Picture, if you will, a man who tries to control others through the everyday behavior and wants of the people in an area. Under his influence, the local government bans innocuous actions. The people can't do what they want; their most offhand actions are deemed immoral by a higher power. They must walk about the town unable to do what they would like. The town becomes a walking dirge, watching in trepidation its every step trying to avoid the evil eye of its leadership, to avoid its condemnation. Fear, fear of the slightest error, rules the populace, because even the smallest errant action, however slight, and indeed however unimportant, may lead them to ridicule and sin. Imagine that; then imagine that you were talking about the social conservatives and the Reverend Shaw Moore from the movie Footloose.
Imagine that, and you're wrong. We are talking about the likes of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who says you can't buy soft drinks in larger than 16 ounce sizes. We are talking about Verenice Gutierrez, who believes that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, good old PBJs, are racist. We are talking about all the folks who do not want others to sell their farmland to developers, who do not want people to take anything but public transportation to and fro, who want us to live according to their own autocratic and despotic rules. We are talking about liberals.
Conservatives are supposed to be the ones who want to control you. Conservatives are the ones who want you parading around in goose step fashion. Conservatives are the ones who believe that anyone who doesn't look like them, think like them, talk like them, and act like them are evil. Conservatives are the control freaks who measure everything with a harsh and certain ruler.
They aren't. The left wants to control you. Liberals want you to do their bidding. Liberals are the ones whop want you to dance to the rhythm of their drum. Liberals, not conservatives.
The Reverend Mr. Moore from Footloose may well be a conservative. Indeed, we think he is. He overreacts, sees the error of his ways, and repents. Will the left?
No. They aren't wrong, and they know it. They tell us all the time. And what better assurance can we have?