Letter: Human freedom best served by liberal social democracy
Editor of the Reformer,
The dichotomous quibbles between humans would be laughable if they weren't so harmful to human coexistence. Left-right; black-white; blue-red; top-bottom; voter-nonvoter; rich-poor; Democrat-Republican; liberal-conservative; all divided across an unbreachable aisle of unhealthy mental vacancy. This regimented binary system clutters and infects our cultures and ensuing societies. It's okay for binary computing machines to think (work) that way. It's unnatural for the brilliance of freeflow human intelligence to be cramped into such a narrow input-output.
Winston Churchill aptly said, "You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing ... after they've tried everything else." What's odd about that is the "Americans" mainly have two lousy choices! How difficult could it be to get it right? Are we a nation of half-wits? If anyone believes that our minds must be so small as to think in only two parts then we need to take a closer look at what freedom of speech and expression really means.
Conservative outlooks, by nature, are inherently anti-freedom. Conservative minds are so constricted they choke on the fresh air of freedom. By definition conservatives hold (cling) to "traditional attitudes and values and are adverse to change or innovation, typically in relation to politics and various human behaviors." Clearly, it is the least appealing lifestyle in most contexts as it denies our personal freedoms. Undoubtedly, some conservative viewpoints are useful and needed. But not as a means to overwhelmingly govern a pluralistic and free society.
Liberal outlooks, by nature, are largely free from the box-canyon thinking of conservatives. By definition liberals are "open to new behaviors or opinions and willing to change or discard traditional values, and emphasize open education for all." Civil liberties and equality through social change better governs the larger number of its multicultural citizens. Liberals are more likely to support the separation of powers, a system of checks and balances between branches of government, an independent judiciary and the "rule of law." Liberals also are less inclined to over-moralize and dominate with state religion.
In this democratic constitutional republic where the founders' original motto is E Pluribus Unum, "one of, by and for the many," our pluralistic country should always default to a liberal and open society. Because it's unnatural for everyone to believe in a god, much less the same god, our national motto should never have become the conservative tick, "in god we trust." This country has no business trusting everyman's god. In the universal "cosmic indifference" towards humanity, we should trust in ourselves, irrespective of antiquated, confusing and conflicting belief-based political systems. Jefferson's "wall of separation of church and state" should always prevail in a free society.
The rainbow of humanistic freedoms is best served by a liberal social democracy. Only the ignorant, misinformed and greedy need the current "butt-clenching" conservative Republicans to trickle down for us our pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Freedom, whether in speech, print or action, is like nature's waterfall that purifies, nourishes and changes everything around it, without undue censorship or restraint.
Brattleboro, March 16
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