For years I've listened to Conservatives demand freedoms for speech, religion and gun ownership to name a few. Personally, I agree with all three of those and I will assume that most Americans do as well.
But Conservatives are also the loudest and most forceful voice against freedoms like unions, contraception, abortion, gay marriage, health care, education and even voting rights.
It is simply amazing how our discourse is controlled by the Conservative's world view.
It is so rare to actually hear of liberals trying to erode away individual rights that I can't think of a single instance in the past 20 years, but if you listen to conservatives you'd think that's all they do.
I work for a company in which 60% of its income derives from Medicare payments. Each time Medicare reimbursements are reduced my company blames Democrats even though it's Republicans who are continuously advocating for reductions in Medicare. Time and time again I watch republicans demand reductions in Medicare but they never receive the blame when those reductions come about.
How does this continue to occur?
How is it that Republicans continue to remain blameless?
They run the country into a financial meltdown but Democrats receive the blame.
They start two wars but Democrats get blamed for voting for it or continuing it.
They reduce tax revenues but the inevitable debt which results is due to entitlement programs.
They lose elections but blame voter fraud.
Condoleeza Rice knowingly lied to America but remained qualified to be Secretary od State, Susan Rice unknowingly lied but was disqualified for the same position.
This list is so long I could continue for hours, but I hope I've made my point.
I'm not suggesting that Democrats are free from similar accusations, but the sheer volume in the difference is overwhelming.
Yet Conservatives continue to remain blameless for everything.
Democrats are finally learning from history. Demanding that Republicans submit specifics for the cuts in entitlements they desire, is a milestone for Democrats.
If republicans want cuts let them get the blame.
If republicans want to cause further damage to our economy by ransoming our debt ceiling, let them receive the blame.
If Republicans continue to demand unregulated gun ownership, let them receive the blame for not protecting Americans.
If Republicans continue to obstruct our government, make it clear who is to blame. Democrats must learn the lesson that Republicans aren't riddled with guilt if their decisions lead to harm or tragedy.