I presented a very liberal man who I know well with this YouTube video that someone else sent me. It is very sad and telling, but makes a profound point.
As the person who originally sent it to me said, it is well worth the two minutes it takes to watch.
Well, the far left friend who I passed it on to sent back two choice emails about the wounded soldier depicted in the video. Here's the first one:
You are really regressing mentally.To listen to this brain washed clone talk this non sensible dribble and to think it of any significance-is truly sad!!!!!!!
That was not enough and he saw the need to immediately follow up with another choice gem, sent four minutes later:
One would think that they would be listening to Plato,Socrates,or Aristotle by your silly and sad introduction of this brainwashed well meaning retard!
Now it's obvious that the wounded soldier, succinctly and tactfully espousing beliefs that are contrary to those of my friend on the left (who, incidentally, would take objection to being categorized as "leftist," preferring instead the designation of "secular centrist") touched a nerve. Moreover, it made him question his hitherto allegiance to a baseless world view. But instead of pondering or reexamining his opinion, or even countering those parts he disagrees with, he reflexively launched into a defensive tirade. This shows how devoid of logic so many of these people are (no offense meant to the more intelligent and thoughtful leftists who simply disagree on policy, and who can articulate same).
Well, here's my response to this guy. I'm sure we've all had similar situations and hopefully this will be useful to some:
I'm always touched by the reverence that the left shows to our wounded veterans. Even though he is, in your eyes, a "brainwashed retard," you are careful to point out that he is well meaning nonetheless. This is truly touching and should be displayed as a prime example of the openmindedness of the left wing.
While I fail to understand how someone who articulates sensible military strategy against enemies sworn to destruction at any cost is a "brainwashed retard," I must recognize that this is due to my own feeble faculties, me believing that action against terrorists is needed. I recognize this to be one of my shortcomings and hope for my salvation.
And let us say ah-med, I mean ah-men.