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Are Liberals a Bigger Problem Than Conservatives?

Updated on March 21, 2020
Kyler J Falk profile image

Social issues can only be remedied by a collective acceptance of those opinions we view as opposing our own.

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In most scenarios I like to remain non-partisan, but we live in a partisan world where everyone is expected to choose a side or remain silent. If you're the type to not choose a side then you have most likely been told you have no place to speak on political matters, and thus anything you say is completely disregarded. The funniest thing about politics and social issues to me, however, is that the left claims to stand for social justice while the right claims to stand for traditional justice. More often than not I find myself, and others, getting figuratively— sometimes literally— sucker-punched by individuals who align to the left on the political spectrum in real-life.

Siding Adjacent to Westboro Baptist Church

I'm not one to side with, nor have any views in-line with Westboro Baptist Church; I especially don't have any views in-line with them after having to live less than two-hundred yards away from them and often having to deal with them taking parking spaces in front of my home for their protests. However, I will say after experiencing a possible member in California being verbally and physically assaulted while remaining silent the entire time that I was disgusted by actions taken by those who claimed to fight for social justice.

A possible member of Westboro Baptist Church came to my school at the time, Saddleback College, with his posters that say the typical phrases that are parroted by members of the church. He decided to walk to the grassy area just outside of the main office and stand there silently holding his posters. I watched from afar as he stood silently, and the crowd quickly gathered around him and began screaming at him with obscenities and wishes for his death. This was disgusting to me, more so that they would immediately be bombarding the man with hate when he'd be better ignored; so I decided I'd go and sit right next to him.

My friend and I pushed our way through the toxic cloud of human anger gathered around this silent man and sat facing the crowd with him. Attempting to get an answer from him, I said and asked, "So, you have a group of hateful people from the LGBTQ+ community now calling for your death as you stand silently with your silly sign. Have you accomplished your goal?" and the group began to scream at me after hearing me call them hateful to which I quickly responded loudly and firmly, "Shut the f*&^ up, and let the man speak, you look as stupid as he does!"

The crowd was taken aback, some even reaching out to push others back as if the sheer force of my voice was enough to pose a threat and everything fell quiet for a moment. I urged the man holding the hateful signs to answer once more, "So? Have you accomplished your goal?" and my inquiry was once again to no avail as the man just stared off into the distance. This was when the man began to be pelted by food and drinks from the leftist hate group who had already verbally assaulted him.

My friend and I left to avoid getting hit with food and drinks, discussing whether or not he deserved such treatment and we came to the conclusion he did not but he did ask for it. Neither side was right that day by my standard, though I'd sooner stand by that man's side again than the raging hateful left-wingers who pelted him with words like daggers, and food stuffs they wished were rocks. I still think he succeeded in proving his unexpressed point.

This wasn't the first time I had felt sucker-punched by the left.

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Jokes Are Best Kept Unsaid Around the Left

I've had more left-wingers defend this teacher than I've had them laughing at the jest I made in complete non-partisan innocence, but I'd like to bring up a college professor who threatened to remove me from her class for a joke I made. Now, I don't believe a joke made in innocence should ever be punished especially when it is received well by all sides in the immediate area, but that doesn't mean others feel that way. After I made this joke I'm about to tell you I even received death threats from one of the female students of this professor.

It was sociology class that day and the group question of the day was somewhere along the lines of, "What are some of the human contributions to the world that are inherently damaging to the environment as a whole?"

Immediately my joke crossed my mind and I wanted to blurt it out, but being ever-aware of the social climate I asked my group whether or not I should or could say it. They all chuckled and said do it, because being all non-partisan ourselves we felt it would be absolutely comical. Swallowing my nervousness I raised my hand, and when called upon I stated confidently, "Obama being in office!" and this was received to raucous laughter minus the professor and one girl who were now visually fuming. I'm surprised they were only figuratively frothing at the mouth.

In an accusatory tone the teacher yelled, "Why would you say that?!"

To which I responded nervously, "Woah, it was a joke, just call it political regimes," almost everyone in class was visibly disturbed by the response to the innocent joke.

"Yeah, that is what I thought; and if you would like to make jokes like that again then you can see yourself removed from my class permanently," she bitterly remarked while writing political regimes on the board.

