Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why I Dislike Conservatives/Rant On Various Subjects

I've bashed Conservatives in the past, but I haven't quite cemented why yet. I've said a few things so far, but I've heard that there's apparently a very wide variety of beliefs among Conservatives. I can believe it somewhat, but this Wikipedia article here states what they typically believe in terms of our society and it's current issues:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_conservatism

Conservatives are going to see most of those things listed as good things to believe in and follow, obviously. As for most of the rest of us, it's all pure bull shit. I've already said a shit load on LGBT rights issues, and I've already talked about secularism in my post about Atheists being the most hated minority in the country, so I'll skip that for now. I will say something about the rest of it, though.

First, I can understand why people are against abortion, but at the same time, we need it. That's right, need it. We do because it will go black market again, just like it was in the 50s and 60s before it was made legal. It will be harder for the women who need an abortion to get one, and the ones who did get them usually died or faced serious illnesses, since most weren't legal doctors, or weren't safe in their methods. Not only that, but women would've had to pay shitloads of money to even find the doctor, just so they could fucking die from the procedure they performed. Of course, this would kill both the woman and the baby in the process. So, quite honestly, abortions are much better off being legal. Sadly, a lot of people still don't understand this, but when I mentioned this in my Intro to Ethics class, most people in the class changed their opinions, so maybe there's still hope.

But speaking of Pro-Lifers, don't you find it ironic that they're for "saving the babies," yet they're also typically for the death penalty? What a big fucking contradiction. I actually don't have a whole lot to say on whether it should be banned or not, since I haven't done a whole lot of studying on the subject yet, but I know that quite a few innocent people die from the death penalty. Just imagine if your significant other were killed for a crime they didn't commit because of the death penalty, then have forensic studies later figure out it wasn't your significant other who did it. How would you live with that? How could things have gone differently had the penalty not been there? That person could've still been around and gotten out of jail to be in your arms again. But no. They're dead now. There's nothing that can repay you for what's been taken away now. So, if anything, I'm more against it, considering they're already in fucking prison anyway.

Now on to four different subjects in which Conservatives typically, "support the prohibition of drugs, prostitution, premarital sex, non-marital sex and euthanasia"

Okay, for drugs, I agree that drugs aren't good for a person, certain ones not even being good for the environment (here's looking at you, cigarettes). The most dangerous ones are currently banned, but there are other dangerous ones out there that are legal, most notably cigarettes and alcoholic drinks, and various other alternatives that people tend to find, even fucking cough drops. So why aren't those banned? Personal enjoyment? Medicinal purposes? Economical reasons? Those are reasons you could use for most other drugs that are currently banned. I actuall just finished watching a South Park episode tonight that I hadn't seen in a while ("Butt Out"), which was somewhat funny, but ultimately not a very good episode logically. South Park tends to do that, most episodes are okay when it comes to logic and ethics, but every now and then, they miss the mark, or are just plain stupid (here's looking at you, "Hooked on Monkey Phonics"). Anyway, they argued that tobacco products helped found our country and helped bring blacks over here as well. Fine, but does that mean we should keep having them just for that? I know I was arguing for having drugs legal earlier, but cigarettes are kind of a mixed bag to me. The episode questions second-hand smoking being real, but I'm quite sure it is considering I'm quite allergic to it. I could get a migrane within a short period of time just by being around a smoker. That and you have to consider the fact that cigarettes are not only the number one most preventable death in the country (http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20090427/smoking-is-top-cause-of-preventable-death), they are a serious hazard to our environment (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/02/smoking_environ.php). Otherwise, I'm fine with people's right to choose. My cousin said in Iowa, smoking is banned in all public places, except for maybe casinos and some bars. They can only smoke on private property. She also said that plenty of people are breaking that law and getting fined for it. And I'll admit, people should have a freedom of choice, but at the same time, if things get bad enough, we should do something about it. I don't know what exactly, just something. So ultimately, I'm mixed on the issue of cigarettes.

Then there's prostitution, which I'm actually all for making legal. Just like with abortions, it's going to be a black market thing anyway. At least if we made it legal, we could give prostitutes health benefits and protection, there'd be more comfortable and safer places for sexual practices, and there probably wouldn't be anymore pimps, at least not as bad as there are now. I mean, think about this for a minute. These women are willing to give their bodies for money just so they can make a living, including mothers doing so just so they can feed their kids, and sometimes even that's not enough for them to live on efficiently. That and they have total assholes as their bosses taking most of their money from them, or they're punished more than they should be for not being able to come up with enough money to give to them. They're basically sexual slaves used by those managers of theirs as opposed to employees. Don't you think they deserve more than what they typically get for going through that crap? By the way, I'm not just talking female prostitutes here. I'm talking both sexes being used for employment, if they'd like. That's the one thing I don't like about the typical viewpoint of prostitution, that it's a female thing. Fuck that.

I can't really say a lot about euthanasia, except that it's really supposed to be a passive alternative for those in pain and suffering (certain kinds of pain and suffering) who want to die, particularly the "vegetized" people who can't do anything, who I've heard actually suffer a lot while they're still alive and prefer to die. So why oppose it, I don't know. It's not like the people who do it are wanting to kill people just for the sake of killing people. The people who would do that should be jailed, but the practice shouldn't be banned just because of one evil doctor killing random people through euthanasia.

