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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Difference In Perspective

It's an amazing thing to watch Washington people flip sides on the same argument depending on their politics.  For example, we recently saw this happen when the question was about government action that hurt a small group in order to benefit a larger group.  When President Trump rescinded the Obama letter on treatment of transgenders in schools across the country, the left was up in arms.  Trump's order sent the issue back into the hands of the states.  For the left, however, Trump was abandoning the transgenders (who are very small in number).  Of course, that meant that Trump was vindicating the right of the overwhelming majority of students to privacy in locker rooms and showers.  In this case, the left favors the rights of the few over the rights of the many.  Meanwhile, Congress and the President recently stopped a new regulation that would have prevented gun purchases by those who have a conservator or other person appointed because they are unable to take care of their own finances.  Again, the left was outraged.  This let's guns into the hands of the mentally ill was the cry.  The GOP said that the regulation was overly broad, however, because some of the people who would have been barred from gun ownership are not mentally ill but rather are unable to manage their own finances for other reasons.  In this case, the conservatives favor the rights of the few over the "rights" of the many.  The positions just flipped.

After a while, I get dizzy watching the positions flip like this.

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