I showed up to that class one more time, as after that joke she made it a point to make every lecture a partisan rally for the left, disparaging conservatives any chance she could even if it often made no sense; such as when she blamed conservatives for a lack of eco-friendly architecture being taught in schools. Many students departed her class for the same reason as myself, and supported me when I received death threats from the girl in the class who sided with the teacher.

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Fist Fights With Troglodytes

I'm all for the acceptance and inclusion of all individuals in most occupations and outlets in life. However, I find the military to be a very sensitive set of occupations that need the highest-functioning individuals the world has to offer, and to mess with the paradigms of it, especially on the front-lines, is a dangerous game at best. This very conversation came into play one day when a transgender woman, biological male, came to one of my colleges to present why it is transgender people on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) should be allowed to serve on the front-lines as 0311 infantrymen.

They asked everyone who supports this idea to raise their hands and a sea of hands rose from the crowd. She then asked who was opposed, I saw one hand spring up with my own then slump down while mine remain raised. "Two, oh no, one of you then. Would you be willing to come up and expand upon why it is you feel this way?"

I agreed excitedly with a little bit of apprehension as I hate public speaking, but I made my way to the front of the crowd and took the microphone. I'll give you an ad lib of what it was I said:

Transgender individuals on HRT should not be allowed to serve on the front lines for one reason and one reason only. Even the most stable of individuals find themselves having mental breakdowns on the front lines. (They tried to interrupt me but I said I wasn't done) Every individual I have met on HRT (the lead speaker interrupted "is that a lot?!" and the crowd chuckled) which amounts to twenty-three individuals I could list by name if you'd so desire it, frequently experiences what is best described as "mental breakdowns" that see them causing harm to themselves and those around them. Often times these breakdowns lead to a complete shut down for the sake of "crying it out" or other coping methods and I fully support whatever it is anyone needs to feel healthy and sane. Yet, I'd like to point out that even the lead speaker today broke out into tears and blamed their HRT for "making them a little moody". Many of you here don't want loaded, automatic/semi-automatic, rifles in the hands of fully stable individuals so why would you want them in the hands of someone undergoing HRT when the side effects inherently create instability? Why would you want them serving with our warriors who need stability and dependability the most? Why....

At which point the lead speaker took back the microphone forcibly and without warning and called for my removal from the area in which they were speaking. I was escorted away by the police, who shook my hand and thanked me for my honesty upon my release from temporary detainment. As I walked through the parking lot, I was punched in the back of the head by someone who began screaming, "So you think you can be a hateful piece of s*&^ and get away with it, huh?" and I threw down my bag and immediately got ready to fight. "Yeah, you f&^%*&^ piece of s^&* let's do this!" they yelled at me before throwing another swing at me.

I ducked under the wide right hook that could be seen coming from a mile away as they threw all their weight forward and I threw them over my left leg straight to their chest, then I took their arm and locked it up behind them and squeezed the pressure points on their neck as I pressed my shin into their back. Some random guy ran over and asked me if I was fine and if he should call the cops and I told him no while pinning this person who attacked me to the ground. I knew them, they were part of the "joke communist" club, and I wasn't about to let them go without getting my say in.

"I'm going to let you go, but if you try to fight me again I will end you. Are we clear?" to which they gave me some more lip and I pushed their arm higher up their back which caused them to scream, "Yes, I'm done, I give up! Get the f%^& off of me!" and I released them.

As they began to walk away rubbing their shoulder and arm I yelled, "Go serve in the military, the recruiter is right across the street, then tell them I sent you and for what reason!"

I stopped attending that school after this incident, it was dangerous and regularly had me feeling on edge to the detriment of my health. It doesn't pay to hold "right-wing" values and be outspoken these days.

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Is There a Solution?

I'm not sure there is a solution to these problems I have listed here, as this was years ago and the social and political climate has only gotten worse and worse. I took a seat on the sidelines for a while, out of fear for what happens when I speak out, but I can do this relatively safely within my writings so I like to try to bring justice that way. Even now I receive death threats and harassment for some of the things I write and I expect no less from this one as well, but these are stories that must be told for the sake of society.

The best place to start, in my mind, is learning to love and accept one another where we spend most of our time as a society now, online. I know the anonymity and relative safety of the internet makes it very simple and even fun to harass others with our views and opinions, and you may even think it is going to accomplish something positive in most cases. Please, keep your words kind and seek to understand others before you seek understanding for yourself.

