Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bob Asks, I Answer

Hey Bobbo;

Today, after talking about how "Taxi to the Dark Side" won the Oscar for Best Documentary, you asked a question:
"What is it about left-wing types that look for the worst in America while looking for the best in our enemies?"
Bobbo, what makes you think these "left-wing types" are looking for the worst in America? Have you ever considered that the voice of dissent is, first and foremost, the voice of a patriot?

What bothers me most about your question is that it assumes that you, Bob Dutko, know what's best for this country. You don't.

Here's why: It's not your country. It's our country.

People have a right to criticise this country. The premise of the First Amendment allows people to participate in Government and scream at the top of their lungs when they see injustice. Just because you disagree with what they say doesn't give you the right to question their loyalty or patriotism. And, by the way, you know what's concomitant with the right of Free Speech? The duty to listen.

That's your greatest sin, Bobbo: You don't listen. To be a decent citizen, hell, to be a decent human being is listen to others, empathize, and seek ways to make this county better for everyone. But no. You've surrounded yourself with an impenetrable wall of pride that would never permit you to honestly listen.

So I'll tell you what, Bob. "Taxi to the Dark Side" opens this weekend. I'm inviting you to come watch it with me. We can discuss it over coffee afterwards. I'll buy the movie tickets and you can buy the coffee.

Yours in America,

Irl

P.S.: Left-wing types aren't "looking for the best in our enemies." They're listening to the voices of the suffering and questioning whether this war was worth it.

4 comments:

Jeff said...

I can't believe you asked Dutko out to a movie before me!

Irl Hudnutt said...

Jeff,

You're right. I apologize. Wanna go see "27 Dresses?"

djtyg said...

Does anyone even believe the "liberals hate America" lie anymore?

Irl Hudnutt said...

DJ,

Apparently Bob does. Otherwise, he wouldn't say it so often.