Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Some of the current political and social debate I’m hearing demonstrates a total lack of consistent logic. It doesn’t matter if you view my following list as right versus left, liberal versus conservative, see if you think these make logical sense:
• It’s considered racist to require a picture ID from someone exercising their right to vote, but it’s somehow not considered racist to require an ID and a background check of everyone exercising their right to buy a gun. Both of these are constitutional rights, but somehow the racism charge gets thrown into the debate about voting. We don’t want the wrong people buying guns, and we don’t want the wrong people voting. Keep the charges of racism out of it.
• It’s considered okay to drug test working people at their jobs or when they apply for jobs, but it’s considered discriminatory and uncaring to drug test welfare recipients. This is just another sign of the burdens our country is placing on the people who pull the wagon, while we’ve reached a record number of people riding in the wagon.
• It’s considered okay for the Supreme Court of the United States to interfere with the vast majority of religious teachings in this country by possibly ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, but you’re considered a bigot if you think the court has no business interfering with religious teachings and practices. If the high court rules this is a civil right, then what does that make every institution that doesn’t recognize it? It makes them civil rights violators, so where do you think this is headed? Where is the separation of church and state in that?
• It’s okay for the president and his family to spend roughly $20 million in taxpayer funding going on vacations since Christmas, and for the vice president to average a vacation a month, including coming to the South Carolina Lowcountry, but those of us who pay the taxes that make those luxurious trips possible are told we must grin and bare it and “share the sacrifices.” Everyone I know has cut back on vacations and luxurious living in these tough economic times, so who’s not sharing the sacrifices here?
• It’s doable for South Carolina to find half a billion dollars to build two more bridges and a highway (that cannot even be designated as an interstate) to John’s Island, but it’s not doable to find the money to upgrade and repair I-26, which is the economic lifeblood of our tourism and port business. Business and political leaders have for years been decrying the status of our state’s existing roads and bridges, but now we’re about to build a brand new one that seems to have been forced politically upon the people of John’s Island.
• It’s okay to crowd downtown Charleston with thousands of tourists for Spoleto, Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition, Wine + Food and countless events at the soon-to-be-renovated Gaillard Auditorium, but it’s not okay to crowd downtown with tourists who are boarding cruise ships. This “snobs versus jobs” debate is a wrongheaded idea for a port city that probably wouldn’t even be here were it not for ships, the sea and the people who use those ships.
• It’s okay for anti-second amendment right’s glitterati like Jim Carrey and Rosie O’Donnell to enjoy the benefits of being protected by their armed body guards, but people like them ridicule any average American who wants to own firearms in order to enjoy the same protection. Carrey is trying to pass off his recent video as a an attempt at comedy, but most of America isn’t buying it.
Will Haynie has published more than 400 oped columns as a feature columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times and the Hendersonville (N.C.) Times-News when it was owned by the New York Times. His niche is as a humorous conservative. Follow him on Twitter at @willhaynie.