Sunday, April 3, 2005

Take Your Best Shot

Looking for some fish in a barrel to shoot? I got the following e-mail from a relative of mine who is a Republican and who is under the assumption that he is hilarious. (To be fair, he passed it along from someone else, and he was wise enough not to include the Faithful Correspondent in his mail-chain. He does not have a death wish, I guess.) I present it to you unedited (and therefore I disavow any of the sentiments therein) and invite any and all to come back with your best shots in the Speak! (comments) section. In fact, feel free to cut and paste it to your blog and come up with your own sharp retorts.

So you are a liberal. This is not the end of the world. Just as alcoholics, drug addicts and sexual predators are amenable to treatment, so are liberals. But, you have to begin with a . . .

TWELVE STEP PROGRAM:

Step 1 — Admitting You’re A Liberal

This is the first step for every liberal on the way to recovery. It is important to understand that you’re not “progressive,” “moderate,” or “enlightened.” You’re a liberal, and you need to be honest with yourself about that fact.

Step 2 — Pledge To Support Your Beliefs With Facts

Realize that truth is more important than moral superiority and is the only way to come over to reality. You must research beyond propaganda from the Sierra Club, Hilllary Clinton, and CNN to understand things as they really exist in the world. You can no longer argue based on “feelings” or emotion. You will actually need to back up your arguments with real information. This is a difficult step, because it means you cannot be lazy any more.

Step 3 — Love America

This may be the most difficult step for those of you who are hippies and peaceniks. Admitting that the country you hate actually stands as a beacon to defend freedom throughout the world can make some of you physically ill. You might want to make a visit to a military cemetery to better understand that these men and women gave their lives so that you could spew hatred. Otherwise, you would currently be living in a police state that would never let you wear that nasty patchouli oil, let alone speak out against your government.

Step 4 — Take A College Level Economics Class

A Socialist is defined as someone who has never taken an economics class. Most Socialists have a hard time balancing their checkbooks, let alone explaining the simple concept of supply-and-demand. It is time to flush your complete ignorance of basic economics down the toilet and understand how the world actually functions.

This concept will be very important for the next steps that involve communism, facts about corporations, and the inefficiencies of government.

Step 5 — Say “No” To Communism And Socialism

While this concept is obvious to most of the free world, it is an important step in your recovery process. If you have difficulty with this step, spend a week living and working in Cuba.

Step 6 — Corporations Are Not Evil

If you are reading this article on-line or in an email, it is thanks to corporations. If you get some kind of paycheck, you can thank corporations. If you work for a nonprofit or the government, you still have to thank corporations. The nonprofit sector and the government would not have any money to pay you without corporations. It is also important that you understand that making a profit does not equate to “greed” or exploitation. Capitalism has created the greatest society in our world’s history. Even communist countries need corporations to survive, so enjoy a nice, hot cup of reality.

Step 7 — The Government Is Inefficient

If you are one of those liberals who believe the government should tax us more in order to take care of society, you need to pay special attention to this step. You need to realize that government bureaucracy will waste most of your tax dollars, while the private sector will put your money to much better use. Even most Democrat politicians understand this to some degree, which is why Hillary’s socialist healthcare proposal was voted down by a majority of both Democrats and Republicans. Go to your local Post Office or call the IRS to ask a tax question if you need a reminder about government inefficiency.

Step 8 — The Earth Is Not Your “Mother” . . . and She’s Not Dying

The time has now come to stop your donations to Greenpeace, The Sierra Club, and every other EnviroNazi organization to which you belong. Face the reality that the earth, society and our environment are better off today than ever in recorded history and that they are continuing to improve. I realize that many of you tree huggers will have a very difficult time letting go of the Douglas Fir on this one. I would suggest reading The Skeptical Environmentalist by Bjorn Lomborg. Mr. Lomborg is a former member of Greenpeace and is currently a statistics professor at a university in Denmark. He set out to prove the world was in bad shape and ended up surprising himself by proving the exact opposite.

Step 9 — Stop Smoking The Wacky Tobacco

Okay, some of you might need to enter another 12-Step program to complete this step. Marijuana is distorting your sense of reality, and you need to stop using it. Besides, you will save a fortune on snacks.

Step 10 — Eat A Hamburger

If God did not intend for us to eat animals, he would not have made them out of meat. You can put your sprouts and tofu on the hamburger, but get some meat into you. You will look and feel better than you ever imagined. You can always remind yourself that Nazi propaganda hailed Adolf Hitler as a vegetarian to get you through this step.

Step 11 — Stop Re-writing Political History

It is now time to admit that Bill Clinton is a lying-cheating-sexist-racist-rapist jackass, Hillary Clinton is one of the worst role models for women in this country, Al Gore really did lose the 2000 election by every vote tabulation which was attempted, Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War and did not create the homeless problem, and Jimmy Carter is a nice man but has one of the worst presidential records of anyone in history.

Step 12 — Be A Missionary

Once you have completed the previous steps to help you confront your liberalism, it is time for you to share this awakening with others who are not as fortunate. Go out amongst your liberal brethren and spread the good word of your freedom from the chains of ignorance that once bound you.

Congratulations . . . and welcome to reality.

I thought about posting my relative’s e-mail address so you could respond directly, but then again, that’s something only a Freeper would do.

Have fun!