Something is a Little Fishy… 

When I wrote my column defending conservatism two weeks ago, I knew I would get some interesting responses. I wasn’t disappointed. I received a number of e-mails, mostly positive, but a few negative. My most ardent critic, however, would have to be my fellow Daily Beacon columnist Jon Fish, whose editorial last week entitled “Columnist postulates true nature of conservatism,” was in direct response to my column.

I have met Mr. Fish once, and he seems like a nice, intelligent fellow. I am a bit perplexed by his column, however. First, he accuses me of “demonizing social scientists.” I have no clue what he means. While it is true that I have been critical of certain social scientists in the past, I have never demonized them in general. Social scientists are a very diverse group, and with most groups, there are some that I like, others I do not.

Fish then descends into Marxism, arguing that Republicans are a wealthy, bourgeoisie class that oppresses the lower classes (how original). But I am not one of these Republicans. Instead, according to Fish, I’m a middle class dupe who unwittingly does the bidding of the super elite. I have no idea how Mr. Fish knows this. As I stated above, we’ve only met once. Somehow, though, Mr. Fish knows me well, or so he thinks. “The others, like Mr. Brown, have never been without, so they don’t know what it’s really like, cannot see the exorbitant wealth and power behind true republicans and so they don’t understand the fleecing of the lower castes to which they themselves belong,” he says. How he knows I’ve “never been without,” I have no idea. Maybe he hired a private investigator. If so, he should demand a refund.

Next, we hear the typical liberal talking points concerning the Abu Gharaib prison abuse. He uses some quotes from Rush Limbaugh to prove conservatives are not moral folk. Maybe he missed my column where I denounced what happened at Abu Gharaib. I’d also like to point out that the famous Limbaugh quotes were only a few sentences taken from several hours of discussing the subject. They have been taken totally out of context.

Fish also challenges me to justify Republican stances on abortion, stem cell research and gay rights. Okay. Pro-lifers (like myself) believe that life begins at conception. Therefore, abortion cannot be anything but murder. Perhaps we are wrong, but if so, no one has been able to prove it. Until that day comes, isn’t it better to err on the side of life?

As for gay rights, it all depends on what you mean by “gay rights.” If you mean that homosexuals should have the same legal rights as everyone else, I agree completely (as do most conservatives). The problem is that the phrase “gay rights” has become buzzwords for special privileges, like the “right” to marry. Dictionary.com defines marriage as “The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife.” If Mr. Fish advocates gay marriage, his disagreement is not with me, or with conservatives, but with the very meaning of the word “marriage.”

One of the problems in today’s world is that people simply do not acknowledge the existence of good and evil. Instead, many have embraced moral relativism. Mr. Fish appears to be one of these people. “Evil is in the eye of the beholder,” he informs us. I’m sorry, but I cannot see killing thousands with hijacked airplanes as anything but evil. I cannot see strapping a bomb to your chest and blowing up babies as anything but evil. I cannot see the crimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, or Osama bin Laden as anything but evil. Considering these actions and individuals as evil is a character flaw on my part, I know.

Finally, Fish takes issue with my assertion that conservatives are more patriotic than liberals. I knew this would be my most controversial statement, but I fully stand behind it. Since I’m fast running out of space, I will simply say patriotism means love for country. Nothing more, nothing less. I don’t know Mr. Fish well enough to know how patriotic he is. Criticism does not mean lack of patriotism, but it has been my experience that liberals are far more likely to burn flags than conservatives. They are less likely to support the military, and more likely to support corrupt institutions like the UN. Therefore, I can only conclude that conservatives are generally more patriotic than liberals.

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