Reality Check for Ideologues on Both Sides
It was Machiavelli who once said "the end justify the means." Here is a hypothetical questions for all ideologues. Suppose there is a solution proposal that is so good and it can really make an impact on a major problem that affects us all, however, the idea came from your opponent and it runs counter to your belief system. What would you do? How would you react?
1. Does it make a difference?
2. Would you go along and support it?
3. Would you oppose it on purely ideological grounds?
4. How far are you willing to go to oppose it? Lie, smear and spread rumors...
5. How do you justify the tactics?
I hope you will have the courage to answer these questions truthfully.
Here is my response as a conservative.
1. No, it does not matter whose idea it originated, a good idea is a good ideas.
2. I would support it wholeheartedly.
3. No, I would not oppose a good proposal merely because it came from the liberal ideology.
Some Real Examples
Here are four examples that I came up with. Please check the link blow for the full story.
1. Charter schools - We all know the dire conditions of our public school system especially in the inner cities. We also know it is not a question of funding. We spend approx. $15,000 per student annually and yet the performance is lacking compared to many foreign nations. We have evidence that charter schools are making a difference. The question is why are some politicians oppose it? Do they really want to solve this problem or are they more beholding to the teacher's unions?
2. Reducing capital gains tax rate - Our capital gains tax rate is among the highest in the world. This has hurt our competitiveness. There are past indicators that show when we reduce the tax rate, we actually increase revenue. It is counter intuitive but it is true. Even with this information, some of our politicians have gone on record as saying, it does not matter. They are using the "fairness" as an argument to maintain or increase the capital gains tax to "tax the rich." Never mind that it actually reduce the revenue to the Treasury. It does not make sense.
3. Police stop and frisk policy in NYC - Crime in NYC has been increasing in the past year after declining for many years. This is attributed to the change in policing instituted by the new Mayor Bill de Blasio. He has stopped the "stop and frisk" policy because he believes it is unfairly targeting minorities. When the crime rate starts rising, he would not admit his policy is having a negative impact. His ideology trumps results.
4. ADA American Disability Act - The ADA is a progressive initiative that I support. It is a compromise on my core belief of self reliance and limited government. We are a compassionate country. We belief in helping the defenseless and providing a safety net. This act also provide the means for people with disability to help themselves. That is just common sense.
I tried to illustrate that sometimes, we may be blinded by our ideology. This has lead to unnecessary conflicts. I guess I am more pragmatic than some. I believe ultimately in achieving results. If that conflicts with my ideology, I would reconsider. It is just plain common sense.
However, for me, the end does not justify the means. As a conservative, I would rather win over converts based on the debate of ideas. I would not resort to lies or deceit even if I know in my heart that the policy I propose is the right one. That's just me.
Thanks for checking in.
- Log In - The New York Times
Some success of charter schools in NYC.
- The Overwhelming Case Against Capital Gains Taxation - Forbes
VideoAccording to the bean counters at Ernst and Young, the United States has one of the highest capital gains tax rates in the world. But if you don't trust the numbers from a big accounting firm, then you can peruse a study from the pro-tax Organiz
- Shooting victim’s family begs de Blasio: ‘We need stop-and-frisk’ | New York Post
A surge in New York City murders — including four people slain in just five bloody hours as the weekend began — has grieving family members begging Mayor de Blasio...
- Disability Politics - The New Atlantis
An article from "The New Atlantis." on the ADA.