The Left has been loud, nasty, disparaging, and avoidant. And many of us on the Right have stayed… demurely polite.
But the time for that approach seems to be over. It’s just not working.
For too long, people on the Right have been shouted down by Leftists who are advancing agendas that we’re uncomfortable with. That’s how we’ve gotten to this point. We often opt for civility when it isn’t the most effective option. I’m not saying that we have to be unhinged like they are, but we can be significantly louder. We should have started a long time ago, to be sure, but now is better than never.
Now don’t get me wrong, I believe to my core that (unlike the Left) we should be kind, polite, non-violent, and non-disparaging. And we need to be able to give a logical, calm, and rational explanation for our beliefs and positions.
But let’s not confuse “kind” with “milquetoast.” In other words, I may choose to say nothing, but that isn’t because there is nothing to say!
Please, don’t confuse my politeness with acquiescence.
The Left, for a dang good reason, almost universally now refuses to engage in logical and rational discussion (I don’t even expect the Democrat Presidential candidate to engage in debates in 2024). And so those skills for them have become atrophied as they have become increasingly unhinged and relied almost exclusively on avoidance, mockery, and volume.
It’s NOT just morality and moral agency at issue here. It is also rationality itself.