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The Dark Flower
The Dark Flower: I'm a right-wing Conservative. I believe in free speech and expression for all. I believe in freedom of religious belief and gun rights for self-preservation. Even though I support free speech, just because you can say anything you want doesn't mean you should say anything you want.

The support of free speech does not mean you should like every word every person uses in the dictionary. I do not like it when people try to insult me or the opposition. I strongly dislike terms like "Libtard" or "Libnuts" because insulting someone like that does NOT make them agree with you and it's not productive. It does not make you sound smart, instead, it makes you look & sound like an asshole. When people see this kind of behavior, they think all conservatives are assholes and it makes us all look bad. Acting childish, and insulting others and shouting "Free Speech" does NOT make a free speech society sound appealing. This is how Fascist win. They know we humans are emotional and fragile and they try to win us over by claiming to "protect us" through censorship. I am against censorship and we need to protect our rights. But first we need to learn how to speak properly to each other. We should try to understand each other...We should use our free speech to challenge bad ideas with good ones in a civil manner... Only then, can we win people over. You can't win people over if you insult them. You only push them further and further away.

I used to be a Liberal, Left Winger. But I didn't change because some jerk put me down. I changed because the people I spoke to from the other side where kind, respectful and was able to convince me that my ideology was wrong through many examples. I didn't change over night. It took some time. Months! But the seeds where planted. I put a lot of thought into my own values and how it relates to my thoughts on politics. It was a gradual process.

In conclusion, abusing your freedom is the key to losing your freedom and losing those who may have supported you otherwise. We will keep losing, until we learn this fact. And don't worry, the left will soon suffer from this fate too. It's a double edge sword.
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dpac720
dpac720: What you say does make a lot of sense. Although, I do have to question what you mean by speak properly to each other?

The reason I ask this is because, while I can't speak for others I personally do not offer an opinion on something unless I'm asked first.

Thing about me is, if someone asks me for my honest opinion on something, my honest opinion is what they are going to get. I do not go out of my way to offend people, but sometimes they don't like the answers they are given. If someone is going to put me in a position where I'm forced to choose between standing by my views vs not hurting their feelings, well guess what? Their feelings are going to be hurt.

One more thing just for the record. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am neither liberal nor conservative. I am neither left wing nor right wing. I am simply an individual with my own views and I speak only for myself.
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TwistedGoddess
TwistedGoddess: I'm conservative on somethings liberal on others .I believe in speaking with polite manners at all times. Using profanity and insults in my opinion lessens the thought or idea you wish to convey.
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hagenduz
hagenduz: Though liberals do a great deal of talking about hearing other points of view, it sometimes shocks them to learn that there are other points of view. I'm glad you came around
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TayTaylor
TayTaylor: Good post
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The Dark Flower
The Dark Flower in reply to dpac720: Speaking properly means being able to express yourself without putting people down and calling them names. I never seen you do this even when you express yourself.
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Ravens Flight
Ravens Flight: Very good post, Dark. I agree completely
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