As for the non-marital sex thing . . . you know what, my cousin had a lot of that and she had no fucking problems whatsoever (and yes, as stated before, she waited a while until she felt she loved the other person enough, usually a woman, to do it). So fuck people who believe in enforcing that on others.

But that last viewpoint of Conservatives has to do with one of their most common beliefs: tradition. They believe that people should do things, whether moral/logical or not, just simply because it's tradition, which is extremely freedom-limiting. This is the main reason why I dislike Conservatives: they honestly believe that we should uphold values, such as keeping women as housewives and men in the workforce, traditional marriage (between one man, one woman), and various religious practices that were used a long time ago in a completely different culture that really don't (and shouldn't) fit within our society. It's a faulty morality system that's sort of like the appeal to popularity logical fallacy: let's follow it because all of these people did. That must make it right. Yes, let's not take a minute to think critically about pressing issues and just go with something we did in the past, whether it worked or felt right or not. And let's just not fix any problems we may be having. Let's just keep things the same whether it's convenient or not. Granted, I'm not against tradition/continuity entirely. For example, I'd like to keep our freedoms that we already have in this country. I don't, however, believe we should have to do various other sociological things, including how we raise our kids, just because that's traditionally how we've done things in the past.

So that brings me to the family values point. I'm against conformity since this is a free country, so I'll be raising my children neutrally when it comes to gender roles. Nor will I, if I were straight, be subject to stay in the house and take care of the kids just because I'm the mother. There's not a good fucking reason why I should. Between my girlfriend and I, I don't know who'll be the one to stay home and take care of the kids. It'd be nice if we both did, but I doubt that'll happen. I think we'll be fine either way.

But now on to the last subject: censorship. We have this thing called the first ammendment which allows us to say whatever we'd like, yet we have beeps on television cutting out socially constructed "bad words," people are told what to say or else they'll be fired (as is the case here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Gerstmann) and parental advisory labels on album covers, as well as warning labels on movie and video game covers. There's no morality in limiting this. The Wikipedia article talks about censoring pornography, though. Yeah, great. Let's seee some action without actually seeing the action. Excellent idea. Might as well not fucking have porn at all. Granted, I'd rather not see a penis, but I'm sure most women would if they watched porn. Besides, kids aren't even allowed to watch or look at porn, and even if they did, unless they were shut out from it and taught by their parents to not appreciate the naked body, it won't have nearly as much of a negative affect on a child as most people would think. If anything, it hinders knowledge, and preventing them from seeing a penis/vagina will just make them more curious about what the opposite sex's private parts look like. Even though I'm a lesbian, even I was curious what a penis really looked like. Until I saw one and barfed. I doubt most kids would do that, though.

Anyway, I guess I should mention is another flawed morality system, one that's criticised by anyone who has a brain. Natural Law. The belief that anything natural is automatically right, and anything not natural is immoral. That means that a lot of medical practices, including abortion and euthanasia, along with even taking simple medication like IB Profen and cough drops, and technological breakthroughs, even me using this computer to type out whatever I feel like saying, is immoral to some Conservatives who follow Natural Law. Most importantly, this is another reason why some Conservatives who follow this are against LGBT rights, because thy think it's not a natural process and that they choose. I think, if you're smart enough, you can figure out why this whole ideal is ridiculous. If you honestly can't figure out why, I'll show you links about the Naturalistic Fallacy and the Appeal to Nature explaining why, since I could take up a whole new blog post about the subject:

http://www.fallacyfiles.org/adnature.html

http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/mathew/logic.html#natural
And lastly, there's one more typical viewpoint among Conservatives. I very often see them concentrating on our own country to the point where it's even egotistical and selfish, which seems to be a big reason why most of the world hates us, which would mean that Conservatives are largely responsible for most of the world disliking our country. I could easily be wrong about that, and I apologize if I am, but I won't apologize otherwise, because it's fucking annoying and rude either way. They tend to complain about our own country's "problems," yet I rarely hear them talking about other country's problems, particularly with other country's rights. Also, they tend to complain about our country even if the smallest little thing happens to it. Let's say prostitution is actually made legal, or the death penalty made illegal. I rarely hear Conservatives, unless they are truly smart, criticise the passing or banning of the practice at hand. Usually, what happens is that they bitch about various other things that have nothing to do with the subject, which is a Red Herring logical fallacy. Instead of "The death penalty shouldn't be illegal because of this and that reason, blah blah blah," we get, "What is happening to my country? We're losing our rights, our family values, our God, etc. *bitchmoanwhinenagnagwhinemoanbitch*" I said earlier that South Park tended to be hit and miss, but with the episode "Dances with Smurfs," they hit the nail right on the head with what I was just talking about, particularly when it comes to Glenn Beck.

So that's generally why I dislike Conservatives. I've met some smart ones, but the people I usually talk to who are Conservative (you can usually tell if they are quite easily) are usually ill-informed, have moral and logical viewpoints based off of ridiculous concepts, are brainwashed (yet sometimes tend to claim everyone else is), or are just plain stupid (here's looking at you, Sarah Palin). Or a combination of all of that. Either way, I'd rather not follow Conservatism. It's not the worst path to travel, but there are certainly much better viewpoints and lifestyles that can be followed instead.

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