After reading the few lines of Ms. Walker’s column, I was forced
to stop and slip on a pair of rubber boots in order to wade through
all the steer muck that filled the column.
After reading the few lines of Ms. Walker’s column, I was forced to stop and slip on a pair of rubber boots in order to wade through all the steer muck that filled the column. As always, I try to give her the benefit of the doubt, so with rubber gloves up to my shoulders, I searched deep for the slightest glimmer of logic or some form of reasonable context. But alas, all I was able to find was the same old heavy-handed biased generalizations of liberals and conservatives alike. Devoid of any impartiality, the column was truly self-serving.
The excessive use of half-truths was only matched by the hypocrisy of her allegations, such as accusing liberals of always resorting to name calling when they cannot support their arguments with factual data. She then starts off her column by suggesting that other conservatives hold the same low opinion of liberals that she does, that liberals are beneath contempt.
I believe she may be over stating the conservative mindset. Ms. Walker is more than a basic conservative, she’s a radical conservative AKA right winger.
Since the designation of disgraceful was not derogatory enough as a label for the basic liberal, Ms. Walker had to downgrade it to modern leftist.
Ms. Walker was clearly offended by the fact that Ms. Lisa Pampuch found that the dictionary generalizations of the word liberal were positive, but nowhere in her column does she suggest that such positive generalizations are exclusively owning to a liberal personality. What she did say was, if you are labeled as a liberal, then you should wear your scarlet letter proudly.
Towards the end of the column, Ms. Walker slowed down a bit in an attempt to establish her superiority, by trying to align herself with a great man, by declaring herself “a Jeffersonian liberal; life, liberty, property, huzzah!” What a crock!
This only shows her contempt for both Mr. Jefferson and of course the readers. Jefferson borrowed his famous words for the Declaration of Independence from John Locke (1632-1704), it was part of his philosophy that God gave mankind the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of property. Jefferson wrote, “… that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The assumption that private property is the cornerstone of freedom, is a fallacy that can best be argued this way. Freedom is an arch, private property is an essential cornerstone, and all the other stones are our freedoms and rights, but freedom of speech is the keystone.
There is an error in reason when one tries to pigeon hole liberals based on dictionary definitions, they fail to understand that to be liberal, or to be a liberal, is to have the option to be unorthodox. Therein lies the rub.
Harold D. Williams, Gilroy
Submitted Monday, June 28