If we all cannot accept facts, and the views of others before we hold our own opinion on the most-important pedestal, then we'll see a continued degradation of the social paradigms we hold dear and subsequently society as a whole.

Save society through love, acceptance, and mutual understanding.

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    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      11 days ago from Corona, CA

      Sounds pretty practical to me, and I thank you for expanding upon your answer. Universal basic income for housing always made sense to myself, especially when the budget for one senator's office furniture on the tax payer's dollar can go up to more than most American's make in a year. I just can't help but feel they would put the extra weight on us if it ever becomes reality, like they are doing with group insurance policies rather than passing laws against pharmaceutical companies deciding their own prices like most other western countries. Bah, I'm obsessed with the insurance topic, it really bothers me.

      If it were a guarantee the extra zeroes on the bill would fall upon those with the highest income and most assets to use as collateral against any sort of upset, then I'd be down to support your plan in full.

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      11 days ago from California, United States of America

      Better yet, not only do we spend tons of money on war and military spending but we just wasted more than a trillion dollars bailing out Wall St. We got the money to spend on actual people and their well being for certain.

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      11 days ago from California, United States of America

      Hahaha! I know what you mean Kyler. Ultimately, the solution is for people to have a change of heart. What I mean, though, is that we need a good society, a healthy one, one in which people are not always fearful that they might die of a medical condition or that they can't pay the rent. We spend trillions of dollars on war and the military, there's no reason we can't spend that much money on things we need, to make that good society. Infrastructure, health care, a living wage; these are practical issues to me, they make sense. Here's one no one agrees with because they are so conditioned to the socio-economic system as it is currently structured: Give homeless people homes. Oh no, everyone wants to qualify that solution with a bunch of ideological nonsense about people need to work for it, blah blah. The practical matter is, that problem will never be solved with these milquetoast solutions we've been using. People will not come out of homelessness until they are secure enough first to build a better life. Security comes first, and not the other way around. Most people are conditioned to think struggle, hardship and fear come first and somehow out of all that confusion you are supposed to be able to come up with a sane solution. It's so absurd. People are so neurotically stuck on their conditioning and ideology and identity.

      So, basically, for the whole country and world to flourish, we need healthy, educated sane people not living in fear and confusion. We could have that with free education, free health care, a living wage, etc. The way we are doing things now, people are more alienated, dumb, fearful, neurotic. Gee, I wonder why.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      11 days ago from Corona, CA

      What would you suggest as a practical solution? I often feel my offered solutions are more idealistic than they are practical, and require more self-reflection than they actually require societal institution. There's no real way a president can come out and say "Uh, yeah, so love and accept each other or whatever. Stop being A-holes." lol!

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      11 days ago from California, United States of America

      I totally agree about Conservatives. Too rigid for me, generally. Though, many left ideologues, such as Feminists, are way too rigid and divisive for me too. Seems we’ve got to grow past ideology and just be perceptive and pay attention. Most political solutions to me are a matter of practicality and not identity and ideology.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      11 days ago from Corona, CA

      I tend to agree, Nathan, thank you for the input. My biggest problem with conservatives is their frequent rigid adherence to principle even if it does not suit the situation better than fluidity would. We all know the jokes and stereotypes about hyper-religious rednecks and their love of toting guns in the name of Jesus and freedom, and sometimes I come across those types and get an ear-full for no real reason.

      I find most people who consider themselves left-leaning to be traditionally democratic, and almost non-partisan. Truly a strange paradigm.

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      11 days ago from California, United States of America

      I’ve experienced more or less the same thing and I consider myself left leaning. Most people on the left are divisive and don’t care about people. They think their ideology is enough, they don’t have to live the values they profess. Conversely, conservatives are often caring and helpful, actually believing in values of community and freedom.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 days ago from Corona, CA

      Oops, I meant more emphasis is on the teacher's emotional interpretation of the facts than the facts themselves, disallowing the ability of choice for the student. I meant to wholly agree with your sentiments but it seems my wording muddled my meaning.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 days ago from Sunny Florida

      I wrote an arvicle about maturity and how the brain ages. Students that enter college at 18 or 19 years of age are still very young as the brain does not fully mature until age 25. That is why I think the indoctrination style of teaching is not appropriate. If a professor explains both sides of a situation then the student can make a decision. At least they will receive both sides of a situation.

