Why You’re A _________(Fill in the blank)

I tire of the name calling, the automatic questioning of motive when facts and logic cannot be brought to bear on the argument.

You’re a Fascist!”

No, I’m not, I’m a Conservative. A brief survey of the historical facts will lead you to the inescapable conclusion that Fascism grew out of Socialism and has always been an evolution from the left. Conservative thought could not be more in opposition to the tenants of Fascism. Individual liberty, a belief in natural rights and limited government is not the soil that Fascism grew out of.

“You’re a Racist!”

No I’m not! And the next time you level the charge specifically or generally I’m going to want some proof. My hundreds upon hundreds of relationships with minorities might get in the way of providing that proof but, hey, give it a shot. I don’t deny racism is present in America, as a matter of fact I see all manner of racism. Memo to any number of commentators and politicians (Messrs. Sharpton, Jackson, Cliburn, Robinson, Toure, Dyson et al) who attempt to end the conversation with the charge of Racism; not happening anymore. And, I’m not taking you seriously until you’re prepared to attack all manner of racism, not just the type that feathers your particular political or economic bed. My failure to support the President is not racial, it’s based on policy; give me someone who looks like Hubert Humphrey with the same policies and I’ll have the same opinion. Is it possible for you folks to accept honest opposition based on policy?

“You’re an Islamophobe!”

Well, yes and no. Do I fear incursions of Islamist thought, culture and legal standards in America a’la Europe? You bet. Is the nearly universal refusal of Muslims to assimilate a problem; yes! Is the violence a problem? Yes! Is the Terror a problem? Yes! Is the fact that a slow creep toward Sharia undermines our core values a problem?” Yes! It’s not a phobia; a phobia is irrational, rational thought based on a well researched point of view, based on volumes of evidence, reinforced on a nearly daily basis disproves the phobia charge. Oh, by the way a high percentage of that evidence is directly from the mouths of Muslim scholars and clerics. Hey folks, we’re not making this up! You will also come to fear the slow erosions of American values and culture in favor of Islamism; it’s just a case of weather you get there in time or too late.

“You’re a Reactionary!”

If by that you mean that I react to what I perceive as wrong; guilty! If by that you mean that I value American traditions and history; guilty! If by that you mean that I’m exceptionally proud to be an American and see our history as strongly weighted on the side of good; guilty!

“You’re a Warmonger!”

No again. However, if the choice is between the slow erosion of security based on the appeasement of present dangers or military action, give me Seal Team Six! Our enemies understand strength. Anything short of that is license to do more of what we appeased in the first place. The spiral is inevitable as are the results. Iranian nuclear weapons anyone?

“You’re a Xenophobe!”

No, no, no! It’s not a lack of respect for other cultures. I just happen to believe ours is better. Canadians believe theirs is better; I’m not offended by that. I don’t believe that just because a culture or belief system exists that it is automatically equivalent to Western culture and institutions. It is a belief that the advent of Judeo-Christian ethic and democratic institutions are the fundamental underpinnings of the extravagant success we have enjoyed that by the way, no one else has come close to. Our culture, our economic miracle has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty and aimed them toward democratic institutions. I can’t find an occasion where, say, Islam has accomplished anything equivalent in recent history. It’s a belief that free men, taking responsibility for their actions, families and institutions is the best answer we’ve conjured up yet, and we’re still the best evolution of that idea.

You may have noticed that points are made absent the need to engage in name calling.