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Note to Liberalism: You Can't Please All of the People All of the Time
Liberalism, as a political ideology definitely seeks out specific groups. The groups it seeks out are those groups that they feel need special protection or support.
Liberals advocate for advancement of women,minorities,gays,transgendered,
Muslims and many other groups that they perceive as oppressed by society.
The surprising result is that often the strong support for one of these beleaguered groups can lead to the detriment of another suffering group of people. We see this idea played out in our immigration debate.
Liberal advocates of mass immigration say we must take in a large number of immigrants and legalize the illegals. This is great for immigrants but detrimental to another oppressed group liberals back: African-Americans. With all of these immigrants coming into our country in the last 50 years we have seen these immigrants take away many jobs from their competition in the labor force , African Americans. Furthermore this massive influx of immigrants has brought down wages in many of the very jobs low income African Americans often work in.
In the transgender debate we once again see this conflict play out. Liberals are so avid about getting these transgender men into the girls bathroom since these men feel that they are females. This is great for the transgendered men but not for the females who are forced to share their private space with males thereby violating their privacy. Once again one maltreated minority,women, suffering because of the policies trying to help another maltreated minority,the transgendered.
In religion this concept also plays itself out. If a gay bar wishes to open up across the street from a mosque what do you think will ensue? The Muslims who attend the Mosque would be horrified by the idea of people they consider amoral,gays, congregating across the street from their sacred place of worship. In this situation the gays must move their bar to another location or the Muslims must put up with something they consider immoral right across the street from them. Either way the end result is that an oppressed minority has lost something it holds dear. Like the old saying goes: you can’t please all of the people all of the time. What we learn from modern American liberalism is that as Americans and as human beings, we must not be obsessed with helping specific groups designated as oppressed but look to timeless principles and values to guide not only our personal behavior but our conduct in the public sphere.