      Your article really makes you think, Kyler. I think I do agree with your last paragraph as if more emphasis is on the facts then a student has a choice.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 days ago from Corona, CA

      Thank you, Pamela, and I tend to agree with you. However, the argument I've heard to that same sentiment about teachers is that "It is upon the student to discern between politicking, subjective truths, and objective facts. If you can't do that, school probably isn't for you."

      Then again, that statement was made by someone here on HubPages who'd sooner see you crying at their feet for their entertainment, than actually have a coherent conversation with you so I can't be sure it is a legitimate stance they hold.

      A blend of facts and feelings, with more focus on facts, as the minimum standard couldn't do any more harm than a system that favors feelings more.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 days ago from Sunny Florida

      I really like your last statement, "Save society through love, acceptance, and mutual understanding." That should be the answer. People should be able to have different opinions and not be afraid. Your experience was pretty horrible.

      When I went to college I took a world's religion class and we were all trying to figure out what religion our professor believed. We finished that class and never knew. I think that should be true of all professors. There beliefs should be kept quiet. Students should not be indoctrinated.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 days ago from Corona, CA

      Thank you, Holley, and you are correct that my feelings are not born of hate, rather they are born of fear and confusion which I'm not sure is a better alternative to hate or not. Nonetheless, I still hold it self-evident that if we sought to love, accept, and understand one another in the face of hatred, fear, and confusion we would see all three virtually disappear, at least in our immediate surroundings.

      It is sad when people's behavior in defense of their opinions and beliefs do more damage to good causes than it provides productive and constructive results.

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      Holley Hyler 

      12 days ago from Upstate New York

      My own beliefs used to align more with the left, but I have gotten more conservative over the last few years, and the behavior you describe here was also a deterrent. I'm sorry people treated you this way, especially your teacher of all people. That's just scary. From what I read, you have logical reasons for thinking the way you do, and none of them have anything to do with hate.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 days ago from Corona, CA

      It is like a black hole sucking everything and everyone into it, I'm just hoping we haven't crossed the event horizon and we can still get away from it. The more I browse the internet, however, the more I find myself dwelling and wanting to immerse myself in it. A very dangerous game, and the way people play can have you hitting below the belt just to get away from it.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Chris.

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      Chris Mills 

      13 days ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      I'm trying to be non-partisan, but I have to tell you, there are two political parties in this country that are making that very difficult. I'm looking for a better way.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      13 days ago from Corona, CA

      Absolutely, Bushra, we are very hypersensitive here as it concerns our beliefs and rights. However, I don't think I could be classified as hypersensitive in these situations presented in the article and the issues are quite volatile to begin with. It is just as unfair to compare Pakistani culture to Western (especially American) culture as it is to dismiss the views of others outright.

      I feel we can't be dismissive of others' views, if we are then we will see the cycle of hatred and harassment continue. Have to at least try to meet in a calmer middle ground while acknowledging our feelings rather than making everything a tool for cruelty.

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      Aishatu Ali 

      13 days ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      As a Pakistani, I refuse to divide Westerners into left-wingers and right-wingers; to me, Westerners are Westerners, and they tend to be hypersensitive and, maybe, a tad self-righteous. Do you remember the hoo-ha in the Western media when a famous model - was it Giselle? - wore a bourka when she went to a cosmetic surgery clinic? About how she'd offended Muslims and all that?

      I'm a Muslim, and I wasn't offended, and so what if I was? I can't tell you not to wear a long coat because I happen to wear one in public for religious reasons.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      13 days ago from Corona, CA

      That is exactly what I thought, and what most others thought as well. "Why the heck is this dude here?" because they are based in Topeka not California, and I lived less than two-hundred yards from their compound at one point on Sena street. That is why I called them a "possible member" because there was no way to determine if he was in fact a member of the church. Saddleback College is a college, not a person, so I don't know who you are referring to as "folks" within the context you are using it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Are these folks even remotely related? ""Westboro Baptist Church came to my school at the time, Saddleback College,"" I have got to get in the know. I thought Westboro was back east and Saddleback out here west coast way.

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