Freedom for some…

You know, I’ve been trying to stay away from politics because anymore there is no real political discourse anymore. It’s usually just one side yelling at the other for whatever reason.

However when you read about what’s going on in Iran you can’t help to wax political. However my post isn’t about Iran per se but more about the Western world.

First let me preface this by saying that I hope the people of Iran do gain their freedom. I know somebody will misconstrue my post somehow as support for the current regime in Iran.

Next I want to address all the people who are changing their Twitter icons to green to show support for the Iranians. That’s great, whatever floats your goat. However don’t get down on somebody who hasn’t, like me. I know you’re trying to bring awareness to the plight of Iraninans but to me it’s like the ribbon craze of the 90’s when everybody felt it was necessary to wear a colored ribbon for whatever cause. I didn’t need to wear a red ribbon then to show that I was concerned about AIDS. Conversely I don’t need a green Twitter icon to show I’m supporting the Iranian people. Not to mention the so called awareness factor. You’d have to be living under the proverbial rock to not know what was going on in Iran right now. If there are people that are that ignorant then they can’t be of any help anyway.

Now on to my main point. I would lay odds that the majority of you who are supporting the Iranians could have not given a rat’s ass about the freedom of the Iraqi people back in 2003. Forget why you think the war in Iraq was started. I don’t care if you think it was about oil or not the fact remains that the people of Iraq no longer live under a dictator who made Mahmoud Ahmadinejad look like Abraham Lincoln. I already know what you’re thinking though. You’re thinking that while the Iranians are trying to gain their freedom from within we ‘interfered’ with the ‘sovereign’ government of Iraq. To that I say we would have waited a long time before an internal revolution would have happened in Iraq. While Iran may not be as free as say the U.S. or Canada they obviously have a lot more freedom than the Iraqis did prior to the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

I know what else you’re thinking too. You’re thinking that this all started in Iran because of a fixed election. Then I guess you don’t remember the countless elections that Saddam Hussein won with 100% of the vote. Where were you then?

You’re either for freedom for all or you’re not.

As always it was your pleasure.

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  • http://trenchreynolds.me Trench Reynolds

    Thanks for your comment Rob. I may lean towards conservatism but I don't consider myself a Republican anymore because of the way they behaved since President Obama took office. They're acting exactly the same way I felt the Democrtas did during the Bush administration. By that I mean is that everything has just become contrarian.

  • Rob

    What you said is very true. There really is no political discourse anymore. Each side just wants to point out how evil the other is, and there never seems to be any room for actuall discussion. For Democrats, everything the Republicans say or do is WRONG! and vice versa.I'm a Democrat. My political views are different than yours, Trench, but you stand by your views and are able to argue them in a reasonable, intelligent way.When it comes to those green twitter icons, I'll betcha a lot of those people don't even know anything about the situation in Iran. It's the same on both sides – people like to attach a label to themselves (in this case a political party) and just hop on the bandwagon and support what everyone else on your "side" seems to be supporting without having any real knowledge of the issues.

  • Rob

    What you said is very true. There really is no political discourse anymore. Each side just wants to point out how evil the other is, and there never seems to be any room for actuall discussion. For Democrats, everything the Republicans say or do is WRONG! and vice versa.I’m a Democrat. My political views are different than yours, Trench, but you stand by your views and are able to argue them in a reasonable, intelligent way.When it comes to those green twitter icons, I’ll betcha a lot of those people don’t even know anything about the situation in Iran. It’s the same on both sides – people like to attach a label to themselves (in this case a political party) and just hop on the bandwagon and support what everyone else on your “side” seems to be supporting without having any real knowledge of the issues.

  • http://trenchreynolds.me Trench Reynolds

    Thanks for your comment Rob. I may lean towards conservatism but I don't consider myself a Republican anymore because of the way they behaved since President Obama took office. They're acting exactly the same way I felt the Democrtas did during the Bush administration. By that I mean is that everything has just become contrarian.

  • Rob

    It's that "sore loser" mentality that both sides have. This is why we have the problems we do in the country. Even though I'm technically a Democrat, I'm more interested in politics that actually have a chance of working to improve things in the world.I don't know where I fall politically, to tell you the truth. Some of my beliefs are very conservative while others are very liberal. It really depends on the issue at hand. It's hard to pigeonhole myself, which is why what I call "bandwagon politics" irritates me. Being against something just because it comes from a Republican or a Democrat isn't going to help or improve anything. Just because Rush Limbaugh says something doesn't mean he's right. From the Democart side, just because keith Olbermann says something doesn't necessarily mean I agree with it.People need to actually research the issues they care about and come up with informed opinions and ideas instead of this contrarian (good choice of a term!) nonsense we've been seeing.

  • Rob

    It’s that “sore loser” mentality that both sides have. This is why we have the problems we do in the country. Even though I’m technically a Democrat, I’m more interested in politics that actually have a chance of working to improve things in the world.I don’t know where I fall politically, to tell you the truth. Some of my beliefs are very conservative while others are very liberal. It really depends on the issue at hand. It’s hard to pigeonhole myself, which is why what I call “bandwagon politics” irritates me. Being against something just because it comes from a Republican or a Democrat isn’t going to help or improve anything. Just because Rush Limbaugh says something doesn’t mean he’s right. From the Democart side, just because keith Olbermann says something doesn’t necessarily mean I agree with it.People need to actually research the issues they care about and come up with informed opinions and ideas instead of this contrarian (good choice of a term!) nonsense we’ve been seeing.