I don’t want to be political today but I just can’t help it. Because I am a conservative, I have been wrongfully accused of being close-minded, intolerant, racist, sexist, etc… Not because of any specific act, but simply because I am conservative. It is the left’s typical talking points. Yet, Governor Cuomo of New York has stated, in his most left-wing tolerant tone, “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault—weapon, anti-gay…have no place in the State of New York.” So let me reiterate for you Mr. Cuomo the way I actually think about these subjects instead of simply ignoring your idiotic comments:
1. I am conservative. To me that means I believe in small government and the rights of the individual. I believe that people should be allowed the freedom to achieve individual success or failure on their own. I believe that individual responsibility is more important than preventative regulation. I believe that citizens can manage their lives better on their own than the government can manage it for them. I believe in a strong military and governmental fiscal responsibility. I believe that government entitlements create a citizenry of dependents who become less and less motivated to make their own way in the world. I believe that progress is not about what the government can do for our lives but about what people can do for themselves free of government interference. I believe in a free market and an unrestricted exchange of ideas and speech. Despite what you might think, I would fight to the death to preserve your right to make stupid comments about others.
2. I am unashamedly pro-life. That means I believe that abortion in wrong. I believe that a baby is a separate being from conception forward. I am also very sympathetic to those who don’t intend to get pregnant, but do, but I believe in personal responsibility and that means that choices have consequences. I believe the life of the mother is paramount and should be priority one in a rare situation where the pregnancy puts the mother at risk. And do I stand firm on rape and incest cases (rare that they are)? No–the honest truth is that although I think each baby becomes a baby through no fault of its own, I have a heart and would certainly not condemn a woman who made a tough decision in an extreme circumstance. In fact, I condemn no one for the choices they make in this area–I simply believe a different way–a way that apparently is no longer tolerated in the entire State of New York. Despite that, when given the opportunity, I’ll fight to change the law in this area–but again I’d fight to the death for you to be able to believe otherwise and express that belief.
3. I believe in the right to bear arms. I believe that “gun control” is about control not about guns. I believe that every society in history that became overtaken by a tyrant started with the removal of guns from the citizenry. I believe that guns in the hands of bad people are a bad thing but that guns in the hands of good people are a danger to no one–except the bad people. (Charlton Heston). I believe that ridiculous controls on the number of bullets you can put in a gun or the number of guns you can own are infringements on my freedoms and the freedoms of others. I believe we could learn a lot from the Swiss on this issue.
4. I don’t even know what you mean by “anti-gay.” I do not believe in discrimination. I do not believe that society should discriminate against people because of their relationship choices. I also do not believe that relationship choices are a valid basis for creating a “protected class” of citizens. I believe we have been created EQUALLY. That word has a specific meaning that should not be manipulated. I believe everyone is entitled to their moral beliefs and views on this subject and I believe that there is no constitutional right for either side of the argument to not be offended by the other’s viewpoint. People that target aggression, discrimination and hateful actions towards someone because they are gay should suffer the criminal consequences of their actions. Interestingly, though, taking Gov. Cuomo’s words on their face, if he means that people that personally object to the gay lifestyle should not live in New York, then he is no better than those that would harass someone simply because of their lifestyle.
I have been force-fed a mantra of talking points since the Clinton years that liberals are “tolerant,” “forgiving,” “accepting of others,” “open-minded,” and “compassionate.” Likewise conservatives are accused of being the opposite.
Well Gov. Cuomo, by those definitions you are one heck of a conservative. I’ve been to New York Governor, and it’s no Texas–you can keep it.