House Speaker John Boehner’s office was taken over yesterday by naked protesters. They were protesting proposed cuts in the funding of AIDS research. Their bodies were painted with slogans such as, “AIDS cuts will kill us”.
It goes without saying, although conservatives will be accused of it by the liberal hate mongers, that no sane man or woman should oppose a cure for such a dreadful disease. Still, that doesn’t mean that the Feds have to spearhead the drive for a cure. But more than that, this particular situation illustrates something about the whole anti-AIDS crusade which merits comment.
The protesters certainly went for the dramatic yesterday. They are more than willing to point out how ‘we’, that is, the rest of the country, have to help end AIDS. Yet what would happen should we turn that question around? What would the response be should we ask the protesters and, by extension, those with AIDS, what exactly they are doing about it?
This is where the liberal haters would jump in with full force on both feet. You know where this line of thought is going already, don’t you? Because conservatives, indeed anyone with a thoughtful and open mind, might ask of those who want continued government funding, are you engaging in behaviors which might or have increased your chances of contracting AIDS? Are you doing drugs or living a homosexual lifestyle, especially a promiscuous one? In short, how much danger are you putting yourself in before you demand that we, again, the rest of us, those who aren’t putting ourselves at risk, save you from that activity?
This is not to say that AIDS should not be fought. It should, and it should be given the best fight we can offer. Still, if we simply point out that certain behaviors carry certain risks and that perhaps it would be a good idea if you didn’t engage in them, we’re intolerant and bigoted haters. That is nothing more than jumping to conclusions about the morality of the behaviors in question. It is simply liberal hyperbole. It’s a fair question before we even broach the aspect of sexual right and wrong: why act in ways which may well kill you?
But what will we be told after asking that question? Basically, that how people act is none of our business. This leads to the next question: then how can they deign to tell us how to act with regard to, well, anything, much less their self indulgent folly? How is it they can tell us how to act, yet we become hateful when questioning their actions?
Once more, this is not to say that AIDS should not be fought. We realize too that some of those who have contracted it are wholly innocent of any immorality or poor judgment. It is only to point out one more bit of liberal hypocrisy: we can’t question their behavior, but they sure can demand our action when their behaviors cause problems (and more to them than anyone else at that).
When someone else can do whatever they want without any judgments about the propriety of their actions, it is effrontery to demand that they can tell you what to do about yours. But that’s simply the arrogance of the left. We’re right, you’re wrong, and that’s that.
Yet we’re the ones with the God complex. Go figure.