuff you believe?”

“Well . . . yeah; I guess.”

“And, you want to be able to keep saying the stuff you believe, right?”

“Yes, of course.”

“But you want them to shut up?”

“Yes; I don’t want to hear that stuff.”

“But, but . . . you wouldn’t have heard it if you hadn’t gone out looking for it!”

“Well, I know they’re saying those things and even worse, and I want to make sure I keep on top of it! Why, I even heard they torture small animals . . . and I want to hear about it in detail!”

“But, if you know that, why go looking for it just so you can be mad? I mean, it seems unhealthy.”

“I need to keep myself motivated; not allow myself to be complacent.”

“Wait; if you don’t hear this stuff, you won’t vote for your (Democratic or Republican) candidates? You wouldn’t support your party or causes?”

“No, of course not! I’ll always vote for my candidates. I’m loyal (liberal/Democrat or conservative/Republican) and never question anything we do, and I always criticize everything the opposition does!”

“Let me summarize: you want the right to always express your opinion and views, but you think others — those who don’t agree with you — should shut up. Or even better, be made to shut up.”

“Well . . . yeah . . . Yeah, dagnabbit! I shouldn’t have to listen to opinions that differ from my own!”

” . . . we are so screwed . . . “

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