Why do progressives fear the debate?
Yesterday I was silent. No radio or TV interviews. No web postings, not even any discussions about marriage outside my team. Then a funny thing happened – hate mail from around the country started flooding in. I was surprised. I expect love letters from the “open minded and tolerant” when I publicly engage people in political debates. However, I had done nothing to solicit so much open-minded and tolerant love as I received yesterday.
I expect and even want criticism of my positions. While I sometimes receive encouragement to “make love” to myself, I often find flaws in my arguments. These discoveries then help guide me. If I find a fatal flaw, I change my position. However, if I am satisfied that I am still correct then I strengthen my position by repairing the flawed argument. This seems like a reasonable – even open-minded – stance to take in political debate.
So what happened yesterday, I erred. I forgot that deceitful propaganda disguised as journalism is as old as marriage. I assumed I was speaking to a legitimate journalist who was interested in telling his readers the story. Oh, foolish me. As a westerner (from a western state) I sometimes misidentify eastern rattlesnakes. I was bitten. The interesting thing is that virtually nothing that was written about me is true.
So the question arises, why would a political assassin take a shot at me? I am willing to engage in the debate even if I lose, so why is the other side so fearful of the debate? They seem to have all the advantages, the media, powerful politicians, organization. So why the fear me?
I encourage you to read what I actually wrote, not the deceit of those who seem to fear honest and open debate on the big issues of our day. Visit the blog the page and read the unfiltered truth.